Ah, Instagram. Where do I even begin ey? If I had a penny for every time I 've been guilty of 'Doing it for the gram' i'd be dirty rich believe me. Today I want to show you some imperfect, un-edited real-life photos - my fave outtakes from this year that obviously did not make it to the gram.
Instagram is a highlights reel - no doubt about it. How many of us have shared a picture of ourselves looking our absolute worst, having just rolled out of bed, un-brushed hair and in our tatty pjs? Because not me sis.
Pictures tell stories, and this is where reality and Instagram get a little bit mixed up - it's all too easy for our lives to look like the perfect fairytale story through our feeds, perfectly arranged themes and VSCO cam filtered images complemented with smart witty captions probably copied off a Pinterest quote, you see your Instagram feed is not you per se. Yes, its the best and most attractive parts but it's not the whole of you. The things that our followers see on our social media pages are only the things we want them to see.
But I'm not here today to talk about feeling disheartened with the annoying algorithm or why I'm seeing posts from 7 days ago on my timeline. In fact, I'm trying not to take Instagram too seriously. Take one look at my feed and you'll be able to tell 1. I love a white wall and 2. blue is my favourite colour. Our Instagram pages and blogs are our brands, the colours, style of photos, angles, editing the way we write or record videos etc is what we become known for.
The majority of the time when I'm on a shoot I'm either being silly or laughing, but those aren't necessarily the most flattering pictures so obviously they don't make the cut and are never posted on the gram. But listen, I love Instagram. Whether I'm drinking Earl Grey, lazying about in bed or if I'm in the mood for a selfie, I enjoy sharing photos and interacting with other users - and whats even better is when you meet them IRL. Or am I a little self-obsessed? Who knows ey. Either way, I can guarantee you that I'm posting something at least twice a week - and if I don't, send help, there must be something wrong with me!
But sometimes its easy to get lost in all of the fluff of wanting to perfect everything down to a tee. So whilst self-promotion, themes, pretty pictures and so forth is important for growing our businesses, it's important to take a step back every now and then, drop yourself out of the Instagram world and then and recognise it for what it is. Because lets face it, they're just images.
I hope though that through my blog you get to know me and my personality a bit better rather than just looking at my Instagram feed. Because I want you to be able to see the real me, and not always the side where I've taken 15 different shots of latte artwork just to get the perfect pic.