Turn your Instagrams into a business: Snapwire, a new mobile stock photo website, opens to public

best idea I’ve seen in a while


For a generation obsessed with selfies and taking pictures of any meal set before us, mobile photography has become second nature. We reach for the closest camera — normally our phones — and take photos of everything from sunsets to coffees, posting them to Instagram to see how many likes we can get. Snapwire, a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based startup emerging from beta mode, wants to connect the new photography generation with clients who need their talents and are willing to pay for it.

“This new generation of photographers did start out on mobile and they are the ones who have the most passion for their photography. They’re the ones who are assembling in San Francisco to do Instameets and to really get that validation on the photographs,” said Chad Newell, founder and CEO. “So we built Snapwire to give them the opportunity to sell their work, the ultimate validation really.”

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