OUR NEW HASHTAG

 

 

As I mentioned in the last post, I’ve teamed up with some fellow creatives for our own hashtag, called inspire_and_create

So you all get to know these awesome ladies a little better, I decided to ask them a few questions based on their Instagram!

 

 

Ozlem

What made you start your Instagram account? I started to follow my friends on IG. Soon after I bought my first proper camera and started to take pictures of my favourite subject: flowers!

Describe your account in 3 words? Flower addicted. Colourful, and sharing my seedhead love

What advice would you give to those starting on the app today? The main thing is, enjoy it! Enjoy sharing your pictures, enjoy the photos from your community, engage with your community and just have fun!

Jenny

Describe your account in 3 words? Magic, whimsy, creative.

Are there any pictures that don’t make it on to your grid? Loads! Edits frequently don’t work out as well as I hoped!

What advice would you give to those starting out on Instagram? There aren’t any quick wins here, so make sure you enjoy the process. Also, remember it’s a social network, you won’t get far without getting out there and engaging with people, plus, the community you build will be the best bit!

Lauren

When did you first join Instagram? September 2018

Are there any pictures that don’t make it on to your grid? All the time!

What’s your go-to editing app? I don’t use apps, I use Photoshop and Lightroom on the computer.

Dana

When did you first join Instagram? July 2014, but didn’t really do Instagram like I do now until December 2017.

Describe your account in 3 words? Fun, creative, moody.

What’s your go-to editing app? VSCO and Afterlight.

Ali

What made you start your Instagram account? I started my account when I had my first child Otis two years ago. It was a way for me to connect with other mums and I found it a really useful way to keep sane when stuck night feeding. Then I started to get more creative with my account and grew a small but mighty following.

Describe your account in 3 words? Whimsical, interiors, family

What advice would you give to those starting out on Instagram today? Do you. And be proud of your style. Instagram has a lot of goal posts that move and change and if you chase followers and likes, you won’t enjoy the experience and community as much as if you just get stuck in and make those connections and post content. There is a misunderstanding about quality over quantity too that can hold some people back posting. Because I think that the quality of a post isn’t just to do with the image, but to do with the caption. The message, the story, the connections made. Quality has a lot of facets beyond just the image.

Sarah

What made you start your Instagram account? I started my account what seems like ages ago. At first, it was for me and an album of memories. After the birth of my daughter, I wanted to create beautiful photos of her. That’s how I discovered creative photography.

What’s the favourite photo you’ve ever taken? This one!

What’s your number one Instagram tip? Use hashtags properly. They can increase your visibility on this platform and it is a free tool to use to promote your work without spending money on paid ads.

Nanhes

Describe your account in 3 words? Philosophy, marshlands, home

What’s your go-to editing app? VSCO

What advice would you give to those starting out on Instagram today? Think about your goals. Are you aiming to form a community and connect, or for recognition and growth? I don’t believe there’s a genuine way to combine both. I would advise to make Instagram a platform to look around, and be inspired.

Amy

What’s the favourite photo you’ve ever taken? This one!

What’s your number one Instagram tip? Focus on community and connecting by getting involved in hashtag challenges and building friendships.

What made you start your account? I started my account after I became a mother because I really wanted a creative outlet. I always wanted to learn about photography but didn’t have the courage. I decided to put myself out of my comfort zone and start sharing!

Ozge

When did you first join Instagram? Since 2012.

Describe your account in 3 words? Creative, whimsical, calm.

What’s your go-to editing app? Lightroom mobile, photoshop mix mobile and afterlight.

Sumedha

What’s the favourite photo you’ve ever taken? This one!

Are there any pictures that don’t make it on to your grid? Lots. I always struggle with making me grid cohesive but lately I’ve just been posting what my heart feels right.

What’s your number one Instagram tip? Explore. Inspire and be inspired.

Theodora

What made you start your Instagram account? I joined IG because it was where most of my blogger friends were starting to hang out, I was pregnant with my second child and wanted to improve my photography.

Are there any pictures that don’t make it on to your grid? It was just at the end of last year that I started to curate my grid more. I used to document my life more but since the beginning of the year, I’ve been more consistent on sharing the type of photography I want to capture more for myself and my clients. I want to refine my photography style so I don’t share photos that don’t reflect my new found photography aesthetics.

What’s your number one Instagram tip? Be mindful. When I’m offline, I’m offline. I don’t have my phone next to me checking it every second. When I get online, I time myself. I give myself the right amount of time to be present with my insta-friends. I’m learning to post content that is motivational and spend the time making a community instead of jumping from page to page to like and never taking the time to comment. If you feel overwhelmed by what others are sharing and comparing yourself, take a break to regroup your thoughts.

Camy

What made you start your Instagram account? When I started my account several years ago, I did it mainly because it was the ‘must have’ of the moment. Lately, I’ve started to acknowledge what a great platform it was for sharing something more creative. I use it as a place to express myself visually.

Describe your account in 3 words? Creative, dreamy, and pastels!

What advice would you give to those starting out on Instagram today? Don’t be afraid to try. We may often be scared by big numbers and algorithms, but my motto is ‘quality over quantity’. Share what you would love to share, not what others would love to see. Don’t stress, it’s okay to have periods lacking of creativity. Empower and support, rather than compare. And most importantly, have fun doing it!

Ghazal

When did you first join Instagram? I joined around Feb 2017 but it’s only about a year ago when I found out about hashtag challenges and WHP it became a game changer for my creative pulse.

Describe your account in 3 words? Everyday life, motherhood, and creativity. If I had a 4th word, travel!

What’s your go-to editing app? Snapseed! The selection tool is pure gold.

Wow, that took quite a long time to put together but thank you so much if you managed to read it all! I hope it left you feeling inspired about the platform, and creativity in general! How do you feel about Instagram?

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