I was incredibly reluctant to join the Instagram world a couple of years ago, but once I took the plunge I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly my love affair with those 612 x 612 pixel squares took off. Before creating an Instagram account, I had ignorantly preconceived notions that only high contrast drunk selfies inhabited this form of social media. I couldn’t have been more mistaken. This list of professional photographers’ Instagram accounts proves my past Instagram-bashing self wrong. An entire world of talented artists exists on Instagram and it inspires me to take advantage of Instagram as an artistic outlet. Allow me to discuss a few of my favorites…
Number 1 on this list, Emily Blincoe (A.K.A. @thuglifeforevs) has no doubt served as my greatest source of creative inspiration for my photography endeavors. Blincoe has invented a darling, quirky world through her photography of Austin, TX and her charming captions to support them. Her use of color is what I find most striking, as the majority of her Instawork involves bright pops of fun colors.
Matt Crump presents familiar Texas signs and objects in a fresh new way. His “candy minimalist” style eliminates most background distractions and fills them with pleasant pastels, leaving only the signage to remain in the foreground. I wouldn’t be surprised if a piece of his finds its way to the Museum of Modern Art someday soon.
I want to jump into each and every one of Hunter Lawrence’s Instagram photos. He beautifully captures moments from his outdoor journeys, featuring his wife, Sarah Michelle Lawrence, their dog Aspen, and their orange Volkswagen van. The muted colors of these breathtaking shots of nature evoke a sense of adventure in Lawrence’s followers.
Lauren Marek’s photography often leaves me feeling nostalgic for my high school years growing up in Texas. My favorite shots of hers feature high school basketball games, school buses, and other images that reek of younger years and simpler times. These photos often take on an almost retro vibe that makes her work even more special. I am also a big fan of her merge portraits, in which she allows nature shots to bleed through silhouette portraits of people she knows. The video versions are particularly interesting.
And last but not least, there is Farah Guy—better known as @findfarah. Much like Blincoe, Guy creates a happy, inviting world through her Instagrams of her life in Austin. Many of her shots feature her beautiful feline friend Nonami the Siamese cat, homemade baked goods she has made, and moments spent with friends (who appear just as hip and perfect as Guy is). I find Guy particularly interesting because she works in a hospital whereas many of her Instagram colleagues pursue professional photography full time. I also enjoy her photo locations, which often include “Magic Party Bus” and “Magic Kitchen.”