Welcome to the fourth edition of the Instagram Storytellers series, and the first one of the new year. Instagram Storytellers came about because every day I scroll MY Instagram feed and I see gorgeous storytelling. Every month, I talk to one of my favorite Instagram storytellers about who they are, how they got started and learn about the stories that they are trying to tell though their photos.
I have no idea how I discovered Tina's account. I believe it was through the ClickinMoms hashtag. HOWEVER it happened, I am so glad it did. She is one of my favorite self-taught photographers and I love it when her photos show up in my feed! I'm so glad she agreed to share her thoughts and photos today.
All photos in this post are courtesy of @cupcakesinstead
Tell Us about yourself and your background
How did you first get into photography?
When I first discovered Instagram, I just posted everyday snapshots with my iPhone. I ended up deleting that account and recreating one to showcase my photography. The more I learn in photography, the more my IG changes. One thing I didn't expect when starting IG is the friendships I would gain. Social media can be a good thing. 🙂
In the photography realm, I just want to show that for me personally, it's important that I shoot what I love. That changes every day. The way I see things changes every day. Sometimes I want to document people exactly the way they are. (Actually, that's my favorite.) But other times I like to set things up and try to get nice posed portraits. I also really love to shoot macro…specifically flowers. It's so calming for me. I'm working on improving my still life skills…oh and freelensing. I will not let it defeat me. 🙂
I hope that my feed inspires people in their everyday lives. I've had some pretty amazing people in my life who made me a better person. Their small acts of compassion inspired me. They have been with me all of my life. My goal is to be that inspiration to others.
Probably one from a birth session I recently did. My first birth session. It doesn't get any more beautiful than that.
I love to document people. My favorite thing to do is follow families around and document genuine interactions. It's one of the most fulfilling things I've ever been able to do. I anticipate a client's reaction when I deliver their galleries. When they tell me that what I captured brought tears of joy to their eyes, I feel complete.
When it's done right, definitely black and white.
Tell us 3 of your favorite Instagram accounts
Ahhh! This is always so hard for me. I have so many that I love. It changes all of the time. One photographer who has held the top spot for me for a while now is Summer Murdock. Everything she does is magic. I mean even her Snapchat is just perfect. Swoon!
I love Cecile Michaelis. I love her beautiful photos as well as her beautiful story. I love the strength conveyed through the photos and the story of her sweet daughter Noah. They inspire me.
I recently discovered the beautiful feed of Leslie Kershaw. ( ME TOO!!!) She is absolutely amazing. Her gallery and her spirit are simply beautiful.
Thank you so much Tina!! If you want to follow Tina, check her out at: