Last friday I received some crazy exciting news, I was a suggested user on Instagram.
Those of you unfamiliar with the suggested user list, it is a group of photographers feeds that Instgram feels are the best. They pick people who have a big involvement in this community to be model Instagrammers for all. This has been a goal of mine since I joined. I just never imagined it happening. But it has, and in a matter of days I've jumped up to 11k+ followers. I'm so grateful for this oppertunity to have this platform to stand on and to show my work.
I know a lot of you out there use Instagram. I was intrigued by it from the moment I got my Iphone 4s a few years ago. As I've had this passion for photography I thought this was a pretty cool way to share my work and get feedback. Likes or comments all of it made me happy. Once I figured out how the whole #hashtag system worked, I was on my way. I did a bit of research on Instagram, call me a nerd but I'm a "need-to-knower" always have been, always will be... and I found some inspiring people to follow and found some "communities" I could be active with. The first time I started posting pictures with hashtags and seeing the likes build up, I was ecstatic! To me, the fact that 28 people liked my photo was amazing. ( I soon realized there were also key words or tags that had bots like the photo instantly) but still I kept at it. I made friends, I had photos featured and built up a bit of a following. It was a slow process, and when I reached 100 followers, I couldn't believe it.
What I love about Instagram is how it also has become an online photographic diary I have of my life. I get to document these normal life events with a photo, and have them all together on one beautiful feed. I get to look back and see how much my boys have grown, and how much I have grown as well. Instagram has definitely been a big part of my life.
One of the communities I first became involved with was one created by Josh Johnson & Kevin Kuster, which now is called @jjcommunity. There I participated in daily challenges and always had to be creative. It was to the point where the boys would ask me "whats the challenge today?" I remember one being circles, Brixton brought me some of his marker lids, and I shot them
This photo was one of my first that received quite a lot of buzz on ig. The fantastic Josh Johnson featured it on his main page, which is kind of a big deal.... it absolutely opened my eyes up to the way I see an everyday object too. Since then, I feel I see things differently too. I know its not everyones cup of tea, but for me I'm always looking for my next shot. One of my favourite quotes as a photographer is
“ Which of my photographs is my favourite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow. – Imogen Cunningham
And its true.
I've also had the honour of becoming a mentor on the hub @momentsinthesun. The whole premise of this feed is to get out and enjoy your life outdoors with your loved ones. It was such an honour when I was asked to join their amazingly talented team, of course I said yes. I enjoy going through photos that have been tagged to #momentsinthesun getting inspired, and picking photos to be featured. There is so much talent out there. I love all that this app has done for me, and am very thankful for all the amazing talented people I have met along my way.
Here are a few more photos Ive taken with my old Iphone 4s (since this past christmas I have upgraded to an Iphone 6)