8 Charlotte photographers you should be following on Instagram

One of Justin Driscoll's many photos of fascinating spaces. Courtesy of Justin Driscoll.

One of the many great things about social media is that it allows you to experience fine art, see the world, and learn about your city just by looking down at your smartphone. Here is a collection of 8 photographers (including some Charlotte Observer contributors) working in the Charlotte area whose Instagram feeds are full of images that will delight and inspire you to do everything from exploring restaurants and iconic locations through the city to learning about social issues and maybe even creating your own photographic masterpieces.  

Amy Herman

IG Handle: @amy.n.herman

Who she is:  In addition to being a professional fine art photographer, you probably know Amy as the owner of the popular VTGCLT vintage popup markets and a co-founder of the cutting-edge Goodyear Arts collective.  

Follow her for: A behind-the-scenes look at what goes into organizing community arts events and photo exhibitions, and a sampling of Amy’s striking visual arts work.


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Caroline as Tilda as Jadis ✨ thank you @carolinematula for modeling for me and letting me dump baby powder in your hair 🦄

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Alex Cason

IG handle: @zandercason

Who he is: Regular CharlotteFive contributor Alex Cason’s friends would describe him as the guy with “the soccer jersey with his name on the back and a camera to his face.” Aside from shooting news and feature stories, Alex is known for his skyline shots that show the vivid movement of the city and portraits of notable Charlotteans. You’ve probably seen his works on the gallery walls at Sanctuary Pub, Cajun Queen, and Cadence.

Follow him for: A high-energy highlight reel of portraits of prominent people and happenings throughout the Queen City.    

Logan Cyrus

IG handle: @logancyrus

Who he is: Logan is a Charlotte-based freelance photojournalist whose day-to-day work captures everything from “a political rally to a portrait of a farmer in rural NC,” as he puts it, while reporting on feature and news stories in the Southeast.  

Follow him for: Photos that tell a story about everything from politics to neighborhood cultural events around the Charlotte area.  


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Scenes from the “End The War on Immigrant Famiilies” vigil tonight at First Ward Park.

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Rémy Thurston

IG handle: @remythurston

Who he is: FS Food Group’s art and content director Rémy Thurston’s love for the Charlotte food and restaurant scene comes through in his tantalizing food photography. When he’s not shooting the culinary scene, Thurston also co-hosts the popular monthly #instabeerup networking event and does freelance editorial and commercial photography.

Follow him for: Mouth-watering previews of dishes and cocktails you need to try from the hottest new restaurants popping up around Charlotte. You will be hungry after scrolling through this feed.


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A recognizable ice cube situation in this month’s @thelocalpalate. #RemyThurstonPhotography

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Parks Sadler

IG handle: @gparkssadler

Who he is: Parks Sadler is a commercial and fine art photographer who works staging and photographing for an interior design firm.  His design experience shines through in his work, as his images manage to make everyday objects look like beautiful pieces of art. He aims to explore “the memories, narratives, and personal connections associated with spaces and locations” throughout his work, he says. Although he works primarily in film, his delightful minimalist images are just as delightful on his feed.

Follow him for: Design-oriented images that will inspire you to find the beauty in everyday objects around you.


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Beautiful Cherries 🍒 😻😘

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Victoria Byers

IG handle: @victoriaabigail

Who she is: This UNCC grad and North Carolina native is passionate about using photography as an instrument for storytelling, activism, and advocacy. In addition to teaching at art academies throughout the area, Victoria teaches workshops at El Pozo de Vida, an organization that fights human trafficking, to women who have experienced trauma and abuse. When she isn’t teaching, Victoria travels the world to brings back images that share stories and experiences of both herself and others with Charlotteans.

Follow her for: Breathtaking portraits of people she meets and slice-of-life snapshots from her world travels that look like they belong just as much on the pages of national geographic as they do on your Instagram page.  

