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2016

Instagram Favorites

The owner of the Cerrillos Trading Post made a comment to me that has stuck with me as I have wandered the state and perused social media over the last year,

 

“New Mexico turns everyone into a photographer.”

 

Based on casual observation, New Mexicans don't seem to care much about Twitter, but we are well represented, and having a good time, on Instagram. Good digital cameras are affordable. Most smart phones come equipped with a decent camera. Striking visuals and contrasts are abundant. Beauty is in all directions.

 

Though we have a resident population of just over 2 million, there are a remarkable number of talented photographers. When added to the number of visitors adding their visual experience, the daily infusion of beauty is astonishing and overwhelming. I already appreciated the state, but, hey, bring it on.

 

The New Mexico Nomad Instagram account grew significantly in 2016, due in no small part to the contribution of other photographers. The goal is to provide beauty from all corners of the state. That has been possible due to the involvement of others. Thanks to the many talented individuals hash-tagging their photos #nmnomad, the Nomad gallery includes beautiful images from all over the state, including areas that I haven’t been to recently. In the process of browsing photos over the last year, many names have become familiar.

 

It is impossible to reference all of the fantastic Instagram photographers in the state of New Mexico on one web page. It would never load. It was challenging to compile a list from the hundreds of talented photographers contributing to the New Mexico Nomad gallery and newsfeed; however, hundreds have been whittled to...

 

2016 Instagram Favorites

 

All of the photographers below provide a daily infusion of New Mexico beauty into the Instagram news feed of those following their accounts. Their cameras are usually pointed at the world around them rather than at themselves, often capturing beauty in moments, people or landscapes otherwise overlooked. Many are amateurs. In all cases, the photos of these individuals have caught my eye with such frequency that I recognize their names and often recognize their style without looking at the name.

