SnapWire: Get Paid To Take Pictures With Your Smartphone

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snapwire_reviewRemember back in the days when you needed to lug around a big ass camera to capture life's precious moments? (Some of you still do it now.) Boy, I hated those days and it's probably why I never took many pictures. It just seemed cumbersome to have to carry around my camera, mp3 player, cell phone and all the other devices I usually had with me. Yes I was that guy.

Fortunately things have changed and many of the multiple devices we once carried around have been combined into our smartphones. Because of this convergence I and many other people can now take pictures at a whim which means you can capture a lot of life's great moments. Awww, it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, doesn't it? That's cool but this site is about helping you make money. So my Snapwire Review is going to show you how to turn your smartphone pictures (EXCLUDING YOUR SELFIES. LOL) into an atm machine.

What is SnapWire?

Snapwire is a website and app that basically connects people who need pictures (Buyers) with mobile photographers who will go out and take the pictures for the buyers. At the time of this review they have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau if that's important to you. It shouldn't be for the reasons I've discussed here, but I digress.

How Does Snapwire Work?

Let's say a company needs a picture of a skyline in a city they don't live in. The buyer would post a request for certain types of pictures on Then you as a mobile photographer who lives in that area might go out and take the photo requested by the company. You would then respond to their ad by posting some of the pictures taken by you. The buyer would then pick the winner, and pay them for the photo.

How Much Money Can I Make with Snapwire?

The pay will vary depending on the money a buyer is willing to pay for a particular photo. But it can range from $7 to $225 from what I've read online. You are paid via paypal or via a direct deposit to your bank account according to their FAQ. You just need to log into the app or website and click on the withdrawal link within your account settings to get your money.

How Do I Sign up?

It's totally free and you can sign up by clicking here. By the way, you don't necessarily need a smartphone to work for this company. As long as you can upload your pictures using their website and your computer, you can still work with this company.

Snapwire Complaints

Time is money..

Let's say you see a photo request you really like. You head out and take some pictures. You're thinking this is great. So you try to post the pictures via your smartphone or website but you are not allowed to upload the photo. Well apparently a buyer can close out a photo request at any time. They're not doing this to be mean. But other photographers may have already beat you to the punch and uploaded some good pictures faster than you and the buyer has enough to choose from. So there is a chance of wasting time. But given the pay rates of some of these photos, it may still be worth the risk.

iOS smartphones only…

At the time of this review they only have an Apple app that you can download to your smartphone. Sorry Android users, you lose again. Just kidding. LOL But the work around is just uploading your pictures via their website. You can then use whatever device you have to take your pictures and upload them. But it may be a disadvantage because now you have an additional step to take which may slow you down. Whereas someone with the app can quickly take pictures and upload them on the run. This seems to be a temporary issue as they are working on an android app. They just haven't provided a clear deadline for the Android app as of yet. So keep this in mind.

Pocket Change

There appears to be some great photo jobs that may pay large amounts of money on Snapwire. They definitely pay better than some other photo sites. But I think for the average user, is only a way to earn some extra money which is never a bad thing in my book. But some of you are looking to replace your income and pay some major bills. That said this opportunity may not cut it for you.

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So Is Snapwire A Legit Way To Make Money With Your Smartphone?

Based on the research I've done for this Snapwire Review, I believe this is a legitimate way to make some extra money. Don't expect to live off the money you earn but if you're the type that takes a lot of pictures and you're out and about, this may be a nice opportunity for you.

Hopefully this article has given you a new way to make some money. If you liked this review and want more of it, consider becoming a subscriber by clicking here. You can also follow me on social networks like, Facebook, Twitter or Google +.

Before you leave me, please feel free to chime in BELOW to share your experience or comments. I always love hearing your thoughts and welcome suggestions for other reviews. So let your voice be heard and chime in below.

Thanks for reading ya'll!

Eddy with a Y!

20 thoughts on “SnapWire: Get Paid To Take Pictures With Your Smartphone”

  1. I am a member of snapwire but my account they said it is invalid, my two account,one after the other, they bound it instantly why? it i that i violate and infringe in another person’s picture

  2. I have been on Snap wire for over a year waiting to level up. I have pretty decent photos uploaded on my profile and my challenges and I never get selected. Everytime I reach out to the team they always say “go to our blog and see what they require. I never get a personal opinion from the team. I also noticed that the photographers dont seem diverse , they are mostly Asians and Caucasian. Are they the only ones that take pictures?

    • That’s interesting Leroy. I’m not sure what to tell you. I would personally try another company if all your pictures are rejected. There are plenty of fish in the sea. Why chase after a company that doesn’t want you work.

  3. Hi! I you have a niche you like, say zoos, can you find a place on Snapwire, or any other site(s), to inform others that you have a ‘specialty’ and perhaps get those interested in such shots to seek you out??

  4. Hey Eddy!!

    Thanks for sharing this information. I love taking photos, so I will sign up and see how it goes. I live in the country, but love to go different places around because small town life can be a little blah after a time when you see the same thing continually, haha. Maybe this’ll bring in a bit of pocket change, too!! 😉

    Thanks again!!

    • Hey Bethany!

      You’re very welcome. If you love taking photos this is definitely something you should try. I feel you about living in the country. I feel the same way about where we currently live now. It has it’s benefits from a family standpoint but Lord can it get boring. LOL

      Keep me posted on how you do with this opportunity. I would love to hear from you again. Thanks!

  5. This seems really neat for people who snap great photos. Sending this to a couple FB friends who take awesome photos. Never hurts to try. Super cool! I signed up meself too!!

    • Hey Samone,
      Glad you like the opportunity. Thanks for sharing the article with your FB friends.

      Keep me posted on what happens when you give this opportunity a shot. I’d love to hear your experience!

  6. Darn! I am really good at Selfies! lol…but, this seems neat. I live in a rural area so maybe I can beat a lot of people to the punch. People here really have never heard of work at home jobs. It’s all about working the 711, McDonald’s and Walmarts.LOL Thanks for this review. 🙂

    • LMAO Elise. Aren’t we all?
      Keep me posted on how you do with this opportunity. I wonder if there is a demand for pictures in rural areas. So that would be interesting. Thanks for chiming in. It’s always good to hear from people that read my articles.

    • Thank you for sharing! I live in rural Montana, and my daughters live in bigger cities…opportunities for.everyone.

    • You’re welcome Debbie! It should be interesting to see if living in the bigger cities vs the rural areas makes a difference in earnings.

      So please keep me posted on how it works for you and your daughters.

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