I love Instagram. I have always loved Instagram. Alongside Pinterest it is where my passion truly lays and much of that is due to how photography based they both are as platforms. It is hard to ignore all the talk on social media about Instagram and the algorithm. Of course I have listened, watched and been disheartened by it all. It is time for me to take my Instagram back. It is time for me to get my passion back. I often have flowers in the house and I adore photographing them. Today it hit me; I need to use flowers to fall back in love with Instagram.
Loosing the Love of Instagram
Since I decided to take blogging more seriously I have struggled to be happy with my Instagram. I want to find a ‘theme’ and a niche but when my interests and blogging subjects cover a wide variety of topics that is hard. Whilst I enjoy taking picture of my girls (how could I not they are gorgeous; and yes I am bias!) and whilst I enjoy seeing other peoples family photos they aren’t all I like. This is mostly why I don’t want my feed to be all about them. I want to be about all of us, about our lives and the story I choose to tell in the little squares Instagram gives me.
The last week I have been on a little hunt for some beautiful varied feeds to follow and
stalk get inspiration from and there are so many out there. I feel fired up and positive about it all again. I care so much less about the algorithm and I have a plan and a goal, I have focus.
Using Flowers to Fall in Love with Instagram Again
During the summer I was asked to be an ambassador for Bloom & Wild. How could I say no? Their flowers are beyond beautiful. Or at least that is how they look on social media. I had to find out for myself if their letterbox flowers lived up to the pictures. As a user of Photoshop and Lightroom and I am very aware of how things can be ‘filtered’. Well let me very quickly say: The flowers exceeded my expectations (and they were high).
As you can see I have got some beautiful pictures of their flowers so far and I have even more planned.
As well as Bloom & Wild my Husband is an absolute gem and often buys me flowers. Actually, truth be told he wasn’t too impressed that Bloom & Wild had been in touch as he thought it would take the emphasis off any flowers he bought. But it is hard to over shadow a romantic gesture just when you need a boost in mood.
The best thing about flowers is they are around all year and I don’t actually have to buy them to photograph them. Although the outside flowers may disappear over winter there is still beauty to be found and it isn’t long before the spring time buds start appearing again.
Currently I am concentrating on minimal flat lays and simple bunches but over time I hope to add a few more details and a few general interior and exterior shots. I can see the evolution and improvement of my photos and much of that is because the fire of passion has finally found its way back to me and that is all thanks to flowers.
Be What You Want To Be
I believe there is a place for everyone on Instagram and before all types of bloggers get upset about it all I don’t care if your photo is a hot mess, an amalgamation of mayhem and dust or beautifully laid out, thought about, heavily edited and verging on ‘false advertising’. Each have their own merit and tell a unique story. I am about to head down the route of the latter and I appreciate that type of photo isn’t for everyone. I want my little squares to showcase my evolution of photography, however my captions will always tell the story of our daily lives, warts and all. I hope you can join me to see how I get on.