Video: “Philly Home Portrait”

Photo by Cory J. Popp

Photo by Cory J. Popp

Austin Hodges and Billy Cress have a unique way of showcasing Philadelphia’s sly beauty: photographing its residential facades. Using the hashtag #phillyhomeportrait on the popular image-sharing app Instagram, they have between them more than 44,00 followers. Each photo they post gets hundreds, sometimes thousands, of likes. They’ve also self-published two books about the homes.

A short film called Philly Home Portrait — which comes online today — takes a deeper look at their process. “I love this story because it’s all about being aware of the everyday beauty around us,” says filmmaker Cory Popp. “It’s easy to pass these places without thinking twice, but these home portraits are a conscious effort to capture that beauty.”

Popp has taken the same kind of photos, and now has a dedicated site where prints are available for sale.

Video and stills below.

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Gay Philly Instagrams You Must See: The Early Bird Edition

We normally post a roundup of our must-see Gay Philly Instagrams at the end of the week, but it’s July 4th this Friday.  Instead of depriving our readers of their eye candy, we opted to share our favorite snapshots before everyone heads down to the shore for the weekend.  Think of it as an early bird special.

10 Philly Fashion Instagrams to See This Week: Cute Bikinis, Summer Shorts, and the Maxi Dress to Buy Now


Kimono-sleeved maxi dresses, racks of vintage and sweet tees tickled our fancy.

Another week, another bevy of fashionable ‘grammers. Keep scrolling for the pics that caught our eye, including a must-have maxi dress and a made-in-Philly bikini we’re dying to sport this summer. Oh, and remember to follow Shoppist right here.

Click here to see our picks.

10 Philly Fashion Instagrams You Need to See This Week: World Cup Nails, Mismatch Prints and Floral Denim


Kudos Shoppists, it was another stylish week for Philadelphians. Today’s installment of our Instagram roundup includes everything from World Cup nail art (we really want this to be a trend), the most amazing floral jeans, and a giant earring that doesn’t weigh down your earlobe (a difficult feat). Now, start off your weekend with a burst of style inspiration. Happy Friday!

Keep reading for stylish snaps!

22 #GayPhilly Instagrams You Need to See This Week: Silk Shirt Man, Boys in Dresses, and the Gayest Disney Characters You’ll Ever Meet

Every Friday I round up the best shots from some of #GayPhilly’s most clickable Instagram hams. Think of it as our big gay society page.

10 Philly Fashion Instagrams You Need to See This Week: Geometric Wedges, Fluorescent Pink Tees and Store Openings


It was another busy week in Insta-land, Shoppists. As per usual, Philadelphians were posting galore on Instagram with everything from breezy summer tunics, to giant flags for store openings, to unusual bracelet-ring combos (that we’re totally in love with and plan on buying immediately). Here, the 10 pics that made the cut for this week’s Instagram roundup. Happy Friday, Shoppists!

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10 (New!) Philly Instagrammers You Need to Follow Now


Take it from me: Sometimes you need a little push to get your butt in gear. I sure know I need some inspiration to get out for a morning run, or to cook a healthy meal when all I want is a slice of pizza. That’s where some visual inspiration can come in handy.

Scroll through the feeds of these seven Philly fitness Instagrammers for all the motivation you need to lace up those sneakers, put down that junk food, and get seriously fit. For even more inspiration, check out our original list of Philly fitness ‘grammers.

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