10 Social Media Platforms for Photographers to Get Noticed and Earn More Clients

Find out how social media empowers photographers to showcase their talent and reach a wider audience. Ready to stand out in the digital sector? Read up.

March 30, 2024

Social media platforms for photographers
Shashank Kothari
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Social media is one of the most useful things any professional needs to find clients, and you are not left out as a photographer. These websites and apps give you a space to flaunt your best work and connect with a vast audience. To come up with this list, I spent some time testing these platforms and studying photographers’ profiles. Also, I followed the platforms' and top photographers' guidelines to learn some strategies for success. So, read on as I unveil the top social media platforms for photographers.

Top Social Media Platforms for Photographers

We gathered the most visited social media platform for photographers that may help you to start your career and gain your first clients (or just make fun doing what you love):

1. Instagram

The Instagram profile of Gabe Mcclintock shows his works - some of the best wedding pictures.
Instagram profile of the popular wedding photographer Gabe Mcclintock.

Instagram is the perfect place to show how cool you are as a photographer. The beauty of this platform is how quickly you can grow your following through posting your photos and reels – a single video can bring you thousands og followers for free. The users here are very active and engaged. They will give you loads of feedback and interaction. Plus, if you are lucky, your photos might even get shared by big accounts with tons of followers, giving you some serious exposure.


  • It has a wide reach and a large user base.
  • It has a very user-friendly interface.
  • You can get engagement through likes, comments, and shares.


  • There are many advertisements and sponsored posts.
  • Quick algorithm changes may affect visibility.
  • Due to the high number of users and competition, it may be hard to get noticed on the platform.
  • It's not great for sending traffic to your website as you can't attach links to each photo.

How to Get Noticed

Post high-quality photos regularly (3-5 times a week) to attract clients. Interact with your audience by responding to comments and messages. Use relevant hashtags to reach more people. Collaborate with other photographers and brands as recommended by birth photographer Hanna Hill. Showcase your unique style and offer special promotions to attract potential clients. Consider using targeted advertising to promote your photos. Finally, create captivating reels related to your niche.

2. Pinterest

A pinned dashboard on Pinterest named “Portraits with Flowers” shows photos of girls holding flowers.
How a pinned dashboard on Pinterest looks like. Here, I gathered a collection of photos showing girls with flowers.

Pinterest is one platform that is more likely to help boost your photography presence online. While it might not seem as flashy as others, it's perfect for professionals like you. Why I am saying this is because posts on Pinterest have a longer shelf life in search engines. This gives you more visibility over time. You can create pins and boards, just like the picture above. For instance, I made a pin and named it “Portraits with flowers”. Later, when I go on a photo walk with my friend, I will have several ideas for inspiration to make a portrait of her. Also, one great thing about Pinterest is its visual nature - perfect for showcasing your photography skills. 


  • You can make boards for different themes or projects.
  • You can link images to external sites, which boosts traffic.
  • The content here stays relevant over time.


  • It is less popular for personal connections and communication.

How to Get Noticed

According to Pinterest's famous photographer Michelle Moore, who has about 132.3k monthly views on the platform, you can create eye-catching boards showcasing your work to gain clients. Pin regularly and interact with other users' content. Use descriptive titles and keywords for your pins. Collaborate with influencers or brands in your niche. Give links to your other profiles in each photo description.

3. Facebook

The Facebook profile of Lauri Laukkanen shows his picture and some photos of his work.
Facebook profile of photographer Lauri Laukkanen.

I bet you already have a Facebook profile, but you may not know how useful this platform can be for your career. One great thing about it is that it's widely used and serves as a busy marketplace for businesses, including photography. You can use Facebook to showcase your work, attract fans, and grow your following. 


  • You can use targeted advertising here to reach specific audiences.
  • You can create business pages for your professional promotion.
  • There is a diverse content format, including photos, videos, and text posts.


  • There is a declining organic reach that requires paid advertising for visibility.
  • It is very saturated.

