Find your Instagram Style

Find your Instagram Style

Recently i’ve been getting a lot of lovely comments on the journey my Instagram account is taking.  More specifically the journey my photography is taking.  So, i thought i could share some sources of inspiration and some things i found that helped me find my Instagram Style.

Hand containing paper boats

girl holding frame

I’ve never been one of those ‘grammers or bloggers that liked white, marble backgrounds, with make up a cup of frothy coffee and some pretty table books.  I like Dark, Moody, Blue Tones, everyday moments but also a bit of magic thrown in too .

The ‘Magic’ can be quite controversial for some, the growing use of Photoshop is allowing photographers to take their photos to the next level. For some, this isn’t ‘real’ enough but for me, i love it.  I’ve only recently begun to find my feet with Photoshop and i’m loving how creative i can be with it.  I’m creating an image that is engaging, interesting and in some cases magical.  The way i see it is that photography, specially photography on Instagram needs to evolve with the times, the same way everything else does.  It’s so much harder to find people since the algorithm change up, so command people to find you by creating something their eyes have never seen there before.  They will continue to come back for more, as long as you are creating original content people will be intrigued to see what you do next!

girl holding origami bird

I am new to the 10k+ club, but so far i like it.  Who wouldn’t? But even though my measly numbers might be nothing to some, they’re so incredibly massive to me.  I don’t want to disappoint them, i want to keep them interested.  How? by producing and posting my best work.  Sara from Me & Orla has said it until she is blue in the face.  You should never post for the sake of posting.  If selfies and sandwiches are your thing, that’s cool.  But, if it’s growth you’re after,  you should take pride in your photos and only ever post your best work.  I couldn’t agree with this more.  So here are some ways i make sure i’m always posting my best work.

girl watering large sunflower

legs upside down in a field with butterflies

My Top Five Tips For Instagram Inspiration

  1. Research:  Yes, i research.  I have a dedicated Instagram Pinterest board where i keep all of the pins i would like to work on.  These ideas can then be developed and i can try to make them my own.  I search hashtags and save images within Instagram that catch my eye.  I also look through youtube tutorials for photoshopping tips, if there is something i’d like to try but have no idea where to start youtube is where i go.  As an example, If i have a deadline for something, or something to announce, i like to make sure that the photo and the caption marry up and make sense.  like the image i did below announcing my Botanical Body Hair post, i want to make ‘click bait’ so the image needs to be as compelling as the post in order to drive the traffic.
  2. Play:  I pack up my camera and my tripod, sometimes my baby and we might go for a drive to find a field or a purply Moore.  If it’s raining i’ll get out my paint and the glitter and i’ll pretend i’m at playgroup, make a mess and try to come up with something i like.  Usually i’ll have an idea in my head first and i’ll try to execute it as best i can.  Sometimes it doesn’t work, so i need to rethink it and try again.  It’s important not to push it, if you’re having to try too hard, chances are it’s not going to happen and that’s ok.  All you have to do is have a little think and try again at a different time or on a different day.  I find my best work comes when i’m doing it for myself and there is no extra pressure!
  3. Draw:  When i did Bloom & Grow with Sara i found her tip of drawing out your grid really helped me.  If i’m sat with my diary i’ll maybe doodle out a post i think would be cool.  Or if it’s one i’ve seen on Pinterest i’ll try and sketch how i think i would execute it! It really helps me to visualise what it is i want to create, you should try it!
  4. Ask:  Over on Instagram I am in two ‘pods’.  We don’t just share our posts so we never miss them, we discuss our work.  We look at what does well, what doesn’t and we ask for advice.  That’s another thing i love about the ‘gram.  The community. These girls genuinely care about the content i post and the feeling is mutual.  We keep it honest and open and it works!  If you’re not part of a pod or group, bite the bullet.  Start one up with your favourite IG pals.
  5. Don’t panic:  A month or so ago i posted a picture of my husband with a fashioned water melon dress.  By my standards of late, it bombed and subsequently gave Calum a complex.  But when i posted it i loved it, i still do.  More so because Calum stepped up to help me and put himself out there where others would be sure to hide.  For that i love him, and others should take heed.  That image specifically was about more than likes it was about us making a memory and having (so much) fun! We laughed so much and i think that after it all, so long as you are having fun, your style will follow.

girl reading and flying books

girl appearing from behind floating stick

  Just remember, it’s okay to take a break to have off days and feel like the only action your account is getting is unfollowed. It happens.  But trust me when i say, if you’re consistent the ‘doom’ wont last long! I hope this has been of some help to you, i’d love to know if it has.  If you’d like like to share your tips for getting motivated, i’d love to hear them.  Please do leave them in the comments!


girl sat with flying origami birds

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  1. Alice
    August 28, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    I loved reading this! I, too, try to save images that I find inspiring , and sometimes I also draw what I have in mind on my iPhone notes, else I’ll forget. Keep up the great work !!

    • sarahcolvine
      August 29, 2017 / 6:26 am

      I save so many i forget all about them when i really should be using them to help when i’m in a rut! Its taking influence from others and making it your own! That’s what makes you stand out! Sx

  2. August 28, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    Your Instagram is honestly one of my favourites and it really is full of magic. I could never get to grips with Photoshop and finding a “theme” is proving to be difficult for myself but you are my honest Instagram goals! You’re doing so well X

    • sarahcolvine
      August 29, 2017 / 6:23 am

      Finding a theme doesn’t need to be using photoshop! Just look at the edits you do, if any. The colour palette or the tone of the shadow, these create a mood and it’s clear see when the same ones are used consistently as it creates a theme! Thanks for your support Katie- it means the world! Sx

  3. August 28, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    I’ve loved following your journey via Bloom and Grow and beyond. Great reminder to sketch ideas – it seems to unlock a myriad of directions. Can’t wait to see where you go next.

    • sarahcolvine
      August 29, 2017 / 6:24 am

      Sketching really does help me! I’m more of a visual learner so that makes sense! I’d be really interested to see what works for others too! Sx

  4. August 28, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    Love this! You have such a good style. I still feel like I’m finding mine sometimes! X

    • sarahcolvine
      August 29, 2017 / 6:21 am

      Oh Mona i absolutely adore your style!! Your pictures are exquisite!! Sometimes we just need to take a wee break for us to realise what was there all along, and maybe a fresh outlook after a few days off will help the inspo come! Sx

  5. August 28, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    Great tips! I often forget about Pinterest, magazines, books and other forms of inspiration, and I wait for original ideas to just pop into my head – which doesn’t always happen. Creativity does seem to just rush out when you give yourself time and there are no expectations.

    • sarahcolvine
      August 29, 2017 / 6:19 am

      Nope! It doesn’t always happen, sometimes we need a prompt to help us! That’s how all good ideas are made! Sx

  6. Viv
    August 30, 2017 / 3:11 am

    Thank you for sharing your tips. I have so many creative ideas, but they’re not as easy to execute when I’m still learning to use my camera. The majority of the pics that I do take are with my cell phone camera–which can be limiting. Thank goodness for Photoshop. I would love to bring some of my creative visions to fruition–so I finally caved on buying “professional” camera. Your work has been such an inspiration to me.

  7. August 30, 2017 / 7:56 am

    Brilliant post Sarah! I’ve loved seeing you develop your style and I’m envious of your photoshopping abilities. You got skills! I reckon your account will grow to be massive xxx

  8. September 17, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    I found you Yesterday on Instagram and I scrolled through all your posts. And now this blogpost …. it’s like written for me. I love the magic that you’re able to create. Annete

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