Gomez began his photography career with Tumblr, but he's continued to develop his craft since his selfie-posting days. The first step was saving up for his first real camera.
“I honestly started just doing photography at my church,” Gomez tells the Observer. “Then I began going out on the streets of Dallas and just shooting.”
Gomez has learned a lot about what it takes to be a good photographer. “You need to have the eye for it and a vision,” he says. “If you have that, then you're set."
Now his portraits are detailed and filled with light play, which he captures with his lens and enhances through editing. His concepts are always intriguing, and it's fun to identify the Dallas locales. His account, georgeofthejunglecx, has 14,800 followers.
Alacron started with street-style photography and rooftopping, taking photos on the ledges of tall buildings. His photos incorporating depth and the Dallas skyline are some of the most intense photographs you will find on Instagram.
As Alacron developed a reputation in the Dallas creative community, he began to partner with Instagram models for portrait work.
“I got into the practice of photography because it was a way to connect with others,” he says. “There is something special about those connections that fill me with happiness.”
His Instagram, Swayslife, has a follower count of 12,800.
Nzeribe is a young talent whose popularity has shot up in the last six months.
“Being creative through my photography is the best form of self-expression I know,” he says.
His recent progress was inspired by a trip to California. His photos are bold, clean, emotional and high fashion.
“I think my biggest motivation to do photography is the passion and joy it gives me,” he says. “I’m my happiest when I have a model with me and we are just creating art.”
His Instagram account, obislens, has amassed 7,300 followers.
[image-12] Timothy Hoang
Hoang's background is in videography, but in the last year, he's delved into portrait photography that celebrates everyday people. After a summer trip to Vietnam, he came back with a new sense of purpose and rebranded his Instagram.
“I had the realization that I have been exposed to an environment that was outside of the modern world; I lived in a shack for a day and a half," Hoang says. "I had never embraced my own culture and never wanted to really spread meaning through my work and just show cool stuff. There is so much flash and no substance, but I wanted to bring value.”
Hoang is now working with some of the biggest influencers in Dallas, such as Brittany Dawn, Dani Austin and Jeanine Amapola. His technical skill shines through in his portraits. They're whimsical and filled with light, and they make frequent use of contrasting blue and orange tones. His Instagram account, storiesbytim, has 9,600 followers.
Martinez's style of portrait photography is to capture the motion of the city. His portraits aren't just pretty girls looking into the camera. It's a mom and daughter sitting on the DART train or a young woman looking out the window, listening to the street sounds as she tries to read a novel.
“I love photography because it captures a moment in time which you can never get back,” Martinez says. “You’ll never get the same picture, no matter how many times you try to take the same shot.”
Martinez is on Instagram at Justmtz and has a following of 5,172.