Sharing is Caring: My 5 Tips to Instagram

Instagram is by far my favorite phone app to use!  I'm obsessed and addicted!
Follow me @simplyxclassic

I wanted to share a few tips that helped me gain followers and consistent engagement on my feed.  I hope these tips will help but please keep in mind that what works for me, may not work for you.  You'll need to tweak and find your own way to success =)

BTW all of the photos below were taken with my OLD iPhone..
just goes to show that you don't need an expensive or fancy camera! 

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1.  find the right angle! 
When I'm taking an instagram photo, I take several shots in every single angle and point of view.. close up, far away, birds eye, side angle, diagonal, face forward, shoot from below, all kinds of camera tilting etc...I mean, I look ridiculous doing it but I do it so I have a variety of options to choose from.  My husband gets super annoyed with me when he's hungry and I deny him his food b/c I need to photograph it =)  My favorite angle is birds eye.  It's the most flattering (for me) in my opinion. 

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2. find the right filter!
I often see people on instagram that have a great photo but the lighting is bad which makes the photo less appealing... Let me be the first to tell you that I filter the crap out of my photos lol.  I can't always have perfect lighting so most of my photos need a lot of help with color correction.  My two favorite photo editing apps are: vsco and idarkroom.  I use both!  I use idarkroom usually to lighten and brighten each photo and vsco to give a nice soft layer on top. Everyone's style is different, so you just need to play around and find the filter that fits your liking. 

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3. comment comment comment! 
If you want good and consistent engagement on your posts, you need to put in the work and comment on other people's post as well as respond to the comments you receive.  It's a lot of work, but I honestly think it's worth it.  I think it builds good engagement when you converse with the people who are interested in your posts!  People will feel a friendly connection with you when they see that you replied to their comment.  

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4.  #hashtag!
When I first used instagram years ago, I never really used any hashtag but now I see the benefits of using one.  Hard to believe, but this is how a lot of companies / brands find me for collaborations. I'm not ashamed to admit that I have googled the most popular hashtags.  Hashtag everything that relates to your photo, tag everyone/everything in your photo and add the location you're at..   Another tip i'll add is to add the hashtag in your comment section, not in your main caption section. 

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5.  it's all about the caption!
This will relate with tip #3 but if you want good engagement with your followers, tell your story.  I noticed that I was receiving more comments after investing in my caption.  I know, it sounds so ridiculous but it's true!  I used to just caption my photos with, "today's ootd" or "lunch is served" or something very simple and minimal like that but now I pretty much write a short story about what it is I'm doing, feeling or whatever is on my mind.  You are giving your followers something to relate to and something to talk about with you.

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Well that's it for today!  I really hope these tips help!  Like I mentioned before, what worked for me may not work for you but if you do happen to try one of these tips and it helps, please let me know =) Or if you have any tips you'd like to share, please leave in the comments section! 

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