Even though things are changing with longer videos, algorithm changes and more, Instagram continues to surge as today’s premiere social media network, having surpassed 400 million users late last year. Of course, your feed is only as good as who you follow, so a strong set of accounts is paramount in getting the most out of Instagram. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or just a bit of eye candy, IG is packed with incredible imagery from all over the world.

Switching up our on-going 5 Instagram Accounts to Follow feature once again, this week team Highsnobiety chose five of their favorite Portrait photographers on Instagram. Each of these accounts share amazing photos of human faces on a regular basis, so you’re sure to find someone new to keep your feed interesting.

Read on for our portrait picks.

@5thphvse / Followers: 8,680 / Joined: June 2, 2012

Favorite account to follow: Easy one, An incredibly talented England based portrait photog. @Harisnukem. There is an incredible sense of emotion in every single image. He could easily solely shoot females as all others do, but he excels just as well in males ports bar none nothing forced nor faked.

Favorite place to shoot portraits: So many to choose, but one will always hold my #1 slot. New York City, hands down. Merging a subject into the cities raw & gritty scene is quite the mix where the combos are literally limitless you have neon lights the sun hitting the building's apex the tall building with mirrored glass, it's nuts so much to create with your model.

Favorite camera/lens: I've shot dozens of bodies swivel screen stationary screen, large, compacts large medium formats as well as lenses big and small. Nothing amazes me more than the Canon EOS Mark 3 paired with a Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART. The perfect focal length as agreed by almost any and all photogs alongside the FullFrame CMOS sensor is dangerous, almost unmatched.


@ellzzrawrr / Followers: 1,396 / Joined: June 2015

Favorite account to follow: I’m a huge fan of @ddesigns_. He has such an amazing eye for composition and colour that it’s hard not to be inspired by his work.

Favorite place to shoot portraits: I don’t have a go-to place to shoot portraits, but I’m always on the lookout for interesting backgrounds and foregrounds to place my subjects in, including neon lights, flowers and reflections. One of the cities that I’d love to go back to and shoot portraits is Tokyo – it’s just one of those cities with such an interesting mix of cultures that it easily gives personality to any portrait.

Favorite camera/lens: I’m currently shooting on a Sony A6000, with my Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Contemporary Lens on my camera most of the time. I’ve never owned another camera so I can’t suggest a favourite, but I do dream of the day I own a Canon 5D!


@jesseherzog / Followers: 196k / Joined: the beginning

Favorite account to follow: My favourite Instagram account to follow is the Criterion Collection because they're always posting vintage cinematic images.

Favorite place to shoot portraits: I love shooting indoors because shooting with natural light you can get really creative lighting you can play around with (if it's sunny out).

Favorite camera/lens: I shoot with a Canon 5Ds so I can be very exact in my editing (more pixels means zooming in more), and my favourite lens is my Canon 85L f/1.2. It's one of the best lenses out there for portraiture.


@jssight / Followers: 6,832 / Joined: 2011

Favorite account to follow: There are a bunch of Instagram accounts on that list. However, @ravivora is definitely my all time favourite. He's able to photograph portraits, nature and architecture - all very different subject matter - and still maintain the consistency in his feed.

Favorite place to shoot portraits: I don't have a favourite spot, per se. When I'm shooting portraits, the main focus is the person, so just as long as the model is comfortable, and they're attire matches the surroundings, the location could be anywhere.

Favorite camera/lens: The Sony A7 is my favourite camera. It's a small compact full-frame camera, which is great since I travel light. My sigma 50mm f/1.4 is my number one choose for portraits since it captures all the small details.


@thetaquinofoto / Followers: 24.6k / Joined: 2013

Favorite account to follow: One of my few favorite IG accounts to follow is @thismintymoment because I am really impressed how minimalist photographers think outside the box. They can take all these minimal photos that are simple and complex at the same time

Favorite place to shoot portraits: My favorite place would be anywhere with neon lights. It's my favorite because of all the different colors you can play around with

Favorite camera/lens: My current set up for most of my work is the Nikon D600 w/ 50mm 1.4. I love this set up because of the lowlight capabilities of the Nikon D600 mixed with the low aperture lens


Be sure to follow us as well, @highsnobiety and if you’d like to be considered for inclusion in future editions of ‘5 Instagram Accounts to Follow this Week’ use hashtag #HSdailyfeature on your posts.

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