Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m originally from Utah but I moved to Boston three years ago to go to Northeastern University to study journalism. I can regularly be found strolling down Commonwealth Ave., in a Beacon Hill alleyway, or in Tatte with at least a few pastries. I enjoy old movies, traveling, and taking pictures.
When did you realize your passion for photography?
My photography passion has stemmed from Instagram and has been growing in different ways ever since. I became more interested in photography after moving to Boston because I wanted to share the beautiful parts of the city with friends and family. Seeing Boston Instagram accounts like @brianmcw and @ashleymcky inspired me to try it for myself. Two years after installing Instagram and taking photography more seriously, I was lucky enough to intern at Nicole Chan Photography where I assisted on wedding and portrait shoots. Being exposed to such a talented and successful photographer opened my eyes to what is possible. Everyday I see photos on Instagram that inspire me and push me to become a better photographer.
How has becoming an Instagram influencer impacted your life or career?
As I mentioned, Instagram has been a big inspiration to pursue photography more seriously and has helped lead me to everything I do photography related today. It has allowed me to connect with so many awesome people and I have met many real life friends through the app. But most recently, being an Instagram influencer has given me a reason to move to New York. Two years after getting joining, I became a suggested user which helped me gain more followers. Through that, I have been able to work with companies to help promote advertising campaigns through my page as well as by creating content for companies’ pages. After working on multiple campaigns, it has sparked an interest in social media marketing. So starting in July, I will begin a social media internship in New York City.
What is your advice to aspiring photographers on Instagram?
Look at a lot of photos you love, then try and take a similar photo. For me, the best way to learn photography is hands on. The times I’ve seen the most improvement in my photography is when I have a specific goal in mind and through experimentation and a lot of clicks of the shutter, I get a photograph I am proud of. When looking at photos you love, try and really analyze every aspect that it took to make the photograph. For example; try to figure out what time of day it was taken, how the scene was composed, what the subject was, how it was edited, what direction the light was coming from, what camera was used, what the settings were, where the photographer was standing, what the weather conditions were, ect… Once you figure out some of those key details about the photos you love, you will be much closer to creating a photograph you’re proud of. There is also an endless amount of online material to learn more about the technical parts of photography and photo editing.
Anything else you’d like to share?
For me, the best part of Instagram is about being inspired by the awesome content and being able to connect with other people. It is easy to get caught up in the number of followers and likes, but as long as you’re creating content you’re proud of and connecting with people you enjoy, then that’s the most important part.
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