20 Best Photographer

to Hire
in 2023

Looking to hire Photographer freelancers with the perfect set of skills for your next project? Work with the world's best freelancing talent on Contra.

transparent shapes
Recommended 6x
Renea Dominique's avatar
Top Independent

Renea Dominique

Dallas, TX, USA

Social Media Strategist For Brands & Businesses

Recommended 5x
Fatima Zehra 🌙's avatar
Top Independent

Fatima Zehra 🌙

Toronto, ON, Canada

🪄 Cultivating magic, one brand at a time.

Recommended 1x
Salina Owens's avatar
Top Independent

Salina Owens

Texas, USA

Copywriter | Digital Creator | Content Writer

Recommended 2x
Maia Anderson's avatar
Top Independent

Maia Anderson

San Francisco, CA, USA

The "Social Media Therapist"

Recommended 3x
Esteban Arellano's avatar

Esteban Arellano

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Designer. Filmmaker. Community builder.

Recommended 7x
Emily Becker's avatar
Top Independent

Emily Becker

Chicago, IL, USA

Copy and Content with a Soul

Recommended 1x
Alexa Quinn Madrid's avatar
Top Independent

Alexa Quinn Madrid

New York, NY, USA

Interdisciplinary Artist

Recommended 1x
Chloe Troub's avatar
Top Independent

Chloe Troub

Chicago, IL, USA

Always thinking outside of the box...

Toni Sabato's avatar
Top Independent

Toni Sabato

Zürich, Switzerland

I create memorable experiences for brands

Recommended 6x
Olivia Kelliher's avatar
Top Independent

Olivia Kelliher

Nashville, TN, USA

Balancing creativity & entrepreneurship 🚀

Recommended 6x
Quinn Foster's avatar
Top Independent

Quinn Foster

Lafayette, LA, USA

Impactful Journalist & Copy Editor to the Rescue

david powers's avatar
Top Independent

david powers

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Making images that are inquisitive and thoughtful

Daniella Gershon's avatar
Top Independent

Daniella Gershon

United States

Brand designer through graphics, web, social media

Recommended 1x
Alex Yem's avatar
Top Independent

Alex Yem

Fremont, CA, USA

Always making something...

Abhijeet Swarnkar's avatar

Abhijeet Swarnkar


Intersection of Observations, Art & Advertising

Recommended 1x
Zion Shepherd's avatar
Top Independent

Zion Shepherd

San Diego, CA, USA

Branding that tells a story 🎨

Matthew Agunloye's avatar
Top Independent

Matthew Agunloye

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Social Media Management + Brand Strategy™️✨💻

Recommended 2x
Kai Rogers's avatar
Top Independent

Kai Rogers

San Diego, CA, USA

Framer Expert & Web Designer

Common projects for Photographers

Product Photography: Taking high-quality, attractive photos of products for e-commerce websites or promotional materials.

Event Photography: Capturing key moments and details at events such as weddings, concerts, conferences, etc.

Portrait Photography: Creating professional headshots or capturing individuals, families, or pets in a studio or outdoor setting.

Real Estate Photography: Taking high-quality photos of properties for sale or rent, highlighting their best features.

Food Photography: Capturing tantalizing images of food for restaurant menus, cookbooks, or food blogs.

Fashion Photography: Creating visually striking images for fashion brands, magazines, or designer portfolios.

Tips for working with and hiring Photographers

Know your project

Have a clear understanding of what you want from the photography project. This could include the style, mood, setting, and any specific shots you require. This will help the photographer understand your vision and deliver the results you want.

Review their portfolio

Spend some time reviewing the photographer's previous work to ensure their style and quality meet your standards. Look for consistency, attention to detail, and creativity in their shots.

Discuss equipment and editing skills

Make sure the photographer has the necessary equipment and editing skills to deliver high-quality photos. This could include professional cameras, lighting equipment, and proficiency in editing software like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

Communication is crucial

Keep communication lines open and clear. Regularly check in on the progress of the project, provide feedback, and address any concerns promptly. Remember to use Contra's communication tools for efficient and organized conversations.

How to hire Photographers

Define your needs

Start by identifying exactly what you require from the photography project. This will help you communicate your needs to the photographer and ensure they can deliver the results you want.

Post a detailed job

Create a detailed job post on Contra. Include information about your project, the type of photography you need, the project timeline, and your budget.

