• Be a Freelancer, Not a Lone Ranger

    Grow your photography CAREER in the context of COMMUNITY.

    CONVERSATIONS
    that matter

    You're tired of being talked to.

    Your photography business will grow as you share your experiences with peers and ask questions of photographers you trust. Fast track your career by connecting with working photographers that have skin in the game.

    INSIGHTS
    that make a difference

    You're looking for industry advice.

    Your photography career will thrive when you get professional feedback on your business-building efforts. You're steering a moving ship; cut through the murky waters of the marketplace by having access to expertise when you need it!

    IDEAS
    that make money

    You're feeling stuck and kinda pissed off.

    Your photography will attract clients when you inject fresh, creative work into your portfolio. Get ideas and real-time feedback on your visual work, marketing tactics, and sales efforts from photographers who know their stuff.

  • Connect with your peers, learn from the pros, and start living the dream... faster.

  • You started this journey full of kittens and rainbows.

    Things changed. Get back some of that pixie dust.

    *No fairies or unicorns were harmed in the making of this community.

  • COLAB runs on the

    best communication platform on the web.

    We use a distraction-free, topic-driven discussion/messaging app that photographers love.

  • Get Private Access to Working Pros

    Photographers need each other. Let's thrive together.

    CONNECT any time

    A resource that fits your life.

    Connect with photographers in real time, whenever it's convenient for you. Whether you're an early bird or a night owl, you can jump into a conversation day or night.

    USE any device

    Pro advice at your fingertips.

    Collaborate with photographers using your computer, tablet, or phone via an encrypted platform application. Pro-d shouldn't be limited to a Web browser.

    GROW your network

    A platform to expand your world.

    Build your professional community by engaging with photographers from around the world. Break free from industry inbreeding and the pitfalls of market bias.

  • Ask an Industry Leader Anything

    Our AMA roster is packed with working pros and industry experts at the top of their game.
    Here are some of the guest members you'll have direct access to during live AMA events.

    David duChemin

    World + Humanitarian

    David duChemin is a renowned humanitarian assignment and travel photographer, best-selling author, accidental founder of Craft & Vision, and international workshop leader. His nomadic and adventurous life fuels his fire to create and share. See his work and words at davidduchemin.com.

    Peter Hurley

    Portrait + Headshot

    Peter Hurley is a premier portrait and headshot photographer with studios in New York City and Los Angeles. He is known for the genuine expressions he captures in his actors headshots and executive portraits. Peter is a total pro and a fantastic educator. Learn more at headshotcrew.com.

    Lena Hyde

    Portrait + Wedding

    Since 1995, Lena has been transforming the way her international clientele views photography using her philosophy of life as art. She is a respected expert in the field of contemporary childhood photography and the founder of designaglow.com.

    Austin Mann

    Humanitarian + iPhone

    Austin is a travel photographer & ideator, constantly on-the-move creating content for today’s best brands. He also founded WELD, a workspace + community for creative pros and he dreamt up the world-renowned Shot on iPhone campaign. You can see his work at austinmann.com.

    Dave Delnea

    Commercial + Lifestyle

    Dave Delnea is a commercial photographer primarily serving the resort industry with lifestyle images of people and places. His clients include Ritz Carlton, Trump Development, Raffles Hotels and Resorts, and Johnson & Johnson. His work can be seen at davedelnea.com.

    Christine Tremoulet

    Blogging + Productivity

    Christine is a blogger of 16 years and coined the name WordPress. As a former web consultant and professional photographer, she is a trusted expert in blogging and building an online business. Visit her at christinetremoulet.com.

    Dan Carr

    Adventure + Outdoor

    This UK-born, Whistler-based mountain man left a career in Aerospace Engineering and is now a successful photographer. His clients include major brands such as Apple, Nike, Oakley and Red Bull. Learn more at shuttermuse.com.

    Dave Seeram

    Facebook + Affiliate Advertising

    Dave is the publisher of CLARITY magazine and the owner of PhotographyBB. His secret sauce is a proprietary blend of expert marketer and digital handyman. He’s also a pixel-twisting, Photoshop action-making maniac at photographybb.com.

  • Cut the Crap. Get the Advice You Need.

    Stop hunting the web for training resources that miss the mark.

    Cut to the chase and ask a question or join a conversation in a topic-driven channel.

    #portfolio

    Be bold. Share bodies of work for peer critique.

    #sales

    Find out how peers are winning clients.

    #website

    Improve your web content and SEO.

    #analogue

    Go old school and talk about tangible collateral.

    #digital

    Discuss online marketing tools, tactics and pitfalls.

    #marketplace

    Share the love. Ask for—or offer—paid help.

    #pricing

    Talk money and take the pain out of client pricing.

    #taxtime

    Keep your nails and your hair. Get help with your bookkeeping stuffs.

