Top Photography Hashtags & Instagram Tips for 2022

Top Photography Hashtags & Instagram Tips for 2022 | Mastin Labs

The number of photography hashtags on Instagram is...infinite

It sure can feel that way, at least! 

While it shouldn’t be the only tool in your marketing arsenal, Instagram can be a great platform where photographers can build a following, get inspired, connect with other creatives, and be found by potential clients. 

It may feel pretty saturated out there, but Instagram hashtags for photographers can help you stand out and get noticed. But it’s important to use the right hashtags and in the right way!

With so many photography-related hashtags to choose from, where do you start? Well, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of photography hashtags (organized by genres and styles) to help you out.

Tips for Using Instagram Hashtags for Photography Effectively

First, let’s go over some helpful tips and best practices when it comes to using hashtags on Instagram so that you can walk away feeling confident in your Insta game.

How many hashtags should I use? 

This is a really common question! There isn’t one single right answer because the algorithm is constantly changing and there are several factors that contribute to the overall success of a post.

That being said, the general consensus going into 2022 is that the sweet spot is around 11 hashtags. 

Try experimenting with the number of hashtags that you use and see if you notice a difference! The most important thing is that you at least use some hashtags, that you don’t totally overdo it, and that you use the right hashtags. This brings us to our next point…

Only use photography hashtags that are relevant to your post

Using Instagram hashtags that aren’t relevant to your post is like trying to fill a bucket with a hole in it. Pretty futile!

You’re not doing yourself any favors by just tossing in whatever hashtag comes to mind, or re-using the same batch on every post.

If someone is looking up posts under the hashtag #mountainlovers and they see your picture of someone sipping a latte in an urban coffee shop—it doesn’t matter how great the photo is, or how much you love mountains, that’s just not what they’re looking for. 

Curate your hashtags to the content in that specific post. Of course, it’s okay to reuse certain photography hashtags across different posts, and some hashtags are more general than others, but make sure they make sense. Mix up your selection and don’t be afraid to get specific. 

Even when you use options from this list, try to add at least one additional hashtag that is more specific.

For example, you might add a hashtag relevant to the gear you used or something specific in the photo:

#canon
#nikonphotography
#doglover
#nikeshoes
#vineyardviews
#beachlife
#beerstagram
#coffeeshopvibes

You get the drift!

Another great option is to mix in location-specific hashtags.

Use location-specific hashtags on Instagram

Of course we couldn’t include Instagram hashtags for every photography genre and location in the world on this list. 

So, consider adding some location-specific hashtags based on where you typically shoot and where the photo was taken. 

That might look like including the name of the venue, neighborhood, park, city, state/province, or country:

#seattlephotographer
#LAboudoirphotography
#torontofamilyphotographer
#londonweddingphotography
#centralpark
#canadiancreatives
#backyardwedding
#fourseasonsparis 

Note that depending on where you're shooting, you might not want to give away too much about your location. For example, if you're shooting an elopement at a hidden gem that you don't want to be flooded with visitors the next time you go to shoot there. 

Picking up what we’re putting down? Good! 

Use an Instagram Scheduler and Save Your Hashtags

Using an Instagram scheduler can be a game-changer! They allow you to schedule batches of posts ahead of time so you can plan your grid, stay consistent with your posting, and save time.

Depending on the program and plan that you choose, some Instagram schedulers will show you suggested hashtags and/or let you save groups of hashtags to easily paste into your captions.

Save your hashtags in organized groups to make them easier to find and use, and then choose the best ones for that post. Add additional ones or use the suggested hashtags as needed.

Some popular Instagram scheduler options include Later, Planoly, Tailwind, and Hootsuite

Now let’s get to the good stuff: The ultimate list of hashtags for photographers on Instagram.

Best Photography Hashtags 2022

When choosing hashtags from the lists below, don’t forget to follow our above advice! Some of the hashtags listed are more specific than others, so pay attention to the ones you choose. Mix them up and don’t keep re-using the same ones on every post. And use these as your base, then try adding at least one more specific hashtag to each post #yougotthis!

