FAQ

For Photographers

You can register on Sawerly for free by filling your information in our Sign Up page. Make sure to mark yourself as a photographer to receive all the benefits that come with a photographer account.

You will be able to create a complete online portfolio on Sawerly to upload your information, experience, and previous work. You will start receiving notifications of photo shoot requests from all around the kingdom and you will be able to send offers and bid for them. Sawerly will help you build your digital reputation, don’t miss out !

Sawerly receives all kinds of photo shoot requests of photography and videography from all around the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The types vary from real estate, weddings, events, products, advertisements, and many others.

The right step in this direction would be by building an exceptional profile with all the needed information; personal details, experience and different types of previous work. The next step would be sending offers to photo shoot requests that fit your experience and communicating with potential customers through Sawerly’s messaging system. Utilize our mobile applications to receive notifications in real time to reach customers faster.

Yes, you can still sign up on Sawerly, we accept amateurs, professionals and studios. You can bid on requests that meet your experience level and as you gradually become better you can bid on harder requests. Sawerly deals with third party institutes that offer photography courses and we will be informing our photographers about these opportunities as we receive them.

Once you deliver the pictures or photography materials to the client, you will be able to claim the amount of the request from here. You can pick to either receive a bank transfer or pick up a cheque from our offices with the amount. However, make sure to enter your bank information in your account to not delay payments.

Sawerly takes a commission out of each booking that occurs through the website. Sawerly does not interfere with any pricing, offers or deals.

Sawerly takes 10% commission out of the photo shoot amount that occurs through the website. Make sure to put in mind the commission when pricing your offer.

Yes, you can have offers on different photo shoots on the website as long as you can fulfill them without them overlapping.

  • Make sure your price is within the budget the client provided in the photo shoot.
  • Utilize the description of the offer to explain the details of your pricing, and what makes your offer special that others.
  • Make sure that you will be able to fulfill the requirements in the photo shoot details.
  • Make sure that your profile is complete and includes previous work to reflect that you have experience relevant to the photo shoot

Once you sign up as a photographer, through your account you can click on “Add Photos” and start uploading your previous work. Make sure to upload high quality photos and videos, upload a diverse set of previous work, and categorize them to help customers easily view your profile.

After signing into your account, click on your name on the top left corner. You can edit all your information and experiences. Also, at the top menu you can upload your previous work. Make sure to upload pictures with high quality and upload minimum of 10-20 photos at least.

It means the type of photography that you are experienced in shooting. Make sure to select only the types you intend to do. You can set notifications of photo shoots to only the ones you are experienced at doing.

  • Make sure to read the photo shoot details thoroughly.
  • You can message the customer to clarify any missing information.
  • After the customer accepts you as a photographer, make sure to go over all the details with them.
  • Set delivery dates and deadlines with the customer to set expectations.
  • Be on time, be polite, and do your best!

No, you do not need to have a C.R studio, however do note in your profile that you are a freelancer and not a studio.

Send us an email on info@sawerly.com to cancel your membership. We will send you a form to fill and then we will cancel you account.

After signing into your account, you can access your dashboard under “My Photo shoots”

For Clients (Photography Seekers)

Sawerly is the leading photographer hub in Saudi Arabia, we have more than 800 photographers (male/female) with experiences in different fields. You can post your photo shoot details (time, location, and budget) on the website and photographers will send you their offers and bid on your request.

After you submit your request, you will start receiving offers from different photographers with their prices and details about their services. You can check their profiles, ratings, and reviews. Select the photographer that you like and deposit the amount agreed upon in your account in Sawerly.

The following are reasons what makes Sawerly special:

  • It saves you time and the hassle of looking for photographers in other channels.
  • You can find a photographer within the budget that you set.
  • You can check the profiles, ratings and evaluations of photographers and compare.
  • We have trusted, qualified photographers with experiences in different fields.
  • Sawerly helps manages your requests, processes, and payments.
  • We have a support staff that can help you with anything you need.

Finding the right photographer depends first on setting the right expectation. You have to balance between the budget and the quality of photographer you expect in return. We provide you with a suggested budget to help you understand the market.
After receiving offers from photographers, check each photographer’s profile, rating and evaluation from previous customers. Make sure the photographer has previous work relevant to the type of photo shoot that you have. Compare between photographers via their profiles and prices. Message photographers if you needed clarifications about their offers.
If you are still unsure, contact our sales team info@sawerly.com and we’ll help you find a suitable fit.

Once a photographer sends an offer to your photo shoot, you can message them to get clarification about their bid. However, be sure not to communicate with the photographer outside of Sawerly message portal as we cannot guarantee any rights for photo shoots that occur outside of Sawerly.
After you deposit the photo shoot amount in the escrow account in Sawerly, we will provide you with all the contact information of the photographer.

