Looking Back on How One Artist Creates Light

For Sofia Hellsten, creating something new is a part of her daily routine.

Her light-filled images snapped everywhere from Sweden to Tuscany made us want to elevate our Instagram skills. Sharing snaps of her adventures, Sofia took over our Instagram feed and did not disappoint. From a delicious breakfast snapshot to her favorite vacation spot, Sofia’s grams inspired us to hop on a plane and enjoy the world that awaits us.

Missed her takeover? Check our all of her beautiful and colorful images below or with the hashtag #SOFIAaboutdotme and don’t forget to read up on her foray into art and what inspires her in our interview here.

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Chasing Light + Color Through Sweden

Sofia Hellsten enjoys building anything from the ground up.

From snapping photos to painting to whipping up a delicious breakfast, this Sweden-based photographer and student thrives off of creating things with her own two hands.

Sofia’s whimsical Instagram feed plunges us into wanderlust mode. From her adventures through Europe to a mouth-watering shot of her favorite meal, the beautiful simplicity in her photos captivates us.

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Tips For A Standout Photo

A powerful photo shows personality, comfort and confidence.

With these 5 tips, you’ll be well on your way to achieving all 3.

1 – Be deliberate. 

Although most great photos convey an air of spontaneity, it’s important to schedule a photo session and think critically about photo logistics. Make sure you plan your shoot when you can get great light. If you want your photo outside, consider taking a photo in the early morning hours around sunrise and at the magical hour before sunset. Besides timing, you’ll also want to determine how you want your face framed. For your about.me page, a horizontal photo works best with your face off-center.

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Why One Expert Photographer Values Empathy

Listen. Pause. Think.

Not necessarily the words of advice you’d expect from a father of two boys who balances his careers as a professional photographer and as an Interactive Director at Origin. But Rory Tucker is far from ordinary.

Rory opened up about his lifelong love of photography, belief in active listening and appreciation for playing outside.

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Guest Instagrammer: Building Communities + Telling Stories

Steve Carter has a knack for telling stories.

A social media strategist, Steve combines his love of photography with his devotion to creating communities to develop unique stories for brands. When he’s not working with companies to build their communities, Steve is an avid photographer who loves to travel.

Steve’s simplistic, yet stunning approach to photography inspires us, and we’re excited to feature him as our Guest Instagrammer of the week. Steve’s photos will have you brushing up on our mobile photography skills, and inspire you to chronicle your adventures.

Head over to our feed to see Steve’s snaps this week and read on to hear about Steve’s foray into the world of photography.

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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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Pianists, Photographers and Fashion

It seems like every week our Staff Picks page is even more full of amazing people with fascinating stories to share. Here are our weekly favorites, our top four, and we hope you enjoy discovering them and the rest of the Staff Picks page. Remember to leave some compliments for those pages you like the most!

In our post header today we have Nafis Umerkulova of Uzbekistan, a concert pianist and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Check out the YouTube video embedded in her page to hear her play!

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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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Chris Aliaga on about.me

Photographers and Geeks: Staff Picks

Here at about.me we’re spotting awesome new pages all the time and if you’re looking to see some of favorites, be sure to check out our Staff Picks. Today, we’d like to introduce you to our four favorites from the week.  We hope you enjoy browsing their pages and if you do, don’t forget to leave them some compliments!

Our post starts off with Chris Aliaga, an e-commerce and product manager as well as communication strategist whose passions include transhumanism, obscure b-movies, and photography.

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Telling A Story Through Photos

As a lover of words and pictures, it’s no wonder photographer and writer Lindsey Garrett claims Instagram to be her “jam.”

With a quick look at her feed, it’s clear to see that she favors simplicity and color in her day to day life. After we double tapped on more than a few of her photos, we decided that this east coast native who now calls southern California home would be a perfect candidate to take over our Instagram for the week.

Before you get hypnotized by her Instagram feed, learn more about Lindsey’s love of photography.

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