How to Get Noticed

To get started, do not use your personal profile. It is better you create an official page dedicated to your work. Unlike individual accounts, pages have special features that are made just for businesses, like insights into your audience demographics. Your fans and followers on Facebook will engage with your posts, liking, commenting, and sharing, which will significantly increase your visibility.

According to the nature photography blog Nature TTL, you must invest in paid promotions for your photos to reach more potential clients. The more you invest in promotion, the more significant your results will be in terms of followers and business opportunities. Low on budget? You can set your number and bid. Facebook will not spend more than your maximum budget. Secondly, the ads are only shown to people who are likely to be interested in your work. This tailored impression means you will most likely get results. Lastly, you can choose between impressions and conversions and pay only for those.

4. Flickr

Flickr profile of Alan Schaller, with some of the best street photographs.
Images uploaded on Flickr by Alan Schaller, one of the most popular street photographers in London. 

Flickr has been around since 2004. But it remains one of the best places to showcase and store photos online. Flickr has the free version that lets you upload up to 1,000 high-resolution images. Despite not being as popular as it once was, Flickr still has many fans who love the platform for its simplicity and friendly interface. 


  • The community is typically friendly and thoughtful.
  • There are many useful options like multiple photo sizes and permissioning. 
  • They have unlimited storage space for photos.


  • There are limited social features compared to other platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

How to Get Noticed

Once you've uploaded your images, you can organize them into albums based on themes, niches, or locations. Plus, you can boost your photos' visibility by applying SEO techniques: add descriptions, tags, and keywords. This way, you make your photos more visible on search engines like Google and attract more attention and potential clients.

5. Behance

Behance’s profile of famous photographer Suren Manvelyan displays some of his best works.
Profile of popular Behance photographer Suren Manvelyan, showing some of his works. 

Behance is a popular platform where you can showcase your work for free. All you need is an Adobe account to create your Behance profile and upload as many images as you want. It's the perfect place to build your portfolio and make a name for yourself in the industry. Your online portfolio on Behance allows people and professionals to see your photography skills. In fact, some people can even hire you based on what they see on your Behance profile, so make sure it demonstrates your best works. Plus, you can explore the careers section and land yourself a creative job opportunity.


  • It can be integrated with Adobe Creative Cloud for seamless syncing.
  • There is a feedback culture that encourages growth and interaction.
  • The platform is free.
  • It has a user-friendly interface.


  • There is less focus on social interaction.
  • Restricted access to user control over layout and design.

How to Get Noticed

Of course, your portfolio should demonstrate you are a pro. However, this is not enough. To get noticed, comment on others’ posts, update your portfolio regularly, and make sure you share your profile everywhere you can. The more active you are, the faster you get your first clients.

6. YouPic

 Dr.Bedirhan Küpeli’s YouPic profile. Here, you will see pictures of fine stones, birds, women, and nature.
YouPic’s page of one of its highly rated photographers, Dr.Bedirhan Küpeli

YouPic is like a mix between Twitter and Instagram, where you can share your works and interact with other photographers. One of the best parts about YouPic is its focus on feedback. This may be useful when you have just started your way and need advice from professionals.

Top rated photographers on YouPic (right now). Alessandro (@lalessandro2) is on the first place
Top rated photographers on YouPic (right now). 

YouPic also has other features like “Inspiration”, which is about the best latest pictures manually curated by them. Also, there is the “Hot” feature, which has the most interesting pictures automatically selected for you based on your activities. Lastly, there is the “Leaderboard” feature, where you can see the highest-ranking photographers and learn a thing or two from them.


  • There is respect for photographers' rights and copyright protection.
  • You can upload images in the highest resolution.
  • The community is friendly, and you will likely get feedback on your photos.
  • The leadership ranking gets updated regularly, giving you good UX.


  • The customization is limited: filtering options do not allow to find the needed.
  • There are no useful options on the free plan such as unlimited HQ uploads and albums.

How to Get Noticed

Upload high-quality photos regularly and do not forget to comment on and like others’ posts: this way you can get noticed faster. Share your profile on other platforms.

