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#TodayIMet with @timlampe and @halfgirl

In the #todayimet series, Instagrammers share the stories of meeting people in real life after discovering their work on Instagram. To see more photos and videos by @halfgirl and @timlampe, follow them on Instagram.

Young Mee Rim (@halfgirl) and Tim Lampe (@timlampe), from Copenhagen and Atlanta respectively, organized an impromptu road trip with friends in Canada this summer after following each other for two years on Instagram. “We picked Tim up at the airport and it was basically like picking up a really old friend you hadn’t seen in ages,” Young says. “A big hug and then straight on to chatting away and laughing in the car for hours and hours.”

Tim says that it’s always this easy to connect in real life with people he’s met through Instagram. “I think friendships from Instagram are so natural because you’re getting to know someone really well through their photos and captions and how they choose to document their life,” he says. “It’s always amazing to get the perspective of someone else living in a completely different part of the world.”

Meeting up with Instagram friends in real life also gives Tim the opportunity to see how they make the photos he was drawn to in the first place. “One of my favorite things is to watch how Instagrammers approach shots in the wild, so seeing Young take a pancake breakfast with fruit on top and figure out how to best Instagram it was a learning experience.”

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Today I Met: The Everyday Projects

To see photos from daily life from around the world, explore these Everyday Projects: @everydayafrica, @everydayusa, @everydaymiddleeast, @everydayasia, @everydaylatinamerica, @everydayiran, @everydayjamaica, @everydayeasterneurope, @everydaysrilanka, and @everydayegypt.

This weekend on the festival grounds of Photoville, a public photography exhibition in New York City, the contributing photographers of the Everyday Projects are meeting each other for the first time. “This feels like the ultimate modern moment,” says writer Austin Merrill (@austin_merrill), who along with photographer Peter Di Campo (@pdicampo) co-founded Everyday Africa (@everydayafrica) in 2012. “We’ve all been talking together for so long from across the world that to finally bring this incredible group together in person is electrifying. It’s like we are already family. There was no ‘let’s get to know each other’, we just hit the ground running.”

Austin and Peter’s project has become a global phenomenon, with international photographers creating and contributing to Everyday editions in their own regions. Austin says, “The Everyday Projects give important perspective and context to what life is like for people around the world, outside of just the bad things that happen.”

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#TodayIMet with @nana_ha and @sundaysuppers

In this series, Instagrammers share the stories of meeting people in real life after discovering their work on Instagram. To see more photos and videos by @nana_ha and @sundaysuppers, follow them on Instagram and browse the #todayimet hashtag.

Copenhagen food and travel journalist Nana Hagel (@nana_ha) landed an internship in New York City through Instagram. She had been following the Instagram images of Karen Mordechai, founder of Sunday Suppers (@sundaysuppers). “I immediately fell in love with her style,” Nana says. “I saw that she was looking for help and I knew I had to apply.”

Nana joined the team on Wednesday. “Meeting Nana from across the world and having her come to collaborate with us at the studio is one of the things I love about Instagram,” Karen says. “It really is about expanding your vision and community. It affords us the chance to meet amazing people that we wouldn’t have a chance to connect with otherwise.”

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#TodayIMet with @jasonpolan and @mikimeek

In this series, Instagrammers share the stories of the people they’ve met in real life after discovering their work on Instagram. To see more photos and videos by these New York storytellers, follow @MikiMeek and @JasonPolan on Instagram.

Jason Polan (@JasonPolan) is on a mission to draw “every person in New York" and often shares those sketches along with other artwork on Instagram. Miki Meek (@MikiMeek), a radio producer for This American Life, has a knack for noticing and photographing quintessential New York City moments. After following each other’s work on Instagram for a few months, they decided to meet for a photowalk.

"What I like about Instagram is that by the time I actually meet someone in person, I’m already comfortable," Miki says. "I feel like we already have a rapport—we have a sense of each other’s lives."

"Instagram is such a great platform for art," Jason says. "The idea that I can make something and then instantly thousands of people can see it is really exciting."

Despite the rain on the day they met, Jason made drawings and both of them took pictures. “Miki has a really nice subtle feel in the pictures she posts,” Jason says. “I would love to collaborate more with her in the future.”

"It definitely would be fun to pick a neighborhood or a long walk that started and ended somewhere specific," Miki adds. "It’d be interesting to compare all the people who made us stop."