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2 Jul, 2019

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Great photographers know that a picture tells a thousand words. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use text when sharing your proudest photos with your followers. In fact, using photography quotes for your Instagram account can actually result in better performance and engagement!

We’ve gathered some information, resources, and examples to get you inspired to take your photography Instagram account to the next level. Read on for best practices you can start using today to create awesome photography captions for Instagram that are sure to charm your followers!

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The power of good photography quotes – why even take the time?

First of all, who cares about a quote? You’re a photographer, not a writer. And that’s a totally legit answer. But when you’re on Instagram trying to build awareness about your brand or gather a following for your business or side hustle, you’re also a marketer. And good marketers analyze data and follow trends to get the best results for their campaigns.

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Whether it’s a huge conglomerate or niche photography influencer, people like feeling connected with the brands they follow. Fortunately, quotes tend to give folks those warm fuzzies that drive emotion and make the accounts more relatable.

Instagram boasts over one billion active monthly users, 80 percent of whom follow at least one brand. With numbers like that, there’s no reason why your account can’t try and appeal to the users looking for content that resonates with them.

Related: How to Write a Killer Photography Bio for Instagram

We already know that adding captions helps drive up engagement, so adding quotes to your beautiful images just ups the ante of the potential popularity of your posts. And with so many active users on Instagram, taking any extra step to make your content stand out from the competition is imperative if you want your account to thrive.  

How Instagram photography quotes help your account succeed

So now you know the “Why”, but what about the “How”? As in, how can adding photography quotes or image quotes, in general, have a positive marketing impact on your photography Instagram account?

Well, using photo quotes helps boost engagement, build awareness about your brand, and inspire your followers to share content that resonates with them. 

Use photography quotes to share testimonials

Sixty percent of users discover new products on Instagram. That means people are actively looking for, or at least receptive to learning about new brands or services they can use in the future. 

If you’re a photographer, why not share one of your favorite images from a client and include a testimonial quote from them along with the photo? Not only do you get to share your amazing work with potential customers, but you’re providing them proof that you do good work that results in happy customers. 

Use photography quotes to boost engagement

We mentioned how people like to see content that relates to them. Motivational or inspiring posts are all the rage on Instagram, and that’s exactly why. Do you have an image that inspires action, pulls at the heartstrings or tells a story worth sharing?

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Adding a powerful caption to go along with the photo inspires people to share it if it relates to them. If the connection is personal enough, they may even comment on the post itself and try to start a dialogue with your brand which is exactly the type of engagement you want! It’s the “social” part of social media that people love.

Use photography quotes to build awareness

Instagram captions for photographers, in conjunction with using appropriate hashtags, are a great way to build awareness about your services. For instance, quotes about photography and love are a fantastic way to get eyes on your work if you’re a wedding photographer.

Plus, quotes are also a great way to show your personality and attract a like-minded following. Is your style edgy and fun-loving? Add some humorous captions to the photos you post to Instagram. Are you all about inspiring or networking with other photographers on Instagram? Share some quotes about your photography knowledge or words of wisdom from well-known professionals in the field. 

Regardless of your style or what your main goal is for your photography Instagram account, there’s a way to incorporate quotes into your photos that speak to your target audience and inspire engagement. Check out this helpful infographic guide from to get an idea of the types of quotes and hashtags that work best on Instagram, along with some best practices for using them.

If you still need some help with ideas, we’ve got you covered, too.

Awesome and inspiring photography quotes you can use for your Instagram account right now

Running a business and trying to properly manage its associated social media accounts is hard enough without having to source additional content.  We’ve done the legwork for you with several photography quotes you can use right now to get started with your Instagram strategy.

Read on for some great Instagram photo quotes hand-picked by our Ampjar team!

Inspirational photography quotes for Instagram

“We all see the world so different, why not just transfer that onto film, or digital and share your vision with the world, not someone else’s vision… if you do you will always see your images as someone else’s not yours. That feeling is not genuine.”

― Jose Villa

“The most important thing for us is to always be learning, push the boundaries, and to find something new and different with each shoot.”

― Daniel and Lindsay Stark

“When photographs are emotionally honest, it can feel scary for the photographer. It’s easier to hide behind a facade of prettiness that makes everything flat and formulaic. But it’s the deeply moving photos that have the most meaning for the client. You need honesty and openness to be able to shoot like that. You need to notice and see people as they are and not as you expect them to be.”

