How to curate your perfect Instagram feed

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How to curate your perfect Instagram feed

One of the most fulfilling things I’ve done with my social media presence over the years is find my own personal aesthetic. Instagram is one of my favourite platforms to share photos from my life, styled shots (there’s probably always coffee), and delicious food photographs.

Getting to a place where I was comfortable and confident with a style took time. In fact, I finally found my groove only six-or-so months ago. The steps I took to create images I loved and that I was excited to share came from practice, diligence, and consistency.

Here are some tips, tricks, and apps I’ve used to help me create the perfect Instagram feed that’s truly indicative and representative of who I am and what I love.

Photoshop, Photoshop, Photoshop

How to curate your perfect Instagram feed
One of the best things I’ve ever done is learn Photoshop. Of course, I fell into very organically back in high school, before I’d ever started blogging. Eventually, I invested in Adobe Creative Suite and it has completely changed the way I do business, so-to-speak. Plus, YouTube tutorials have been my best friend in learning the finer intricacies of the program. Now, getting the photos from the camera to Instagram is done in no time.

Preview app

How to curate your perfect Instagram feed
What I love about Preview is that, among other great features, it lets you see what an image will look like in your feed, amongst your other photos, before you post it. It gives you the power to decide what works and what doesn’t before you even open Instagram to upload.

Follow those that inspire you

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I’m inclined to agree. Afterall, that’s how trends start and how we cycle from one thing to the next. One of the best things I’ve done for myself is find and follow other Instagrammers whose photos I absolutely adore. If I find a feed that stands out to me (and I love so many different styles), of course, I’m going to turn that blue button white.

Be picky as hell

Don’t settle. I can’t say that enough. Don’t settle for an image that doesn’t ignite something inside you. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come close to posting an Instagram photo that didn’t excite me. If I’m not passionate about it, why would I expect anyone else to be? Plus, there’s nothing worse than going back over old photos, further down in your feed, and finding one you knoew didn’t below and having that internal struggle, deciding whether or not to take it down.

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  • Heather @FrenchPress

    i need to check out that preview app – you have a gorgeous feed

  • I love the preview app! I also agree, why post a photo if you don’t completely love it, you can’t expect others to love your photo of you don’t

    Tasha x

  • Rainy Days Fun

    Very useful tips, thank you! Didn’t know about the preview app! I wish I could learn Photoshop too, tried it several times but really never could get my head around it 🙁

  • Great post I couldn’t agree ore. It’s about consistency and persistence. Thou me and Instagram are going through rough patches at the minute. I want chronological back! I also schedule my content, there are so many great tools that provide insight too.

  • Lu Lovely

    This has been a really helpful post for me. I don’t think have consistency with my Instagram feed although I do spend an awful lot of time on Instagram so perhaps I need to learn more about it.
    I’ve tried Photoshop and I’ve found it really tricky so maybe that side isn’t for me.
    Your feed is fab!

  • Your Instagram feed is great, thank you for sharing your top tips! It’s my favourite platform by far.

  • Zarja from myTamarin

    Thank you for these tips. I love Preview too. Do you mind sharing, how much time to spend on average on various activities related to Instagram (i.e. taking photos, editing photos, curating your feed visually, curating content, engaging). I’d love a benchmark.

  • Nicole Wi

    Your tips are great and I really like your feed – it has a very fun vibe and the colour choice is good too!

  • There are some great tips here. I’d not heard about Preview so I’ll be doing that from now x