Virginia Buechel ("boo-shell") (@buewho - "boo-who") is a digital marketer, native to New Jersey, and is a hobbyist photographer. She is a business savvy explorer always working on digital projects, like @NJspots, a photography community in New Jersey with over 21,000 followers in a little over a year. Besides breaking the stereotypes of New Jersey by featuring gorgeous places around the state, Virginia also enjoys snowboarding and traveling about the country with her partner Stefanie (@stef_livs) to various destinations and National Parks, looking to visit all 59 in her lifetime.
Rachel Ewell is a Minnesota based photographer and co-founder of @MNcommunity - an Instagram group focused on meeting new people and doing good within the community. In this conversation, Rachel and I discuss how she makes this group function and gives us some great insight into what we need to do in order to get started in this direction.
Andy To is a Bay Area based photographer and videographer. Growing up in a rough neighborhood he’s paved his way through adversity after getting his hands onto a camera. He has dedicated his life to spreading positivity and story telling through film making. As of recently he landed the “worlds coolest job” out of 65,000 applicants with Beautiful Destinations. Never in his life did he imagine moving across the country.
Matthew DeFeo is a Denver based photographer. Matthew shoots a one hundred and sixty six year old process called wet plate collodion. His most recent series “Stillwater” explores the hard rock community through intimate wet plate portraits. This project has been shown in numerous group shows across the US, and his first solo show is just wrapping up in Denver.
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Sal D’Alia is the Senior Video Director/Producer at Adorama in NYC. He has worked for Citroen, Nike, Food Network, Glamour, GQ, NY Giants, Bravo, Berman Braum, Sony, DanceOn, Warner Sound, Ultra Records, and John Varvatos. He's a pioneer of the YouTube's original content and his online work can be quantified in 80+ million views.
Branden Harvey is a professional photographer and storyteller based in Nashville, Tennessee. He has become a leader in the world of online storytelling and uses his unique position to help brands, organizations, dreamers and doers tell their story better. Within the last year, Branden has created several outlets to spread good news to the world through his podcast, Sounds Good along with a Good Newsletter, and most recently - the Good Newspaper. You can find Branden on Instagram @brandenharvey.
Bora is a Toronto based urban photographer and storyteller with over 15 years of experience in creative & design industries. Through storytelling and social influence, Bora has contributed to the global photography scene with pushing the envelope forward by producing evocative visuals that typically focus on the urban lifestyle and architecture using the backdrop of his hometown of Toronto as a constant. His work has been exhibited in various art galleries both in Toronto and New York, as well as promoted in major publications such as The Huffington Post and CBC, to name a few.
Michael Thomas ( @LondonViewpoints ) is a London based cityscape and architecture photographer. He specialises in showcasing London’s best views from a variety of vantage points, like skyscrapers, tourist attractions, hills surrounding the city as well as city aerials from helicopter flights. In just 24 months since joining instagram, Michael has grew his loyal following to 118k, without ever being featured by instagram, which allowed him to keep a high engagement level in the current challenging algorithm times.
Attila Adam is a Los Angeles based film/video editor turned photographer. Fueled by his vision, Attila had recently left his regular job for a more challenging freelance lifestyle. As a family man with two girls, he's busy navigating both family and a new career path.
Jordan Winn is a 29 year old art director, designer and photographer based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He recently published his first book with his brother, who is also a photographer. Jordan recently walked away from over 100,000 Instagram followers to pursue something new.
Eric Scire is a freelance photographer from San diego. He has always had a passion for art and photography, and about 5 years ago he decided to chase that passion for a living. For Eric, photography is about having fun and finding yourself. The more you get out there you will find your style and what you like. Its about creating bodies of work that express you and how you feel.
Emily Hinchcliff is a Philadelphia based photographer with a fine art background and a penchant for all things travel. Emily spent a year solo-adventuring throughout Southeast Asia, India, and Nepal, and has had photo essays featured by Passion Passport and Spirited Pursuit. Instagram has played an important role in her life over the past two years, bringing about new connections and friendships during annual visits to Guatemala, states across the US, and even her own backyard.
Dan Newman is an three time Emmy award winner, director of photography, editor, and photographer from Tampa, Florida. His work has taken him all over the world; producing content for television, print publications, and world renown brands.
Bryan Minear is an Official Fujifilm X-Photographer and designer based in the Midwest. Simply put, he is an atmosphere chasing light junkie constantly trying to push the limits of landscape photography. He has recently become a new dad and is currently trying to find balance between a full time job, family, and photography.