On the occasion of World Tourism Day of September 27, we showcase the journey of Instagram's renowned travelling couple Murad and Natalia Osmann
Travel couple Murad and Nataly Osmann started their photo project Follow Me five years ago. Inspired by love - love to travel, love to unknown countries, love to beautiful places, and, of course, love to each other is what led to the creation of #FollowMeTo project
Murad and Nataly Osmann are a Russian couple who went viral after Murad, a photographer by profession, posted a picture on Instagram of his then-girlfriend Nataly leading him by the hand through the streets of Barcelona in 2011
In pic: Murad and Nataly Osmann caught in a candid moment at Hotel Splendid Etoile in Paris
In picture: Murad and Nataly Osmann shooting their #FollowMeTo series at Kamchatka sea lions in Russia
Little did Murad Osmann know that a simple picture of his then-girlfriend (now wife), Nataly leading him by the hand would become so viral and trendy that one day it would become a photo series and a global travel brand. The sweet yet simple picture gave birth to the widely accepted and followed series, #FollowMeTo. The couple has not looked back since then.
In picture: Nataly Osmann doing the Follow Me to the Louvre Museum, Paris
So, how did the couple and their 'Follow Me' series shot to fame? Nataly and Murad Osmann have revealed the secret on their website. It says: The story started on our first trip together to Barcelona. We were very young, very much in love, and absolutely carefree. We were strolling along sunny narrow streets, chatting, laughing, and, of course, taking lots of photos. All of a sudden Natasha looked away and pulled Murad forward, and that was the moment when he caught 'that shot'! Isn't that like a picture-perfect story!
In picture: Nataly's #FollowMeTo set amidst the romantic picturesque background of Paris
In picture: Murad and Nataly ooze royalty in this picture at a scenic location. The couple writes: Sometimes people think that we are crazy when we appear in strange outfits in places full of tourists
Soon after their photo went viral, media started talking about them and the couple became an Internet sensation. Murad and Nataly have been named as top travel influencers in the world. While sharing this picture, they captioned it: Marriage is a relationship in which one is always right and the other is the husband! Love you, baby:) What are your relationship secrets?
Do you know the story behind the 'Follow Me' series? In 2011, when Murad and Nataly Osmann was on a trip to Barcelona the couple were in awe of the city. Murad would go on clicking endless photos which annoyed Nataly and in reaction, she pulled him away, but Murad managed to take a photo anyway. This accident, however, led to the birth of the 'Follow Me' series, and the rest, as they say, is history!
In picture: Nataly Osmann poses in front of an architectural marvel in New Delhi
While it's been a while since the photo has gone viral, today Murad has amassed over 4 million followers while Nataly has nearly 1 million followers on Instagram and still counting. Their 'Follow Me To' page on Instagram has managed to amass about 490 thousand followers on Insta to date.
In picture: Nataly Osmann poses in front of the Taj Mahal, which is one of the seven wonders of the world
In pic: Murad and Nataly Osmann are caught in a candid pose as the two lovebirds can't seem to get their eyes off each other during their holiday in Paris, France.
Murad Osmann is a Russian photographer who is based in Moscow and is also the co-author of #FollowMeTo photo series. Murad and Nataly were dating for a few years before the couple tied the knot on June 6, 2015. The couple had two weddings - one in Moscow and the other one at Dagestan, where Murad was born
Murad Osmann proposed Nataly in 2014 and guess what! The proposal was in the same way the couple has been capturing the world together. Interestingly, Murad asked Natal to reach her behind and grab his hand like they normally pose for the Follow Me To series. Surprisingly, Nataly found a ring in place of his hand. Isn't that the most cutest way to propose?
