Story & Heart Filmmaker Instagram Feeds to Follow

Ready for some inspiration? Look no further than Instagram. The app lets you discover amazing artists and images from around the globe, which can come in handy for reference images, mood boards, and finding collaborators or role models. But navigating the endless accounts and possibilities can be overwhelming. So where is a good place to start?

Check out these 9 Story & Heart filmmaker Instagram feeds to light your creative spark:


1. Ryan Booth (@ryanbooth)

Looking at Ryan’s Instagram, you may notice that he uses the hashtag #fujiframez. There’s a reason his photos look so gorgeous: Ryan shoots them with a Fujifilm X100T before a quick edit in VSCO, and then a final upload to Instagram. With moody colors and landscape-only orientation, Ryan’s account features images that are as cinematic as they come.

💥💥💥 #fujiframez

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2. Joe Simon  (@joesimon)

Now that Joe is a DP on CNN’s hit nature show, The Wonder List, his feed is peppered with beauty shots taken everywhere from Alaska to Madagascar. Follow Joe for a glimpse into the behind the scenes of his on-set experiences...and for cute lemur pictures, and envy-inducing island beaches! Plus, funny videos of his sweet dog Baxter.

3. Bearwalk (@bearwalkcinema)

The duo of Daniela Goncalves and Brian Tortora share beautiful images accompanied by philosophical musings on their Instagram, which chronicles their adventures in filmmaking. Shots of their Boston hometown are interspersed with natural landscapes and photos of Brian and Daniela in action. Plus, the team even hosted a free code for a Starbucks gift card for their followers—just goes to show how nice they are.

4. Elaine McMillion Sheldon (@elainemcsheldon)

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon can do it all: from creating the interactive documentary Hollow to co-hosting the She Does podcast to having a stand-out Insta feed. Currently, her account is filled with honest depictions of Appalachia, where she’s currently in production on an upcoming documentary. No matter where she is, Elaine has a knack for simultaneously capturing the vitality and poignancy of the world around her. 

Fishing in the Chemical Valley #KanawhaRiver #lookingatappalachia #Appalachia

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5. 31 Films (@31films)

Are you looking to break into the wedding scene? Check out 31 Films. These pros share some truly dynamic wedding shots via Instagram. For the inspiration you need to take wedding films from cliche to cinematic, scope out their feed.

6. Matty Brown (@mattybrownfilms)

Matty Brown is known for not letting gear get in the way of creating great images. He captures the people and places he encounters on his travels in some beautiful stills, and lucky for us, they’re right there on Instagram. You’re just a click away from Matty’s stories, which he shares through both text and visuals on Instagram’s platform.

Frog hopping down the coast of Oregon. #sunset #bridge #oregoncoast #colorful #roadtrip #autumn #adventure

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7. Brent Foster (@brentfoster)

Filmmaker Brent Foster started out in still photography, and his Instagram pictures are as great as you might expect. His feed hosts images from the Phillippines to Patagonia, and plenty of shots of his latest drone work, too. And somehow, Brent even makes the typical family beach photo look cinematic.

8. Two Bearded Men (@twobeardedmen)

Based on their Insta, Kiwi filmmakers Two Bearded Men could be your best friends. Don’t let their goofy posts fool you. Check their feed for sneak peeks of upcoming work and lots of natural beauty, courtesy of their native New Zealand.

These are the days we live for. Amazing times shooting stills in the hills with the lads today👌🏻

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9. Storm & Shelter (@strmnshltr)

Storm & Shelter’s feed gives you a window into their team dynamic—and it looks like they’re having a lot of fun over there. Oh, and working hard too. Follow them for shots of gear and BTS of commercial shoots, plus a healthy dose of humor.

@honisterpass gently fondling a Cooke Panchro.

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These are just a few of our favorite Instagram accounts from our Story & Heart filmmaker friends.

Who do you love to follow on Instagram? Follow us on Instagram @storyandheart and let us know your faves!