"Don't use social media to impress people; use it to impact people."
~ Dave Willis
I was really close to titling this article, "Photographers I'm Currently Obsessed With," but thought that might be a little over the top and didn't want to sound like an Instagram stalker. However, I do absolutely love the work created by the photographers I'm sharing below and simply adore their Instagram feeds.
When deciding who to follow on different social media platforms, it's important to look to those accounts that have a positive impact, whether this is creative curiosity, authentic affirmations, and meaningful missives. The accounts should be good for your mind.
There are many accounts that fill my Instagram feed, and other social accounts, with good vibes. As a creative, I tend to follow accounts that inspire me, push my artistic thinking, and soothe my spirit. Here are ten photographers whose feeds I admire.
Lopes is a portrait photographer working in Arizona. He is an associate photographer with Sue Bryce (who I love) and creates simply stunning images. Something that I really like about his work, is how he incorporates his culture (a proud Brazilian) and love of music. Photography brings a combination of experiences and passion and Lopes does a fantastic job of that.
Photo by Gerson Lopes
D'Artagnan is a photographer based in Jackson, Mississippi. While his portfolio is superb, it was his natural light portraits of black women that drew me in. He does an excellent job capturing their beauty in tones and being tastefully sensual. The images are usually paired with positive messages, going against the grain of how black women are portrayed in mainstream media.
Photo by D'Artagnan
If you aren't familiar with Suh's TikToks, you should stop and go follow him now. It is an overload of body positivity, confidence-boosting, and smiles. There is no way to not feel good about taking photos with him, and this is what I like. From behind the scenes and educational snippets on posing, you can tell that he is committed to having his clients show up as their best selves behind the lens.