Are you a photography or Instagram fan? I love to take pictures and depend on my cell phone a lot to capture my family memories and pictures for my blog. However, I feel like my photography is lacking and am just amazed at the stunning Instagram accounts that bloggers create. So when Dean said she’d do a guest post for my Be Our Guest Friday Series, I was thrilled when she said she’d write a blogging tip about Instagram. I adore the style, white space and simplicity of her Instagram photos. See what her essentials are for creating a stunning Instagram account and tell us in the comments what your essentials are. I can use all the help I can get to improve my Instagram account.
3 Essentials for Creating A Stunning Instagram Account
By Dean from Mrs. AOK, A Work in Progress
Hello, Mom’s Small Victories friends! I’m excited to chat with you today about my new favorite social media platform- Instagram. I know, I know, Instagram has been around for awhile, I’m a late bloomer.. a wallflower, but I’m almost in full bloom. Notice I said almost because I am not a pro. Again, I was a late adapter but with kind words from Tanya & MrsTee about my Instagram account, I thought maybe I do have something worth sharing. I also remembered my own words from this past January about wanting to teach, and thought of course I have something to teach!
Class is in session 🙂
Instagram is a playground of visual beauty. You want to play with color, beauty, life, nature & make friends on the playground. When sharing images on Instagram consider these three things:
- Your Instagram style
Lighting is SO important! Don’t you hate seeing images that are murky? Sometimes I want to reach through my phone and open up the blinds for people, and this includes myself! Yes, I admit it, I have fell victim to bad lightening. Windows are your best friend! I usually take my pictures near my sliding glass door on a wood board (from an old bookcase). But what if the sun isn’t working in your favor? I live in the Pacific Northwest, trust me, I understand. For this problem you may consider purchasing a light box (I still need to do that) OR you could purchase a few awesome apps. There are quite a few that help with brightening up your images. My current favorite photo app is A Color Story. A Color Story brightens colors whitens whites plus you can fix lighting & shadows with curves. Lightness matters per a study done by Curalate on over 8,000,000 Instagram posts.
Your Instagram Style (or Aesthetic, you choose)
What does that mean? It means do you have a style or are you just sharing pictures of randomness in 50,000 different filters. Does your brand or blog have a theme or an aesthetic? Yes? Then your Instagram could benefit from one as well. I’m not saying go all monotone, but if that’s what you choose to do that’s fine too. If I saw your monotone images pop up in my feed I would probably think, “Hey, this is one of CindyLou’s beautiful monotone images. There are IG’ers who pull off the monotone Instagram feed just fine. With that said there are a zillion Instagrammers who pull off bright and colorful Instagram feeds that you know are theirs because it stays within their theme. Contemplate what colors you like, what Instagram accounts you love, and what is your favorite filter and create your own recipe.. or style! There truly are no rules, it’s all about being YOU! I myself break my own aesthetic from time to time.
Quick Tip: PicTapGo saves your photo filter recipe 😉
Fun Fact: Images with blue as their dominate color generate 24% more likes than images with the dominate color of red. Interesting, right?!? (Source: Curalate)
Captions are just as important as the image you share! Sometimes your words are getting the love versus your images, and that’s just fine. You want to share your voice, not just images. Your words connect with others and that can often lead to new friendships, followers, costumers, or readers of your blog. I love Twitter, but sometimes that whole 140 character thing frustrates me, because I have a lot to say. I do not have that problem with Instagram, sometimes my captions are novels but for the most part they’re short and sweet (with tons of me in them). I could write a whole post about the art of the #Hashtag, but again, it would be from an amateur’s perspective. I will say this: add your hashtags in the comments, unless it’s something witty that will add to the caption. And remember to spellcheck before you post. 😉
I have so much more to say! I didn’t realize I had knowledge to share about Instagram. Thank you, Tanya for suggesting Instagram as a topic, as well as sharing your home with me. And thank YOU for reading. I hope to see you on the playground!
Dean is a lifestyle blogger who recently moved to the Pacific Northwest with her 3 kids, husband, and their squishy face dog. Writing and creating are a constant that keep her grounded wherever she may go, you can catch Dean write about life in progress on her blog Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress.
About Be Our Guest Fridays!
Be Our Guest Fridays is a weekly feature where I feature guest posts by my favorite bloggers and authors. I started this feature to encourage and support the bloggers I love and the authors I want you to know. I am excited to share with you these creative and inspiring individuals. If you’d like to be a guest blogger, leave me a comment on this post and I’ll be in touch.
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Don’t you LOVE Mrs. AOK’s Instagram style? Do you think you can create your own Instagram style? What are your essential Instagram tips you’d like to share with us?