Instagram is one of the few social media channels that has survived its evolution, which is surprising considering its virtually overnight success. It was launched as a free iPhone app in October 2010 and by January 2011, I was sold. In fact, I’ve been on Instagram so long that sometimes I have more posts than followers (it depends on the day).
But I’d like to change that both for me and for some of my unsung Instagram heroes. Anyone who loves Instagram loves it because it’s a pure platform – typically no drama, no politics – just pretty pictures and insights into so many different areas.
That’s what I love about Instagram. I follow people from all over the world. I follow people who value a beautiful picture. I follow people who create stories with the words and photos. I follow people that make me appreciate things in a new light.
Here are ten Instagrammers who haven’t been elevated to superstar status but are Instagram stars in my book.
Mom of 4 ✨Travel✨ Lifestyle ✨Family✨ Social Influencer✨Pics of Travel, My Kids, & Things That Make Me Happy. All 📸 taken by me. momonthemap.com
I can’t even remember where I first met Susan but she’s as lovely as her photographs. I’m in love with her daily photos that range from her travels to her picturesque surroundings on Long Island. Here’s just one example.
Food and fashion, with an occasional dog thrown in for good measure. www.thebefuddledstepmonster.com
I met Amanda through a mutual friend at a few conferences. Her vintage style stood out then but watching her fashion pics is like stepping back in time where every outfit is authentic, all the way down to the bakelite accessories. Take a peek.
Deployed to Kuwait & missing color. Part runner, writer, wanderer and wild animal. terra-bear.com
Terra probably wouldn’t remember meeting me but we shared a fun adventure trip in California with Toyota many years ago. But her pictures reveal who she really is. A badass. See what I mean…
Audio Preservation Engineer • DC Metro cuttingcorporation.com
I can remember exactly when I met Aaron. It was the day my mother brought him home from the hospital. He’s been fascinated with all things audio forever and he’s got the coolest job where he takes old recordings and cleans them up and archives them. For audiophiles, lovers of nostalgia, or people who like exploring others’ interests, his account showcases his professional side.
Artisan French macarons 🔹 Mousse cakes 🔹 Russian soul food – All handcrafted, natural and homemade with ❤️! Catering👍 Gluten/dairy free – possible NikAndLily.com
I have no relation to Nik or Lily. I’ve never had their cakes nor have I visited their bakery. But someone mentioned them in a comment on Instagram, I clicked through and the rest is pure love. Or pure cake.
Sharing my sweet family, lifelong equestrian obsession, awesome poodle and adventures as a PR consultant. www.sararecord.com
I’ve connected with Sara professionally but her photos have let me into her personal life. If you’re looking for dogs, horses, and cute kids dressed incredibly well, you’ve come to the right place. Seriously, if her feed was a catalog, I’d be buying.
I met Laila on Twitter. Yes, real friendships form that way. And then I became addicted to her Instagram that followed her adventures living in France (it’s not as glam as it sounds but she makes it look divine). Her heart and feed is filled with the things she loves: the newly acquired sunshine of Florida, her husband, her dogs, her cat, and her most recent addition – an adorable little toddler.
Walks with my girl and my boy around the bayou….first to the kiddie playground park, by way of the squirrel full zone for #FreyaMJ’s new found excitement, then the mosey path back along the water home as the sun sets. #BébéMJ picked this bench for his snack picnic while Freya had a dig 😁 When it came time to leave, this was the look I got from the two of them! #icantmakethisstuffup #welivewhereotherpeoplevacation #coldtodaysopants #floridalife
I’ve known Andrea since the beginning of time (or at least 2010) and watched her family grow from one kid to two. From zero cats to two. From one husband to… no, no, just kidding. Go to Andrea’s account for the pictures but stay for the captions. That’s where the real gold is.
Carabee – Land of Bean www.landofbean.com
Cara, despite needing a much better bio on Instagram, simply takes fabulous pictures on Instagram. And she takes them all with her iPhone. No cheating. She’s one of those people who truly knows how to capture the everyday and make it look beautiful.
blogger // my world through a colorful filter // pets, family, food, travel, cars, nature, and all things ridiculous // www.allthingsfadra.com
Oh, hey, look. It’s me. But honestly, I really do like my Instagram. It’s a complete amalgamation of me. Sometimes fun and adventurous. Sometimes mundane. Always a wee bit colorful. Oh, and plenty of selfies.
Now I’m ready to hear who YOU would add to this list! Let me know some of your favorite undiscovered Instagrammers!