By Katie Brandl
Of the 500 million monthly active Instagram users, the following seven couples notably exhibit their passions for their pursuits and one another. They are business-savvy, creative, and in love. Here are seven IG dream couples every modern romantic should follow, in no particular order.
1. Luxury Globetrotters: Murad and Nataly Osmann (@followmeto)
Murad and Nataly Osmann are iconic for their unique travel photography. The “follow me to” concept they started on their shared feed (@followmeto) triggered a major social media movement. Couples began to post photographs in the same style—photos taken from the perspective of a partner being led by the other toward their destination. The Osmanns take wanderlust to a new level of romantic. And the best quality of their Instagram, even better than the beauty of the places they visit, is the behind-the-scenes footage that goes along with it. The couple reveals the making of each picture they post, which makes their “follow me to” concept more accessible for any romantic that wishes to participate.
2. Casually Fashionable: Patricia Manfield (@patriciamanfield) and Giotto Calendoni (@giottocalendoli)
Manfield and Calendoni generate style-envy beyond compare. Both are fashion icons and boast sophisticated taste with a casual twist. Manfield is the founder of The Atelier, a blog for fashion, photography, travelling, and music with a massive following. She’s also in the process of recording her first album. Calendoni is a designer and model, and his hat line called Grandpa is about to debut. The couple share ambitions that align, but their work often leads them around the world in separate directions. They make everything look effortless, even as they juggle their respective pursuits and maintain their romance.
3. The High-Fashion Couple: Olivia Palermo (@OliviaPalermo) and Johannes Shuebl (@JohannesHuebl)
Most would remember Olivia Palermo from her stint as a public relations assistant to designer Diane Von Furstenberg on MTV’s The City. Her husband is model Johannes Shuebl—and the couple boasts a classic style. Even their Instagram aesthetic is crisp and classy. Despite their fame, they remain easy to relate to in a number of ways. One of the sweetest ways they accomplish this is through Shuebl’s “Sundays” posts with Palermo. Usually, he posts photos of the pair together in a relaxed setting (on the couch, on a walk with the dog, etc.), but, sometimes, he posts photos of Palermo sans makeup. After nine years of marriage, they are out to prove that couples who style together stay together.
4. The Painters: Sally Mustang (@sallymustang) and Mitch Gobel (@mitchgobel_resinart)
“…The English language doesn’t let me describe what that actually feels like. The rawness and truth that you feel. The spirit of the heart,” Sally writes about love, in a caption for a photo of her and Mitch painting together. Their work is beautiful—a combination of paints that marbleize on canvas. It perfectly represents the beauty in collaboration with one’s partner—how two people can create something remarkable as a team.
5. Outdoorsy Globetrotters: Jack Morris (@doyoutravel) and Lauren Bullen (@Gypsea_lust)
This duo is sun-kissed, relaxed, and, mostly, barefoot. Jack Morris and Lauren Bullen travel the world, posting a color-themed flood of photos on their Instagram feeds as they go. In their bios, they mark their current locations. They are carefree, usually someplace warm, at sunset, and smiling. They document their adventures together, though they run separate Instagram accounts. Together, they are the no-hassle kind of travelers to follow.
6. The Fitness Couple: Kayla Itsines (@Kayla_itsines) and Tobi Pearce (@Tobi_Pearce)
Kayla Itsines and Tobi Pearce are endorphin-happy. Independently, through their Instagram platforms, they inspire millions to improve their bodies in the healthiest, activity-friendly ways. These Aussies are a powerful pair. They admire each other, and they give each other the distance to cultivate their own brands. Still, they support each other—Pearce flew around the world with Itsines this year to help her promote her training method to people in dozens of cities. This couple proves that it’s possible to support a partner that shares the same pursuit without an unhealthy competitive edge muddling the relationship.
7. The Music Moguls: Alicia Keys (@AliciaKeys) and Swizz Beatz (@therealswizzz)
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz are down-to-earth and authentic, setting them apart from many couples in the music industry, which fosters an immense amount of pressure on individuals and couples to please others. The duo moves against the grain. Keys recently inspired a movement for women to stop wearing makeup, set into effect by a photo shoot she did in her post-gym sweat. She now says: “I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.” Her husband, who is equally successful in the music world, is an advocate for Keys’ #nomakeup movement, proving to be a supportive partner in both their musical collaborations and personal sphere.
This article originally appeared in the spring 2017 “Relationship Issue” of Resource Magazine. To pick up a copy, visit the Resource Shop or enter our giveaway to win a free copy, subscription and more awesome photography prizes!