Some of the photography hashtags listed below are connected to specific Instagram photography accounts, communities, or magazines. Using them might just land you a feature on their page if they like your work (they should credit and tag you if they do).  

Oh yeah, and if you’re editing your images with Mastin Labs presets, don’t forget to use the hashtag #madewithmastin 😉

General Photography Hashtags

#photostory #photochallenge #photogrid #photooftheday #photographylovers #photographerlife #photoshoot #photographysouls #photography #photo #gameoftones #artofvisuals #createcommune #heatercentral #theimaged #thecreatorclass #moodygrams #shotzdelight #eclectic_shotz #curiouscameraclub #myfeatureshoot #yourshotphotographer #myfeatureshoot #creativeoptic #creativeoptics #visualscollective #opticalmoments #trappingtones #chasinglight #socality #thisismycommunity #makemoments #ig_masterpiece #ig_exquisite #main_vision #master_shots #photographyeveryday #justgoshoot #highsnobiety #collectivelycreate #peoplescreatives #quietthechaos #visualsoflife #fstoppers #petapixel #thephotoargus

Mobile Photography Hashtags

Pay attention as some of these depend on the type of phone you’re using! 

#mobilephotography #iphonephotography #betteriphoneimages #iphonetips #mobilephoto #iphoneography #smartphonephotography #iphoneographer #phonephotography #outofthephone #teamdroid #iphoneogram #iphoneology #iphoneart #androidography #iphonephoto #iphone8 #iphone6 #iphone8plus #iphone7plus #iphone6splus #shotonmoment #iphonexs #iphone7 #iphone5 #lightroommobile 

Hashtags by Photography Style

Film Photography Hashtags

#filmphotography #filmisnotdead #ishootfilm #believeinfilm #shootfilm #35mm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #filmisalive #staybrokeshootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #keepfilmalive #analogphotography #kodak #filmcommunity #istillshootfilm #grainisgood #analog #kodakportra #portra400 #filmphotographic #filmfeed #filmphotooftheday #analoguevibes #portra160 #filmwave #ilfordphoto #ilfordhp5 #ilfordfp4 #ilfordMGFB #magazine50mm #filmisculture #drivebyfilm 

Black and White Photography Hashtags

#blackandwhitephotography #bnwphotography # #ilfordphoto #ilfordhp5 #ilfordfp4 #ilfordMGFB  #bw_focus_on #bw_curators #bnw_greatshots #bnw_captures #bnw_great_shots #master_in_bnw #bnw #bnw_today #bnw_amazing #bnw_creative #bnw_mood #bnw_lover #bnw_dream #bnw_daily #bnw_great_shots #noirphoto #instanero #insta_blackandwhite #bnw_shots #monochromephoto #monochromehome #bnwoftheday #bnw_love #bnw_fanatics #moments_in_bnw #bnw_planet #blackandwhite #ig_bnw #loves_noir #monochrome #bnwmood #monochromatic #blackandwhite #bnw_art #monochrome_lovers #bnw_photography #pocket_bnw #cool_bnw #blackandwhiteisworththefight #blackandwhiteonly #instablackandwhite #bnw_addicted #bnw_one #bnw_of_our_world

Hashtags by Photography Genre

Wedding Photography Hashtags

#weddingphotography #weddingphotographer #lookslikefilmweddings #belovedstories #photobugcommunity #radlovestories #loveintentionally #authenticlovemag #elopementcollective #junebugweddings #loveauthentic #theknot #instawedding #weddingphotoinspiration #weddingphotomag #elopement #destinationwedding #weddingphotos #realweddings #weddingphoto #weddingmoments #realwedding #weddinginspiration #weddinginspo #justhitched #sparklerexit #candidwedding #groomportrait #dreamweddingshots #rainywedding #weddingreception #weddinggoals #weddingtime #candidweddingphotos #weddingpics #weddingpictures #weddinglove #weddingstory #brideandgroom #adventuresession #helloelopement #indiewedding #bohobride #bohowedding #samesexwedding #loveislove #fineartwedding #weddingdetails #luxuryweddings #weddingexit  #visualcoop #littlethingstheory #shotwithlove #junebugweddings #risingtidesociety #greenweddingshoes #heyheyhellomay #magnoliarouge #lookslifefilm #thatsdarling #weddinglegends #belovedstories #loverly #utterlyengaged #loveandwildhearts #lovewhatmatters #wildandcrazylove #beautifulkindoflove 

