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From the rocky coastline to the downtown skyscrapers painting the skyline, Houston is filled with magnificent sights begging to be captured. These beautifully curated Instagram accounts by Houstonians showcase the people, places, and cultures that create the heartbeat of the city. After taking in the breathtaking views from rooftops and the mouthwatering meals in these photos, you’ll be inspired to go out and explore the city yourself.
With over 100,000 followers on Instagram, John travels the globe as a merchant marine by trade, capturing stunning pictures from around the globe. Although he spends most of his time out on the sea, Houston is his home. ‘Whether afloat or ashore, I capture images in my travels that document the scenes along the way in hopes that others will see the opportunities that are out there for them as well.’
Joshua Anderson is a Houston-based artist that captures dynamic shots that draws the viewer’s eye and attention. His unique photography makes us think with creative angles and new perspectives. ‘My photographic style is ever evolving as I learn and grow into my personal aesthetic. I tend to focus on expanse, involving a minimal or maximal composition. Environmental, still life, and people study are all prevalent in my work as well.’
William Wood is a Houston native that snaps photos through his iPhone only. He does an impressive job of capturing the over-looked parts of the city and creates something that’s beautiful for viewers to look at. ‘My eye has always been drawn to symmetry and light. I just capture things that I think are interesting and dreamy.’
Lauren Marek is a documentary and portrait photographer based in Houston who has been featured by Instagram and Buzzfeed and was also a VSCO Artist Initiative recipient. ‘I capture the simple beauty of small town Texas in stirring and sincere photographs that reflect everyday life.’
Dayne Janisse posts a variety of photos from around Houston and his travels. He is able to find the beauty in the ordinary and captures objects and people that catch his eye in every day life. ‘My photos are all kind of what I find beautiful in the ordinary. I try and look at a normal situation and look for colors or light that really captures a mellow sort of mood of what I deal with daily. I don’t go out ‘shooting’ because I just snap photos with my iPhone throughout the day as I see things that catch my eye.’
Sawyer Key is a singer-songwriter currently residing in Los Angeles but considers Houston her home. Her poetic captions and whimsical photography creates inspiration for her viewers. ‘I appreciate clean lines and symmetry, but am really just a huge lover of real life candid moments. I originally made my account ultimately to share my aimless thoughts, so sometimes my photography is simply a tool to tell a story. Since I am a full-time musician and songwriter, I like to believe that almost all my art forms derive out of the music I create, listen to.’
Postcards from Houston is a series of personal adventures captured all over the city. This Houston enthusiast posts pictures of fun events, art, and food throughout the city. ‘My style is wide ranging, going beyond capturing just your typical Houston skyline shoot. It’s a vision through the eyes of a local uncovering hidden gems and truly exploring this great city.’
This Instagram account is a guide to Houston’s delicious restaurant scene. It brings together a community of restaurants and displays colorful pictures of dishes that are sure to make your mouth water. They stay up to date with what’s new in the food scene, so whether you’re a Houston resident or just visiting the city, this is a great account to follow to find your favorite places to eat.
This photographer takes daring shots throughout Houston and portrays the city and skyline in a new light. Most of the photos are of beautiful architecture and people in the city, capturing the urban atmosphere. ‘I always aim for a dramatic/edgy look. But I don’t consider myself to have a particular style or look. I don’t save any of my personal filters and neither do I use any filter packs out there. All my edits depend on my mood of the day while I’m editing the picture. And I believe versatility is key to everything.’
1924 is a branding company founded in Oregon and is currently located in Houston. This Instagram posts various photos from their travels and other rustic, vintage pieces from their brand. ‘We focus on the design elements that photography otherwise forgets. There’s a huge story behind every photograph, and we make sure to bring out the best of each piece by highlighting details rather than muddling things together.’
Carra Sykes beautifully captures photos with elements of design and documentation. Most of her work features portraits and empty spaces. ‘When photographing, I want to utilize imagination as much as possible within myself and the people being photographed. The photos are mostly playful, but sometimes serious. Always ready to make neat things.’
Morgan Gosch is a fine art wedding photographer based out of Houston. She is passionate about capturing love stories and is inspired by beautiful landscapes and gorgeous details. She has a knack for telling the stories of couples who are head over heels for one another. ‘I approach photography with a fine art style and use medium format film to create timeless, light-filled images.’
Brandi is owner and stylist at Do or Dye Tx. Her Instagram features hair, travel, and everyday moments from her life. ‘My photography style would probably be best described as a reflection of my day-to-day routine; I surround myself with incredible people and from there I just keep my photos candid and honest.’