Splento Is OpenTable for Professional Photography

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A genius Idea: Find and book professional photographers on demand. Londoners now have a robust marketing tool that bring photographers and customers on the same platform.

Like many promising startups, Splento began with a problem. When Roman Grigoriev wanted to book a professional vetted photographer for his wife’s 30th birthday party, he struggled to find someone who was skilled at taking good professional photos within his budget. Friend recommendations and google search took him so far and those photographers found were either fully booked or charged an arm and a leg for the so-called photo-session.

So he thought that what was missing in the market is photography on demand solution. Think Uber but for photography. Roman has had already some experience in launching startups decided to roll up his sleeves again and get in touch with the people in the know. With a small group of friends, they have started looking into the market niche.

Splento launched in early 2015, and has since expanded to more than 100 photographers in the database and thousands of happy customers.

The site is designed to make it easy for customers to book a photographer without spending hours googling his/her credentials and portfolios, just as Uber makes it possible for customers to book a ride. Users can book a photographer within any M25 postcode.

Professional photographers are all carefully vetted and interviewed by Splento, before being added to the platform. Users will be able to book a photographer who specialises on certain type of photography. However, all photographers have a wide range of skills from events photography to newborn photo-sessions.

Thanks to the hassle free payment processing, you can pay online either via paypal or credit/debit card. Once payment went through and you receive a confirmation, your photographer is booked.

Beyond developing its business model, Splento is also building apps for iPhone and Android devices, and making it easier for consumers to book photographers in a more convenient way.

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