Photo courtesy of @Kevin_Amato.
Photo courtesy of @Kevin_Amato.

Kevin Amato makes a living by surrounding himself with interesting-looking people. Whether he’s photographing them or casting them in campaigns for brands like Hood by Air and VFiles, he has an eye for those who stand out in a crowd. Although he’s discovered models like Luka Sabbat on the street, he also turns to Instagram for scouting. Here, the social media-savvy photographer and MOTHERMGMT scout and shares what he’s looking for and the secret to getting noticed.

Occupation:
Photographer and casting director.

What are three words that you would use to describe your Instagram style:
Vibes, moods, and inspiration.

Things you’re looking for in other peoples’ profiles:
I love to see people that are creative, expressive and informative—that show their uniqueness and individuality.

Favorite people/places and/or thing(s) to photograph:
Portraits and fashion work with the kids in my Bronx neighborhood.

One thing you would never post:
Whatever's illegal, I guess…

Advice for models looking to get noticed on Instagram:
Show your creativity and personality. And it's not about how many followers you have!

Do you “slide into DMs” when casting?
I'm more of a public post kinda guy. My email is in my bio...

Weirdest/funniest photo you’ve been tagged in:
I get tagged in the most random photos, but the funniest are kids jumping on their beds with my pop-up shop bedding.

#Nofilter or filter?
Depends. Love a Lo-Fi, though.

Favorite editing app:
InstaSize straight to IG.

Greatest hits:
My girl, the amazingly talented CL, and smoke pics get a lot, too.

Your first Instagram:
Meat cut-outs of my initials.

5 favorite accounts to follow:
@AcademyNYC, @Zimbabwe700clubFoundation2019, @Another_man, @mothermgmt, and @NatGeo.

Social media pet peeve:
Follow and unfollow then re-follow...