― Anna Kuperberg

“How do we start taking pictures of people, and stop taking pictures of poses?”

— Justin and Mary Marantz

“To me, the magic of photography, per se, is that you can capture an instant of a second that couldn’t exist before and couldn’t exist after. It’s almost like a cowboy that draws his gun. You draw a second before or after, you miss and you’re dead – not them. To me, photography’s always like that.”

— Mario Testino

“I think that emotional content is an image’s most important element, regardless of the photographic technique. Much of the work I see these days lacks the emotional impact to draw a reaction from viewers, or remain in their hearts.”

— Anne Geddes

“There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.”

— Robert Heinecken

Wedding photography quotes for Instagram

“What we are doing is providing a space for couples to see how beautiful they really are.”

Jesh de Rox

“Clients love pictures where they’re laughing versus just smiling. That’s because there’s emotion behind it. Because you’re capturing energy, not just a still image.”

Jen Rozenbaum

“I do believe that the experience my couples have, is just as important if not more as the images in the end. What I add, quietly observe, and how I lead during an event is very important that its exactly what the couple anticipates and expects. This is an endless skill to be perfected.”

Mike Larson

“The people who hire me as a wedding photographer hire me not just because of my photographic style, they hire me because of the style of my personality. My style and personality match, so they know they’re getting a genuine style.”

– Jared Platt

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

– Aaron Siskind

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”

– Don McCullin

Funny photography quotes for Instagram

“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.”

— Abraham Lincoln

“You might be a photographer if… Your eyesight from staring at the computer has gone from F11 to F1.8.”

– Naman Pokarna’s Photography

 “Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.”

― Tony Benn

 “If you saw a man drowning and you could either save him or photograph the event. what kind of camera would you use?”

– Anon

Sentimental Instagram photography quotes

“A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years, but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind.”

― Albert Einstein

“Time will never stand still and those moments that bring us such joy become memories in an instant. To capture such a moment and record it forever with the help of photography is truly monumental.”

— Joshua Atticks

“The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed.”

— Anne Geddes

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.”

– Henri Cartier-Bresson

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”

– Robert Frank

“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”

– Elliott Erwitt

Nature photography quotes

 “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

— William Shakespeare

“Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.”

— Vincent Van Gogh

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.”

— Ansel Adams

“I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.”

– Annie Leibovitz

“Wherever there is light, one can photograph.”

– Alfred Stieglitz

How to add photography quotes to your images

Now you know the benefits of adding Instagram photography captions to your posts and you’ve got some good ones to get started with. But, how do you add them to your images?

Well, many photographers are already familiar with Photoshop, and if you’re one of them – great! Jump right in and add a few quotes to your photographs as you go through the editing process. 

But if you’re not familiar with the popular software or don’t have access to it, there’s plenty of other programs you can use to overlay your favorite quotes and create share-inspiring content for your account.

Canva is an Ampjar favorite because you can use it to create just about any content imagery your brand needs and it comes packed with free stock icons and fonts to help you create pieces in an instant. 

Here’s how it works:

Choose your preferred design. In this case, Instagram.

Upload the photo you want to add a quote to.

Pick a font that works for you.

Replace filler text with your quote and adjust the font size, color, and placement as needed. Then save and download your image!

Of course, if Canva isn’t your thing, you can also check out Adobe Spark, FaceGarage, or any of Ampjar’s previously recommended Instagram Editing Apps. And if working on your phone is more your speed, try Text2Pic for iOS and Quotes Creator for Android.

Photography Instagrammers killing it with photo quotes 

Stefania Menelao

 What We Love: Stefania uses a mix of her own photographs and images with photography quotes to show off her work and inspire. She’s also created a very cohesive feel and showcased her style with the consistent branding she uses on her image quotes. 

Jagtap Vivek

What We Love: Jagtap uses a series of photos to create larger images. The account strategically places portions of quotes in select photos to create an inspiring message when all of the pictures are lined up.


What We Love: Thrillzfilms is a travel photographer who uses Instagram to showcase images of everything from cars, to animals, to cherished memories. This account often uses photography quotes to market their services, describe packages, and provide tips for picking a photographer.

Already boosting your Instagram images with quotes? We’d love to hear what works for you and your favorite layouts – you can reach us @ ampjarcom on Instagram!

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