Keys to a Pretty Instagram Feed

    With a love for photography and editing photos, the number of hours I’ve spent fine-tuning my skills is surely on the excessive end, but practice makes perfect, right? I wanted to give you a little insight into my process since I often times receive emails about tools and editing. So here they are, the best of the best of my secrets… this was updated on 5/9/17 by the way and I will continue to update as I learn more tips and tricks!

    3 Keys to a Pretty Feed

    1. Maintaining *the quilt*
    I used to be super particular about my “quilt” and will hold back posting something I would have liked to share because it doesn’t complement the surrounding photos. If you don’t work in social media or aren’t a blogger, you probably think that sounds insane. So, I recently decided to care a little less and post what I love, regardless of how it looks in my feed. Studies found there’s zero difference. 🙂 So as an update from when I first wrote this post a year or so ago– I’m no longer using Planoly… I’m using Mosaico to schedule posts, which is free!

    2. Angles and aspects
    Whenever I see a photo opportunity, I try and shoot in a  few different angles to see which looks best in terms of lighting, etc. Sometimes it’s surprising how certain angles turn out and look against your quilt. I try and keep things cohesive, but also make sure that some shots are close up, some are further away (like landscapes and buildings), and then some interesting angled shots. My tip is to try and be as unique as you can be – remember, #everysquareastory.

    3. Balance
    This goes hand in hand with the above – keeping things balanced is important. If I have wine in a couple of photos (guilty as charged most days), I try and skip those shots for awhile – you guys get it, I love wine. Think about the topics your feed often shares and space them out so it’s well rounded. For me, I like to mix up style, dining, interior design, getaways, and inspiring photos. Taking note of the current color scheme also helps to balance things out. I personally like to keep things crisp and fresh but will add a darker, decadent photo or pop of color every few posts to make things interesting.


    *First of all, one tip that’s super basic but good to know – be sure to use the lighting tool on your iPhone. When you have your camera open, lightly hold down on the screen – you will see a sunshine pop up and you can adjust (up and down) with the lighting. I actually didn’t know about this for awhile, and it makes a worlds difference. Lighting is absolute key with photography, so always keep that in mind when capturing moments. The best times of day to shoot are early mornings and golden hour.

    I always open snapseed first when editing photos. It’s pretty much lightroom on your phone. I mostly use the brightening tool, highlight, shadow, and saturation to get the image to be clear and ready for some filter editing. If you’re new to this, play around on this app a bit to get familiar – it’s a life changer!

    I go here from time to time to make an image pop. I’m sure you know, these filters were created by professional photographers, and it’s easy to adjust how much of the filter you’d like on your photos. I use this a bit less than I used to, but as we head into fall, I will probably ramp VSCO up a bit more for those decadent shots.

    A Color Story
    I love using this app on bright and airy images. It’s very similar to VSCO. If I take a photo of lemonade with lemons on a marble slab, I will 100% use this app because the filters make colors against light backdrops pop so perfectly.

    So there you have it! Let me know if you have any questions. I hope this helps!

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    7 July

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    • I had no idea there was a lighting feature on my iPhone! Great tips, thanks for sharing them!!

      • I know! I didn’t either until recently… it makes such a huge difference! Happy I could help in some way! Have a great weekend, Erica! xx

    • Love these tips!!! I hadn’t heard of Planoly, but ever since VSCO did their update..i really hate not having the “quilt” to plan the photos ahead of posting them to INstagram! Downloading now.

      • Yes, I used to semi use VSCO before but Planoly is way easier to work with. I also am not a big fan of the new VSCO layout, what is that!? haha I hope you enjoy the app lady!!

    • Nikki Laraja

      Great tips Ashley, your quilt always looks amazing ; )

      • Thank you, Nikki! You’re so sweet. 🙂

    • Great tips and good to know that what I am doing aligns with your suggestions….considering you probbaly have one of my favorite grams!

    • Sarah Glasbergen

      Lovely post! What kind of filters do you use for your pictures?