Once you select a photographer offer, you will be asked to deposit the full amount of the photo shoot in your account. You can either use our payment gateway to pay via credit card or do a bank transfer to one of our accounts located in this page. The money remains in an Escrow account, it will not be transferred to the photographer until after the photo shoot is done and you have approved the photographer’s claim , then the amount will be transferred

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • PayPal
  • Bank Transfer

The escrow account is a way to verify to photographers that you are a serious customer and are committed to the photo shoot, which allows them to trust you as a customer, and also commit to your photo shoot.
You will deposit the amount in the escrow account, but it will not be transferred to the photographer until after the photo shoot is done, and after you approve the amount claim from the photographer.
In case there were any disputes between you and the photographer, you can contact us at info@sawerly.com to resolve the dispute. We are here to serve you and the photographer.

You can contact us at info@sawerly.com with your photo shoot details, and we’ll give you tips and advice to get better response from photographers. We could also find photographers from our personal network. With Sawerly, there is always a solution.

Although we try our best to remove unqualified photographers from our website, it is important to look out for fraud photographers on Sawerly.

  • We provide an average range for pricing with the photo shoot, if the price is outstandingly low, make sure to message the photographer and see if they understand your requirements exactly before selecting them
  • Check out the photographer’s profile, it should contain previous work, details about them and their experiences, and preferably previous ratings and reviews. If it is empty, that should give you a hint about the photographer.
  • It is a good practice to message the photographer via our in-message portal to make sure they fully understand what you want and what you are looking for, if the photographer doesn’t reply or avoids answering clearly you shouldn’t consider them.
  • If the photographer asks you to book them outside of Sawerly, this should clearly give you a sign to not to deal with them, as Sawerly protects your right as a customer.

We always recommend customers to post their photo shoot on Sawerly to see what the market can offer, and it might be the case you find better offers. However, if you want to book the same photographer, you can ask the photographer to bid on the photo shoot that you posted, and select them directly.
If you need help, you can always contact our support staff.

Access the photo shoot that you posted on Sawerly after signing into your account. There is a cancel button that you can click on, it will ask you to confirm then it will cancel the request.
If you are unsure if you want to cancel your photo shoot or not, contact us at info@sawerly.com and our customer service will help you with your requirements.

General

Sawerly is an online photographer booking website that operates around the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As a client you can post your photography needs, and find, compare, and book talented, trustworthy photographers.
As a photographer, it’s a platform to help you create a digital trusted reputation to gain more customers by displaying your work, experiences, and services. Sawerly gives you access to thousands of opportunities kingdom wide throughout the year.

Sawerly is the first Saudi website to let you book photographers and videographers in an easy and quick way from all around the kingdom for any type of photo shoot. We help individuals and companies find qualified, talented, trustworthy photographers.
Also, the following are reasons what makes Sawerly special:

  • It saves you time and the hassle of looking for photographers in other channels.
  • You can find a photographer within the budget that you set.
  • You can check the profiles, ratings and evaluations of photographers and compare.
  • We have trusted, qualified photographers with experiences in different fields.
  • Sawerly helps manages your requests, processes, and payments.
  • We have a support staff that can help you with anything you need.
  • A full profile for photographers to display their information, experiences, and previous work

Sawerly has a database of photographers from all around the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and we work everyday on expanding that database and recruiting qualified photographers.
We will also be expanding into UAE and Egypt within the next couple of months, so stay tuned.

You can start using Sawerly from any desktop computer and access via any web browser www.sawerly.com. Also you can access Sawerly through any of our mobile applications
iOS: Link to download app
Android: Link to download app
Sign up and fill in your information to create an account in Sawerly and start using our services. Customers who are looking for photographers can start entering their photo shoot details herehere, and within that process they will be asked to create an account to verify their information.

Sawerly is the third party between the customer and photographer to guarantee a great photography experience for both parties. However, sometimes conflicts arise due to miscommunication or lack of commitment and other reasons. Sawerly, gets involved in disputes when either the customer or photographer requests it through the website. We collect all the information relevant to the photo shoot and all the events that happened with both parties. After reviewing all the details, we will then put forward our decision in the matter and a solution that works for both parties. Do note that Sawerly does not take any responsibility on any loses that might occur due to the transaction, make sure to review the terms and conditions of using Sawerly to understand the rights of both parties.

The types of photography skills in Sawerly depend on the skills of the photographers that are registered in Sawerly. We cover both photography and videography skills, and a wide range of experiences in different fields. That includes, weddings, events, products, real estate, documentaries, portraits, youtube programs, sports, advertisement, and many more. Sawerly is your complete photography solution!

Signing up makes it easy for you to have access to your photo shoots, offers, account, information any many more. Also, it helps Sawerly to verify contact information, bank information, and other details that help us provide both the customer and photographer a better photography experience.

As a customer, start entering the details of your photo shoot, whether it was a wedding, event, products, or anything else. Once you have filled up all the information, you can post your request, and Sawerly will notify all the photographers that are experienced in that type of photo shoot. You will start receiving offers from different photographers that are bidding on your shoot and would like to provide you their services. Evaluate the offers and select the photographer that you like, by depositing the amount in your account and purchasing the offer. Do note that the amount is put in an escrow account in your account in Sawerly, and will not be transferred to the photographer until after the photo shoot and with your approval. Once you purchase the offer, you will receive the photographer’s contact information and you will be all set for your big day.

The website is completely free to use. Customers can post photo shoot requests, and photographers can create photographer profiles for free.