Pure Bliss by Paola Franqui in Princeton, New Jersey

We love the way Paola Franqui captures light and shadows in her hometown Princeton, New Jersey. A passionate street photographer, Paola has a great eye for capturing life and beauty in Princeton and beyond. Check out her feed and follow the fun @monaris_.

Name:Paola Franqui

Place you live: Princeton, NJ

Place your Instagrams were taken? Princeton/Edison area.

Can you sum up Princeton? Princeton is such a pleasant town to live in. The downtown area is quaint with a lot of shops and restaurants. It is filled with a vibrant art scene, history and there’s a charming university campus.

What is a perfect day in Princeton? Walking down Nassau Street and grabbing a cup of coffee from my favorite coffee shop, then heading down to explore the Princeton University campus or taking a scenic walking tour.

If Princeton was a person or character who would it be and why? Audrey Hepburn – it’s classy, sophisticated and unique.

How long have you been using Instagram? For about two years.

Do you shoot with your phone or other cameras or both? I mostly shoot with my iPhone. I have always wanted to keep my Instagram feed as iPhone only.  I recently purchased a sony a6000 camera and I am slowly stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things. It has been a very interesting and fun learning process.

What is your editing process? I always start off with Snapseed for basic adjustments and then move on to VSCO Cam for filtering.

Do you create images outside of Instagram? Yes, all the time. What I am most passionate about is street photography. I always have my iPhone in hand looking for my next subject.

Has Instagram/phoneography affected how you shoot? Definitely! I have grown so much because of it. It has made me more aware of my surroundings. I am always on a quest for light, shade and human behavior.

Can you give a couple tips to aspiring Instagram photographers? Never stop shooting. Don’t let others discourage you. Work hard, show dedication and always post what you love.

Who are your three favorite Instagrammers?  @snap_jacks, @jbplans, @lauraaprado


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Name:Paola Franqui


Favorite place to eat:


Favorite place to drink:

Triumph Brewing Company 

Favorite shop:


Local tip:

Make sure you stay after 6pm on Saturdays because there are many live bands!

Must do:

Try the best ice cream in town at The Bent Spoon and watch a movie at The Garden.