To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we curated a list of 9 AAPI photographers you need to follow. From the east coast to the west coast (and sometimes both), these photographers’ dynamic portfolios will make you want to pick up your camera and start shooting ASAP.
1. Megan Collante @babybabingka
Megan Collante is a Filipino-American photographer and creative living NYC with an extensive portfolio of both video and photography. With especially dynamic behind the scenes clips of her photography shoots, her TikTok is also home to funny snippets of daily life for a cool blend of personality and talent.
2. Evelyn Rude @erude.photography
Calling both Austin and NYC home, Evelyn Rude is a fashion photographer and creative who uses the warm light of the South to her advantage whenever possible. If you’re a fellow creative looking for inspiration, head over to her Instagram and give her a follow.
3. David Suh @davidsuh
With 3.9M followers on TikTok, David Suh is already quite an established photographer. Known for his pose coaching, check out David for funny clips of celebrity red carpet pose critiques alongside his own photography portfolio.
4. Sarah Ohta @sarahohta
Sarah Ohta is an LA photographer with a very fun job: she photographs concerts and she does it well. With how-to’s on concert photography and behind the scenes clips, head over to her TikTok for close-ups of bands like Glass Animals and Ashe and enjoy her captured moments from the pit.
5. Tommy Tran @tommyltran
Working between NYC and the Bay Area, this east coast-west coast photographer likes to throw a green screen into the mix to shake things up. Like many GenZ’s, Tommy’s portfolio is very Y2K-reminiscent with that heavy glow for quite the dreamy edit.
6. Stephanie Shih @thisisshih
Stephanie Shih is a photographer and professor in LA shaking up the art world with her still life photography. Her incredibly detailed work focuses on the Asian American experiences through still life and is beautifully reminiscent of the Dutch masters, specifically that of Rachel Ruysch.
7. Sravya Balasa @sravya.balasa
Sravya Balasa is an NYC photographer and former Editor-in Chief and lead photographer for TREND, a student-run fashion and lifestyle mag at UCSD, and also photographs for Rice and Spice, a magazine focused on elevating the voices of Asian American youth. Her photos utilize light and pastel colors to bring her portraits to life.
8. Katelin Ayayo @katelinayayo
When she’s not shooting for Rice and Spice mag, along with her colleagues Sravya Balasa and Evelyn Rude, Katelin Ayayo is sharing insanely creative peaks into her shoots on TikTok. As a portrait photographer based in Orange County, California, she takes full advantage of her environment and captures her clients in a variety of desert, sunny, and beachy locations.
9. Erin Donahue @niredonahue
Erin Donahue is a travel and brand photographer in NYC with a very lively TikTok portfolio. Along with the classic behind the scenes clips, she also shares some photo editing tips and tricks in front of her infamous pink backdrop.