Marjan Apostolovic's Haunting Portraiture

Halloween, All Hallows Eve, Ghouls Festival - whatever you call it, October 31st is filled with spooky, dark, ghostly stories and events. While trying to “articulate artistic desire to express emotions that are deep within,” Snapwire creator PRO | Marjan Apostolovic created a series of portraiture that encompasses a haunting feeling of being repressed and held back.

So while you are binge eating candy corn and having a horror film marathon, utilize those frights into something creative. Who knows - you might create something spook-tac-ular!

Creator Spotlight: October

As our days get shorter and our need for candy corn gets higher, our need for inspiration may dwindle. Look no further, here are three photographers to inspire you this month.

PRO | Tatiana Shumbasova

Tatiana Shumbasova's food photographs take on a personality of their own through playful narratives and strong focus on color.

SHOOTER | Leo Majarrez

Leo Manjarrez documents his everyday life in Mexico, capturing the personalities and natural textures of his city. His images are both inviting and enlightening. See more of Leo's work in the story!

ELITE | Rainbow Sprinkles

Whether it is trick or treating, a day at the beach, or bubbles in the backyard ELITE | Rainbow Sprinkles captures her children's everyday life in a playful and nostalgic inducing manner.

Follow Leo, Tatiana, and Rainbow Sprinkle's work on Snapwire for more inspiring shots! 

Snapwire Playlists

Snapwire tip to successful content creation and sourcing: a good playlist! Lucky for you we have put together five playlists on Spotify to get you focused and motivated.

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Snapwire Team Favorites

Snapwire is built from a diverse team with different styles, ideas, and backgrounds, but we are stronger together. Our music preferences are just as diverse, but damn we make a great playlist all together.

99 Problems, but Photos Ain’t One of Them

For our Snapwire Buyers when you have an inbox of emails, a large list of projects, but it's all going to be okay because you are browsing through Snapwire Creators and Marketplace and we are going to take care of you.

On Set Vibes

Set the lights, pull down the seamless, and create some magic in the studio.

Photoshop Focus

Snapwire's perfect playlist for getting into that editing groove.

Camera Adventures

Whether you are traveling across the country or grabbing a few friends to head to the forest, you need a soundtrack to set those adventure moods.

Creator Spotlight: September

As the leaves turn red and the days darker, Autumn has always held a symbolism for change. Here are four photographers to help boost your creativity and inspire your September projects.

PRO | Diego Cervo

Diego Cervo's portraiture is elevated by his use of natural framing and background elements. His subjects remain in clear focus, while surrounding elements strengthen their narratives.

MASTER | Rachel Bingham

Rachel Bingham's naturally thoughtful way of shooting is apparent in her plant portraits. Her inspiration is is driven by "watching how light falls on everyday life, highlighting its beauty, calling [her] to document it."

PRO | Alexandra Semyonova

Alexandra Semyonova's portraiture is simplistic, elegant, and emotional. While breaking the classic “rule of thirds,” her center framing pulls you straight into the subjects.

PRO | Cristian Bortes

Cristian Bortes's travel photography transports you across the world through his eye for unique color and shapes. What's the secret to capturing travel shots? "Shooting in "travel mode" means to open yourself and constantly wonder. There is no such thing as ordinary people or ordinary places."

Follow Cristian, Alexandra, Rachel, and Diego's work on Snapwire for more inspiring shots! 

Importance of Voice Search Optimization: How to Improve SEO for Voice Search

Voice search on devices such as Amazon's Alexa, Google Home, and Apple's Siri are quickly changing how people receive content. Before voice search, physically searching online gave you many options to choose from for each search query. Now marketers and brands must do everything possible to make sure their page has a chance to be used in voice searches, because only the top pick will be used.

 Photo By:  Sarah Bednar  | EXPERT

Photo By: Sarah Bednar | EXPERT

It is important to know where your site currently ranks and how to improve SEO because by 2020, 50 percent of all searches will be voice searches. Mobility has never been more important to consumers. The substantial increase in voice searches is directly correlated with people's need for mobility. People want to check their Insta stories, post, and tweet wherever and whenever they want. In a study by globalwebindex, it resulted in proving that 25% of 16-24s use voice search on mobile today.

