How to Make Your Instagram Poppin’

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A list of how to make your Instagram feed look good..

I’m back! I have so many blog posts lined up for the next couple of weeks but I wanted to kick things off with a list of ways to make your Instagram feed poppin’.

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Here’s my list of must-do’s when you’re taking photos for the ‘gram:

1—Have a theme

One of the most talked about tips is to have a theme which will make your photos stand out and they will also look cohesive. First, you need to decide what theme you want, are you going for a boho feed? Colorful? Minimal? Moody? Beachy? Once you’ve decided on the theme, then you have to find apps that will help your photos work with the theme. I like VSCO, Snapseed, UNUM, and Lightroom. There are apps that add design elements such as light leaks, grain, etc. My favorite app to use for that is Camera+. Feeds without a theme are kind of hard to look at -if that makes sense- when it’s organized it makes your feed easier to look at!

2—Switch up the type of photo

Instead of posting just selfies, switch it up! Post photos of you bangin’ shoes, or the bouquet of flowers you shamelessly bought for yourself. (I do it ALL the time) Breaking up the feed so that it’s not just your face makes it so much more creative and fun. Spice things up!

3—Photos that are candid rock!

People are always wanting that cute and lively photo that can only be captured without thinking. How do we achieve this though? In my previous post, 5 Ways to be More Photogenic, I mention “rapid fire”. This is where you have the photographer or your Instagram hubby, take multiple photos really fast. This ensures that your photos are really candid because you’re not doing just one pose.

4—Don’t shy away from creative photos

The more creative and artistic you are, the better. I know everyone wants to be outside of the box when it comes to photo ideas. If you’re one f those people, do it. I’ve noticed that creative photos get more likes because it gives other people inspiration to get creative as well. Take a photo in front of that crazy mural or the graffiti door. I encourage you to do that funky pose!  

5—Quality, quality, quality

This tip is more of a suggestion… but quality photos are just easier to edit. Not every phone has a quality camera but my tip is to bump up the clarification or sharpness of the photo to make your feed look that much better.  

What are your favorite tips to making your feed look good?

xo emma


Shelby Borer Photography

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