#emilycall in Salt Lake City, Utah
Looking for one of the most “out-of-the-box” creative portrait iphoneographers in the whole world of Instagram? We found her. Living and creating in Salt Lake City, Emily Call makes beautiful portraits of friends and family, hiding what most expect to see. Follow her feed here @emilycall
Place you live: Salt Lake City, Utah
Can you sum up SLC? Salt Lake City is gorgeous and fantastic. A deep valley surrounded by a salty lake on one side and steep mountains (Utah accent) on the other. The city itself is big enough that there are plenty of interesting things to do and see year round but not big enough to be a headache. Salt Lake is a very diverse place, it is great for everyone because it accommodates to so many contrasting hobbies and past times. We have everything!
For the visitor? I would invite visitors to explore the national parks nearby, as well as, the Salt Lake. I always enjoy conducting photo shoots around these areas. Absolutely beautiful. Also, everyone is always wondering about these Mormons. Clearly, visit Temple Square.
Best meal in the city? Bruges Waffles and Frites. I would not say that this is the best place to get a meal but it is the most enjoyable local restaurant. The food is very good and the atmosphere is really fun. Belgium style waffles and fries from a true Belgian. The Machine Gun Sandwich was featured on Man vs. Food!
How long have you been using Instagram? A little over a year. I got the app in March of 2012. A friend introduced me. I had no idea how much a part of my life it would become.
What phone camera do you use to shoot? iPhone camera mainly. Sometimes Camera+ if the exposure is wild.
Editing process?/What apps do you use, if any to edit your photos? I like to keep my edits to the bare minimum. Some people can edit the crap out of their images and they can look way neat. However, I am more interested in content. I will typically do a little brightening, sharpening, and straightening on Snapseed. Then top it off with one of my favorite Instagram filters. Usually valencia but sometimes rise or amaro.
Do you create images outside of instagram? Oh, yes. In my head, on film, on paper, on canvas, and digitally.
Has Instagram/phoneography affected how you shoot? For sure. I remember when I started to get the hang of Instagram was when I started posing subjects with their faces hidden. This was super interesting to me and I received a lot of positive feedback towards the concept. That led me into a semester long project in my schoolwork focused on just that. I used a medium format film camera, the Pentax 67. The framing is fairy similar to the Instagram square. I also followed a congruous composition.
Does your feed differ from your work outside of instagram? I think so. My main focus with my Instagram work is fun. I keep the images light-hearted and humorous. That is what I feel is best for my audience and that is what seems to get the most attention on my feed. Outside of Instagram, for the most part I follow that modernist feel in my style. However, I am more open to other ways of camera angles, content, lighting, etc. And the content can be more heavy. I am definitely more open to experimenting in regards to my work outside Instagram.