11 Instagram Accounts That Will Add Some Zen to Your Life
Life can be pretty hectic, but that doesn’t mean your Instagram feed has to be. Here are 11 accounts to follow for that daily dose of visual Valium. From working artists to app developers, Copenhagen to Mississippi, these photographers will inspire you to slow down, see the beauty that’s around you and frame your next photo more artfully. Next to the themed accounts, brand accounts, cute animal accounts and all your friends, your Instagram feed may finally feel complete.
1. Half Girl: Following the feed of this natural history conservation student based in Copenhagen is kind of like catching a glimpse into a cabinet of natural curiosities. From her sweeping landscapes, like the one above, to her pictures of tiny skeletons, Half Girl allows her fans to take a look at all the natural beauty that the earth offers us. Check out her blog, if you’re not faint of heart and if you’re fascinated by animal dissection.
2. Local Milk: Beth Kirby isn’t just a gifted photographer. She’s also a totally gifted writer and an award-winning food blogger. And stylist. And baker. And all of these various talents are reflected in her gorgeous Instagram account, detailing outfits, scenes from farm living, dinner party spreads and basically everything that’s gorgeous about the South.
3. Miss Vincent: Most of this feed looks like it was taken straight from the pages of a fairytale… or maybe Salvador Dali’s dream journal. Totally surreal, totally cool, Miss Vincent creates incredibly creative shots with a combination of real life and editing. She lives in Mississippi, but her feed seems to hail straight from Oz or Narnia.
4. Elisabeth Erin: Elisabeth is a professional photographer, and her Instagram account shows it. Though her Instagram mostly features shots of Oregon’s most photogenic side, she’s also available for hire for wedding and engagement photography on her website.
5. Jacqueline Norheim: Whether it’s photos of her gorgeous, geometric/organic mashup paintings or surreal shots of the world around her, working artist Jacqueline Norheim keeps one of the best under-the-radar Instagram accounts out there. It’s strange, it’s dreamy and it’s totally unique.
6. Irene Kim: Irene is already totally Instagram famous, and it’s easy to see why. Every shot of her immaculately curated Instagram account is simple, elegant and perfectly composed. Hovering in a gorgeous neutral color palette, her work is as calming as it is inspiring to look at. She’s a self-proclaimed “Instagram Wizard,” and we certainly don’t disagree.
7. Lauren Davison: Lauren’s whole feed is totally beautiful, but the real standouts are her portraits. All the people she photographs look like strange, magical beings in the best way possible. Like Irenekly, she utilizes a neutral color palette, letting her composition and framing really shine.
8. Adriana Sinke: Fashion. Food. Gorgeous Canadian landscapes. Adriana Sinke has all of that, plus her keen eye for almost Wes Anderson-ish composition. Because whether she’s photographing tacos or mountains, all her shots are picture perfect, down to the last detail.
9. Adam Wolf: Adam’s feed will make you fall in love with San Francisco, if you haven’t already. His dedication to shooting the city he lives in and his refusal to use filters will show you the city by the bay as it ought to be seen. There’s no editing here, just a sharp eye for what’s just right.
10. Chloe Roth: It turns out that hand models are real! And once you see Chloe’s Instagram feed, you can see why. There’s a handful (had to, sorry) of her hand shots, but there’s also beautiful shots of food, fashion and the world around her. But no matter what Chloe is photographing, all her pictures have a unifying, clean aesthetic.
11. Ore Studio: The Los Angeles lifestyle has never looked as enticing as it does through Jessica Comingore’s lens. Pops of color like the limes above give her feed a lively but still incredibly elegant vibe, and her vacation pics will have you itching to travel. Jessica’s background in art direction is quite apparent in her lovely body of Instagram work.
What zen-making account did we miss? Who do you follow that fills you with calm? Tell us in the comments below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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