Instagram 101: All My Secrets For A Beautiful Feed

Instagram 101: All My Secrets For A Beautiful Feed

Instagram can be either a love or hate relationship. We hate it because it can give us a false insight of others people lives, only showing us the highlight reel. It’s very easy to compare our lives and our looks to celebrities, models, and strangers all over the world. We get so caught up in wishing and wondering what life would be like in their shoes.

We often forget though, that someone else is looking at our own lives, and doing the exact same thing, because we do have great lives. And we are beautiful in our own ways.

I personally love Instagram.

We get to share our passions and parts of our lives we love and are proud of.

We are able to help people by our words and inspiration and promote things we care about.

We are able to make long life connections with strangers on the other side of the world, who can lift us up and understand parts of our lives that close ones may not ‘get’.

It’s safe to say I am proud of my feed, and every day I get compliments on it. It is like my little piece of art and creativity. It took me a very long time to get the hang of it! If you’re not satisfied with how your feed is looking, whether it’s a personal or business account, you’re in luck because this week I’m sharing every tip and trick that I have learned in order to achieve a beautiful Instagram feed. You’re welcome!

TIMELINE OF MY FEED

This is when I first started trying out flat lays. I was obsessed with the marble background look, but it wasn’t for me. The photos are great, but the lighting could have been more enhanced and brighter. Some were brighter than others and have too many shadows.

In these photos, most of them weren’t mine. But I started to embrace my true personality, which is where the pink color started. I wanted to start taking my own photographs and be a bit more personal and show more of my world.

This was when I started to really dive into flay lays. I did lots of research and bought a digital camera. This was when I started to learn how to make your photos compliment each other. My feed doesn’t look this pink anymore, and you will see below how it looks now. I still love these photos and they appear all over my blog. But back to square one, I still wanted to show more of ‘me’ and fewer objects.

The next two photos are what my feed looks like now.

 

After many trial and errors, and spending hours photographing (which is a hobby of mine) I finally got the hang of it and found a style I loved! A lot of credit also goes to photo editing, and not overdoing it. As well as using more of a white background, and less pink. For some reason, the pink pops out a bit more.

So here are all the secrets I’ve learned along the way.

THEME

What are you passionate about? What are your favorite colors? What is your occupation? What is your life like? What are your beliefs? What are three words that describe your personality?

All of your answers will reflect a theme that you can create for yourself. Having a theme for your Instagram will make it look aesthetic and authentic. It will attract the right people and convey your message.

I am more likely to follow an account that looks consistent and professional, rather than a bunch of random images that don’t really compliment each other. This is definitely okay for a personal account but whether you’re a business wanting to attract customers, or you see clients online, or you’re even just a blogger wanting to attract readers it makes much more sense to come up with a theme.

PHOTOGRAPHY

I wanted to make my photos better quality, and I have always been into photography growing up, so I invested in a digital camera.

This is something you don’t need to do, a lot of people use their mobile phones and the quality is still very high. But having very high-quality photos have made my Instagram and blog stand out more, especially because I use pretty props in my photos.

Some of the props I use are a white background, flowers, crystals, coffee mugs, jewelry, makeup and skincare, scarves, blankets, candles, and clothing. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on props, one of the pink cardboard backgrounds I have used was 50cents at Lincraft. Amazon also has lots of cheap props to buy online. A lot of the other stuff you might already have at home.

You don’t have to become a professional photographer, and I wouldn’t call myself one, but if you continue to practice and play around with your photos and the objects in it, you will start to get the hang of it. Trust me, If I can do it- so can you!

LIGHTING/EDITING

I would have to say that this step has to be one of the most important ones I’ve learned, and that is making sure your photos have lots of light.

I always make sure I’m taking the photo where my house is the brightest which can be right next to a window or door. If it’s not bright enough some photos don’t work out for me and I actually have a lot of unpublished ones.

When the weather is dark, I’ve found that turning on a light instead and later on editing the brightness, high lights and exposure can do wonders.

BEFORE EDITING:

AFTER EDITING:

See how much difference editing can actually make? Amazing! I wish I knew this at the start! Something I have learned is to try not to over edit a beautiful high-quality photo you have just taken, this can make it look grainy and blurred, especially once it’s featured on your website.

Editing on the Instagram app can also do a great job for enhancing the brightness and highlights. If you’re still not sure how it will look on your feed, instead of hitting publish, you can instead send it to yourself via messages. This will then save to your camera roll.

