Let’s Ride by Danielle Vichinsky in Nashville, Tennessee

Graphic designer Danielle Vichinsky is wild about two things: Motorcycles and Nashville! This badass rider posts fun shots of her biking adventures and fellow riders in “Music City.” Check out her feed and see how riding a bike is like an art: @daniellevee.

Name:Danielle Vichinsky

Place you live: Nashville, TN 

Occupation: Graphic Designer

Preoccupation:  Motorcycle and horseback riding, drawing, buying old records and discovering new music.

Place your Instagrams were taken? Since recently moving to Nashville, the majority of them have been at the Narrows of Harpeth State Park. It’s beautiful there with a ton of scenery.

Can you sum up Nashville? An outgoing loving community, that’s surrounded by talented, friendly and creative people. 

What is a perfect day in Nashville?  Riding my motorcycle in 70 degree weather with my close friends and exploring new areas. 

If Nashville was a person or character who would it be and why? I’d say Nashville would be Peggy Olson from Mad Men. It’s a city that is constantly growing and becoming such a strong community and creative place. It vibes off of positive vibes and creativity and you’re always finding hidden gems this city has to offer which makes you love it even more.

How long have you been using Instagram? I joined in 2008 so seven years ago! I can’t believe it’s been that long!

Do you shoot with your phone or other cameras or both? I started snapping photos with my phone but after I bought my SLR, the picture quality is just so much nicer. If I’m going to put photos out for everyone to see, I want to make sure they’re the best!

What is your editing process? I try not to use any filters on my photos but if I do they are very subtle. I’ll use Afterlight for sharpening an image or fixing the saturation, but if I’m using a filter I’ll do with with VSCO. 

Has Instagram/phoneography affected how you shoot? Ever since I had my bike built I feel like it’s the only thing I photograph. You definitely learn what type of photos people are attracted to or what will grab their eye, so I usually keep that in mind whenever I’m behind my camera.

Can you give a couple tips to aspiring Instagram photographers? I would say start shooting what you know or love, that way your passion will shine through in your photographs. 

Who are your three favorite Instagrammers?

1. @nostalgia_memoir He takes the raddest motorcycle photos on every adventure he goes on. He makes me want to get out there and travel more!

2. @jessepaul My housemate! He only posts photos that he shoots with his film camera! I love how he’s bringing film back and has been so dedicated with photographing the real old fashioned way!

3. @caferacersofinstagram My buddy Dave runs this account and it’s great because you get to see different café builds that people design all over the world. It’s also helped me meet more people in the motorcycle community.  


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Name:Danielle Vichinsky


Best place to eat:

The Loveless Café, their biscuits are amazing!

Best place to drink:

I’m not much of a drinker but when I go out I usually start at The Crying Wolf. I love the ambience and the vibe this bar has going on.

Best outdoor activity:

If you’re not riding a motorcycle, Foggy Bottom Canoe rental is great! You can kayak through the Harpeth River and the scenery is amazing!

Must do:

Definitely check out the Ryman! I’d also recommend the Johnny Cash Museum and the Country Music Hall of Fame (since you ARE in music city). Downtown Nashville is great for travelers because it’s a strip of restaurants and bars so you will never be bored!

Local tip:

If you’re downtown, you definitely have to check out Robert’s Western World. I feel like it’s a must for every tourist in Nashville!