Since their rise as travel influencers, Murad and Nataly Osmann captured the 'Follow Me' series at numerous locations and picturesque destinations. From the tall skyscrapers and infinity pools in Dubai to the iconic museums of Paris and the symbol of love, Taj Mahal in India. Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, Heart of Florence, Moscow, magical island of Mauritius and many more places have been the stopover locations for Murad and Nataly Osmann and their Follow Me photo series
In picture: Murad and Nataly Osmann, who have been married for nearly four years, can't seem to take their eyes off each other during one of their trips
Murad and Nataly Osmann's Instagram is a whirlpool of pictures and it seems there isn't any place left where the two have not wandered as yet! The couple posts stunning pictures of their #FollowMe series that ranges of their travels to exotic locations, iconic structures and much more
Murad and Nataly Osmann's Instagram is filled with tonnes of pictures that would give other couples a major wanderlust. From walking through the rice fields in Bali, running through the streets of Barcelona to being mesmerised in the beauty of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, India, the 'Follow Me' couple has been there and done that!
If you are on Instagram, it would be rare that one would have not come across photos of a woman leading a man through a stunning setting. Yes, that's Murad and Nataly Osmann for you.
While sharing this picture with their fans, Nataly Osmann is seen giving a Marilyn Monroe-like pose as Murad, is seen holding two glasses of wine. They caption this one: We could write a special book about each of our trips. Egypt expedition was full of sleepless nights, delays of our flights, endless flights and car drives. Everything was made for a #FollowMeTo shot.
Murad and Nataly Osmann visited India in 2016 and captured their 'Follow Me' series at iconic locations such as Taj Mahal in Agra, Amer Fort in Jaipur, and Lake Pichola in Udaipur to name a few. The couple visited places such as New Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, and Jaipur.
In picture: Nataly and Murad are seen cherishing their tour in India
In January 2019, Murad and Nataly travelled to Bali and completed 8 years of travelling together. The couple captioned it: We have 8 years of travel together behind. Since we haven't killed each other yet, I can surely tell you about my top-5 most romantic and unusual travel destinations:
They recommend these destinations:
Murad Osmann describes this picture: They say love gives wings;) Our version of the famous "Titanic" scene. And what are your fav romantic movies?
Murad Osmann shared this picture from his trip to Mauritius where one can see how the #FollowMe photograph is taken. In the picture, the woman (Nataly) is leading a man (Usually it's Murad) through a stunning setting as the man captures the woman amidst a picturesque setting and exotic locations.
Murad and Nataly Osmann walk through the Daxu, the 2000-year-old city of China. They caption: If we compared a city to an animal, Daxu would be a turtle – wise, ancient and sturdy. When you walk its narrow streets, it feels like a set from a movie about life in Ancient China. Even locals look like they were taken here from ancient times by a time machine.
During their stay in Brazil, Murad and Nataly Osmann also attended the 2014 FIFA World Cup. in the picture, Nataly can be seen attempting the Follow Me pose as Murad captures her amidst thousands of people at the Maracana stadium in Brazil
In picture: Murad and Nataly are seen capturing their next Follow Me series photos in the bustling city of Tokyo. They caption this one: The Akihabara district is known for its love of cosplay, anime, and technology. Seems like the buildings are about to collapse under the weight of banners, surrounded by millions of people and bright colours!
Love seems to be in the water for Murad and Nataly Osmann as they caption this one: There is nothing more we could wish for, than just having each other!
Dressed like a greek goddess, Nataly walks towards the Colosseum, a historical landmark in Rome as Murad Osmann captures her for their next Follow Me To series in Greece
In picture: Nataly and Murad Osmann take their #FollowMeTo series to the beautiful Rio de Janeiro in Brazi as they shoot before the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Murad writes: Was really difficult to take a shot without people:)
Murad and Nataly Osmann, the Russian couple went viral after Murad, a photographer had posted a picture on Instagram of his then-girlfriend Nataly leading him by the hand through the streets of Barcelona in 2011. This picture gave birth to the widely accepted and followed series, #FollowMeTo. The duo has not looked back since then. On World Tourism Day today, we showcase the journey of Murad and Nataly. (All Pictures/Instagram Murad Osmann, Nataly Osmann, Murad and Nataly Osmann)
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