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Time Out With Tanya

Top 10 Photographers to Follow on Instagram

By Tanya Goodall Smith on July 16th 2014

Welcome to Time Out with Tanya, where I’ve put my fast paced graphic design career on hold in favor of adventures in motherhood. I’m capturing every moment on camera and you can come along, if you’d like. Sign up for my weekly email here so you’ll never miss a Time Out.

This week, I’m sharing my Top 10 Photographers to follow on Instagram. Unlike Facebook, where the personal lives and commentary make an artist’s profile interesting, Instagram is all about pure visual appeal for me. I want to see a nicely curated and themed portfolio. I want to be inspired. I want to want to travel to where they’re going, eat what they’re eating, live their experiences, or be the person I’m following. How about you? Who are your faves?

1. cannellevanille

Food, family, the Pacific Northwest. What’s not for me to love here? Every photo by cannellevanille is like comfort food for my soul. Warm, fuzzy, sensory. Feels like Home (or what I want Home to be, anyway…)

2. pketron

Architectural elements, abstract shapes and color dominate pketron’s feed. She also captures landscapes in an abstract way that inspires me.

3. kat_in_nyc

A Russian photographer experiencing New York City, kat_in_nyc captures a lot of double exposures, reflections, people, architecture and scenes so perfectly New York, you won’t even have to go there to experience it. I love it.

4. etna_11

The architectural, graphic and abstract shapes of etna_11’s feed will make you want to pack your bags and move to minimalist Sweden. Every single image makes me giddy with delight. My inner graphic designer is freaking out here.

5. bobbimac

If landscapes are more your thing, you’ll love bobbimac. Peaceful foggy morning scenes featuring lone trees, rolling fields of wheat or cliffs overlooking a valley will practically beckon you to get out of the city and into nature. I just got back from a week-long camping trip in the dirt so I think I’ll just enjoy nature from bobbimac’s English countryside feed for now, though…

6. dirka

A Southern California adventurer, dirka makes me want to get over to the coast and go to the beach! Seriously, I’m feeling landlocked over here in Spokane. I need me some waves and palm trees already.

7. akemiphotos

I’ll admit, I’m not much of a pet person. In fact, my husband and I have a “no pet” policy at our house. Maybe someday we’ll cave and let the kids get a goldfish or something. akemiphotos‘ Instagram features pets so cute I sometimes think I might consider changing my mind, though. I mean, look at how cute they are!

8. trouvemag

Ok, so Trouve Magazine is not technically a photographer, but their photography is so lovely that I had to include them. The Instagram feed of this quarterly collection of “found creativity” is eclectic and beautiful (kind of like me, Ha!)

9. alice_gao

Another New York photographer, alice_gao snaps photos of food and other goodies with her iphone and makes me want to eat a snack right now…

10. smilemepretty

Last, but far from least, smilemepretty chronicles the life of Emma Vidmar, a girl from my little town who is interning at Martha Stewart in New York. How cool is that? I guess New York wins for most popular in my Instagram news feed. Who knew?

Of course, I would love for you to follow me, too! My feed isn’t nearly as delightful as any of these (ok, I’ll be honest, it’s mostly pictures of my kids…), but if you want to see what I’m up to, follow me here. I post photos taken with my Samsung Galaxy phone (which I love). For tips on improving your Instagram feed, check out my 10 BEGINNER TIPS FOR CREATING BETTER CELL PHONE PICS.

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Tanya Goodall Smith is the owner, brand strategist and commercial photographer at WorkStory Corporate Photography in Spokane, Washington. WorkStory creates visual communications that make your brand irresistible to your target market. Join the stock photo rebellion at

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Zeralda LaGrange

    Thanks! Always on the lookout for new work to discover.

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  2. James Matthews

    I try to do instagram but I get frustrated with the square image…guess I need to get more creative.

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    • Tanya Smith

      This is a hinderance for sure. Especially since so many of the other social media platforms we use have a rectangular image format.

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  3. Michael Fan

    cannellevanille’s instagram name has a little typo. Missing an E after Cannell

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  4. Michael Chapman

    Interesting article, but instead of looking at others’ photos to a huge degree, I’d rather be out shooting my own. :)

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