Welcome to 10 Long Island Instagram Accounts You Should Follow Part 2. There are so many great photographers, both amateur and professional, capturing our landscape and posting what they see to Instagram everyday. One list wasn’t enough to do it justice—and the first post received such a great reaction—so I’m exited to continue sharing my favorite local Instagram accounts to follow.
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Back to the list, here are 10 Long Island Instagram accounts you should follow, in no particular order:
TJ Mitchell is an amateur photographer out of Baldwin. His work has been featured on @exploreLINY and Long Island Pulse. He was inspired to get into photography after going out with his phone to shoot a sunset with some photographer friends. After noticing how much better his friends photos came out compared to his smartphone shots, he borrowed a Nikon D5100 and the rest is history. His page is now loaded with great, professional quality shots—he brings a unique style to Long Island photography—even his beach shots feel somewhat urban—colder and harder than what you typically see. He loves incorporating a sense of mystery and obscurity to his images and it always creates a really interesting result.
I don’t know much about Bridget other than she lives on the North Fork of Long Island and she does a great job capturing the personality and landscape of the area. She gets some especially good aerial drone shots—I haven’t included any of those below, so you’ll need to go to her page to check them out. Below are three of my favorite shots—I love the tone and the mood she accomplishes with each of these images—there’s something so tranquil about them.
Ryan Moore is easily one of my favorite photographers to follow on Instagram. Below is a very small sample of the amazing work he posts daily—I found it really difficult narrowing down to only 3, so definitely make sure to go and check out his page. He specializes in beach and ocean photography. A note from his website: “When I first started to photograph the land and sea around me, the goal was simple: capture the beauty…my intentions slowly shifted over to…making the viewer say ‘Wait, this is Long Island'”. He effectively helps us realize and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us here on LI—hopefully it encourages some of us to get out more and explore this exceptional environment we get to call home.
I saw one of Sean’s photos featured on @lislandstrong and had to check out the rest of his page. He’s a photographer based out of Long Beach—which is a great place to get photos of the beach and boardwalk—and that’s where a lot of my favorite images of his are from. The one you see on the bottom right is a quintessential shot of Long Beach, the boardwalk and it’s lifestyle. I couldn’t imagine a better photo—make sure to check out his Instagram page to see the full, un-cropped version.
Amy Medina is a photographer, art director, computer graphics artist, typesetter and traditional medium artist out of Suffolk. She’s the perfect example of why people love Instagram so much—it gives us daily access to a constant stream of beautiful photos taken by phenomenal photographers. I’ve chosen three of my favorites from Amy’s page below—all taken in different weather conditions, they all have a different feel/mood to them, yet still go together as if they’re part of a series. I always recognize her work when I’m scrolling through my feed—she’s one to follow for sure.
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Sean Fitzthum is an artist based in Seaford specializing in photography and design. His journey to becoming an artist was a long one—after dropping out of High School and getting his GED, he went on to study Architectural Engineering and later joined the Army working in Satellite Communications. It wasn’t until 10 years later that he decided to take a leap of faith—quitting his job to move back to LI and pursue his passions. He began taking Graphic Design courses at Nassau Community College and later found his way to photography at the Art Institute of NYC. I find his story to be so inspiring and he clearly made the right decision—he’s got an excellent eye for photography and so many of his photos are taken from unique and interesting perspectives. I’ve selected three of my favorites below and you should definitely check out some more on Sean’s Instagram page.
Josh Goetz is a surfer and freelance photographer from Babylon who strives to capture the natural beauty of Long Island—an area often overshadowed by the city. He can often be found putting in long days at the beach, both behind the lens and out in the water—but he also enjoys shooting wildlife, the sun and moon, and documenting his travels. Naturally, ocean and surf photography populate much of his feed—and his work there is excellent—but when looking to select three of my favorites to demonstrate Josh’s work, I was drawn to his landscapes which achieve such great balance and symmetry. View more of Josh’s work on his awesome Instagram page.
Meagan Miraldi is a photographer out of Long Beach—she got into photography in High School which lead her to take some workshops in the city. After minoring in photography in undergrad, she took a bit of a hiatus during grad school. After graduating this past December, Meagan decided to pick her camera back up and started posting her photos to her personal Instagram account. “I started going down to the beach and taking pictures, and after I realized my personal instagram was 95% sunset pics, I created the handle @shotsbymeagan and dedicated it to my photography”. And that’s exactly what you’ll get with her photography, a whole lot of beautiful Long Island sunsets and skylines—I’ve chosen three of my favorites below and you can see more on her Instagram page.
I love following photographers from the east end—the beaches and landscapes are so awesome—and Alexander Reese captures the east end—and specifically Southampton—as well as anyone. His page is filled with gorgeous shots of the Hampton’s beaches and skies like the ones you see below—he’s also a longtime surfer and has some great surf photography as well. I especially love looking at his beach shots from this past winter—always interesting to see the shoreline empty and cold. He’s definitely one to follow—check out his page for more.
Chad Kaminsky is a designer, photographer and artist from Syosset. His photography focuses on outdoor, landscape and especially beach—and three of my favorite photos of his are of the beach, naturally. Each one has it’s own personality and tone and I love each of them respectively. His page is filled with great stuff like this and it’s fantastic getting to see his work on a daily basis—go follow his page now!
Thanks for reading the post, I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you’ll follow and support these photographers—many of them have prints available for sale through their respective websites.
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