Students tend to leave Harvard University with lengthy lists of accomplishments, but recent graduate Tiffany Lopinsky has achieved a less typical one. Lopinsky, 22, runs the popular local foodies (@bostonfoodies) Instagram account, on which she captures delectable dishes from around the city and inspires some serious cravings. Cheese platter, anyone?
Q. Why did you start Boston Foodies?
A. My mission behind Boston Foodies is to showcase a lot of different food in Boston — anything from fine dining to food trucks to bakeries — to show everything that Boston has to offer for the food scene. It’s a way for people to expand their palates and try different places they might not normally go to.
Q. What role does the community play in Boston Foodies?
A. If people tag me in their posts, then I look at them, and if they’re good photos, I usually post them. I think lately, just because I’ve been doing more myself and gotten better at food photography, I crowdsource less than I used to. If I see something that’s really amazing, I like to repost it because it’s not possible for one person to see everything.
Q. What have you gained from running Boston Foodies?
A. I’ve learned a lot about food, and just what goes well with certain things. I was a sophomore in college when I started. I didn’t even know what charcuterie was. I didn’t know how to eat an oyster. Now I have a lot of intel, so I can give people recommendations. I remember during graduation week and the months leading up to it, I had about 30 people asking me where they should bring their families out to eat.
Q. Any fun stories to share about your restaurant experiences?
A. I remember a few years ago, when I started taking photos, I would go out to eat with my family and they’d be like, “Why are you doing that?’’ Now, just culturally, it’s become more of a thing. There are a lot of big food Instagrams that are popular. It’s sort of a millennial thing to take pictures of your food, whether it’s for Instagram or Snapchat. I definitely get looks now and then — nothing too obnoxious, though.
Q. Any advice to share with young photographers?
A. Just do something that you’re passionate about, because I think that always shows through on Instagram. I follow a lot of different accounts, and whether they’re about food or anything else, you can always tell when someone behind the account is genuinely excited about what they’re doing. That’s the number one most important thing.Interview was condensed and edited. Sonia Rao can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @misssoniarao.