Family Photography Hashtags

#familyphotographer #familyphotography #familyphotos #familysession #childphotographer #familyportraits #familyphoto #familyphotoshoot #candidfamily #kidphotography #kidphotographer #childrensphotographer #familyportrait #familypictures #outdoorfamilysession #lifestylefamilyphotography #fallfamilyphotos #familyportraitsession #childphotography #lifestylesessions #documentyourdays #embracethechaos #storytellersofchaos #thedeareststoryteller #lovingtheordinarymoments #kidsforreal #adventuresofchildren #kidsseemagic #lookslikefilmkids #treasuringlittlememories #thesincereststoryteller #hellostoryteller #thebeautifulreal #theeverydayportrait #deeplyauthentic #clickmagazine #beyondthewanderlust #lifewellcaptured #dearestviewfinder #wildchildmoment #boldemotionalcolorful #allheartaccess #hellostoryteller 

Newborn Photography Hashtags

#newbornphotography #newbornphotographer #newbornsession #newbornphotos #babyphotographer #newbornphoto #babyphotography #newbornposing #newbornphotoshoot #newbornpictures #newbornprops #babyphotos #newbornportraits #newbornshoot #newbornphotographers #newbornstudio #newbornphotographyprops #babyphotoshoot #newbornart #newbornlove #newbornbaby #newbornphotoprops #newbornportrait #lifestylenewbornphotography #newborn #bestpicturesofnewborns #bestnewbornphotography #newbornpics #newbornposing #babybump #bestnewbornphotographers #newbornbaby #thesugarjar #letthembelittle #wholeheartedmamas #babyphotoawards #thebabyyears #thehonestcapture #justbaby #thehonestlens #treasuringlittlememories

Boudoir Photography Hashtags

#boudoirphotography #boudoirinspiration #boudoir #boudoirphotographer #boudoirshoot #boudoirstudio #boudoirphotos #domorewearless #intimatelifestylephotography #boudoirsession #beautyandboudoir #boudoirphotoshoot #somethingboudoir #boudoirart #bestboudoir #boudoirmodel #domorephotographer #boudoircollective #dmwl #boudoirstyle #boudoirinspo #boudoirphoto #boudoirmagazine #boudoirmodels #boudoirlingerie #boudoirbabes #boudoirpose #boudoirportrait #fineartboudoir #boudoirinspiration #intimatelifestyle #nakidmag #rebelmag #mood70s #heydarling #beautyandboudoir #skynmagazine #uncoverme #impliedmagazine #humanedge #lingerie #cheadmagazine #postmystickpics #mistakemagazine #domorephotographer #bodypositivity #bodylove #selflove #effyourbeautystandards #boudie #intimatelifestyle #intimatelifestylephotography #loveyourself 

Commercial, Branding & Product Photography Hashtags

#commercialphotography #commercialphotographer #advertisingphotography #productphotographer #productphotoshoot #advertisingphotographer #productphotography #productshoot #brandphotography #productstyling #stilllifephotography #productphoto #productshot #commercialphoto #studiophotography #creativemanagement #stilllifephotographer #socialmediaphotography #productshooting#productshots #stilllife #stilllife_mood #creativeimages #commercialphotographer #commercialphotography #stilllifeproduct #studiolight #creativecontent 

Portrait Photography Hashtags

#portraitphotography #portraitphotographer #portraiture #portraitpage #portrait #portraits #portraitmood #portraitphoto #portraitoftheday #pursuitofportraits #portraitvision #makeportraits #portraitsociety #discoverportrait #simplyportraits #portraitshoot #portraitperfection #portraitgames #postmoreportraits #portraitsmag #headshots #pursuitofportrait #headshotphotographer #artofportrait #portraitshot #portraitfolk #portraitstyles #portraitsfromtheworld #777luckyfish #vogove #headspacemag #weshoothumans #ishoothumans #chemports #magazine50mm #cityports #unscriptedmagazine #backseatstories #somelightmag #melonmag #teneromagazine #homesickplaces #localwolves #portraits_mf #ig_ports #portrait_pros #pleasureportraits #portraitinlove #theportraitpr0ject #under10kportraits #dopeports 

