When children enter school, parents often feel relieved, but also heartbroken and lonely. As a mother of three kids, ages eleven, nine, and five, Erica Montgomery knows the struggle very well. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, but living in Los Angeles for many years now, this 43-year-old woman has built her life around her two passions: family and photography.
When you look at the buildings and spaces that surround your neighborhood, do you ever feel compelled to photograph and immortalize the scene, or do you see just another mundane landscape? For British photographer Tom Westbury, anything and everything has the potential to become a valid, interesting photograph.
Mikko Lagerstedt leaves Flickr starstruck with captivating images that make waves across the internet. For every photograph he takes, Mikko has two goals: inspire and impact individuals around the globe. He aims to make followers feel like they’re in a different world. Sadly, we’re not, but you’ve probably already come across his photos in Explore.
Twenty-two-year-old photographer Felicity Berkleef takes meow-nificently lit portraits of domestic and street cats in their natural environment. Her series “Cats in front of the window” has accumulated tons of views on Flickr, catching the attention and interest of many pet lovers and drawing very positive feedback from other fellow photographers.
Light ninja Eric Paré, a Montreal-based commercial photographer, is building a community of light painters on the back of his inspiring work. The innovative group of photographers has followed his lead and drawn inspiration from barren landscapes, artistic models, and $2 plastic tubes.
Salah Baazizi is a 46-year-old software engineer and bird photographer based in Orange County, California. He began focusing on nature and wildlife photography a decade ago, after a visit to the Bolsa Chica wetlands.
23-year-old photographer Tina Sosna has an extraordinary eye for beauty. She takes soft, atmospheric portraits that celebrate the charm in everyday life. Originally from Thuringia, in central Germany, Tina lives in the university city of Jena with her boyfriend and her red-furred cat, Willow.
There are surreal qualities and innate intensities that become part of a photo when you get in someone’s face to capture the shot. Much like celeb paparazzi, street photographers carry an internal drive to capture candid images of unique characters and places. Gareth Bragdon, a 27-year old photographer based in Edinburgh, Scotland, is a street photographer worth watching.
Gabriela Tulian left Argentina wanting a new career. Though she trained as a chef, she found her way to lifestyle photography where food and family became the center of attention.
The quiet light that lazes through the windows of Kelly Ishmael’s Tulsa, Oklahoma home whispers on fresh cut flowers, filling mornings with cozy comfort as she readies herself for her day. As her husband wakes, the dogs stir, and she looks around and knows inherently that there’s still more room for happiness to grow.
Argentinian photographer Nina Romani takes photos on a variety of subjects, ranging from flowers and streets to food and vintage vehicles. “I like to capture the beauty, joy, and calm hiding in the midst of the chaos and speed of the city.”
Yuliya Bahr wanted to photograph a wedding, but almost all the photographers she met online echoed a similar sentiment, that wedding photography was “absolutely not a woman’s job.” Two hundred weddings later, she’s not giving in.