How One Creative Finds Therapy In Taking Photos

For Jonathan Martin, the act of taking a photo is more important than the photo itself. 

This Phoenix based freelancer has been playing around with cameras from the fifth grade, when he discovered his knack for composition on a family vacation. Since then, he’s found a passion for shooting clean, yet contrasting images without taking himself too seriously.

We caught up with this budding photographer to learn more about what inspires him, his favorite artist to jam out to during a photo shoot, and how he persuades his friends to model for him. (Hint: It involves fast food.) 

Be sure to follow along on our Instagram feed as Jonathan posts his favorite photos, plus a few more fun facts about himself throughout the week. 

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Exploring Art, Light, and People With A Thoughtful Photographer

When Ellie Thomson’s compelled by an emotion, she takes a photo.

Ellie is a student at Indiana University with a strong presence on Instagram and a passion for taking beautiful, clean photos that play with light. In addition to photography, Ellie enjoys keeping flowers, exploring farmer’s markets and appreciating thoughtful design.

This week, we’re thrilled to have Ellie takeover our Instagram feed and share photos from days in her life. In our interview, Ellie explains how she keeps a cohesive visual presence on Instagram (and why it’s important to do so), what she likes to photograph the most, and which contemporary “iphoneographers” inspire her.

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Chasing Adventure with a Travel Photographer

Ken Kaminesky chases adventure.

With his work gracing the cover of National Geographic and in The New York Times, this travel photographer has as knack for capturing picture perfect moments in the world’s most beautiful places.

Ken caught the photography bug during college and since developing that first roll of film, he’s never looked back. After dabbling in portrait photography as a young creative, Ken is now knee-deep in the world that is travel photography. From his popular travel photography blog to his photography touring company, Dream Photo Tours, Ken is busy traveling the world and snapping pictures of it.

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Guest Instagrammer: The Ever-Evolving Renaissance Man

Niraj Mehdiratta is a bit of a modern renaissance man.

You could say he can do it all, except he has his sights set on more. After a stint in finance, Niraj took his talents to the food industry and opened up his first restaurant. Not one to be defined by one aspect of his personality, Niraj can be spotted snapping photos of friends or curating his impressive shoe collection.

Niraj’s interest in photography only came recently, after being inspired by the people and places around him. Despite having only a bit of experience under his belt, it’s clear that this is one of his callings. Niraj’s Instagram feed is full of perfectly plated meals and wanderlust worthy adventures. We’re excited to have him as our Guest Instagrammer this week. Head over to our feed to see Niraj’s snaps of the week and read on to hear all about this multi-talented guy.

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Looking Back On How One Photographer Curates Stories

Steve Carter tells stories for a living, but not how you’d think.

After finding a new love for photography, Steve paired his social media skills to create his perfect career that keeps him in his beloved city of Rochester, New York, telling brands’ stories and building communities.

Missed Steve’s takeover of our Instagram? Check out all of his awesome shots below and don’t forget to check out his interview here.

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From Football to Philanthropy: A Former NFL Player’s Journey to Change the World

If you’ve done some browsing of about.me you’ve probably run across a stunning photo, vivid green with a man walking along an almost invisible road through the forest. With such a compelling photo, maybe you clicked on the page to discover more about the man behind the photograph, Marques Anderson.

A former NFL safety, Marques played football professionally in the United States for four seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers. Following his time in the NFL he traveled, earned a master’s degree, coached football in Norway and founded the World Education Foundation. In his role as director of the foundation he’s traveled to over 50 countries, documenting his travels through photography.

This month, as we end our series of interviews of athletes on about.me and head into our month on sustainability and the environment (in honor of Earth Day on April 22nd), it seems apt to be sharing the story of Marques’s incredible journey through sports and how it is inspiring him to change the world.

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Looking Back at a Travel Photographer’s Adventures

Graham Michael Freeman has the best job of them all: he gets to travel the world taking photos and share them with the world.

We sat down with Graham to discuss his photography and adventures and share his photos on our Instagram feed. Missed Graham’s takeover? Enjoy a dose of wanderlust from this travel photographer’s snaps and don’t forget to check out our interview with him here.

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