It's safe to say that I am utterly obsessed with Instagram. It almost seems that my life revolves around sometimes. I've decided to compile a list of the things that we do for Instagram. Keep reading and let me know if any of the below apply to you... Are you guilty of any of these Instagram sins?
1. WE GO OUT FOR COFFEE
We go out for coffee and cocktails more than ever, thanks to our BFF, Instagram! I don't know about you, but I find myself going out for coffee ever such a lot these days, purely for the perfectly natural shot of two untouched coffees innocently sat there with
totally not set-up props surrounding them.
2. WE CHOOSE INSTAGRAMMABLE LOCATIONS
It doesn't just end at 'going out for coffee' or 'going into town' or even 'going to the beach' - we have to make sure that it looks 'Instagrammable'. Gone are the days of sitting inside the coffee shop, especially if the lighting is dim and dark - sitting outside is a must if you're an avid Instagrammer. We have to make sure that the table is clean, the floor is photogenic and there's no random foot in the shot.
3. WE LOOK STUPID TAKING PHOTOS
It's all well and good going out for coffee and choosing the perfect coffee shop with a cute table outside but then comes the task of taking a photograph. We have to make sure our sunglasses are situated perfectly, our lipstick is angled correctly and our coffee is untouched so that the micro-foam is seamless. And then as we rise from our seats with our cameras or phones and start snapping away a feeling of self-consciousness comes over you because you can sense everybody looking at you. We've all been there...
4. WE BUY STICKY BACK MARBLE
We've all bought coloured card, sticky back plastic and rolls of wallpaper just to get the perfect flat-lay - haven't we? Luckily these things don't break the bank and they really help us to achieve those sought after flat-lays that all of the Insta-famous-bloggers have!
5. WE TAKE PHOTOS OF RANDOM, PRETTY HOUSES
Long gone are the days of just taking a stroll, these days if you walk past a beautiful row of houses you have to stop and get that obligatory photograph of the perfectly situated front door. Sometimes us Instagrammers even get a cheeky outfit snap outside.
6. WE MAKE OUR LIVES LOOK AMAZING EVEN THOUGH THEY MIGHT NOT BE
Instagram can make our lives look flawless even though they might be far from it. Lunch dates, pretty flat-lays, coffees, cocktails, new shoes and on-trend outfits.. but our followers don't know what's really going on in our lives do they?
7. WE BUY FLOWERS, FRESH AND FAUX
Yep, I've done this and surely you have too, right? I'm guilty of buying both fresh and faux flowers just to take a pretty snap of them for my Instagram. I even bought a whole load of faux flowers so that I can use them in my flat-lays of beauty products and photographs for my blog too.
8. WE DOWNLOAD THE HASHTAGGER APP
If you don't have the Hashtagger app, are you really Instagram obsessed? I love using the Hashtagger app as it ensures my photographs get as many impressions and as much reach as possible.
9. WE TRY, AND USUALLY FAIL, TO STICK TO A THEME
"Oh yeah, I'm totally going to stick to this super simplistic theme of just makeup items with a white background and the Juno Instagram filter" - We've all been there!
10. WE DELETE AND THEN RE-UPLOAD PHOTOS
I'm always deleting photographs. "Omg it doesn't match my feed", "It barely got any likes", I prefer it with that filter".
11. WE TAKE THOUSANDS OF PHOTOS UNTIL THEY LOOK 'PERFECT'
When we're snapping away, whether it's pictures of buildings, selfies, photos of coffee, cocktails or a perfect flat-lay, we can take anywhere from 10 to 34 photographs. Composition is everything. No shadows allowed unless they have a rainbow effect, no blurriness, no sun rays - no nothing!
12. WE MAKE SURE OUR NAILS ARE DONE
We always make sure our nails are done so that if we want to take a photo of us holding that new lipstick we spotted in Debenhams or that cute bralette we're lusting over from Victoria's Secret, we don't have ugly chipped or naked nails.
13. WE BUY
TOO MUCH LOTS OF MAKEUP
We buy so so so much makeup anyway, because, why not? But we seem to buy more just so that our feeds look on-point. Yeah, it sounds silly but we need an excuse to buy copious amounts of makeup, don't we?
14. WE TAKE OBLIGATORY PHOTOGRAPHS OF BLOSSOM TREES
I adore Cherry Blossom and like most Instagrammers and Bloggers, I can't help but snap a few shots of a Cherry Blossom if I'm lucky enough to pass by one - are you the same?
Are you guilty of any of the above or do you have any other Instagram sins that you'd like to confess? If so, please do let me know in the comments below!