Instagram is an amazing platform for sharing your work and following great artists that can inspire you. As you follow more and more people, Instagram will even recommend other users who fall into line with the type of people you normally follow and interact with. The problem though is that most of the suggested users are people that already have a significant following. So what about the people that are up and coming or are new to the platform?
I spend a decent amount of time within the social world of Instagram and I am constantly blown away by some of the work people are putting out. I am even more surprised when I see that they don't have a huge following. Now the term “huge following” can mean a lot of things to different people. An everyday college student posting pictures of their food and coffee may see 1,000 followers as a huge accomplishment. Likewise, Instagram stars with hundreds of thousands of followers may look to the movie stars and classify that as a huge following. For the purpose of this article though, I’m looking at accounts that have a decent amount, but less than 10,000 followers.
Named Fearless Photographer of the Year in 2011 and best of the best in 2011 by Junebug, Rico is a destination wedding photographer based out of Cancun and Riviera May, Mexico. She is also speaking this year at the Way up North conference in Rome, Italy.
2012 Fearless Photographers of the Year and named Rangefinder's top 10 most sought after wedding photographers of 2012. Speaking at this years Way up North conference, they also own and operate the edit outsourcing company The Image Salon.
Based out of New Jersey, Polle not only prides himself on being a photographer, but an artist. He is part of the new class of wedding photographers that strive for creative imagery. He was also just featured on Shotkit.
7. Jay Cassario
Listed as a top 100 wedding photographer by SLR Lounge, Cassario is also a writer for SLR Lounge and Shotkit.
Based out of Northwest Arkansas, Montoya will be speaking at the Forest and Falls workshop in 2017.
9. Sean Leblanc
Ranked one of the top wedding photographers in Canada by the Profesional Wedding Photographers of Canada. Based out of Calgary, Canada, LeBlanc is the only protégé to have worked under Two Mann Studios.
10. Tyler Wirken
11. Bonus! My amazing wife Chasnie Vinson
Always striving to capture images that have a feeling to them. Chasnie uses her easy-going personality to quickly become a familiar part of the wedding day, allowing her to get those close and personal images.
I feel I gave you a wide variety of Instagram users to follow, with their followers ranging from less than 1,000 to around 7,000 and whose experiences range from professional to award winning speaker. I am curious to see who some of your favorite “less followed” wedding photographers are to keep up with. Yes, it can be tempting to post your own account, but let's try and only post links of other people.
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