I hate being in front of the camera, and I think many photographers feel the same way. So when I discovered Mike Mellia and found out that his Instagram account is almost 99% self-portraits, I was more than a little impressed. But wait! Many of his selfies are also cinemagraphs? I don't know how much more impressed I can get.
Mike is a commercial portrait photographer based out of New York City, and has worked for clients like Vogue, Harry Winston, and Brooks Brothers to name a few. Most commercial shooters seem to fill their Instagram account with samples of work they've done for clients, but not Mellia, he fills his feed with himself and it's awesome.
Part of the gold is in the images themselves, but another large part is in the captions. Subtle, witty, and often mockingly sincere, his captions give a humorous context to seemingly random images.
Much like episodes of Friends were all titled with the introductory "The One..." ("The One with Chandler's Work Laugh" or "The One Where the Stripper Cries"), Mike's posts are all self encapsulated stories about "that one time..."
So how do you take this concept and make it even more fun? Make some of those selfies into cinemagraphs.
Follow Mike on Instagram. It will be like that one time you followed that other photographer on Instagram, but better.
Images used with permission
[Via Mike Mellia]