  • 505Adventure
    505Adventure
  • 505Adventure
    505Adventure
    “When I go into the mountains I feel so small, and when I feel small all my problems become small too.” Apt statement from the Instagram profile of @505Adventure. The gallery is a feast of New Mexico’s natural beauty.
    Gallery
  • bg1313bg
    bg1313bg
  • bg1313bg
    bg1313bg
    The individual behind @bg1313bg has a knack for capturing moments and mood and usually attaches an appropriate quote to images posted. Affordable prints are available on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/NMandBeyondPhotos
    Gallery
  • Dori
    Dori
  • Dori
    Dori
    @Bhaktima’s Instagram account profile references “boundless joy arising,” which is evident in her beautiful gallery of images from all over New Mexico. She has a keen eye for rich colors, lighting and landscapes.
    Gallery
  • Brandon Barela
    Brandon Barela
  • Brandon Barela
    Brandon Barela
    Brandon Barela describes himself as a “Humanitarian. Adventurer. New Mexico.” His Instagram gallery is a combination of nature, urban, events, murals, protests…life in New Mexico through the eyes of a local. Based on the lack of website and social media, he is probably an amateur, but he can be contacted through Instagram for prints.
    Gallery
  • CJ Gershon
    CJ Gershon
  • CJ Gershon
    CJ Gershon
    CJ Gershon is a professional photographer covering New Mexico and beyond. From his Instagram profile: “Southwest Nature Photographer. Always looking for new places to explore." Contact: cj@cjgershon.com www.CJGERSHON.com
    Gallery
  • Colleen Gino
    Colleen Gino
  • Colleen Gino
    Colleen Gino
    Colleen Gino, aka @inlightfulimages on Instagram, is based in Polvadera, New Mexico. Don’t know where that is? You are part of the majority. It is a small community near Socorro. Based on her gallery, it is a place with extraordinary, fiery sunrises and sunsets. In fact the sunrises near Socorro have appeal far beyond New Mexico’s borders, with Colleen’s shots regularly featured on Good Morning America. From her Instagram profile: “Shooting New Mexico skies daily, prints at mcgino.com. Also available for unique commercial and event photography. Contact: cgino@inlightful.com www.mcgino.com
    Gallery
  • Quita Ortiz
    Quita Ortiz
  • Quita Ortiz
    Quita Ortiz
    Quita Ortiz, aka @dreamygreenie on Instagram, is proud to be a Norteña, touting northern New Mexico as her “homeland.” Her Instagram gallery is a smorgasbord of beautiful images of Northern New Mexico that induce an immediate desire to go for a hike with your dog. If you don’t have a dog, borrow a friend’s dog. She provides a steady infusion of New Mexico beauty, with a focus on nature and animals. #NorteñaPorVida
    Gallery
  • Andrew Torrez
    Andrew Torrez
  • Andrew Torrez
    Andrew Torrez
    Andrew Torrez, aka @DrewDoggy505, has an awesome eye for both the natural world and city scapes. Hailing from Albuquerque, with frequent images showcasing the beauty of the south valley, Andrew is a talented, humble amateur who shares the beauty he sees in his environment with the world, elevating Albuquerque and New Mexico on Instagram in the process. His perspective and style is instantly recognizable. Though he doesn’t have a website or account to sell prints, he is more than happy to sell prints to anyone who is interested through Instagram or Facebook. Contact: SNAPCHAT👻andrewtorrez FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/andrew.torrez.9
    Gallery
  • Rich Brown
    Rich Brown
  • Rich Brown
    Rich Brown
    Rich Brown is ½ of Fate Photo Company, with Mrs. Anita Brown providing the other half (she appears later in the lineup of favorites). Fate Photo Company was established in January, 2012. Although it is a relatively new business, they are not new to photography. Rich first picked up a camera almost forty years ago. He considered it a hobby until recently. Rich has tutored under several professional photographers and has attended formal classroom training. Prints and licensing arrangements are available on their website: fatephotocompany.com
    Gallery
  • Gerald Nguyen
    Gerald Nguyen
  • Gerald Nguyen
    Gerald Nguyen
    Gerald Nguyen is regularly featured by @dukecityigers, @IgersAbq and @PureNM for good reason. Based on his gallery, he is having fun with color, light, landscapes, cityscapes…just enjoying his surroundings with a camera and sharing the bounty with those of us following his account. He has prints available: www.twenty20.com/gerald_nguyen
    Gallery
  • Nicolas Peña
    Nicolas Peña
  • Nicolas Peña
    Nicolas Peña
    Nicolas Peña, aka @hnicpena on Instagram, is a photographer based in Rio Rancho. His gallery features a variety of images, from sky shots, night photography, landscapes, portraiture and street photography. Though Nicolas isn’t a full time professional photographer, he does sell prints and can be hired for weddings or photography sessions. Contact: penaphotonm@gmail.com Twitter: @penaphotonm www.penaphoto.com
    Gallery
  • Jenny K Thomas
    Jenny K Thomas
  • Jenny K Thomas
    Jenny K Thomas
    Jenny K Thomas is a professional photographer based in Lordsburg. Her gallery is filled with stunning landscapes, many reflecting the beauty of southern New Mexico. Her prints are available at http://www.jennykthomas.smugmug.com
    Gallery
  • Kenneth Walter
    Kenneth Walter
  • Kenneth Walter
    Kenneth Walter
    Kenneth Walter, aka @klwalter13 on Instagram, describes his online gallery as "a picture story of my life.” He is also the Curator of @fortstanton, which may explain the moustache. The moustache is fantastic. He mentions availability for photography employment in his Instagram profile, which implies he would be happy to sell prints.
    Gallery
  • Lapita Arviso
    Lapita Arviso
  • Lapita Arviso
    Lapita Arviso
    Lapita Arviso is a landscape photographer based in Southwest Colorado. Her adventures seem to regularly include the four corners area and western New Mexico. For prints or booking: www.lapitaarvisophotography.com
    Gallery
  • Matt Beckmann
    Matt Beckmann
  • Matt Beckmann
    Matt Beckmann
    Matt Beckmann is based in Albuquerque. He specializes in fine art, family, and wedding photography, though his Instagram gallery is a feast of natural beauty. From Matt: “Albuquerque has been blessed by Mother Nature with big skies and diverse landscape. This is what ignited my passion to capture all of Nature's beauty. I enjoy experiencing other cultures and capturing their story and my experience with my lens.” www.mattbeckmann.com
    Gallery
  • Anita Brown
    Anita Brown
  • Anita Brown
    Anita Brown
    Other half of @fatephotocompany @dukecityigers #dukecityigers fatephotocompany.com
    Gallery
  • Heather Glaze
    Heather Glaze
  • Heather Glaze
    Heather Glaze
    Heather, aka @Night.Kat on Instagram, is also behind the landscape feast @hikenewmexico. If you have fantastic photos of your outdoor adventures, hashtag #nmnomad & #hikenm
    Gallery
  • Enrique
    Enrique
  • Enrique
    Enrique
    Enrique's original Instagram account, @transcarpathic, got updated to @pacific.southwest in 2015, reflecting dual inhabitation of Santa Fe and Los Angeles. His gallery includes landscapes, people, and cultural events, with many images reflecting fun with angles and light.
    Gallery
  • Andrew O'Neal
    Andrew O'Neal
  • Andrew O'Neal
    Andrew O'Neal
    Andrew O’Neal, aka @andrew8404 on Instagram, seems to be a fellow on the go, exploring New Mexico from one border to the other. His Instagram profile is scant on information, but his photo gallery indicates an appreciation for the outdoors, mountain biking and his dog, all of which are presented with a keen eye for detail, light and color.
    Gallery
  • Tyana Arviso
    Tyana Arviso
  • Tyana Arviso
    Tyana Arviso
    Tyana Arviso is a freelance photographer and videographer, focused primarily on Southwest Colorado, though the four corners seems to be regularly featured in her travels. Her images have been published in travel magazines or to promote regional tourism boards. Contact: https://www.youtube.com/user/YanArviso https://www.facebook.com/tyana.arviso
    Gallery

New Mexico Nomad

Instagram Gallery

Celebrating the beauty, culture and history of New Mexico.

Hashtag #nmnomad to be featured.

New Mexico Nomad

2016

20 Instagram Favorites

New Mexico Nomad

Instagram Gallery

Celebrating the beauty, culture and history of New Mexico.

Hashtag #nmnomad to be featured.

New Mexico Nomad

New Mexico Nomad