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Hello again! Welcome to Thursday Thoughts. This Thursday is all about Instagram since I have had so many questions lately.
I Love love love Instagram. I was really late in starting my instagram accounts and I almost didn’t. However, once I did I just found so many benefits as a busy mom and for my business. Instangram is defiantly my social media platform of choice. If you are interested in tips, my life and work you should follow me HERE.
Instagram caters to my business much more then any other social media platform and the instagram community is such an amazing place to connect with mothers, vendors, photographers, other creatives and clients.
I use instagram for almost everything. Besides my business account I also started a personal instagram account that is only images that I take with my phone of my children. My motivation for starting this was Chatbooks! Its a application for your phone that another photographer told me about when my daughter was about a month old. Chatbooks links up to your instagram account and every 60 posts it prints you a 5×5 hardcover book. Check out my instagram story today to see me walk through a few of mine. I love it! It is basically a digital baby book. You can also edit the text and dates and move images around if you would like. I just leave it how it is and that way everything is documented the day it happened.
Last week I mentioned that I would walk you through how I edit on Instagram. So here we go…
Editing in Instagram for personal or business use:
There is an app called VSCO is awesome if you have a hint of “film-like” characteristics but it doesn’t work for me or match my editing style. It is easy, I’ve tried it and everyone seems to use it! However, I prefer to edit inside of Instagram! I have tried so many other apps like the ones mentioned in my last post, but I always come back to editing in Instagram if I am looking for a quick simple edit.
I edit inside of instagram for a few reasons:
I have instagram envy with most creatives and I wish I had the time and knowledge to perfect my instgram accounts and Iphone images, but I put my time and energy into other aspects or work and life and with instagram it is one thing that I am ok keeping simple. For now anyways. Plus my edits vary depending what season and the atmosphere I am photographing and I have yet to find one filter for all of my images that I love. Maybe one day.
So here is how I edit in Instagram:
That is it! It takes seconds.
Apps for Instagram for Business:
Lastly, if you are shooting something for Instagram like some spring flowers to post for spring or your lap top, coffee cup and calendar to discuss scheduling, client prints or whatever it may be here are some tips.
This image below I shot of my daughters birthday cake against a white foam board and our kitchen door.
I think that is about it for one day! Please feel free to message me with any questions and follow me on instagram for a peak into my Chatbooks and tips.
Have a wonderful weekend. I am going to spend some time this weekend loving my little ones and hopefully capturing some everyday moments of them at home, which I discussed two weeks ago here.
I also posted about taking images with your iPhone, If you missed it give it a read here.