Photographs are the best way to preserve a moment and keep the memories alive. That’s why we take too many selfies, right? All jokes aside, photos are an invaluable method for honoring and remembering the past as well as sharing the ‘feeling’ of a moment.
On Instagram, there are countless photographers who have actually made a name for themselves inside and out of Instagram. They have taken the field of photography to an exciting new level and we’re taking a dive in to see the best of the best.
Their feeds are populated with game-changing photographs of the quality we had once only expected to see in high-end magazines (called “glossies”), in art galleries, and in coffee table books that people of certain socio-economic strata kept on artful display in their living rooms.
So that you may find yourself suitably schooled, we’ve curated a list of the more venerable of the photography accounts making waves on Instagram now. You might toss their names casually into a conversation at a cocktail party, so as to seem effortlessly hip:
The Best Photography Instagram Account To Inspire You
Instagram photographer #1 Adam Senatori (@adamsenatori)
Adam is a pilot who loves to take photographs of the places he has been to. His feed is what every traveler’s dreams are made of. Make sure to check his amazing aerial photos comprising some serious wanderlust goals. Jaw, meet floor:
Instagram photographer #2: (@brahmino)
Simone’s focus? First: tell the story. His newsfeed is full of breathtaking landscapes as a background for human subjects.
Instagram photographer #3 (@ilhan1077)
Ilhan is a traveler and photographer. He likes taking wide angle photos that show the bigger picture, literally. If you are looking for photography- and travel tips,this is the perfect account to follow.
Instagram photographer #4: Jonpaul Douglass (@jonpauldouglass)
Douglass in an established commercial photographer who likes to incorporate humor and surrealism in his minimal and design-driven photographs. He has worked with huge brand names such as Apple and Instagram.
Instagram photographer #5: Ha’a Keaulana (@haakeaulana)
If you are fascinated by the ocean, the tropical charms of our fiftieth state’s dramatic natural formations, as well as the sport, sportime, and lifestyle embodied by surfing, follow Keaulana, a surfer-photographer from Hawaii, and say “aloha” to some serious photography inspiration.
Instagram photographer #6: (@packtography)
Josh likes to spend his time outdoors wandering the vast uncharted wilderness of Idaho. His artistic inspiration is mostly derived from the natural world so abundantly available in his surroundings, most specifically evident in the resplendence of seasons’ change. You’re sure to enjoy starry skies unspoiled by light pollution, as well as paradisiacal remote cabins in his utopian feed.
Instagram photographer #7: Chris Schoonover (@cschoonover)
Chris is one of the top rising portrait photographers on Instagram, who started capturing photos with iPhone before buying his Fujifilm X100S. He focuses on having his subjects interact with their environment, which allows him to deliver a more photojournalistic style.
Instagram photographer #8: Matt Thiessen (@mthiessen)
Get inspired by Matt Thiessen’s storytelling technique, which involves the using of visuals as he takes us around Canada. This shot alone has us yearning to plan a trip north!
Instagram photographer #9: (@cocu_liu)
With the use of his iPhone alone, Coco Lui takes photo walking tours around San Francisco. Through this simple technique, he’s given countless followers a sneak peek of the often cartoonishly-portrayed city streets in elegant, uncharacteristically muted colors. San Francisco translates well with the more sophisticated treatment.
Instagram photographer #10: Joshua Woods (@joshuawoods)
Joshua is a fashion photographer who graces the Instagram world with his photographs that radiate a stylish, cool, vintage vibe. We’ll leave it at that, and let your discovery reveal the rest.
Instagram photographer #11: Akihito Nagata (@abu888)
Black and white is the progenitor of modern photography and holds relevance for any student or appreciator of photographic arts. To that end, it’s useful and important to study practitioners of the craft. Akihito is a Japanese photographer who specializes in black and white photos. His favorite subjects include architecture and people. If black and white photography is a style you’d like to spend more time exploring, dive into his account for more exposure into its nuances, quirks, and strengths.
Instagram photographer #12: Maria Marie (@cestmaria)
Moving away from the subject of black and white, Cestmaria is one of the more colorful accounts on Instagram. Maria Marie fills her feed with photographs of everyday things and situations in happy pastel colors, not super-saturated, but making use of beautiful contrasts that please the eye and show how color can affect mood and design.
Instagram photographer #13: Sophie Loghman (@sophlog)
Professional partygoer (hello, how did we not plan our career path better? Clearly we were steered wrong along the way) Sophie Loghman maintains vibrant colors in her photographs — envision, if you’re young enough or able to pretend — Katy Perry’s “California Girls” music video. If you need inspiration for bright and colorful photography sessions, check out @sophlog.
Instagram photographer #14: Dirk Bakker (@macenzo)
If symmetry is an element you seek in a photograph, regard Dirk Bakker’s works on Instagram. As a graphic designer, he has unflagging eye for symmetry; lines and patterns are hypnotic and satisfying within his feed.
Instagram photographer #15: Scott Rankin (@othellonine)
This Vancouver-based photographer loves the great outdoors . . . and his camera. Seeing his photos make you want to put on your hiking boots yourself and join him on his moody, intriguing, evocative adventures.
Instagram photographer #16: Aaron Brimhall (@aaronbhall)
Aaron takes badass snaps of motorbikes and luxury cars that will give you the need for speed!
Instagram photographer #17: Garrett King (@shortstache)
An intrepid travel photographer known for his dark and moody aesthetic
Instagram photographer #18: Kara Rosenlund (@kararosenlund)
A talented Aussie lifestyle photographer who shoots everything from houses to food and travel.
Instagram photographer #19: Paola Franqui (@monaris)
A must-follow for cinematic snaps of streetscapes and people
Instagram photographer #20: Nikki Malvar (@heistcreative)
Our go-to for inspo of fun, personality-infused portrait and lifestyle photography!
Instagram photographer #21: Pete McKinnon (@petermckinnon)
A Canadian photographer and videographer who has mastered the art of making any product look cool.
Instagram photographer #22: Lauren Bamford (@laurenbamford)
A studio and still life photographer with an eye for the finer details.
Instagram photographer #23: Nick Clark (@wideopenphoto)
An up-and-coming travel and adventure photographer who artfully captures the beauty of the Australian landscape.
Instagram photographer #24: Yasmin Suteja (@yasminsuteja)
A brand and fashion photographer known for her uber cool, avant-garde aesthetic
Instagram photographer #25: Amy Heycock (@amyheycockart)
This Leeds-based photographer is a pro at capturing the electrifying energy of music gigs
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