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‘Pro Photo Shoot’ | Talent Discovery App For Photographers, MUAs, Models, And Stylists

By Kishore Sawh on December 12th 2015


It’s very hard to get excited about certain types of new start-ups, like new social media platforms. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched an introductory video, or spoken to some seemingly coked-out tech entrepreneur marching with ill-deserved confidence toward their social media domination. Clearly, keeping all feet firmly planted…on Mars.

It’s not that they shouldn’t be, but rather we’re so jaded, and getting a billion people to switch to something new isn’t exactly easy, and doesn’t just require hard work. It requires a truly novel idea, the right execution, growth, and all the rest. We’re time poor these days, so to give any of it to something that may never see the light of day, or fizzle out with the change of a season isn’t something we want to do, even if we actually like it better.


There haven’t been many social photography platforms that have caught my attention and kept it, much less given me hope. Most come, I yawn, then move on. Model Mayhem is sort of trying to be a proper social platform and may succeed given their user base, but it’s a bit crap in my opinion. Portbox sounded good but…. And then there is PICR and Pro Photo Shoot which are two I’m rooting for.

PICR you can read all about here, but it just feels different and I’m hopeful for it because it seems to actually aim to help first, then get paid. I think there’s a huge benefit for photographers there. Pro Photo Shoot I’m rooting for simply because I’m looking for something to come along that beats Model Mayhem. Right now, however, it doesn’t, because it’s just so new.


Launched initially in Canada, it’s just been launched in the US, and the premise is much like that of Model Mayhem, in that it aims to connect photography talent from all sides, from models, MUAs, stylists, and of course, photographers. It’s app based, and that’s just fine because the app seems to offer just enough. It’s laid out well enough to make it easy and intuitive to use, and it’s actually rather comprehensive.

At the moment it’s now available in major cities in countries all around the globe from Sweden, Venezuela, New Zealand, and Denmark. You can actually download the app and search through it for potential collaborators without signing up, but you’ll need to sign up to converse with them through the in-app messenger.

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It’s clear and easy to use. You select the location you want, search for the type of talent you want, and then you can see each person listed. Click on them to see their portfolio and rates and so forth. You’ll also be privy to see basic info about them, what genres they do, and how far they’re willing to travel with and without compensation. It’s actually nice, except there are hardly any sign ups in my area, Miami, and likely the same where you are.

The upshot, of course, is that if you’re on there now, early, and there are some models on there, there aren’t many to compete with, and you won’t get lost in the noise. I may actually give this a shot and see. If it’s in your city, why not try it? If it doesn’t work just trash it, and if it does, well, brilliant! Actually, what would be really brilliant is if they get popular enough that they’ll be able to work with portfolio sites like Behance or Squarespace and then you can see who is doing what where, and go from there.

Get it here.

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. John Sheehan

    Is there a reason to plug Picr and put a large photo promoting it in the middle of the article that has nothing to do with it? It removes focus from the subject of the article, Pro Photo Shoot, and quite frankly can (and should) be left out.

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    • Cameron McKinlay

      Yeah, actually the reason is Kishore was comparing them to Pro Photo as they all offer a similar type of service. If you took it as a plug for Picr, thats just you.
      I would of asked in the comments how Pro photo shoot compares to the other services….but I don’t need to because Kishore is a great writer and answered my question before even asking it.

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    • John Sheehan

      Pro Photo Shoot is nothing like Picr. Picr is supposed to be a service for photographers to run their business, from prints to bookings to payments. Pro Photo Shoot is more like Model Mayhem for finding talent. The only similarities are the social component, but that’s a tenuous link at best. I don’t see how you can say they’re a similar type of service.

      And the gigantic Picr photo in an article that’s not about Picr, but another web site, looks very much out of place. If the article was a compare and contrast about the two services, I would understand it being there. That is not the case here. By including the bit about Picr the article loses focus and the reader’s attention. This article could have done with some editing. Cutting the four introductory paragraphs down to one short one, so it gets to the meat of what the story is about quicker, would have helped enormously.

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  2. Arnaud Giret

    websites for models photographers and muah, those that are listings are not beautiful, easy to use, smart and engaging but they have a strong data profils so you can find wherever whichever profil you’d look for.
    That is where they have value.
    Problem is that coming into this market as a newcomer there is no listing, no interest at all at the beginning and the app just cannot work properly.
    coming up with a strong communication plan to catch the client, it costs time and money.
    i hope they kept a lot of money to reach that goal.
    What does not fits my needs is not to get in touch without singing in.
    In my opinion it’s better to let everyone free of everything possible and then client will sign in by using the app regularly.
    I can contact models online without subscibing to the model website platform already,
    i’m not going to sign in subscribe every model mayhem possible just to contact models.
    If i take Paris example : we cannot shoot outside for half the year more or less,
    far more the case for northern europe so ther emight be a need for studios and photographers with studios to use the app in their way as a location shooting facility more than a get out and shoot kinda shooting.
    Hope all the best for this app and hard work in getting profils to get in,

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  3. Donald Jones

    It feels like a mobile Model Mayhem

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  4. Bill Bert

    Apple only app? Smart business model I think not!

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  5. Norman Dean

    Found your review on the “Pro Photo Shoot” interesting. Sadly I jumped straight over to the app store, downloaded and installed the app only to find that I am the first in Brisbane Australia to use it. Oh well, at least I will have the advantage if it takes off here??

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