7. 500px

500px’s profile of Margarita Kareva, who most often makes portraits of women.‍
The profile of Margarita Kareva, a popular photographer. 

500px is a another good platform for you. But then, it is not just for casual photo sharing - here, you may even license your work as a professional. So, quality is key, and only your best photos will truly stand out.


  • It gives you the ability to create a professional portfolio.
  • There is a marketplace for selling photos with personal stores.
  • They put emphasis on high-quality photography.


  • With the free plan, you can upload only seven pictures per week. Additional uploads and benefits require a subscription.
  • It is not a good option for amateur photographers as it will be hard for them to get visibility.

How to Get Noticed

According to 500px themselves, to gain clients on the platform, showcase your best work in a professional portfolio. Engage with the community by commenting on and liking other photographers' photos. Participate in contests and curated galleries for increased visibility. Network with potential clients by joining groups and forums relevant to your niche.

8. Tumblr

David Urbanke’s Tumblr page shows some male models in different concepts.
Tumblr page of a popular photographer, David Urbanke

If you are a photographer, perhaps, you have heard about gooв old Tumblr – the platform many photographers get started with online. Today, it is still popular, and you may also use it to get noticed. 

One of its most interesting functions is reblogging. This option allows you to easily share your content with just a single click, which increases the chances of your photos going viral. 


  • This is an engaged community for interaction and feedback.
  • The platform is easy to use.
  • There are many templates and formatting tools.


  • There are risks of photo theft due to the platform's sharing nature.
  • Some users complain about customer service being hard to reach.
  • Sorting options are missing.

How to Get Noticed

Make eye-catching posts with your photos to attract clients. Add tags that fit to reach more people. Talk with others by reblogging and commenting on their stuff. Share behind-the-scenes stuff and personal stories to connect with potential clients.

9. Vero

Vero profile of famous photographer Jody MacDonald, with some of her finest works on display.
Vero profile of top-rated photographer Jody MacDonald

Vero is a site where you can share your favorite pictures. But that is not all. It is also a thriving community where you can connect with a diverse audience. You can share it here whether you're into movies, TV shows, books, or other interests. Vero also lets you organize your photos based on location. This feature is very helpful if you frequently shoot at different venues and want to showcase a collection of images from one place.


  • There are no ads or algorithm changes.
  • You can upload high-quality images without compression.
  • It has an elegant design and is user-friendly.


  • It is less popular than mainstream platforms like Pinterest, so at the moment the community is rather small.

How to Get Noticed

Post high-quality, uncompressed images to showcase your work. Use location tags to attract local clients. Engage with the community by commenting on and liking other users' posts. Share your portfolio and offer special promotions to entice potential clients to hire you for their photography needs.

10. Steller

The Steller profile of Andy Best shows some of the best pictures of nature.
Steller profile of Andy Best, one of the most popular photographers on the platform. 

Steller is perfect for those who are constantly on the move. It's a platform where you can make your own mini-magazines with your photos. With Steller, you can make albums and tell interesting stories with them, adding depth to your photos. After creating your story, you can share it easily with other members for feedback and inspiration. And if your story gets featured, it's a great chance to get noticed and reach more people as a photographer.


  • The navigation is very simple even for the newcomers. 
  • The platform does not focus only on visuals but on personal experience as well.


  • There are not so many users compared to other platforms.
  • Apart from making good photos, you also need to be a skillful narrator.

How to Get Noticed

Create captivating visual stories showcasing your photography skills. Share your stories with the community and engage with other users' content. Try to catch the users’ attention by making your stories emotional.

Joining social media for photographers is your best way to build your digital presence. While I'm not a photographer, I was impressed by the artworks I saw while writing this text. Personally, I found Instagram the most captivating among the platforms because of its visual appeal and broad reach. However, each platform offers unique opportunities to showcase your talents and connect with audiences. Also, as social media evolves, more users will join, expanding your reach even further.

Shashank Kothari
F4P Contributor

My goal is to empower readers with insightful blogs that explore future trends, provide practical guidance, and spark curiosity. Together, let's navigate the path to personal and professional growth in an ever-changing world.

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