It’s embarrassing to admit, but Instagram brings out a nitpicky perfectionism in me that feels misaligned from my typically laid-back nature. If my grid feels off in terms of color or composition, it nags away at me until I eventually just delete the bad apple in the bunch. Though I wouldn’t encourage this type of impulsive behavior in others (hold onto those memories!), I suspect that many in the fashion industry can, in some way, relate. After all, if you’re a brand, blogger, or something cut from a similar cloth, social media plays a substantial role in how you present yourself to the “world.” It’s a visual representation of what you think is cool and how you want to be viewed.
So this got me thinking: What better way to give that old Instagram feed a boost than by turning to places I think are cool for inspiration? But instead of just replicating ideas from existing accounts, I consulted a handful of brands’ blogs and journals for ideas. What I found was a treasure trove of cool camera angles, flat-lay ideas, and even a sexy pose here or there (why not, right?).
See below for what I found, but because we’re all different here, don’t forget to share your Instagram account with me in the comments so I can have a look.
Whether you’re like me and live in a metropolitan city or you reside somewhere a bit more rural, there are inspiring locations to behold just about everywhere. Take a photo anytime you see something you like, and hold onto it for a rainy day.
Everything looks better at golden hour—even a sliver of your hands and feet.
You don’t need to frolic around a field to get a cool shot. Sometimes the most civilian backdrops feel the coolest.
People love a good accessory shot, so think of fresh ways to show off your latest finds.
Even if you’re standing next to a set of plastic chairs, if you’ve got a cute outfit and an interesting crop going on, it’s Instagram magic.
Selfies can sometimes feel a little self-indulgent. Try a less studied version by letting the wind catch hold of your locks.
Show off your super-rad interests whenever possible—it’s what makes you you.
Consider this the cooler version of holding an ice cream cone in front of a brick wall.
Your Instagram feed is like a scrapbook, so why not document your travels along the way?
iPhone cameras are super high-tech these days; get creative with the foreground for more dynamic dimensions.
You can't take a bad shot on a roof, it's just the way it is.
No, you don’t need to Instagram your sausage ragù, but there are still ways to showcase a beautiful piece of fruit or an interesting plate without feeling passé. Same goes for the plants that you’re totally not going to kill this time around.
Are you an artist? A jewelry designer? Photographer? Whatever it is that you do, why not give your viewers a sneak peek at what it’s like to do your job for a day? It’s humanizing!
This world comprises some pretty stellar textures, so skip the shyness and take a photo of anything that strikes your fancy. They make for good iPhone backgrounds, too.
Similar to the interesting-lighting Instagram, playing with shadows can really up the ante.