I take my photo, send it from my camera to my iPhone through wireless, and then slightly edit all of my photos on A Color Story App, which is one of my favorites. It’s as simple as that.

I then use Snug, which is an app that loads your Instagram feed and then lets you upload a photo (that won’t publish) to see if it works for your feed or not. Life changing app! Sometimes if the photo still doesn’t look great compared to the other ones, it still might need slightly more brightness.

To make my graphics, such as the quote posts, I create them on Canva. So easy to use, and they have tons of templates you can use. Some of the quotes I have posted aren’t mine, so if they belong to you please contact me and I’ll credit you.

THINGS TO REMEMBER

-What works for me may not work for you, so keep playing around until you find consistency, and of course, passion. There are so many Instagram accounts that I have seen that are nothing like mine, but they are fantastic. I’m only sharing what has worked for me.

-Always be authentic and try not to copy other accounts. Have your own style.

-Store all of your props that you won’t use anywhere else in a storage box.

-Take several photos in one day. I have a folder on my phone that contains all the unpublished and edited photos that I want to post. If I have nothing to post, a quote always helps!

-Photography and Instagram are very fun for me, but it’s important not to become too serious and obsess over it. Just have fun at the end of the day, and try not to worry about posting too much! Have a break if you need to, and when you are back into it, your mind will be refreshed.

 

A lot of my persistence and dedication comes from my passion for blogging. If you’re not passionate about what you’re trying to do, it can really show, and you will find yourself giving up very easily. I have had my moments where I’ve wanted to give up, but hey I’m still here! And that is because I have an infinite passion for what I’m trying to convey to the world. I go to work, and I genuinely can’t wait to go home and work on my blog.

A lot of you lovely individuals have asked me several times about photography and editing, so if there’s anything else you’d like me to dive into deeper let me know in the comments, as I’m more than happy to share more of my blogging secrets! Please also share your Instagram link in the comments as we would all love to check out your AWESOME feed.

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  • Yes I can definitely do a blog post going in depth about photography! thanks so much 🙂 x

  • Yes I do get indecisive sometimes too haha! I do love your theme thought I just had a look and followed 🙂 xx

  • Aw thanks so much babe! I’ve followed you back xx

  • Omg wow!!! Your theme looks incredible!! All these photos are so pretty and beautiful:) thanks for the tips gorgeous going to give you a follow xx Imogen

    http://www.imogenrose.co.uk

  • Omg amazing. Even throughout your theme experiments it’s always stayed gorgeous! I feel like I’m way too indecisive to stick to a theme. I’m bored of mine and it’s only been nine photos haha!
    Jen, Velvet Spring x

  • Hayley Beth

    I wish I had the dedication and patience to get my insta looking that good!

    lovehayleybeth.blogspot.co.uk

  • Hannah Palamara

    You’ve totally nailed your Instagram theme! Its so pretty! This is something I struggle with daily

  • Lauren

    Yes, persistence and dedication are definitely key! Love your feed!

    Lauren
    http://www.basicbabelauren.com

  • Meaghan Gonzalez

    I agree wholeheartedly with all of this! It definitely takes time to find your voice and what works for you and ‘feels” like you. Mine is having a mini identity crisis right now as I want to branch out a bit and find a new norm. Thanks for sharing all your tips!

    Meaghan xx

  • MK

    While beauty isn’t quite my niche, this is an excellent take on how to run a successful Instagram account. Awesome branding!

  • Seriously you have an amazing feed and I am glad you shared the tips!

  • Tonya Chen Mezrich

    These are amazing tips! I already downloaded those two photo apps Bc of your tips! Thank u!
    Tonya @ http://www.tonyamezrich.com

  • IG:Suetanyamchorgh

    Your feed is beautiful. I need to revamp my IG page to be more like this.

  • hollyhockdoor

    Wow your feed is gorgeous! Thank you for these suggestions. I’d be interested to know more about your camera and how you chose it? Maybe another post?!

  • I personal use to hate instagram until I found out about how to make a feed more cohesive and what to post. Thank you for the tips and your feed is pretty!

  • Your feed is so pretty and just makes you want to look at it all day, clearly I have been doing nothing to up my instagram game. Thanks for the tips now I just think I will have to restart all over again and improve my feed.

  • Kathleen Brown

    I have am just now beginning to focus more on a better theme for Instagram
    This post is very helpful and has given me great ideas. Thanks for sharing.