6 Tips For Better Instagrams

After Emmett was born, I did a very poor job of lugging out the big camera to capture all his early days.  I did do well at keeping my Iphone close though.  My mantra became this.  Anything that makes my heart flutter, anything that makes me smile because of the insane cuteness, anything that I want to remember when I'm 87 years old.  Stop.  Grab the phone.  Click a picture.  Record a short video.

Because of this, I have so many special memories saved forever.  Even if it is in the form of Iphone photos.  I also have videos of some of my favorite things Emmett did as a tiny baby.  That little hand-shaking thing he always did when he woke up.  The crossing of his midnight-blue, newborn eyes.  Little things that made me fall in love with him all over again.  These same things applied to family parties, date nights, adventures to new places. . .

I also started studying some of my favorite Instagram feeds.  I wanted my phone pictures be the best they could be.  Not these awkward shots that made my cute baby's head look like an alien child.  So while I don't claim to be a photography expert by any stretch of the imagination, here are a few unspoken tips I have picked up as I observed and watched some true experts.
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1// Step back  There is something grand about widening your frame when you want to capture that moment at home, in the park or at that poppin' party.  I have found that if I take several steps back and then shoot, there is such a bigger, magnificent feel to the photo.

 2// The Power of Black and White  Never underestimate the power of black and white photos.  They have a way of minimizing the excessive details in the shot and taking your breathe away with the simple beauty of what you are capturing.

 3// Change Your Perspective  Instead of always shooting from your own arm's length, try changing your perspective.  I love shooting from above, from the hip, or from the ground up.  It gives that moment you are trying to capture a whole different feel.

 4// Be Creative  This goes along with the prior tip on perspective.  When I have a moment I want to freeze in time, like ^^ this night I was rocking Emmett to sleep or the first Easter when I stole all his candy; I first think how I can capture it in a creative way.  Try shadows on the wall, single objects on a white background, food in pretty dishes, a visually appealing backdrop, etc.

 5// Step Closer  I always want to remember the way Emmett wrinkles his forehead when he is looking up or that last Valentines Party the five of us sisters had all together.  Stepping/holding the camera closer to the subject will help you capture even the smallest details.

 6// Keep It Simple  There is something profound about simple camera shots.  A little baby in a big tub. Shoes in the window of the little chinese girl I wish we could adopt.  Nothing else cluttering those moments.  Just a beautiful, pure memory that is captured forever.
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Finally, here are some of the most inspiring, gorgeous Instagram feeds you must check out immediately.

Also, what are your favorite Iphone/Instagram tips and your daily favorite feeds?!  I'd love to have you share!!

Happy Tuesday, friends!


  1. Loved this post! I love your instagrams, they are always so good. Thanks for the tips!!

  2. Also - do you have the VSCO app? It is the BEST iphone editing tool and truly can make an iphone photo look like it's taken on a nice camera! I love it.

  3. Good apps are also helpful! Alittle editing can go along way.

  4. these are wonderful tips! i once attended an art show where one photographer had images that had all been taken on her iphone. they were absolutely incredible! just goes to show, you don't need a super expensive camera to take super amazing pictures. :)

  5. Great post! Your feed is one of my favorites!

  6. Love these! Such great tips, I love the idea of stepping back. I will definitely have to find and follow you on Instagram. :)

  7. These are great tips! And I love how they're not just tips you've found or seen others do, but things you do in your photos as well. It's so easy for me to want to take photos on instagram up close so I'm definitely going to have to work on the "step back" tip.

    And I love Ashley, Joy, and Casey's photos! I'm going to have to check out Kristen and Amelia now! :)

    As for my faves, I love Kelle from Enjoying the Small Things, Jami Nato's feeds, too (as well as yours, of course!).

  8. oh. great tips. i seriously love all these!

  9. Loved this post! I'm your newest follower! Bonnie from LIfe of Bon linked up this post as one of her favorites, and I agree! Can't wait to get to know you more :) Btw, I read your About Me, and I was also married on June 4th, 2011! Woot woot!! Awesome day to get married :)


  10. This is the first blog post of yours that i've read, but i'm immediately going to subscribe, find your instagram account and follow that. Love your style, and your little boy is the cutest!

    Rachel xx