I feel like I’m getting somewhere with Instagram now. All the hard work and perseverance is starting to pay off, but it’s been a bit of a roller-coaster ride to get here.
Instagram is a very democratic platform. Anyone’s welcome. If you want to be a travel photographer, for example, post good travel photographs and you can stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the biggest travel photographers in the world.
When I was first starting out, I wish someone had told me this – that Instagram is a place where you can be whoever you want to be. The Instagram community, I’ve found, is a lot more supportive than the Facebook or Twitter communities. It’s a place to post the things you’ve always wanted to post, but have never dared. Say what you really want to say. Share the image you really want to share. We’ll all say nice things about it – I promise!
With this in mind, I asked my favourite Instagram ladies what piece of advice they wish they’d been given when they were first starting out. Here are their lovely words of wisdom.
We're all feeling pretty happy in our new matching @sondeflor dresses. Of course, a simple smile for Penny wouldn't be funny enough, so this is what we got instead 😝 'It spins mammy; it spins!’ which for Penny is how the only way to determine if a dress is worthy to wear, or not. For Amelia and me, it’s all about the comfort and general coolness of wearing a soft linen dress, and alright, we may partake in the occasional spin too. Twinning at its very best for this weeks #allthatisthree
When I first started, I thought that if I deleted my hashtags an hour after I posted my image and re-added them all over again, it would mean that my image would jump back up and be a most-recent photo. Seriously, I actually thought I’d cracked the Instagram code and wondered why no one else was doing it. I wish someone had told me that ‘my plan’ wasn’t a plan at all.
So, I guess my advice would be that there is no code, no secret, no mystery behind a successful account. You just need to be prepared to give it your utmost love, care and attention; you need to be determined and not give up. There will be times when it feels unreachable, and you’ll look at other established accounts and wonder why you’re not getting the same response. It does take time and patience (and lots of it). There’s always space for something new on Instagram, always, so take advantage – be that new, inspiring account that everyone talks about. And if you stay engaged with the community, consistently post images you’re proud of and don’t lose heart, your account will flourish, too.
The numbers don’t define your talent. Especially now, in the age of the algorithm. But at any point in Instagram, it’s essential to separate your self worth from the likes and follows in order to create brilliant images. Sometimes the best photographs are less likeable; sometimes the most likeable photographs aren’t our best. Likability is just one metric in a whole spectrum of possible responses – an image can move us, upset us, excite us, make us think. Chasing approval takes you down a dead end, creatively. The only way to keep growing and developing is to stay true to your own voice, and trust that it will resonate with the right people for you.
Friday feeling 💕😊 I heard that the residents of the sugarhouse studios have relocated now and this building will be demolished. Does anyone know if the tiles are moving with them to the new site? It's a shame to think I might never see this lovely wall again, and this is probably my final #latergram from it! #maybe 🙊 Happiest of Fridays folks! 💕😘
My advice would be to stay true to yourself. Soak up all the amazing inspiration there is on Instagram, but don’t try to be someone you’re not or compare yourself too closely to others. It will stop being fun, and although Instagram can open many doors and even provide you with a career, I think it’s always got to be something you do for the love of it.
Bonjour Paris. ♥ We drove to the capital of France with the expectation of having a rainy weekend. This is absolutely not the case! Lucky us. No wonder I ordered a second breakfast at @hoteldenell to hold my face towards the sun and eat some more pancakes next to the window.🙊✌🏻 #seemyparis #roomwithaview #ihavethisthingwithwindows
When you want to grow your Instagram these days, I can only recommend you to develop your own unique style and tell people something personal. Or show your face from time to time, tell a heart-touching poem, be outstandingly funny or have a special edit that people go crazy about. You need to stand out with a specific characteristic, because there are a lot of people making good pictures. And yes, good pictures are the key!
What advice do you wish somebody had given to you? If you’re new to Instagram, how are you finding it? Are you enjoying it or do you feel like your banging your head against a brick wall?! Let’s get a discussion going 🙂