Something for Everyone by Jessie Webster in Los Angeles, California

Editorial and commercial photographer, Jessie Webster has a cool, California style! Specializing in lifestyle, travel and interiors, we also adore her pretty photos featuring the ocean, beach and cityscapes of L.A. Follow along at @jessiewebster.

Name:Jessie Webster

Place you live: Los Angeles, CA

Occupation: Photographer

Preoccupation: Traveling every chance I get.

Place your Instagrams were taken? Los Angeles, CA

Can you sum up Los Angeles? Diverse.

What is a perfect day in Los Angeles? I’d start my day with coffee from Intelligentsia and a walk around the Silver Lake reservoir. Then meet a friend for breakfast at Sqirl. Head downtown and walk around the Arts District and pop into shops like Alchemy Works, Hammer and Spear and Poketo. Later on I’d have dinner at Bestia and then catch a show at the Bootleg or the Echo. I’d probably end my day on the roof of The Ace Hotel for a beautiful view of the city and delicious cocktails.

If Los Angeles was a person or character who would it be and why? This is too difficult to answer, because it could never be just one character. The reason I love this city so much is that is has everything. We have beaches, a downtown, beautiful hikes and mountains, deco, midcentury and even a little victorian architecture. We have something for everyone.

How long have you been using Instagram? Since 2011. It was the first app I downloaded when I got an iPhone.

Do you shoot with your phone or other cameras or both? My instagrams are 99% iPhone. That’s the fun of it I think. I don’t always have my DSLR with me to capture moments, but my phone I always have.

What is your editing process? First I make adjustments with Snapseed or Afterlight, then bring it into VSCO to crop and add a filter. I take out anything unnecessary or distracting with TouchRetouch. Because I alternate between vertical and horizontal images, I then bring it into Squareready to add white space and then post to Instagram.

Has Instagram/phoneography affected how you shoot? Absolutely. I think it helped me find a personal style and aesthetic. It allowed me to get inspired daily by my surroundings and by other Instagrammers.

Can you give a couple tips to aspiring Instagram photographers? Take pictures all the time. Bring your camera or iPhone with you everywhere. I really think the more you shoot, the more you develop your eye and create a personal style. Don’t over-concern yourself with which photos get more likes. Post what you want; what makes you happy.

Who are your three favorite Instagrammers? My friends @nicole_franzen, @emilyknecht and @evagoicochea. They’re always inspiring me.

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Name:Jessie Webster

City:Los Angeles

Best place to eat:

Grand Central Market

Best place to drink:

Bar Stella

Best outdoor activity:

Pack a picnic and head to Cinespia with friends. Bring blankets and beach chairs and enjoy a movie at a cemetery under the stars. Trust me.

Must do:

Cliché perhaps, but watch the sunset at Griffith Observatory.

Local tip:

Drive up Angeles Crest Highway. There are incredible hikes, waterfalls and views of Los Angeles. It starts to get more forested the further up you get toward Mount Wilson. In the winter it even snows.