15 Dec 2015 23 of My Favorite Stock Photography Accounts to Follow on Instagram
Instagram continues to increase in relevance, especially for visual media markets like microstock. More and more stock photo people are getting involved, so there’s now no shortage of inspiration, education and entertainment for our industry on Instagram.
It’s also a great way to keep up with market changes and follow evolution of styles, seeing how agencies leverage the platform for promotion and how stock shooters develop their own brands.
Stock photographers often show both final images as well as behind-the-scenes (“BTS”) shots, providing insight into how they shoot. Agencies highlight top images, tailoring the style for the Instagram market (super authentic, artistic and visually impressive) and graphically promote their news.
Here’s a list of some of the accounts in my follow list. Feel free to share your favorite Instagram accounts to follow below in the comments.
When it comes to the eye-candy of Instagram, nobody does it better than the current darling of the PRF market, Cavan Images. Their flair for artistic shots that are still very commercially usable is exactly what works on Instagram.
A long-time traditional stock shooter, Colin is the master of fantasy, creating mind-blowing composites and amazing scenes.
From Belarus, but now living in Thailand, Viktor has the perfect microstocker lifestyle – living in a tropical island country shooting beautiful girls in cool clothes on the beach. He generously puts a lot of this amazing lifestyle on display via his Instagram account.
The traveling microstocker who left home 10 years ago, Holger is now heavily into timelapse and drone video, much of which he shares via Instagram alongside shots of his traveling lifestyle.
Forest is a photographer at one with the universe, which you’ll instantly recognise when you meet him, or see through his photography if you don’t. He has an amazing talent for capturing people in natural landscapes that make you want to be there. It’s pure wanderlust on Instagram.
Ten days and ten thousand shutter clicks later and I'm back in NY with a solid haul of New Zealand's finest black sand in my left ear and a deep gratitude for all the hard work, big laughs, cold schoo-dogs, wicked wicking, and creative collabs with the legendary @icebreakernz crew – @declanjohngeraghty @jackschow @gareth_gardner @Farawayfabian @mayamarikab @vincinader @_missmara_ @tom_powell_photo @stefanknight13 @housepfbambi @lukemorreau @janemow @jayderutene @randallbouverie @se_grey21 @katelauren4
Andres is very open and generous with insights into his business for being one of the microstock industry’s top photographers. He shares finished photos, BTS shots and selfies with his images-in-use, for a very entertaining and educational Instagram feed.
As Andres’s sister, business manager, second shooter and top model, Adriana is a powerhouse unto herself, and thankfully also heavily into Instagram. She shares another perspective of the Andresr Imaging business.
Funny when your face is the one wishing travelers a safe trip and you are the one traveling!! ! 🙈😂 Greece here we go!!! | Despidiéndome de mi misma en el aeropuerto lol Ahora sí nos fuimos!!! ☀️⛵️🐠 #AndresR #traveling #travel #lovetraveling #lovetotravel #instatravel #photoshoot #ILoveMyJob #marketing #advertisment #advertisementphotography #modeling #working #istock #istockphotos #gettyimages #iStockbyGettyImages #stockphoto #stockphotography #Latinwoman #microstockphotos #microstock #Latinmodels
When your target market is everyone who ever needs to design something, you tend to focus heavily on design. Canva’s Instagram feed is packed full of gorgeous design tips, some team shots from the office, design inspiration, and cool quotes.
It’s all about the images at Shutterstock, with an Instagram feed full of gorgeous imagery, with only a rare promo image here and there.
Targeting young, hip, connected photo buyers necessitates being on Instagram, and Stocksy does it with enthusiasm. There’s a lot to enjoy here, and to learn the ‘non-stocky stock’ aesthetic of Stocksy.
As specialists in multiethnic imagery, Blend brings their brand of traditional Royalty Free and Rights Managed stock to Instagram, highlighting awesome images from their all-star roster of shooters.
Hailing from stock photo royalty, Daniel shares the family wisdom through Instagram, via a combination of complete shots and BTS shots, more heavily waited to the latter. It’s a great insight into the business.
Another photographer I’ve been enjoying following recently is Inti St.Clair. Her flair for the natural, candid, authentic stock photo is unparalleled. She shares a lot of interesting business, personal and travel images via her Instagram feed, and it’s all delicious.
Leandro Crespi was an early-adopter microstocker but has now found his ideal position as a curator for Stocksy, lending his eye for beautiful imagery to the thriving cooperative. His own Instagram feed is full of awesome shots, including many of my favorite city, Sydney.
Let’s face it, if there’s one thing 500px has always been known for, it’s eye candy. So it’s obvious the photo-sharing site turned stock agency would be good at… well, another photo sharing site. 500px’s Instagram feed is all about the images.
As Director of Content Development at Shutterstock, and the creative force behind the runaway success that is Offset, Keren Sachs is someone who’s taste in imagery you want to see. Sprinkled with family shots, some food, some travel, and some shots from inside the Shutterstock offices, there’s a lot to see and learn here.
Not many know it, but this whole “authenticity” movement was started by Photocase. The original non-stocky-stock company hasn’t adapted to Instagram at all. Instagram adapted to Photocase. The original, querky and always-authentic imagery is a delight.
You may know him as the ironman stock photographer, or that Australian living in Denmark shooting in Cape Town photographer, but most just know Josh Hodge as an uber-successful stock photographer with amazing images. His Instagram feed is no departure from that theme.
Rebranding from her previous moniker, Kamchatka, Galyna Andrushko is the queen of landscape stock, constantly traveling and shooting amazing scenery.
Coming onto the industry radar more and more these days, Westend61 is a growing agency out of Germany, showing the older agencies how it’s done. They’re sharing their success and take on what makes imagery premium via their Instagram feed, which older traditional agencies are no-doubt studying hard.
Weekend has started! Time to go out for drinks with friends. Pic by our photographer Jaén Stock who did some great shots with people at their workplaces. #weekend #enjoylife #drinks #nightout #fun #night #bar #free #itsfriday #goodtimes #handsome #bearded #beardedmen #photooftheday #instadaily #stockphoto
An exciting brand I’ve been enjoying watching evolve, Hero Images comes from ex-Veer / Corbis producers and photographers, most of whom I had the pleasure to work with way back in 2010 as part of the Veer PhotoOp. Hero is proof that thriving as a traditional RF stock photo production company is still possible if you get it right. Their Instagram feed shares all aspects of shoot production including their awesome finished products.
The gorgeous imagery of Shutterstock’s premium brand, Offset has a lot to keep your Instagram feed pretty. Offset on Instagram is almost all about the imagery which sells itself.
The original Food Pornographer, Kelly Cline keeps her Instagram feed chock full of dishes guaranteed to make you salivate. There’s also some interesting shots of raw ingredients before they’re cooked, and the occasional cute photo of her cats.
It's been a while since I have posted! I've been healing up after surgery and I have been missing all of you! This is a big beautiful bowl of chanterelles, black trumpet, king trumpet, beech, maiitake and out of frame is enokitake that my pal @chefrobinl brought over, a little while back, for us to play with and then turn in to pickled shrooms. Can't wait to get back in the kitchen & studio again!!!
Who are your Favorites?
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