Inspiration for photography comes in many ways, with one of the most direct ways being direct inspiration from great photographers. It’s now easier than ever to follow your favorite artists and photographers on Instagram and get a good daily dose of inspiration.

Because it can sometimes be hard to find some of the best photographers for a specific style/genre on Instagram, I’ve decided to put together a list of great fashion and portrait photographers to follow. You’ll probably find that you’re already following many of them, but I’m hoping you’ll discover a few more to add to your feed!

So, without further ado, here are 20 inspiration fashion and/or portrait photographers that you should follow in 2019:

Lindsay Adler

Lindsay is a fashion and beauty photographer from New York City that creates stunning bold and high-impact images. She’s also very involved as a photography educator and you can find courses from her on her website or via CreativeLive.

Matthew Brookes

Matthew Brookes is a portrait photographer based in New York and Paris. He creates stunning candid portraits that are full of emotion and he’s worked with many celebrities. I’m especially a fan of his black and white work.

Joakim Karlsson

Joakim is a traveling photographer originally from Sweden. His work focuses mainly on sensual female portraits.

Dan Hecho

Dan creates amazing sensual portraits and ballet photography. His style and color grading is very distinctive and painterly.

Sacha Leyendecker

A portrait photographer from Germany, Sacha creates amazing sensual female portraits.

Mike Tang (ohrangutang)

Mike, aka ohrangutang, is very well known on Instagram where his following is in the millions! He creates very distinctive sensual portraits.

Sylvio Testa

A fashion photographer based in Cannes, France. He creates stunning female portraits.

Mariano Vivanco

Mariano, originally from Peruvia, is a well-known fashion and portrait photographer who’s work has been published in the likes of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and GQ.

Sebastian Kim

Sebastian creates amazing portraits and fashion work. Very candid and in your face.

Kesler Tran

Kesler is a photographer based in Los Angeles and creates some of the most amazing sensual female portraits.

Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca

Arnaldo is a fashion photographer based in New York city and originally from Puerto Rico. His black and white work is absolutely stunning.

Nick Knight

Knight is a very well known and awarded fashion photographer from London. He’s been a photographer for longer than I’ve been alive, but his work feels very timeless.

Christos Sewell

Christos creates sensual female imagery and focuses on lingerie and swimwear.

James Houston

James is a portrait and beauty photographer based in New York. His work is very clean and pure.

Alasdair McLellan

Alasdair is a photographer who’s work includes some of the most amazing candid portraits.

Patrick Demarchelier

Patrick is a very well-known French fashion photographer who began his career in 1975. Another legend of fashion photography to follow.

Tony Kelly

Tony made the list because his photography is absolutely stunning, even though he’s more of a fine art photographer. His work is very fun, conceptual and colorful.

Greg Kadel

Greg is a fashion photographer who creates stunning and high-impact images.

Victor Demarchelier

Victor is a fashion photographer based in New York city who’s work has been published in magazines such as Numero and Esquire.


The fact that he’s known only by one name says it all! Rankin is a legend in the world of fashion photography. His work is very impactful and punchy.

Giampaolo Sgura

Giampaolo is an Italian photographer who creates truly amazing fashion images.

Wrapping Up

Hoping that this will add to your dose of daily inspiration! If you think I forgot someone on there, don’t hesitate to get in touch and let me know.