Head to the Hills by Jennifer Young in San Luis Obispo

Jennifer Young has a knack for capturing the natural beauty of the San Luis Obispo area. Her freewheeling photos and epic nature shots make us want to go outside and climb the first tree we see. See if you can resist the urge to play after following Jennifer at @iartu_jennifer.

Name:Jennifer Young

Place you live: San Luis Obispo, CA.

Place your Instagrams were taken? San Luis Obispo on the central coast of California.

Can you sum up the place you live? Magical.

What is a perfect day in San Luis Obispo? Waking up and heading to a yoga or barre class at my favorite studio, eating breakfast at Sally Loo’s Café, spending the day at Montaña de Oro with my husband and dog, a coffee/tea pit stop at Scout Coffee, a quick hike up South Hills to take in the view of the city, a home-cooked dinner at home with friends, and catching a film at the Palm Theatre, the Fremont Theatre, or the local drive-in.

If San Luis Obispo was a person or character who would it be and why? Ryan Gosling because he’s just the best.

How long have you been using Instagram? I think I signed up the first week it launched!

Do you shoot with your phone or other cameras or both? Most all of my images on Instagram are taken with my iPhone (unless I state otherwise). I shoot with a Canon 5d Mark III when I’m on the job.

What is your editing process? I use VSCO to add a filter on my images and then use Afterlight to make minor adjustments like brightness, contrast, temperature, etc.

Do you create images outside of Instagram? Most definitely! I’m a photographer. 🙂

Has Instagram/phoneography affected how you shoot? I think learning to shoot well in the square format for Instagram has changed and broadened the way I think about composing my shots when I’m shooting with my Canon. So I guess you can say yes, it has affected the way I shoot!

Can you give a couple tips to aspiring Instagram photographers? Keep it simple when shooting, develop your voice and style (there is always room for growth and change with this), and be personal and authentic.

Who are your three favorite Instagrammers? @dabito, @jessicacomingorestudio, and @humansofny



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Name:Jennifer Young

City:San Luis Obispo

Best place to eat:

Sally Loo’s Wholesome Café

Best place to drink:


Best outdoor activity:

Head to the hills! There are the most gorgeous and accessible hiking trails all around SLO.

Must do:

Visit Montaña de Oro.

Local tip:

There are farmer’s markets every day of the week here!