A few favourite Instagrammers that inspire me

I’ve collected quite a variety of Instagram accounts to follow over the years that I’ve been using the site. Some local, some international… some friends and moms, and some street photographers, and some just amazing people.

I go through phases with my photography, and tend to get inspired by different genres of photography depending on what I’m trying to learn or get better at.

Here are a few Instagrammers that are inpiring me at the moment, hopefully there are a few in my list that you haven’t heard of yet:

1. Daniel Krieger.  I used to follow his wedding photography blog, but now he’s mostly doing food photography. His photos are mostly not mobile photography, but I’m in awe of his work

 

2. Thomas_K he seems to favour VSCO looking edits, which is my favourite iPhone editing app.

3. Zeno Petersen. Local guy. I just love how he sees the world and how he uses light in his photography. I saw his work at the Instagram exhibition a few year ago and have been following him ever since

4. NorthWestMommy. I mean seriously, how amazing are her dogs?! LOVE LOVE her work with kids and horses and dogs.

5. Vanessa Lewis. Also local. She’s been travelling through France, and you just have to see her photos, especially of Versailles! Her daughter Nina is often the focus of her photography and she’s so damn cute!

6. Jonas Peterson. I’ve stopped following wedding photographers blogs, but this guy is one of my favourites… so I’m following his Instagram feed instead of his blog.

7. My 4 Hens. Sarah is an amazing photographer, and she hosts the Project 52 that I’m doing. Her Instagram feed makes me want to take better photos of my kids and my own story. She’s doing a mobile only Project 365 on her Instagram feed this year.

 

 

Hopefully some of those will inspire you too!

Let me know if you’d like me to share a few more. I’m on Instagram using my usual Jenty handle, so be sure to follow me there 😉

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19/52 Home sweet home

The theme for the week on MyFourHens Photography’s 52 Project: Home sweet home

I had grand plans for this one. I was going to trek into the inner city and take photos of my favourite street and talk about Joburg. I thought of taking photos of the kids in a favourite part of the city. Oh there were many ideas.

And then the week flew by in a mad rush… and this happened on Sunday evening and although a little boring, it is home.

Bradley reading to help with winding down… he’s struggling to sleep at the moment with the chaos that is our house. A book and a warm milo seems to do the trick at the moment. Note the real paper book… my son the geek who spends most of his free time on his laptop or my iPad or the Xbox, prefers to read old school books… which is much more expensive but at least he loves reading!

 

 

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18/52 : Clean

The theme for the week on MyFourHens Photography’s 52 Project: Clean

Don’t have much to say about this one…

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To like schools Facebook pages or not

The boys school started a Facebook page a few months ago, and I wasn’t keen on the idea at all. I do understand that it’s great marketing for the school, and they really probably need it to get new kids in the school.

But to me, it was an issue of privacy. I know I post photos of the boys at their school on my blog, but the badge is never visible and they’re always in black and white so that it’s harder to figure out which school they go to. I control what photos of their schooling is shared. I was happy with that.

Then the Facebook page came along, and I wasn’t happy that the school was willy nilly publishing images without me having a say.

I know, you’re probably wondering whether I’ve gone mad…  I work in social media and I’m a photographer after all, and photos on Facebook etc is how I market. But my clients trust that I’m only going to publish the good ones. Also, they sign a contract saying that I can publish online. And there’s nothing like that at the school, as far as I know… they post quite a lot of blurred photos and a lot showing all the kids faces.

Every time I see Connor or Bradley’s photo, I smile. I don’t like the photos though. I tend to like other photos that don’t have my kids in them. I do tend to look at the albums properly though, and I read all the stories.

But, the boys have now discovered the Facebook page… after I mentioned a photo that I’d seen, and showed them on my phone.

They LOVE it. They’ve spent ages in the last few days checking out all the albums and chatting about their friends and telling me stories about what’s happened.

And all of a sudden, my mind is changing.

I get it now.

I love seeing what my kids actually do during the day… from the little in-class projects to planting trees and finding worms. I can’t be there at all their sporting events, I work. Parents don’t have access to see all the little things the kids do, and they don’t talk about it. The photos are awesome conversation starters at home.

It’s a thousand times better to see the photos on Facebook, than it is to find them on that awful, awful, awful “school communicator” system D6 (speaking of which, can’t some clever developer create a better system for schools to use). Because, I actually never ended up seeing them there! LOL!

Does your kids’ school have a Facebook page? What do you think about it?

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An afternoon in Jozi streets with Joburg Places

I was fortunate to get invited to attend the launch of Visa’s #myeverywhere campaign. The event was held at The Sheds @ 1 Fox street in the middle of Joburg city. I love going to that market, the food and atmosphere is just incredible! #Myeverywhere is a video campaign where you submit videos showing your favourite […]

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A walk with the kids

I needed to get my “Birds Eye View” shot for my Project 52, so I took the boys (and my mom) to Melville Koppies. The idea was to take photos of them looking at the JHB skyline, but I didn’t really “feel” it in the end for the theme… but we did have some fun. […]

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Running through April

I haven’t done a monthly running update in a while, and now that I’ve finally updated my Run Walk for Life logbook, I have all the stats again! LOL! During April I: Ran 120.1km – woohoo! I finally got to another badge at RWFL… you get a different badge in your logbook at 115km, and I’ve […]

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17/52 : birds eye view

The theme for the week on MyFourHens Photography’s 52 Project: Bird Eye View I had so many ideas for this topic. From taking photos of the dogs from the balcony… they weren’t interested. Taking photos of Sandton from a tall residential block… forgot to ask permission. Going up Carlton Centre to take a photo of […]

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Most amazing Lego exhibition

We took the kids to see the Art of the Brick exhibition in Rosebank on Monday afternoon. They wanted to play adventure golf actually, but I’d run a 21km race in the morning and couldn’t think of anything worse when my legs were too sore. So, Art of the Brick it was, and the kids […]

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A morning browsing through Kamersvol at St Johns

I spent quite a few hours today at the Kamers vol geskenke market that is currently being held at St Johns college in Houghton Estate. I’ve been looking forward to this pop-up market for ages, so I made sure that I didn’t book a shoot for one day this weekend! I went to the market […]

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