Review applications

Review the applications and portfolios of the photographers who apply. Look for experience, creativity, and a style that matches your vision.

Conduct interviews

Interview potential photographers to understand their process, equipment, and how they handle feedback and revisions.

Make an offer

Once you've found the right photographer, make an offer through Contra. Include the project details, milestones, and payment terms in your offer.

3 questions to ask when interviewing Photographers

1. Can you share some examples of similar projects you have worked on in the past?

2. What equipment and software do you use for your photography projects?

3. How do you handle feedback and revisions during the post-production process?

Hire the best freelancers with ease

Hire now
Discover vettedtalent

Discover vetted

Connect with verified, high-quality freelancers.

Expert matching foryour opportunity

Expert matching for
your opportunity

Post your opportunity and we’ll do the work for you.

Managecontracts & payments

contracts & payments

Create contracts, pay, and chat with freelancers.

Scale your business

Scale your business

Focus on core business functions by outsourcing.

Save time & money

Save time & money

Let our team help you through the process of hiring, all for free.

99% of Clients report having a positive experience on Contra

Why Clients trust Contra

The quality of independents on Contra is top-notch, and the onboarding process is one to model. Being able to speak with a team member to truly understand what we needed as well as offer suggestions of talent in the network was a whole new experience for me.

Profile Image
Live Streaming Platform

Love, love, love. Contra is an amazing place to find flexible, creative talent. The process of getting to know independents through their profiles was incredibly easy and fast.

Profile Image
Platform for Async Collaboration

The talent I find on Contra has been excellent. But aside from that, Contra’s community differentiates Contra from other freelancing platforms. I love the responsiveness of the Contra team, and how invested they are in your success. I actually pay freelancers I’ve found outside of Contra through Contra because I love the platform so much, especially that they don’t take a cut of your payment.

Profile Image
Grounded Insights
UX Research Consulting Firm

I used to waste hours trying to find talent. Switching to Contra was 10x on my time, energy and money as an Entrepeneur and Creator. Lauren was a perfect fit from day one, and I couldn’t have found someone of this calibor without Contra.

Profile Image
Creator Store

I can vouch for Contra that it is a great hiring tool. I shoot my shot and the candidates I keep seeing are incredible.The process took minutes and the support I always get from their team is 10/10.

Profile Image
Cecilia Reusch
Community Strategist

Freelancers on Contra come across very professionally. They actually seem to read your job posting and have directly relevant skills, which isn’t always the case on most other freelancer sites. On Contra, freelancers who matched with my job seemed to have the relevant skills I was seeking.

Profile Image
Joseph Liu
Career Consultant
Our reviews are glowing
See more reviews
Clients hiring on Contra

Frequently asked

A freelance photographer is a professional who specializes in taking photographs according to the client's needs. This could include product photography, event photography, portrait photography, or any other type of photography service. They are responsible for setting up the shot, capturing high-quality images, and editing the photos to meet the client's expectations.

A freelance photographer is a professional who specializes in taking photographs according to the client's needs. This could include product photography, event photography, portrait photography, or any other type of photography service. They are responsible for setting up the shot, capturing high-quality images, and editing the photos to meet the client's expectations.

Hiring a freelance photographer on Contra allows you to access a wide network of talented professionals who can deliver high-quality photos for your project. With Contra, you can easily review portfolios, communicate with photographers, and handle contracts and payments, all in one place.

To hire a freelance photographer on Contra, you can post a job detailing your project requirements. Photographers who match your requirements can then apply for the job. You can also browse through the profiles of photographers and invite those you are interested in to apply.

A freelance photographer can work on a wide range of projects including product photography, event photography, portrait photography, real estate photography, food photography, fashion photography, and more. The specific type of project a freelance photographer takes on can vary depending on their skills, experience, and area of expertise.

Freelance photographers use a variety of tools depending on the specific needs of the project. This typically includes a professional camera, various lenses for different types of shots, lighting equipment, and tripods. For post-production, they may use photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.

The cost of hiring a freelance photographer on Contra can range from $100 to $300 per hour. However, the exact cost can vary depending on the complexity of the project, the photographer's experience and skills, and the project duration.

Freelance photographers on Contra are paid commission-free. They can charge per project, per hour, or per milestone. Payments for each milestone are released after the client approves the deliverables, or automatically within three days. Clients must pay a minimum of $250 or $25 an hour to post an opportunity on Contra.

Start hiring

Hire now
contra logo

Related articles