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8 Philly Instagrammers To Follow In 2013

Since 2012 is coming to a close and Instagram just signed up its 100 millionth user, we decided to put together a list of our eight favorite Instagrammers from Philadelphia.

8 Philly Instagrammers To Follow In 2013

David Maialetti(@maialetti), who made our list of 8 Instagrammers to follow in 2013, took this Instagram photo of Philadelphia Eagles´ kicker Alex Henery during pre-game warmups.
David Maialetti(@maialetti), who made our list of 8 Instagrammers to follow in 2013, took this Instagram photo of Philadelphia Eagles' kicker Alex Henery during pre-game warmups.

Since 2012 is coming to a close and Instagram just signed up its 100 millionth user, we decided to put together a list of eight Instagrammers we think you should follow in 2013. We asked all of them the same six questions to get a little insight into their life as a phone photographer.

Be sure to let us know if you have any recommendations for us in the comment section. 


@cbeatz852

How long have you been on Instagram?
I've been on Instagram for 2 years. I joined the community in November of 2010, three or four weeks after the app launched.

What’s your favorite thing about Instagram?
I guess, its easy to say the pictures. But for me, the community has got to be my favorite thing about Instagram. Its different from Facebook and Twitter. The uniqueness is incomparable to any other social network. It's a network of people, bonded together off of their love for photography. It was kind of a secret society, at first, because you needed an iPhone to access the app. That has changed now but, that captivated me. And to be honest, at that point, I couldn't think of it as a social network. It was just Instagram.

Who's your favorite Instagrammer and why?
This is a hard one. I have a few favorites, but there is one guy. Jason Moss (@jasonmoss) from Philadelphia, PA is a big inspiration. His style of photography and editing process caught my attention. All of his photos have an interesting and uniformed tone. The body of his work is very simplistic. It really made me think differently about my photography on Instagram.
 
Do you shoot photographs for a living?
I'm not a professional. I just take a lot of pictures. I'm hearing that I should think about it.

If so, do you ever find yourself shooting with your phone before your actual camera?
I'll answer this question just for fun. Since, I can't afford a real nice camera. I use my iPhone 100% of the time.

How do you approach your Instagramming? What inspires you to Instagram something when you see it?
When I instagram, I really look to set a mood now. Mood is so important with my photography. 'I want the viewers to feel that they are right there in the picture.' If its cold or hot outside when I take the photo, I want them to know that, without me telling them in the caption. If a storm is brewing inside the photo, I want them to feel the elements just by one look. I want viewers to stare at my photos for hours and let their minds wander. As far as inspiration to Instagram a subject, it can be anything. The music I'm listening to can really have an effect on what I choose to photograph and how I do it. I really find a comfort in shooting skyscrapers, structures, trees, roads, and monuments. I basically photograph places and things that are taken for granted. 


@maialetti

How long have you been on Instagram? 
I first posted to Instagram 20 weeks ago, and coincidently that is number of hours a day I spend on the app. Is this normal?

What’s your favorite thing about Instagram? 
Besides the spammers it would be sharing images with others. 

Who's your favorite Instagrammer and why?  
I have 329 favorite IGers at the moment. Many of them might stop following me if I picked someone besides them as my favorite. The answer is actually @emencher Eric Mencher, the world traveling Philly-based photographer and good friend. Why you ask? He uses light like Caravaggio. Just visit his gallery. 

Do you shoot photographs for a living?

I don’t shoot anything for a living. Shooting has a violent tone to it. Yes, I’m a staff photographer with the Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Philly.com. If you like me on Instagram, please support my day job.


If so, do you ever find yourself shooting with your phone before your actual camera? 
I make images with both at the same time. Multitasking is mandatory skill working for the Daily News. 

How do you approach your Instagramining? What inspires you to Instagram something when you see it? 
Usually my pinky finger is extended while using the app. Walking the streets of Philadelphia inspires me to Instagram. 


@karrisa

How long have you been on Instagram? 