Google looks for specific things when determining which page's content should be spoken when a question is asked via voice search. Search engines do look at your entire digital footprint when they consider how a site ranks. 

The search engines look at everything from SSL, reviews, site speed, social media, content quality on your site, schema markup, headings, lists and more. However, not all hope is lost, there are many ways to increase your chances and impact voice search results. The first thing you need to change when writing for voice search is answer the questions people are asking. When writing be sure to write the answer in the very beginning of the article and then give the explanation. 

 Photo By: Kimberly Crist | EXPERT

Photo By: Kimberly Crist | EXPERT

Brian Dean from Backlinko conducted a study on how to optimize your website for voice search by using 10,000 Google Home search results. Below are 10 of the most interesting findings they discovered in the study. 

  1. Speed is key. The average voice search result page loads in 4.6 seconds which is 52% faster than the average page. 
  2. HTTPS websites is the goal. 70.4% of Google Home result pages are secured with HTTPS.
  3. Short and sweet is best. The typical voice search result is only 29 words in length.
  4. Think smart. Authoritative domains tend to produce voice search results significantly more than non-authoritative ones.
  5. Social media is important, the average voice search result has 1,199 Facebook shares and 44 Tweets. 
  6. Be simple. It was found that the average Google voice search result is written at a 9th grade level.
  7. Don't waste time. Creating individual pages for each voice search query did not appear to be an effective voice search SEO strategy.
  8. Google likes long form content. The average word count of a voice search result page is 2,312 words
  9. Have strong desktop SEO. Approximately 75% of voice search results rank in the top 3 for a desktop search query.
  10.  Lastly, they found that 40.7% of all voice search answers came from a Featured Snippet.






Free Snapwire Ebooks Now Available!

Want to know more about how you can succeed as a buyer and photographer in the industry?

Read our ebooks for more than tips and tricks about how to improve your brand's processes as well as how to produce content that is effective and cost-efficient. We want to help your brand to become more successful. Learn insider knowledge that you can utilize on a daily basis. 

Below are all of Snapwire's FREE ebooks that can also be found on the Resources page. We hope you enjoy. 

How-To: Create Authentic Local Content at Scale
Why is it important to create location-based content for your brand?  The biggest brands in the world realize that location-based visuals are personal and focused. They are starting to segment their audiences out by location to implement location-based materials into their campaigns. 

 Get the  ebook  today!

Get the ebook today!

Snapwire June Challenge Winners

Snapwire Challenges are open to any photographer level which means that everyone can participate in the fun. Below are the hand-selected winners from the June Challenges. 


Creative Brief: For this week's Snapwire Challenge, we're looking for photos of diverse mothers with their children. The key here is authenticity. The photos need to feel natural, not staged. The subjects we're hoping to capture are mothers going through life with their kids. We want to see the mothers and kids doing some sort of activity to tell a story (ex. making dinner, singing songs, driving in the car, reading, having a meal). You may also submit photos of pregnant women, to grandmothers with children and grandchildren. Happy Shooting! 

Congratulations to Stephen Ramos for winning the challenge with this incredible shot that beautifully portrays the beginning of motherhood.

Point of View

Creative Brief: For this Challenge, we want to see your best images that portray a unique point of view (POV). Images should show make the viewer feel in the shoes of the character in the image. Creativity for setting is encouraged and we should really get a sense of scope for what the scene feels like. Good luck and Happy Shooting! 

Congratulations to Sasha Alperin for winning the challenge with this breathtaking photo of the Tel Aviv coastline. 


Creative Brief: This week's Snapwire Challenge is about healthcare, healthcare workers, caregivers, and medical professionals. Images can also include the details and tools used by these individuals in their occupations. This challenge is open to images of any type of healthcare; nurses, doctors, pediatricians, dentists, caregivers, specialized technicians or other health specialists. Make sure that your images are unique and authentic in appearance. So get out there and capture some images that showcase the great job that many people do to help others. Good Luck and Happy Shooting!

Congratulations to Gina P for winning the Challenge with this fun teddy bear doctor's office photo.