Justin Driscoll

IG handle: @jdriscollphotography

Who he is: Long-time Charlotte resident Justin Driscoll has been in love with photography since his father taught him to shoot on film when he was four years old. Despite the fact that he has no formal training, his passion translated into a full-time career shooting professionally for the past decade. When he isn’t doing commercial photography, he enjoys exploring and capturing images in abandoned buildings and hospitals. He also is a co-owner of the new Plaza Midwood bar and music venue Skylark Social Club.

Follow him for: Snapshots of images of iconic locations around Charlotte and delightfully eerie images of abandoned buildings.

Sansaara photography

IG Handle: @sansaaraphotography

Who they are: Husband and wife team Anul and Bijal Shah capture images of awe-inspiring weddings from the Charlotte area to exotic locations such as Paris, Tuscany, and Barcelona. According to Bijal, they aspire to use their photography not only to create “timeless heirloom” images, but also to inspire people to see the world differently and notice organic beauty. Their striking images have been featured everywhere from the Huffington Post, to Carolina Bride, to South Asian Bride.

Follow them for: International and multi-cultural dream wedding inspiration.


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We had a tiny wild idea. We didn’t have all the words to explain it fully. It became a small obsession. What we knew was that we wanted to respect traditions, honor the past, while reaching for something different, more in the present. Weddings, to us, aren’t one dimensional anymore. They are a blend of cultures and traditions, highlighting what they have in common rather than their differences. It’s that essence that we wanted to speak to. Traditional Indian weddings have lots of gold and burgundy tones, and while those colors are beautiful we wanted to introduce an unexpected blend of textures, fabrics, and colors that speak to the modern, sophisticated bride & groom. We are beyond thrilled to have this featured on @magnoliarouge (link in profile). A simple thank you is not enough to describe what it means to see this fulfilled. @eventsbyreagan, this journey wouldn’t have been the same without you. Working with you doesn’t feel like work, it feels all too natural. To our incredibly talented team of vendors, you all make our hearts so happy. Thank you again xoxo Photography & Styling: @sansaaraphotography Event Planning & Styling: @eventsbyreagan Florals: @gingerroseflowers Cake: @cake_envy_ga China: @vintageenglishteacup Linens: @the_frenchtable Dress: @ladlee_atlanta Calligraphy: @loveletter_studio Stationer: @deplumestationers Rentals: @crusheventdesign Makeup: @terilyn_makeup Hair: @dghairartistry Venue: @atlantahistorycenter . . . . . #indianwedding, #multiculturalwedding, #indianbride, #bridalinspiration, #weddinginspiration, #atlantawedding, #theknot #swanhousewedding, #highendweddings, #luxurywedding, #destinationwedding, #modernwedding, #southernwedding, #sansaaraphotography, #fineartweddings, #bridetobe, #internationalweddingphotographer, #elopementphotographer, #destinationweddingphotographer, #weddingdecor, #groom, #bridalphotos, #weddingday, #atlantaweddingphotographer, #charlestonweddingphotographer, #northcarolinaweddingphotographer, #magnoliarouge

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  2. No people of color? Yall couldn’t find not ONE black or brown photographer in the Queen City? GOOOOOO F’n FIGURE!
    And please don’t feed us with the “we’re looking at talent not color” BS, when your listed photographers barely shoot black or brown subjects or people at all…

  3. Seriously? Could you make this list a little whiter? There are so many talented photogorohers in this city who aren’t white and you didn’t see fit to include any of them in this list? Are you aware of the fact that Alvin C. Jacobs currently has two exhibits showcasing his incredible work about this community, just to name one person you failed to include but there are many more. Wake up and do better.

  4. Several people on this list don’t even post photo work on their instagrams- so I’m not sure why anyone would want to follow for inspiration? This feels like a group of friends, that shoot very similarly journalistic perspective. There are a ton of artists in this city, and as others mentioned that have a much more diverse portfolio.


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