I've been on instagram for a little over two years now, right before it blew up as a social networking sensation.

What’s your favorite thing about Instagram?

My favorite thing about instagram is how it acts as a visual diary for myself. When I look back on my instagram feed, it's pretty much documentation of what I've seen and experienced on a daily basis.

Who's your favorite Instagrammer and why?

My favorite instagrammer title is a tie between Landon Nordeman (@landonnordeman, NYC) and Neal Santos (@nealsantos, Philly) because they both have such a consistent style as far as subject, color and composition. It's impossible not to "like" every one of their photos. I'd be lying if I said I didn't look forward to their posts.

Do you shoot photographs for a living? 
I am a freelance photographer outside of instagram and I do essentially shoot for a living, or I'm trying to anyway!

If so, do you ever find yourself shooting with your phone before your actual camera? 
I constantly find myself shooting with my iPhone before my actual camera and consider it one of my worst habits. The convenience of an iPhone is undeniable, but the downside is it causes me to neglect my camera often.

How do you approach your Instagramining? What inspires you to Instagram something when you see it?
I approach instagram simply by stumbling upon things that I think would make a good picture. I'm constantly inspired by lighting. It may be a building or a tree I walk by everyday, or a wall in my apartment but if the light looks nice then I feel compelled to share it. And of course, there's always those occasional, but necessary, portraits of my cat and still-life's of my cappuccino.


@nealsantos

How long have you been on Instagram? 
I've been a member of Instagram since April of 2012. 
 
What’s your favorite thing about Instagram?
I enjoy how largely autonomous the medium is. As a photographer, it allows me to practice and experiment with mobile photography and share it with a community of followers within minutes.
 
Who's your favorite Instagrammer and why?
I enjoy mostly friends, family and colleague photos on Instagram. I admire the work of local photogs @emencher, @maialatti as well as NYC photographer Chriz Ozer and food photographer Marte Marie Forsberg.
 
Do you shoot photographs for a living? 

Yes, I'm a photographer for the Philadelphia City Paper. 
 
If so, do you ever find yourself shooting with your phone before your actual camera? 
If i'm out on assignment I generally don't run into that problem, although I do like to juggle with both mediums. 
 
How do you approach your Instagramining? What inspires you to Instagram something when you see it?
I apply basic photography principles to Instagramming. Good lighting, strong, simple compositions with interesting characters or subjects thrown inbetween. And, y'know, if my dogs do anything cute. Which is pretty often.


@jiggyfly

How long have you been on Instagram?
I have been on instagram since the July of 2011. I downloaded the app out of curiosity. 

What’s your favorite thing about Instagram?
My favorite thing about instagram has to be the interaction. I've met some wonderful people through instagram and hope to meet many more.

Who's your favorite Instagrammer and why? 
Wow. Such a tough question. I think it's a tie between takinyerphoto and sionfullana, both from NYC. The images they capture are so real and their processing puts them over the top.

Do you shoot photographs for a living?
I currently shoot photographs as a hobby. There has been some interest from people that want to buy prints. I'm currently working on a website that will launch sometime in 2013 so hopefully I can turn my hobby into a living.

How do you approach your Instagramining? What inspires you to Instagram something when you see it?
I approach Instagramming when I get the itch. I take photowalks for hours. I love it because I feel at peace on those walks. It takes all my worries away for a little bit. I love capturing the very essence of people in their most candid moments. When I find those photos, I love to share them.


@streetsdept

How long have you been on Instagram?
I’ve been on Instagram for about a year now.

What’s your favorite thing about Instagram?
Well, firstly, I’m a very visual person. In elementary school I got pinned as a visual learner, and nothing’s changed. I really connect to images, rather than text/Twitter, for example. And secondly, I like that Instagram, much more than other social networks, really gives you a look into someone’s perspective: how they see their world/day/city/life.

Who's your favorite Instagrammer and why?
Circa_1983, from Whistler, BC, Canada… It's mostly scenic photos (mountains, oceans, etc.,) but they are all so well shot and so different from what I see and post on a daily basis that it’s incredibly refreshing.
 