Portraits of Businessperson

Creative Brief: Please submit photos of businessmen, businesswomen in casual or business attire. They can be headshot, profile, chest up, waist up, 3/4 and of course, full body shots. Please include candid photos, models looking and not looking at the camera, different poses from different angles and expressions such as smiling with and without showing teeth, serious, pensive, shocked, confused, angry, surprise, happy, etc. We're excited to see your submissions! Good luck and happy shooting! 

Congratulations to Maile Marie Photography for winning the challenge with this edgy and modern look for a businesswomen in today's society. 

To submit your own photos to open challenges and requests, use this link






How to Shoot Like A Pro On Your iPhone.

Hey photographers looking for tips on how to shoot on your iPhone like a pro? Apple has got you covered. On you can find tutorials that can help turn any iPhone user into a photographer. 

Here are just a few of their photographer tutorials on their website. 

How To Shoot During Golden Hour 

How to Edit with Portrait Lighting Effects on iPhone  

How to Shoot a Group Portrait on iPhone

Apple also offers effects specifically for the iPhone X for you to check out. 

How to Shoot Slo-Mo on the iPhone X 

How to Shoot Using Backlight on iPhone X 

How to Edit a Portrait Selfie on iPhone X

Check out all of their tips and techniques for your photos and videos at


How to Upload Photos into Snapwire Photo Assignments Quickly Using FTP

When invited to a photo assignment on Snapwire, you're often required to submit many photos. Our standard photographer roles only allow you to upload 10 photos at a time. We realize that this can be a very time consuming process, especially if uploading RAW files (which are bigger in size, and thus take longer to upload).

We have rolled out an FTP solution to help. Here's how to use it!

Section 1. Getting Familiar with FTP Clients

If you're already familiar with FTPs and have one installed on your computer you can skip to section 2.

We like to use FileZilla. It's free and super easy to use. Once on their homepage, click the button that says Download FileZilla Client and install it to your computer. 

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From here, open up FileZilla and you'll see a window that looks like the photo below. FTP Clients work by connecting to computer servers to quickly transfer files from your computer to another computer. The left side of the screen will show your computer and all the files that currently exist on your computer. The right side of the screen shows the computer that you will be connecting to. 

At the top of the screen you'll see some fields titled "Host" "Username" and "Password". These are the keys that will allow you to connect to the other computer. To upload photos to an assignment on Snapwire, you first have to tell the FTP Client where the photos need to go by inputting the key. 


Section 2: Validating your FTP Connection to the Snapwire Server

Step 1: Log into your Snapwire account

Step 2: Navigate to your Settings and scroll down to where you see the section that says "Use FTP to download and upload large amounts of photos."

Step 3: Your password must contain a mix of uppercase letters and numbers. After typing in the FTP password you want to use, hit the red Save button on your account. Every time you use FTP you can input the same password. If you'd like to change the password at any point you can repeat this step.

Step 4: From there, the page will refresh and populate a green connection info link. This is your FTP key which will allow you to upload photos to any assignment you are invited to.

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Section 3: Connect to the FTP

Once you have this information, you can now connect to the Snapwire server. The host will always be "" the username will always be your Snapwire username, and the password will be the password you typed in.

You can also copy and paste the entire connection info link, and paste it into the host field on the FTP client and click QuickConnect. It'll automatically fill in the field for you and connect to the server. 

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Section 4: Transfer your photos from your computer to the Snapwire Assignment

Step 1: On the left side of the screen, find the folder where the images that you want to upload are. Double click to navigate into the folder. 

Step 2: Double Click "Requests" 

Step 3: Double Click "Invited" to see all the requests that you're invited to

Step 4: Double Click the specific request that you want to upload photos into

Step 5: Drag the photos from the left side of the screen into the request on the right side

Each photo will take a few minutes to upload. Once it uploads, it will transfer to the "Successful transfers" tab. If, for any reason a photo fails to transfer it will appear in the "Failed transfers" tab.  


Section 5: Check Back on Snapwire for the Results!

After your photos have uploaded, you'll see them in the specific request that you uploaded them into. They will also appear in your Content Manager. With FTP Uploader, it will insert the name of the file on your desktop into the Description of the image. If you'd like to edit any of this information you can do it in your Content Manager. 

That's it! For troubleshooting questions please email