Landscape Hashtags, Wildlife & Nature Photography Hashtags

#landscapephotography #landscape #naturephotography #landscapes #landscapephoto #landscapelover #landscapephotographer #naturallandscape #landscapephotomag #landscapelovers #instalandscape #landscapehunter #landscapephotographymagazine #landscapecaptures #landscapesofinstagram #landscapeshot #blackandwhitelandscape #landscapehunters #landscapegram #natgeolandscape #landscapelove #waterfallphotography #landscapescapture #naturephotography #naturelovers #naturephoto #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #naturegram #naturephotos #naturelover #naturephotographer #natureshots #naturelove #birdphotography #natureshot #tree #naturephotoportal #wildnature #naturehippys #fiftyshadesofnature #instanature #trees #wildlifephotographer #wildlifeaddicts #wildanimals #wildlifeonearth #wildlifeshots #wildlifeplanet #natgeowildlife #birding #animalelite #bestbirdshots #wildlifelovers #natgeowild #wildlifeperfection #earth_shotz #earthofficial #earthfocus #beautifuldestinations #jaw_dropping_shots

Street Photography Hashtags

#streetphotography #streetphotographer #urbanphotography #streetlife #streetphotos #streettogs #streephotography #streetphotographers #streetexploration #streetphotograph #photostreet #streetleaks #fromstreetswithlove #spicollective #streetshot #streetvision #streetselect #streethunters #thestreetphotographyhub #capturestreets #capturestreet #streetshared #streetsnap #streetportraits #everybodystreet #streetscenesmag #streetscene #wearethestreets #aspfeatures #dreaminstreets #timelessstreets #streetartutopia #streetartchat  #independentphoto #infinity_street #streetfinder #streetsfeature #citygrammers

Travel Photography Hashtags

#travelphotography #travelgram #instatravel #traveler #travelblogger #wanderlust #travelpics #beautifuldestinations #travelingram #travelphoto #travelblog #instapassport #travelinspo #mytravelgram #travelpic #travelphotographer #travelbug #travelphotos #travelphotograph #yourshot #awaywithmetravel #natgeotraveler #travelwriter #worldshots #travelphotographers #wanderlustmagazine #travelportrait #travelbreak #mytravels #adventurephotography #culturalphotography #worldpressphoto #magnumphoto #makeadventure #togetherweroam #jaw_dropping_shots #createexplore 

Food Photography Hashtags

#foodphotography #foodphotographer #foodporn #instafood #foodgasm #foodstagram #foodpics #foodlover #foodstyling #foodie #yummy #delicious #foodblogger #foodphotographer #foodstylist #foodpic #food #feedfeed #tasty #foodoftheday #foodlovers #foodiesofinstagram #foodography #nomnom #eeeeeats #foodshare #foodphotos #foodphoto #foodstylingandphotography #foodphotographyandstyling #foodphotographers #thebiteshot #foodphotographyprops #foodphotoshoot #foodphotononstop #foodprops #hautescuisines #foodfluffer #foodphotoprops #whatsfordinner  #bakersgonnabake #prettyfood #shareyourtable #firstweeat #damnthatsdelish #foodiesofinstagram #foodie #foodblog #foodstagram 

The Most Important Instagram Tips for Photographers

We’ll leave you with one final (and very important) Instagram tip: Be yourself!

It can be easy to get caught up in algorithms and trends. In the end, it’s important to stay true to yourself and view the little extras (like hashtags) as just that—extra little things to enhance your posts, but not the be-all-end-all of it.

Find your unique style. Be authentic. Don’t get caught up in the vanity metrics. And put in a real effort to engage and connect with your audience. After all, they’re here to get to know you and your work better!

That being said, we do hope you find this list helpful in building your Instagram audience in a way that matters, increasing your engagement, and ultimately growing your photography business. 

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