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
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.
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.