    #branding

    Get feedback and ideas about your positioning and design.

  • Bonus Resources for Photographers

    COLAB cranks it all the way to... 11.

    Monday Kickstarters

    by Corwin Hiebert.

    At the beginning of a work week, you need more than a strong cup of coffee (or two, or three); you need a pat on the back, a kick in the butt, a crazy idea, some comforting business advice, or an exciting marketing idea. Or just a good laugh. Corwin's good for d.) All of the above.

    Downloadable AMAs

    within 72 hours of a live event.

    Ask Me Anything events are live chat discussions not to be missed, but if you can't participate—because you're working or whatever—you won't miss out. After each event, we'll provide members a downloadable PDF highlighting the best of the best.

    Resource Library

    packed with training and tools.

    Members share digital products (like eBooks, tutorials, worksheets, and software) with their peers because they're cool and/or they're hoping for some feedback. COLAB is a fantastic place to distribute and enjoy the freshest photo industry business/marketing resources.

  • COLAB IS... A COMMUNITY

    We believe the best kind of professional development is a two-way conversation.

    COLAB IS...

    FOR WORKING PHOTOGRAPHERS

    Full-time, part-time, or on-the-side... if you make money with your camera, you can join.

    COLAB IS... SEMI-EXCLUSIVE

    We're not a club, but we do have standards:

    members must have a website and a working email address. That's it.

  • The #1 Resource for Photographers

    COLAB is powered by SLACK—the best communication platform on the web.

  • What Photographers Are Saying

    Good things. Great things.

    COLAB feels like the community I’ve been looking for to give me the push I need to make decisions and stick with my plan of action. I feel very lucky to be a part of this and hope I’ve also got a lot to add!

     

    Ros O'Gorman, Music + Portrait Photographer

    I've been confused as to whom and what to believe about the business part of what I do. COLAB Community has become my #1 business resource, which I've been hoping to find for many years.

     

    Cliff Etzel, Photographer + Multimedia Storyteller

  • Get answers to YOUR questions and grow your photography business today.

  • Invest in Your Professional Development

    If you're looking for something free, join a Facebook group or do another Google search.

    Get started right away.

    Within seconds of signing up for your free 14-day trial, you’ll be invited into the private COLAB Community Slack team... no delays, no gatekeepers.

    Start or join a conversation instantly.

    You'll have access to every channel, so you can jump right into a discussion, or ask a question, and get the advice you need—it's all at your fingertips.

    Learn how to Slack.

    If you’re new to the Slack environment, don’t worry; our Welcome Kit includes a fast-track guide so you can learn on the fly. SLACK is easy to use and you'll love it... trust us.

    Leave whenever.

    Cancel your membership any time. If you cancel during your 14-day trial you won't spend a dime. At the conclusion of your trial period your first monthly payment will be applied to your credit card.

    Pay just $50/mo.

    Our subscription price will never be discounted. Ever. If the price goes up, you'll be grandfathered in at the lower price. Forever.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Here are some of the questions you might be asking.

    I DON'T HAVE MONEY.
    Why is it so expensive?

     

    Value is in the eye of the beholder. You're spending money on things that are important to you. We spend real time—and real money—making sure this community is an invaluable resource for working photographers who want help with their business-building, money-making efforts. We believe that this kind of access is worth the price of an Adobe CC subscription. Give the risk-free trial a shot - you'll love it!

    I LOVE NETWORKING.
    Is there free parking?

     

    This is a digital community only—we do not host events or facilitate meetups. Real-time access to working photographers from around the world is a truly awesome thing and we believe this community's strength comes from the willingness of members to ask questions, leave encouraging comments, and/or provide candid and insightful remarks right from their digital devices.

    I'M NOT SURE ABOUT IT.
    Who has joined so far?

     

    Okay so... this could be a bit awkward but... we can't tell you that. We publicly promote our Ask Me Anything (AMA) partners, but our members haven't given us permission to release their names or information (and we won't ask, unless they willfully provide a testimonial). If you want to ensure a familiar face, ask one of your friends to join at the same time.

    I NEED ANSWERS NOW!
    Is this like a help desk?

     

    No. This isn't a 24/7 support hotline. However, at any given time there could be dozens or hundreds of active members. This is a user-driven community so, depending on timing or subject matter, it may take a bit of time for your peers to respond. Most AMA events will be midday (PDT) and the COLAB founders will be active a few times a week.

  • We Give a Damn

    Created by creative people who get It (and make it look good).

    Corwin Hiebert

    Photography business consultant + managing agent
    President + CEO of Taendem Agency Inc.

    Co-founder of COLAB

    Eileen Rothe

    Chief Operating Officer of Taendem Agency Inc.

    Co-founder of COLAB

  • Got a question about COLAB?

    Email the co-founders directly. No gatekeeper. No autoresponder. No support ticket.