04/10/2015 12:51 EDT | Updated 04/10/2015 12:59 EDT

Meet Inayali: A Montreal Photographer Who Loves Cafes


Canada's Instagrammers do a great job capturing this country's natural beauty and diversity. Each week we feature one of the country's best Instagrammers.

This week meet Inayali, a Montreal photographer who loves cafes.

Here he is in his own words:

I’m a Montreal-based photographer focusing on architecture, food and interiors. Oh, and I hang out at coffee shops quite often.

Q: What inspires you to take photos?

Light and colours. I know, it’s a little vague but anything can be beautiful under the right light. — and colour brings me immediate joy.

Q: What’s your favourite photo/instagram tip? Did you take a photo that demonstrates this?

If I had to choose one tip, that’d be not to be afraid to take photos! Sometimes people hold themselves back because they’re not sure what people will say or whether they’ll throw a glance at them. If you think that something is beautiful or worth taking a photo, go ahead and take it! If you see somebody intrigues you or the scene is unique, take a photo. Once you’re comfortable, you’ll enjoy photography more.

Q: Can you share an outtake or a photo from the cutting-room floor? Is there a story behind this photo?

There are many photos that I take but not share on Instagram. Because I like to keep the aesthetics of my feed consistent. I took this photo in a small public market in Montreal while I was wandering around with a friend. Afternoon light coming through high windows, mirror and colours! I think it’s a pretty great combination. :)

Q: Throwback Thursday! Pick a photo you love from your archive. Tell us about it.

I always try to hit the coffee shops when I go to a new city. I think it gives an idea about the locals, daily life, and how they approach art and design. This is from Fika in Toronto's Kensington Market. I think all coffee shops and even restaurants should host these kind of art pieces!

Q: Follow Friday. Which Instagrammers do you love? Who inspires you to take better photos? Tell us about them.

It changes from time to time, but right now, Nicole Franzen (@nicole_franzen) and Melody Hansen (@themelodyh) give me inspiration! Nicole for the honesty and simplicity in her photos, and Melody for the use of colours.

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