5 Photographers in Los Angeles Every Influencer Needs To Shoot With

Looking to up your Instagram game? Here's some of my favorite photographer that I've shot with!

#1  Fallon

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Fallon is a photographer for Show Me Your Mumu, a bohemian fashion brand based in Los Angeles. She has done freelance photography for both influencers and companies. 

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#2 Steven

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Steven is a freelance photographer based on the westside of Los Angeles. He has shot for various bloggers and YouTubers including Shelby Church, Damon and Jo, Fatima Reedy and Jessie Paege. 

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#3 Makito 

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Makito is your go-to guy for moody portraits and travel photography. He was super chill and great at knowing specific adjustments to make your pose look better and more natural. We shot in the Venice canals during sunset, and they turned out great with these really cool desaturated look. I particularly love his editing, I'm someone who loves to see the RAW files and mess with them myself but I'd say just trust Makito to edit them for you because they're gonna look great!

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#4 Matt

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A Los Angeles Native, Matt shoots everything from product photography to Instagram lifestyle shoots. I've worked with him on some awesome night photography that I put in a video, you can check it out here - https://goo.gl/JDC8gM. If you're looking for a product or lifestyle photographer, or just someone to shoot your Instagram photos, Matt's your guy. He also started his own vlog and is a really talented videographer and editor!

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#5 Lucy

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Lucy actually has been my main videographer and photographer for over a year! She started shooting for me after she finished school at UC Santa Barbara. I like shooting with her because she's really chill and never makes photoshoots awkward or uncomfortable, and she's willing to go the extra mile for the photo or video (example: we've been kicked out of multiple clothing stores shooting my videos and she's never complained). She also does really unique animations and visual art.

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5 Ways To Grow on Instagram in 2018

#1  Have a consistent feed 

Your Instagram feed is the first impression a user gets when they look at your profile. In my own experience, I've noticed my profile grow much faster when I maintain a consistent theme than when I post random photos outside of the theme I've chosen. 

The easiest way to do this is to create (or buy) a preset that you can add to every photo. Pick one or two colors that you want to be most prominent in your theme, and stick to those. 

#2  Do something different 

 

 

Accounts that are unique, like Sukiicat, a Bengal cat that adventures all throughout Canada, are able to gain a lot of followers (nearly a million for Sukii!) because they have interesting content that people haven't seen before. It may be tempting to make a generic travel Instagram account, but think of a way that you can differentiate it if you want to set yourself apart from other accounts that are growing quickly. Maybe you only post photos of waterfalls or only drone shots of locations. Pick something you're interested in and create the best photos you within that niche. 

#3  Post high quality photos

 

This one is a given, but make sure you are posting high quality photos. You can certainly get away with iPhone photos, but if you want to take your account to the next level it's best to use a DSLR or hire a photographer. There are dozens of photographers on Shuttr you can hire in Los Angeles, New York and Seattle if you just want to try out increasing your production value before actually buying a new camera. 

The photo on the left was taken on an iPhone X. It's nice... but the photo on the right (shot by Tiffany, a Shuttr photographer based in Seattle) is much better quality and is really able to capture a different look and feel in comparison to the iPhone photo.

 

#4  Collaborate

Collaboration is common among YouTubers and is one of the fastest ways to grow on social media. Collaborating has now caught on with bloggers on Instagram. If you're looking to grow your Instagram account, collaborate with accounts that are a similar size to yours. Make sure that both of you are in the photo(s) that you post and to really cross promote effectively, it's best to introduce each other to your own respective audiences. Posting at the same time on your Instagram story is a great way to supplement your collaboration. Personally, I just post photos with my friends since I'm not too concerned about growing my account – but I've seen Instagrammers collaborate with other accounts and grow quickly this way. 

#5  Add interesting captions 

Funny, personal and relatable captions increase engagement, which boosts your photo in the Instagram algorithm. Avoid vague and boring captions. Or worse, no caption at all. Even just an emoji is too vague to really push someone to engage. When people are able to connect with your caption they are far more likely to like and comment on the photo. 

We can see the photo on the left with a 🐬 emoji as the caption only has 50 comments. The photo on the right has a much more authentic caption and asks followers to respond, generating 3 times as many comments, as well as more likes, in return. 

How To Find A Photographer For Your Blog


Great photography is key to growing your blog and instagram.

Whether you're a fashion blogger or a food blogger, at some point you may need to hire a photographer for you blog.

Here are some tips to make sure you find the right photographer to have a successful shoot for your blog. 

Free vs Paid

First you need to decide on your budget for finding a photographer. Some photographers are willing to collaborate for free, but with more and more bloggers entering the scene it’s getting harder to do so. Additionally, you have less creative control when you aren’t paying a photographer. Sometimes the photographer won’t release the unedited, raw photos- making it difficult to maintain a theme on your blog or instagram. When you pay a photographer, you’re able to specify exactly the shots you want and whether you want them edited or not.

Hiring a Photographer

Many photographers charge by the hour, or have pre set shoot rate. To narrow your search and easily see pricing, you can use Shuttr.com. On Shuttr you can search by location and specialization such as “blogger photos” or “event photography”.

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Narrow your search

Start by narrowing your search to your location. Shuttr has freelancers all over the US, with most of them being in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas. Once you’ve selected your location, you can browse freelancer profiles.

Messaging a Photographer

Once you’ve found a photographer you like, you may have questions about price, editing, etc. You can click the “Contact” button to send your photographer a message. Many photographers are willing to negotiate on price, especially if it’s a project that they like. If you find a photographer that you like that is out of your price range, it doesn’t hurt to ask if they’d be willing to negotiate!

Some things you may want to ask your photographer:

How long will it take to receive the photos?

Do you release the RAW files?

Does your price include editing?

You can also include inspiration photos, locations and different ideas for your shoot to give the photographer a feel for what kind of photos you want.

Payment

To ensure you have a successful shoot, you’ll want to book your photographer beforehand to ensure they show up. The last thing you want is to be prepared for a shoot and have a photographer flake on you.

As with anything, people are much more reliable when payment is involved. Shuttr allows you to pay beforehand safely, so that you are sure your photographer will show up. Once the shoot is completed your photographer is paid, to ensure both parties are secure.

Photo Delivery

There are a few ways to receive your photos depending on quickly you need them. If you prefer to edit the photos yourself and need them quickly, you can bring an SD card, external hard drive and laptop to the shoot to transfer them as soon as possible.

If you want your photos edited, it will likely take a few days to receive them. The photographer can then use Google Drive or Dropbox to send you the photos that you are able to download.