Based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Lindsay Rhee is a photographer who shoots shoes and product for a fashion company by day. Despite photographing from 9-5 for work, Lindsay also spends her free time capturing moments that document the beauty of daily life. Whether she is walking the streets of her hometown of Toronto or adventuring in a far off destination, Lindsay is always equipped with a camera. “A lot of my photos are of the everyday, mundane things: a delicious latte, pretty flowers on my neighbor's lawn, my feet on some old vintage tile. I am drawn to simplicity. You can find beauty in the most unexpected places and in the most unexpected ways.”
Read on to learn more about why Lindsay uses VSCO Cam and VSCO Grid on her Android phone. All of the gorgeous imagery below was processed using the new VSCO Cam for Android and culled from Lindsay’s VSCO Grid.
Lindsay has found VSCO Cam to be the photo app that helps her achieve a consistent and fitting tone for the scenes she captures. “Essentially, VSCO Cam is able to produce an end result the way I envision and see the image at the moment I take it. That is extremely hard to find in a phone app, especially for an Android. Not only is VSCO Cam easy to use, it has the best actions and functionality. I am a huge appreciator of the flexibility and the quality of photos VSCO can provide.”
The aesthetic that VSCO Grid has to offer is something that Lindsay admires, not only in the way her images are displayed, but also in relation to the level of curation that VSCO Grid promotes. “I appreciate VSCO Grid for focusing less on popularity and more on content. It’s not so much about the likes and reposts but more so about showcasing quality, clean and simple photos, and I respect that. A lot of us can so easily get caught up in the excess, but really I think a good photograph can usually speak enough for itself.”
Evan McAlister is a graphic designer residing in Atlanta, Georgia, who holds a zeal for environmental photography. Evan’s love for photography was sparked while taking photo courses in college. Around the same time, his travels to the National Parks further peaked his interest. “I remember distinctly going to Yosemite for the first time and seeing Half Dome. This was definitely a turning point for me. My love for travel and photography go hand in hand. It serves as an amazing tool to remember the places that I've been and hopefully shows others the scenes that I am experiencing.” The environments and landscapes Evan captures within his frame show the whole scope of the scene.
The following set of expansive, breathtaking imagery was created with the recently released VSCO Cam for Android and culled from Evan’s VSCO Grid℠.
Evan has an appreciation for nature and environments that drives him to explore and photograph distinctive landscapes. “Nature has been the biggest inspiration for me to take photographs. I can't help but be inspired by its variety and scale. I think my favorite type of landscapes are the ones that are drastic and out of the ordinary. I'm always looking for a new place to explore.”
Working as a designer for an advertising agency for over six years, Evan has cultivated an aesthetic that happens to lend itself directly to the use of VSCO Cam and VSCO Grid. “As a graphic designer, I love the simplicity and user experience of the VSCO app. I also really enjoy the filters that are available. They are subtle but really improve the overall quality of the photographs. I love the fact that I can upload photos from my mobile app directly to my Grid. I use the site to send to friends and family more so than any other site.”
Based in Oslo, Norway, Atle Rønningen is a photographer who enjoys exploring and capturing the beauty of the Scandinavian wilderness. A self-described nature lover, Atle oftens takes the road less traveled, venturing into isolated, backcountry areas. While trekking across varied landscapes, Atle utilizes either his Fuji X100s or Android phone to document breathtaking environments. Scroll down to view some of Atle’s stunning images processed with the new VSCO Cam for Android and culled from his VSCO Grid℠.
Heralding from Istanbul, Turkey, Deniz Sabuncu isn’t afraid to reveal the gritty and real moments found in everyday scenes. Deniz doesn’t consider himself a professional photographer, but rather, views himself as a hobbyist photographer. Regardless, his work has a strong, distinct voice, and his images carry a feeling of importance in their unashamedly honest nature. “I didn’t take any formal training about photography. I studied advertising, and as a part of my study, I took photography courses, but these courses didn’t cover any in-depth training. I think playing around with an analogue camera is the best way to have an idea about shooting.”
