Be Your Best Instagram Self

Let’s face it: we are all social media crazy, and Instagram is our favorite platform. It encourages easy networking while providing endless space for self-expression and creativity. Summer is arguably one of the best seasons for an Instagram feed; the great weather gives everyone the perfect excuse to kick back, grab some food with friends, and shoot pics in the coolest locations. I’ve come up with a few tips and tricks for taking killer pictures this summer that will really make your Instagram page really pop! My biggest tip, if you can, is to shoot with a camera other than your iPhone.

The first step is always the location. Depending on what look you’re going for, you can always find a couple spots in your local area to amp it up! Google Maps is a great tool for seeing what places are around you. It provides pictures of what the area or place looks like as well as public reviews from people who have already been. When looking for locations, I try to think out of the ordinary; for example, somewhere where I can find buildings with character, shops that are unique to the city, or great views day and night. If you live in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area, NoDa is a great spot! Every city offers tons of unique landscapes that provide a picture-perfect backdrop.

Once you’ve found a spot, it’s time to work on your outfit. Remember, when it comes to Instagram, there is no such thing as too much. The locals might raise an eyebrow if you show up to their coffee shop mid-day in some killer heels, but your Instagram followers won’t! Wear whatever you want because what truly makes a picture is being yourself and doing it with confidence. For her prime Insta shot, this Fashionista is wearing some lace-up gladiators, a T-shirt dress, an everyday black bag, and a beaded choker that match perfectly with her background and her vibe!

After you’ve taken some awesome photos, don’t forget to edit! I personally love the app VSCO for its amazing filters. I also love the tools Instagram provides. You can use the saturation option to really add some color to your picture, or the structure feature which is a great tool when trying to emphasize cool details on a building. I also always like to sharpen the image a little bit for quality purposes if I’m shooting with an iPhone. Besides these, there are tons of other apps out there for free, so find the one that you are most comfortable working with.

My last tip is to remember that social media isn’t everything. While we love to seem cool, it’s important to post what truly represents who you are. Don’t worry about what pictures are going to get the most likes or which ones will draw the most attention for new followers. Happy snapping!

Have more awesome Instagram tips? Let me know in the comments below!