Discover seven Instagram portfolios by pro photographers, and learn their secrets for styling unique and innovative studio shoots.

Every day, more than 95 million photographs are uploaded to Instagram. Most of them appear on our screens for a short while and then disappear once more, never to be seen again. But, there are a rare few that grab and hold our attention.

Talented Instagram photographers create beautiful images, but beyond that, they always manage to surprise us. Over the years, we’ve interviewed hundreds of remarkable photographers from the Shutterstock and Offset collection, and we’re constantly intrigued by what they share. Here are just seven of the talented artists we follow and admire. Check out their Instagram feeds for a daily dose of inspiration.

1. Zaira Zarotti (​@thefreakytable​)

“Right now, what I appreciate most is authenticity—and when virtual connections between people become real.” – Zaira Zarotti

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Make Connections

Image by Zaira Zarotti

Based in Venice, Italy, ​Zaira Zarotti​ creates atmospheric food photographs reminiscent of Dutch Golden Age paintings.

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Atmosphere

Image by Zaira Zarotti

“The creative process has always been a way for me to understand something about myself—in relation to the world around me and also to my cultural inheritance,” she tells us. Perhaps she was destined to be an artist from birth, having been brought up as part of a creative family. Like those painters of centuries past, she’s inspired by “the ephemeral beauty of simple and everyday things.”

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Understanding Through Creativity

Image by Zaira Zarotti

“I began my food photography blog, ​The Freaky Table​, mid-2015,” she remembers. “It quickly got a big audience, I guess because of the highly curated photography. What initially started as a personal project has become a business, supported by the interest of the many people who allow me to travel for work, to collaborate with companies and agencies, to hold photography and styling workshops, and, most of all, to live off of something I love to do.”

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Love What You Do

Image by Zaira Zarotti

2. Gabriel Cabrera (​@artfuldesperado​)

“I would like to say I’m inspired by something romantic like ‘being close to the ocean’ or ‘long walks in nature,’ but none of that actually does it for me. It’s daily random stuff like a lady walking on the bus with a really shiny blouse that reflects purple light—and bam! There’s an idea.” – Gabriel Cabrera

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Open to Inspiration

Image by Gabriel Cabrera

Gabriel Cabrera​ puts a modern, playful twist on classic still life photography. ​“Nothing I shoot is really true to its state,” the Vancouver-based artist tells. “I always love to add some elements of fantasy—be it a beam of light, some texture, or enhanced colors. The thrill I get from being able to create my own version of a moment is the biggest reward of taking photos.”

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Create Your Own Moments

Image by Gabriel Cabrera

Cabrera’s background is in Culinary Arts, and he initially launched his blog ​Artful Desperado​ as a way to develop and refine his food styling. “Since I needed to document my dishes, I took courses, practiced day and night, and taught myself photography,” he remembers. “Eventually, I stopped doing hands-on styling and transitioned into full-time photography. Having done almost every aspect of the photo-making process was super valuable and has helped me develop my style.”

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Practice

Image by Gabriel Cabrera

3. Oleg Gekman (​@heckmannoleg​)

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Study Your Idols

Image by Oleg Gekman

As a young child, ​Oleg Gekman​ could be found photographing his friends and family. As an adult, he continued to pursue his dream. “I studied the technical side of the business on my own,” the Russian artist tells. “I also studied the work of famous photographers.” After years of hard work, he built a robust portfolio.

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Stay Up-to-Date

Image by Oleg Gekman

Now an established beauty and fashion photographer, Gekman hasn’t lost his thirst for knowledge. He looks to the history of painting and photography for motivation, while also staying up-to-date on breaking tech news shaping the industry today. His models also serve as his constant muses and collaborators, and he’s worked with many of them for several years.

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Collaborate

Image by Oleg Gekman

4. Anna Pustynnikova (​@anna.pustynnikova_photo​)

“Food photography is my life, my art, and my passion.” – Anna Pustynnikova

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Immerse Yourself

Image by Anna Pustynnikova

Anna Pustynnikova​ ​got her start as a street photographer, but as fate would have it, she found a job as a marketing manager for a restaurant company. Soon, she was immersed in the culinary world. She was so inspired that she shifted the focus of her work behind the camera, and while she continues to shoot street photos, she finds the most joy in working with food.

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Food and Light

Image by Anna Pustynnikova

“I’m lucky that in fact that my biggest inspiration is food and light itself,” she tells us. “I can get inspired by seeing beams of light on a morning cup of coffee.” Her mission is to help us see the world the way she does, in all its glittering detail. “​I’m sure that seeing​ the beauty in every part of our routine, daily life makes us much happier,” the artist says.

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Beauty in Routine

Image by Anna Pustynnikova

5. Jen Causey (​@jencausey​)

“Right now, I am inspired by summer light and bright, poppy colors.” – Jen Causey

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Light and Color

Image by Jen Causey

Jen Causey​ initially got into photography as a hobby, taking photos of friends and the bands they saw together. ​“It lit a creative flame, and I decided to go to school to learn more,” she remembers. “Once in the studio, I fell in love with still life and food photography.”

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Technical Expertise

Image by Jen Causey

These days, the Brooklyn-based photographer combines her passion for storytelling with her technical expertise. Her food photography often incorporates a human element, making it instantly relatable. “I try to convey a sense of simple beauty mixed with playfulness,” she tells us. “I like clean lines and bright images that make food pop.”

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Storytelling

Image by Jen Causey

6. Regan Baroni (​@reganbaroni​)

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Simple Appreciation

Image by Regan Baroni

Regan Baroni​ got her start as an art director before finding her calling in food photography. “While I’ve always had an appreciation for good food, I started seeing it differently when I learned to cook,” the Chicago-based artist tells us. “The process of cooking inspired me to start taking pictures.

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Enjoy the Process

Image by Regan Baroni

“My family surprised me with my first DSLR back in 2012, and from there I started cooking, styling, and shooting every weekend, teaching myself photography. What started out as a hobby turned into a career-changing passion, and I haven’t looked back.”

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Looking Forward

Image by Regan Baroni

Still, her background in art direction continues to shine through in unique ways. “I try to find a connection between food and art and gravitate towards shots that combine the natural beauty of food with contrast, texture, and richness,” she says.

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Texture and Contrast

Image by Regan Baroni

7. Madeline Lu (​@lumadeline​)

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Document Everything

Image by Madeline Lu

Born in China and based in San Francisco, ​Madeline Jia Lu​ takes breathtaking photos of her adventures around the globe. “No doubt, traveling inspires the most,” she tells us. “I use photography to document my travels with my family. Through our trips, I have seen beautiful landscapes, architecture, and interior design, and I have tried amazing food.”

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Share Your Finds

Image by Madeline Lu

So far, they’ve seen more than thirty countries worldwide. Lu has amassed a following of hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram, but her work motivates us to get off our computers and explore the real world for ourselves. “I am grateful to be able to share my work with a large audience and inspire them to go out, travel, and experience the places that I found unforgettable,” she says.

7 Studio Photographers on Instagram to Inspire Your Next Shoot — Offer Inspiration

Image by Madeline Lu


Top Image by Oleg Gekman.

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