Do you shoot photographs for a living?
I do, sort of. I run a street art photography blog called Streets Dept, but my 9-5 job is as a social media community manager/strategist for Quaker City Mercantile.

If so, do you ever find yourself shooting with your phone before your actual camera?
It depends. If I have my camera on me, I’m usually shooting something with a very specific intent. My phone, on the other hand, is perfect for when I catch something more spontaneously: a new wheatpaste, a sunset’s reflection cast on Liberty Two, etc. They have pretty different uses in my mind.

How do you approach your Instagramining? What inspires you to Instagram something when you see it?

I shoot anything that makes me stop in my tracts, and that happens about once or twice a day. Again, this may be a really captivating new street art piece, an unusual building composition, a particularly beautiful sunset, etc. But whatever it is, if I feel something in real life, I do my best to have that come through in the photo. 


@stanleyphoto

How long have you been on Instagram? 

I've been on Instagram for about eight months, since it was first introduced for Android users back in April.

What’s your favorite thing about Instagram? 
I love the exposure to other people's work that Instagram provides. I'd always thought of the photography community as a small one, but I'm amazed every day by the number of people I see sharing beautiful work from within the Philadelphia community, let alone beyond.

Who's your favorite Instagrammer and why? 
There are so many photographers sharing consistently stunning work on Instagram, but Eric Mencher (@emencher) is someone who constantly leaves me wondering how he does it. He splits his time between Philadelphia and Guatemala, and he brings an uncanny ability to make the commonplace look extraordinary in both locations. His work literally makes me see the world differently.

Do you shoot photographs for a living? 
I am lucky to make a living through photography. At the moment, I'm a freelance editorial photographer in Philadelphia. 

If so, do you ever find yourself shooting with your phone before your actual camera? 
Every day that goes by, my phone becomes more and more my go-to camera. It's always with me, it's discreet, and the image quality is getting better and better.

How do you approach your Instagramining? 

I got into photography through journalism, and I think that shaped my opinion of what merited taking a picture. My photography was driven by people and "newsworthiness," and while photojournalism is still my passion, Instagram has changed the way I see. In journalism, I'm generally reacting to moments, then searching for ways to tell a story in an aesthetically pleasing way. With Instagram, it's more about recognizing nice light, colors, shapes, etc. and then waiting for a moment to take advantage of that scene. So they're essentially contrasting philosophies, but I like to think that each one will influence the other to make me a better photographer. The one thing I know is that I'm taking and sharing more pictures than I ever have before, and that can only be a good thing. 


@bradlarrison

How long have you been on Instagram? 
Since it was released for Android. I still don't have an iPhone although I do want one, maybe someday. 

What’s your favorite thing about Instagram? 
Well the main thing that attracted me to it was that I could have this limitless collection of images of things I've seen and places I've been and not only share it with people but not have to worry about the more mundane side of photography, for example, I don't have to back up and organize my files. 

Who's your favorite Instagrammer and why? 
I think that has to go Eric Mencher, who hails from right here in Philly. He's a really talented shooter and an all around great guy. I really enjoy looking at the way he see's world, his images are always artfully composed, well lit, and are just interesting look at. 

Do you shoot photographs for a living? 
I do. I'm a freelance photojournalist and editorial photographer. 

If so, do you ever find yourself shooting with your phone before your actual camera? 
On assignment, sometimes, but not too much. However, I do spend a lot of time in some rough parts of Kensington for a personal project I'm working on with a friend of mine and there are definitely times when someone might yell at me not to take their picture, probably because they're doing something illegal, and I'll have already taken two with my phone. I'm also more likely to leave the house without a dslr now, where as in the past I would be afraid that I might see something and miss it. 

How do you approach your Instagraming? 
What inspires you to Instagram something when you see it? Same way I approach "regular" photography. I look for the same types of things really, interesting people or scenes, or light; anything out of the ordinary. Sometimes, my dog is enough.

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