09.06.17

(Part 3) Tips for better photography & A cohesive Instagram feed :

So happy to be sharing Part three with the loveliest group of bloggers and social influencers to share a new series I have started here on my blog called #TheMomBlogCollective. Twice a month, a group of 10 of us will be sharing a blog post on the same topic — related to blogging, instagram, working with brands, making money, photography, motherhood and more. More than almost anything else, each of us get asked how we started blogging, what tips we have for someone looking to start, how to work with companies for sponsored posts and more, so those questions are the starting point for our series! Today’s topic will cover editing, apps, and tips for creating a cohesive feed.

Share a little about your Instagram feed and style what is the look you go for and why?

I’ve always been drawn to a more earthy, organic, moody feel when it comes to my photos and the esthetic feel of my instagram. I feel I’ve achieved this best by trial and error. I’ve tried many different filters and many different apps for editing my photos. But when I finally picked the filter and editing apps I felt was in line with my style and look I started using that for every photo. I also started paying more attention to my color scheme and asking myself what colors i’m drawn too. 

How do you create a cohesive feed on Instagram:

I like to think about the colors and tones that will appear on my feed. I generally stick with green, white, cream, and some pops of grey and blue. I also always use the same editing apps and filter to keep each photo cohesive with the next. I find planning apps very useful when your trying to keep a cohesive feed. Right now I use Planoly, that way I can see my photos in front of me and can see where to place my next photo! I think it’s incredibly helpful and essential for keeping things true to your style and esthetic on your feed. Below is a photo of my feed and the colors I have talked about above!


 What do you use to take your photos and how do you typically edit them apps filters tips:

I have always used my phone which is an iPhone 7. I find that it’s easily accessible to me and easy to use for everyday use when I’m out and about. I have three apps I use to edit in this order: First being Filmborn (this brightens a photo that is dark , but I use it for every photo I edit regardless if it’s dark or not) the next would be Snapseed for this app I use the exposure and sharpening tools. I love the exposure because I can darken or brighten a pair of jeans for instance or make my lip color darker or lighter. It’s also amazing for sharpening your photo, making it more clear and defined. The third app I use is VSCO which offers many different choices with filters. Some you can purchase but most are free. Find one that fits with your color scheme and stick with it. Here below I will show an example of using Filmborn to brighten a photo! The one on the right is a bit darker. Because of that I simply used kodak P160 to brighten up this image and then used the sharpening tool/brightening tool. It’s a subtle difference but makes the image pop and feel lighter and more fresh. 



Below is an example of using the Snapseed app for exposure and  sharpening (I used the exposure to help the framed photos in the back pop out more as well as darkening the paint color as it was washed out a bit. I also used the exposure to bring out the flowers in Beatrice’s dress and added some rosy cheeks. After that I used the vsco filter for the finished photo! 


How do you get your kids to participate and smile for the camera ?

Haa! This can sometimes be tricky with my four year old as she has to be in the right mood to participate and have fun with it! Elouise on the other hand is easier to photograph right now except that she started walking lol and is so quick! I’ve found lollipops to be the best way to get some pretty darn cute photos lol of the both of them together. They usually last for a good 5 min 😉 I try to be as playful as I can and not to serious! Beatrice understandable that brands send us stuff to take photos in and she enjoys getting packages in the mail so that helps a lot!

Please feel free to comment with any additional questions my friends! I hope you found this helpful and will incorporate this into your next editing session 🙂

Also be sure to visit these links below for more amazing advice from other bloggers from the #momblogcollective!

Blogs and IG handles:

You can find links to all of the other blog posts below:

darlingnightingale.com | @darlingnightingale
occasionallyperfectstyle.com | @occasionally_perfect
mrsseacannon.com | @mrsseacannon
britthavens.com | @britthavens
koleimpressions.com | @steph__pollock
cultivatemotherhood.com | @cultivatemotherhood
www.ashleynoel.life | @_ashley_noel_
hellobabybrown.com | @hellobabybrown
www.a-blessed-nest.com | @blessednestblog
thelovedesignedlife.com | @thelovedesignedlife
www.helloerin.com | @helloerinv
hopefeathersphotography.com | @hopefeathers
psimfromthemidwest.com | @hollynbaron
Xo,

Sophia 

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