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#NOLA instagrammers 

Four inspiring local Instagram accounts to follow

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Laura Steffan (@lsteffan)
New Orleans-based photographer
About: I am constantly inspired by the beauty found in New Orleans and enjoy photographing the city's magical and charismatic cultural details. I also enjoy shooting landscapes and nature when I get the chance to travel.

Instagram tip: Consider a unique composition for the image. Get down low, move farther back or closer to the subject, or just be more aware of what will be included in the shot to capture the most interesting angle.

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Patrick Melon (@melontao) New Orleans photographer and LSU student
About: I've taken photography seriously for about the past six years. I'm graduating this December with a [Bachelor of Fine Arts degree] in photography from LSU. Lately I've tried to focus on the environments I live in and the people who occupy those places.

Instagram tip: Pay attention to the sunlight. The time of day you take a photo is equally as important as your subject matter.

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Graham Blackall (@grahamblackall)
New Orleans-based food photographer & blogger at

About: My journey as a photographer has taken a few different routes since I first started shooting at age 13. I had done event photography, creative portraiture and even fashion photography before giving up photography altogether after my art school dreams turned into a nightmare. It wasn't until I started my food blog, Glazed & Confused, that I started taking it seriously again. I've worked as a food photographer with countless restaurants throughout New Orleans.

Instagram tip: For the best food Instagrams, always shoot from above and get as many elements of the dish in the frame without cluttering it. Textures like marble, slate and wood make beautiful backgrounds.

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Angel Vu (@angeltvu)
New Orleans-based film photographer and model

About: I've only been shooting for about four to five months. My boyfriend used to take photos of me, and it was then that I fell in love with photography. We aren't your average digital photographers, though. We passionately shoot film. There is so much emotion and feeling that we get from it. Film is not dead.

Instagram tip: Don't be afraid to get creative. Dare to be different. Oh, and download the VSCO Cam app. It makes everything that much better.

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