Deniz’s images have a classic feel to them, which can be attributed to his unique and personal philosophy on what it means to take a good photograph. “I take great care to include something of my own while shooting my photos. Anybody can shoot a beautiful bridge, a statue or a historical building. The most important thing for me is to include something of myself in the photo. This can be catching a different angle or sometimes, it can be reflecting a different emotion. To give an example, while shooting the Eiffel Tower you have to put your touch in it. Otherwise, Google Images shows millions of boring photos of the Eiffel Tower.”
Having spent a summer in California, Deniz has a collection of photos spanning L.A. to San Francisco and Istanbul. Read on to learn more of Deniz’s thoughts on his photographic process. All of Deniz’s contemplative imagery in this post was processed using VSCO Cam & curated from Deniz’s VSCO Grid.
Deniz’s approach to shooting coincides with his regular routine making photography natural occurrence rather than something that’s forced. “I don’t go out with the decision that I will take photos any day. That is, shooting is not a duty for me. I take photos of ordinary people while they live their daily lives... I quite dislike set-ups, because for me, they kill the spirit of the process. That’s why I take great care in being natural while shooting, and also, I want this to pass on to the people who look at my photos. While shooting the portrait of a person, he or she must not be aware of my camera; otherwise, people feel uncomfortable and the result is not desirable.”
VSCO Cam is Deniz’s tool of choice for achieving exceptional mobile imagery, which he displays beautifully on his personal VSCO Grid. “VSCO Cam is the best mobile photo editing application that has been made so far. I benefit a lot from the possibility of storing my photos, and creating my portfolio, by means of VSCO Grid.”
Based in Miami, Florida, with her husband and two sons, Carolyn Mara Borlenghi is a photographer who has a natural gift for capturing intimate portraits of her family and close friends. Carolyn began photography when she received her first camera from her parents at age 14. Continuing to hone her craft throughout college, Carolyn went on to study photography in-depth while attending graduate school at The School of Visual Arts in New York. Carolyn’s attention to mood, detail, and composition allow her personal style to shine through in her images.
As of late, Carolyn transitioned to taking the majority of her images with an iPhone, which in turn has instilled a desire to pass on her photography skills and insight to others. “In the last few years, my love for photography has evolved into iPhoneography. With the evolution of cell phone technology, I am able to capture the moment whenever it happens. As I began posting images to our photo blog, Daily Photo Conversation, and later Instagram, my friends started asking for pointers and tips, and a simple idea was born: How could we harness our passion for iPhoneography into an educational offering?” What resulted was The iArtist Collective, an online international iPhoneography school, which offers a variety of classes geared towards individuals looking to hone their skills while learning new techniques for creating artful memories with the iPhone. Registration has already begun and classes start in the beginning of November. To register for a class click here.
All of Carolyn’s heartfelt imagery below was processed using VSCO Cam and culled from her personal VSCO Grid℠.
Carolyn’s pictures of her kids are most often natural and unposed. Due to her simplistic approach, Carolyn doesn’t like to force the camera upon her subjects. “Capturing images of my family is the forefront of my iPhoneography, and the more I do it, the more comfortable they become. Simple moments like having breakfast or sitting on the bed playing become wonderful opportunities to photograph my boys. I talk with them, ask them about the upcoming day or what adventure they want to have next, and in that moment of pause, where nothing is being said and they are pondering the question, I shoot. My boys love to dress up, and it has become something that we love to do. Super heroes or an animal mask and a fun story to go along makes for an incredibly imaginative afternoon and photo session.”
When asked what advice she would give to aspiring family and child portrait photographers, Carolyn stressed the importance of interacting with kids on their level. “When photographing children, it is important to engage with them, making the moment into an adventure or game. Directing children can backfire. When you forget about the camera and focus on engaging the child in imaginative play, something special happens. You might be surprised how easy it is to get a timid child out of his shell by honing in on something that he or she loves.”
Being able to shoot on the go with her iPhone plays an important part in Carolyn capturing lively images daily. VSCO Cam paired with VSCO Grid has provided essential tools for her photography needs. “All the photographs that appear in my VSCO Grid are iPhone images; I love that I can create a gallery of my favorite iPhone portraits and moments all in one place. After spending an afternoon photographing, I look for my favorites and bring them into VSCO Cam and edit them to their best potential! With VSCO, it’s easy, and I don’t have to edit them through a variety of applications. My favorite filters are saved and appear first whenever I import images.”