Recently, an article was published by Charlotte Agenda entitled, “Insta-famous: Charlotte social accounts of the people you follow online but don’t know in real life.” A friend notified me that I was on the list and I could not have been more shocked! I hardly consider myself famous by any means, although having said that I was incredibly flattered! The article got me thinking about all of the Instagram shots that I have taken over the years. If you do not follow me on Instagram, I would be honored if you did! Here are my five favorite Instagram moments:
This shot was taken a couple of days after I had given birth to my son, while I was still in the hospital. It was 4AM and I was doing some skin to skin, since I knew how important it was for him to feel surrounded by my love and energy, especially since he was a preemie. This was truly one of the best moments of my life to date and the picture would not exist without my iPhone.
This shot was taken on a pier in Nevis. It was the last trip that my husband and I took before we conceived. All we could talk about was how badly we wanted to get pregnant. We became completely enamored by the island country. The beaches, people, and food were all amazing! I love the textures and colors — it makes you wish you could jump right inside of the photo!
This shot was taken in my favorite barrio, Palermo Soho, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I could write a book about the memories I have from my time spent there. One of the best ways to take an interesting photo is to look for a unique perspective, such as in this case I actually put my iPhone on the ground in order to really capture the gorgeous glow of the sunset. It is one of my most liked pictures to date.
This shot was taken in my backyard of all places! I have always had a butterfly obsession. In my opinion, there is a lot of luck involved in photography, though most professional photographers do not care to admit it. Of course, you have to know some tricks of the trade, but sometimes it comes down to being in the right place at the right time.
This shot was taken in Asheville, North Carolina. One tip I have for beginners is to learn about composition. As soon as I understood it, my photos improved almost overnight. Lighting is also very important. This photo is the perfect example of both. My husband and I went for a hike and spotted this tree and I thought long and hard about the best way to showcase just how gorgeous it was in my picture.
I consistently encourage people to just start snapping away with their phone. Initially your photos may not be good, but I promise over time you will get better and better — maybe even Insta-famous! Photography is a hobby that is all about getting started and taking a chance. Save inspiration on your phone that you can later reference. Instagram and Pinterest are two great sources for that. The more you look at other peoples photography, the better your own photos will be.
Leave me a comment and let me know what your Instagram name is and I will be sure to follow you!