College - Author 1
College of Liberal Arts
Department - Author 1
Graphic Communication Department
Degree Name - Author 1
BS in Graphic Communication
Hocheol Yang, College of Liberal Arts, Graphic Communication Department
Even with social media, it can be difficult for people to find photographers and videographers for special events. I am a photographer myself, and I find it challenging to find work and connect with people besides friends and family to shoot for and collaborate with. LinkedIn and Handshake aren’t cutting it, nor are the platforms very portfolio friendly. I also noticed many ads for personal portfolio websites on google when you search for photographers, telling me many other photographers are having the same issue. My app Photop will directly solve this problem, providing a platform for artists to be easily discovered, manage their bookings and payments with clients and overall calendar, and help them display their portfolio in a simple way that captures the eye of a visitor. Photop is an app that enables anyone to quickly locate and connect with photographers and videographers near you or where you want to shoot. You can search for the kind of photography/videography you need, the dates you require them, or if you’re hiring for your company. Photographers and videographers who sign up can showcase their portfolios, have a headline and summary about themselves and their work, speak on their experience, and connect with each other. A few seconds is all it takes to capture a client's attention when they view your portfolio/profile. An appealing presentation is crucial to keep them interested and seeking more information (Ragaine, 2022), and Photop does the display work for you. The app also organizes your business, from client messages to bookings, calendars, rates, and payments. A freelance artist’s ability to be well organized and keep on top of those dreary administrative duties will be paramount to their success (Burke, 2008), and this app will greatly help organize and do those dreary administrative duties for you. Lastly, anyone can sign up as a creative on this app, and anyone can utilize its social media aspects of being able to I’m passionate about creating an app that simplifies the process of connecting photographers and videographers with clients for any event. By offering a one-stop shop for communication, booking, financial management, and photo sharing, we can help both parties connect and collaborate with ease. This app will also help artists showcase their skills and personalities to further their careers while providing clients with a user-friendly platform to find the perfect artist for their needs. I believe this project will bring immense value to the camera community and beyond.