Super excited, our INSTA*LOVE series is featuring the uber talented, inspiring, pink-sky-creating, Tom Windeknecht :: @tomwindeknecht! Probably one of the nicest guys on Instagram and one of the prettiest feeds too! I know… I clearly have a thing for neon and pastel but how could you not when you come across these awesome photographs?!
Where do you live?
I live in historical Redlands, California. It's a great little town between Los Angeles and Palm Springs.
What do you love/love to do?
I love photography, Instagram, coffee, art museums, ice cream and Asian food (but not necessarily in that order). I also love traveling with my wife, Laurie, and experiencing new places.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by so many things: nature, colors, art, architecture, old signs, history, etc. I am also inspired by other photographers and artists and how they see with their eyes. That's one of the things that I love about being on Instagram - there are so many great photographers and artists that view what they are shooting differently. My wife is a huge inspiration as well, she always encourages my photography and creativity. She is a painting artist, so we enjoy our creative outlets together and support each other.
What do you look for when taking a photo?
I primarily look for lines, shadows, patterns, colors and shapes. I like clean, minimal compositions with bright colors. These are the largest components of my work. I really try to force myself to look at things from a creative perspective, a smaller perspective, and not just the whole picture. For example, instead of seeing the whole building, I will try to look at corners, architectural details, or angles of the building.
What are your favorite apps and filters to edit with?
My favorite app is Photoshop. Most of my edits are done with Photoshop and my Wacom tablet. Sometimes I will do some editing on my phone with the Lightroom app or Snapseed. I just downloaded A Color Story app and have been playing with that a bit.
Who are your favorite fellow Instagrammers?
This is a really tough question! There are so many great Instagramers out there, so I will do my best to list my favorites: @mattcrump, @ascobereta, @multiplanar, @colorado_sunshine, @lpinkus, @joehida, @twtsi, @kiks_way, @chrisphillips25, @b_e_n__t_h_o_m_a_s, @teber, @bowling4rhinos, @casualtimetravel, @x__holly__x, @george_byrne, @space.ram, @lizzie_darden, @legrandbazar, @primolli, @katwesterman, @alltelleringet, @dschwen, @jelloet, @rarabro, and (my wife) @iloveyoumorethancake.
Seriously can’t get enough of those pictures! The detail and textures are incredible. And can we just take a minute to take in those colors?! WOW! Those first two shots just kill me! So cool. Definitely check out his colorful feed :: @tomwindeknecht for some more amazing eyeporn! You can also find him on his website :: www.tomwindeknecht.com and on Twitter and Facebook too!
A very special thank you to Tom for participating in our INSTA*LOVE Q&A!
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