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Thursday, June 25, 2015 New York, NY

How I Instagram

I think it's safe to say that one app has had a major impact in my life. Instagram has become a major tool for my blog and when it comes to the photos, I do not take it lightly. The angles, the lighting, everything needs to be just right. Over the years, my style has definitely transformed. As a beginner, I definitely overdid it with filters, frames, bokeh effects, etc. You won't find any of that on my page anymore. I've got a certain way of "gramming" and I'm sharing it with you all. Continue reading to get all my Insta-Tips. ;)


Whether I'm shooting a flat-lay for a brand, an #OOTDor a simple food photo, the lighting, angle, set up, and framing needs to be on point. I like to think of my Instagram as a whole, how all the photos look collectively, not just individually. Maybe this is something I picked up from being an interior design student, but my aesthetic has definitely cleaned up the more savvy I get with blogging and photography. Here are some rules I've set for myself just for TAKING a photo:

  1. Lighting: NATURAL LIGHTING. ALWAYS! I can't stress enough how important natural light is for photos. It makes for the sharpest lines and the best color. You won't have any grainy/blurry issues when you shoot while the sun is still up.'
  2. Background: If you follow me, you'll know a clean white background is my go to. But whatever color preference you have, make it nice and clean.
  3. Angles: Know what angles work best for you or whatever it is you're shooting.
  4. Framing: Play around with the shot. Have things off to the side rather than just always centered. It creates an interesting dynamic.


After you've taken 50+ photos of the same thing, it's time to pick out the best one. My go-to editing app is VSCO. For a while, my photos were heavily filtered, then just unfiltered. I brightened, sharpened, added some contrast, etc. Recently I started overlaying my photos with their preset filters again, my favorites being 05, Hypebeast, and the Aesthetic collection. They have tons to choose from so find whatever suits your style! Hopefully this helped, happy Instagramming!


7 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing, I've always loved your instagram. Having an nice aesthetic is so important, I've been known to take mine a little too seriously at times.

    I also love the new look of your blog. So fresh and chic. Keep up the good work. <3

    xo.Janiecy.xo | A Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thanks so much Janeese! And tell me about it, haha. Sometimes I need to keep myself in check about being so strict on my photos haha. And thank you again! I'm loving this new look as well!

      x, Alyssa

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  2. I've always adored your photos on Instagram. I remember those days you would a bunch of collages and put bokeh effects on them too. Those were the days. :) haha. Great post, btw and love the new look for the blog! xo

    Alyssa.

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    1. Thanks so much, Alyssa! Oh gosh, haha I'm trying to forget about those! And thanks again!

      x, Alyssa

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  3. Your photos are certainly great! I'm a beginner in photography, and this is super helpful. Hope the quality will improve after this. Thanks for sharing, I follow you now.

    Natalia
    www.lindifique.com

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  4. I follow you on Instagram and your feed is spectacular! These tips are so, so useful. Thanks so much for the pro-advice.

    Natalie
    www.thegirlwithbangs.com

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  5. Hi, thanks for sharing. VSCO good application for this. I rarely use them. I prefer in the old manner to use Photoshop, or it https://macphun.com/filters-for-photos. Soft is not for the phone, but Itunes still no one is canceled :) To each his own. Good luck.

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