Snappr brings on-demand photography service to Seattle; offers 30-minute sessions for $59

Snappr co-founders Matt Schiller and Ed Kearney. (Photos via Snappr)

There’s a new way to hire a photographer in Seattle.

Snappr is expanding outside of California for the first time and today announced that its on-demand photography service is now available in Seattle.

Snappr matches those looking for someone to take photos with local photographers. It charges $59 for 30 minutes; $89 for one hour; $149 for two hours (its most popular package); $209 for three hours; $269 for four hours; and $449 for seven hours. Prices go up if customers want access to all photos from a given shoot, versus only the top pictures. Snappr makes money by taking a cut of each transaction.

Some of Snappr’s photographers in Seattle.

The company originally launched in Australia and operates in several cities there. It relocated its HQ to San Francisco after being accepted into the Y Combinator accelerator earlier this year, and later expanded Snappr to the Bay Area and San Diego.

“After getting our sea legs in California, we looked for West Coast cities with tech-literate populaces where a large number of photographers had already applied for jobs and a large number of customers had already expressed interest through tools like our Machine Learning Photo Analyzer,” Snappr Marketing Manager Adam Griffith told GeekWire. “Seattle fit the bill perfectly.”

Griffith said Snappr differentiates itself from traditional photography businesses because of the ease of its platform.

“Snappr is the perfect (and often, only) solution for someone who doesn’t know any photographers, doesn’t want to spend three days researching on Yelp, but wants to hire a certified photographer to take a new profile portrait or dating profile pic or show up at a business event at their office sometime the following day,” he explained.

Snappr has raised $2.4 million to date from investors like Airtree Ventures (top firm in Australia); Zeno Ventures; Baleen Capital; Firstrock Capital; angels like Google Maps co-founder Lars Rasmussen and Zynga co-founder Justin Waldron; and others. The six-person company has 170 photographers on the platform — 100 in Australia and 70 in the U.S.