#reallykindofamazing by Garrett Cornelison in Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Photographer Garrett Cornelison describes Des Moines as “the Midwestern underdog, commonly referred to as fly-over country.” But one look at his Instagram feed will make you want to land the plane and stay awhile. His photos of Des Moines boast unique and creative compositions.  Be sure to follow Garrett here: @reallykindofamazing

Name:Garrett Cornelison

Place you live: Des Moines, IA

Can you sum up Des Moines? We’re the Midwestern underdog, commonly referred to as “fly-over country” but next time stop and stay awhile and we’ll far exceed your low expectations.

What is a perfect day in Des Moines? The weather in the Midwest can be extreme. The perfect day is in the spring or fall and includes a fresh-squeezed orange juice from Zanzibar, a picnic from South Union Bakery in the Downtown Sculpture Park, a concert at the Vaudeville Mews, and then taking in the Iowa Cubs fireworks and a six-pack of tallboys from a rooftop with a view.

How long have you been using Instagram? 1.5 years

Do you shoot with your phone or other cameras?  I do both. I appreciate the challenge of working with limited tools to tell stories. But at the end of the day, it’s still just a tool. So I believe you should share what makes you proud and happy, regardless of the tool used. If I’ve just shot a subject with my camera phone and my DSLR camera, I’m obviously going to select the image that turned out the best.

What is your editing process? Afterlight and VSCO if I use anything. Usually just slight adjustments to contrast and color.

Do you create images outside of Instagram? I do. I am a freelance photographer so most of my images are created outside of Instagram, but I try and include a selection of all the things that I’m working on.

Has Instagram/phoneography affected how you shoot? It’s trained me to see more in squares. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad.

Can you give a couple of tips to aspiring Instagram photographers? It’s easy to follow trends and hack what “works” but we have enough of those accounts. Do something different. (And quit jumping.)

Who are your three favorite Instagrammers? @brockdavis @adamscarpenters @moneal



Name:Garrett Cornelison

City:Des Moines, Iowa

Best place to eat:

HighLife Lounge & Fongs Pizza

Best place to drink:

The Lift

Best outdoor activity:

Summer concert at Simon Estes Amphitheater 

Must visit:

Downtown Farmers Market

Local tip:

For those that like people watching and deep-fried type-2 diabetes-on-a-stick food, the Iowa State Fair is not to be missed.