Instagram is by a mile my favourite social network, I have been really enjoying it lately and there does seem to be a definite buzz around Instagram at the moment. As I am loving it so much I guess that’s why I’m noticing what people have to say about Instagram more and realising that there is a bit of a debate going on as to whether Instagram should be kept instant or if it’s ok to upload photographs from a DSLR.
Anyone reading this who loves the gritty real-life Instagram would probably hate my feed! I have changed the way I post images, had a long hard look at what I am actually putting on there and spending a fair amount of time selecting exactly the right image and promoting it with a million hashtags; that part isn’t true Instagram will only allow 30 ;-)
So what’s the problem with being super selective about images and using styled shots?
Well, they technically aren’t instant and are probably from a ‘big camera’ scheduled to post by latergram with 30 relevant and popular like inducing hashtag in the first comment box. I personally love these types of accounts and I guess the great thing about Instagram is that there really is something to cater for all tastes and when I say all tastes I mean ALL tastes!
My photographs are styled, they are pictures that I would be happy to use on my blog. This is a new thing for me and my following and engagement has doubled. I don’t think anyone could look at my feed and say it is fake because these are genuine moments of our everyday lives captured by yours truly. Yes for 90% of photographs uploaded they will have been taken on my big camera with the occasional iphone capture thrown.
I have heard arguments that Instagram makes people feel bad for not living perfect lives that it gives them Instagram envy and the images are unrealistic. I recently read an article saying that photographs uploaded from a DSLR made the writer furious and that Instagram is not the place for that. I think a sensible approach is to bear in mind that some people just want to share the very best and it is entirely probable that a foot away from the perfectly laid out scene is an unkempt child with a snotty nose playing next to a pile of laundry waiting to be done.
I joke with my family that there is nothing instant about my Instagram and while this is true, the nitty gritty of life wouldn’t make it onto my blog either. I am very picky about the images I share on here it doesn’t make them or my blog any less ‘real’. My feed reinforces my brand and is an extension of my blog and I see that as part of my job. Since changing tack on Instagram, I have had approaches from brands asking for product photography and features on my social media.
That is my end goal, to grow my blog to keep the offers of work coming in and, of course, to look back on the (prettier) snippets of our life. To be honest, I don’t really think any of you want to see how rough I look with frizzy hair and no makeup or the mess that my house gets into! Now that really would be an #Instasham
What do you think, do you like styled Instagram feeds?