May 12, 2016

7 Photographers Who Snapchat The Right Way

Words : Dani Chase

In recent years, social media platforms have moved toward more intimate experiences. We’ve seen a shift from text-based content to more visual media, like short videos. In particular, the rapid rise of Snapchat is demonstrating that people want social media that is more personal, in-the-moment, and raw.

For photographers, Instagram has long been the platform of choice. Since its 2010 inception, Instagram has grown from a fun, playful platform to a highly curated channel. It’s still an amazing community and a secondary portfolio for millions of photographers, but it doesn’t offer the same raw intimacy of Snapchat.

Achieving success on Snapchat is a different game than on Instagram. There’s no featured list or follower count. Instead, you’re aiming for views. People watch your daily video content like it’s reality TV. And in order to really hook that audience, you need a personal voice, and you need to be comfortable on the other side of the camera.

Making the transition to a successful Snapchat account is difficult because it requires a new type of creativity. We think these seven Snapchat photographers have done it well. Each of them offer a compelling story that you can follow for daily inspiration.


@elialocardi

Don’t miss this full-time travel photographer and videographer’s beautiful life and anecdotes. And definitely try out some of his awesome photo tips!

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@peter_hurley

Peter sits at the intersection of photography and advertising. You’ll want to see the behind-the-scenes with his A-list clients as he navigates the chaos. His unique sense of humor will make you wish he was your IRL friend.

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@expatedna

If you love travel vlogs, make sure to follow Edna, who left the US at age 18 to travel the world full-time! She’s living the dream life of every travel-lover.

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@vonwong

Feeling creatively blocked? Benjamin Von Wong’s epic photographic style will fix you up. He uses his engineering background to create brilliant concepts and troubleshooting solutions.

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@grainhappy

If you’re an amateur photographer interested in improving your snaps and your overall photo abilities, check out Grainhappy. His tips are simple and very useful.

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@margaret__zhang

In need of a new role model? Check out Margaret Zhang–photographer, stylist, television presenter, fashion journalist, and law student! She’s a busy lady, and her channel is every bit as interesting as you’d think.

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@littlebrownmushroom

Who doesn’t like free stuff? If you want freebies and photography, head to Alec Soth’s Snapchat. The renowned photographer is also renowned for his giveaways.

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