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Hello, I'm Toni - a twenty something lifestyle blogger from Sheffield in the UK; you can find me over in my little part of the web, on my blog Lemon Freckles. I'm super excited to be able to share a few Instagram tips on Erica's gorgeous blog today, as I've been hanging around on the side bar for a few months now and thought it might be about time to say hello again...
I fell instantly in love with Instagram three years ago when I became a member of their online community, over the past few years the way I use Instagram has changed dramatically, I used to just upload anything and now I'm a little more selective...well sometimes, sometimes I just see something adorable and have to share it no matter how bad the photo but ignoring that for now.  I thought I would share a few things I've learnt and I'm still learning in creating a beautiful/follow worthy Instagram feed.

Find the right angle.

I'll let you into a little secret, when I take a photo I don't take one, at minimum I take three although I admit usually it is a lot more.  If your photo subject isn't likely to quickly change position then why not have a little play around with different angles, it is amazing how much of a difference a bad/good angle can make to a photo.  So spend a little time taking a few different photos, that way you can play around with them later and choose the best photo, instead of just choosing the only photo you have.

Hide, remove and deny. 

I don't know why I find this so annoying but it is a big annoyance for me, I'm always surprised by how many photos are ruined by laziness.  I can't tell you the amount of photos I have taken where it looks wonderfully clean and beautiful but the reality is if I was to use a wider lens you would see wires/rubbish/mess, who wants to see that though?!  Just spend a minute pushing the mess to one side before capturing your image, no one wants to see that black ugly wire ruining what could be a beautiful photo.  Instagram photos are only small, so make the most of that space, don't let something that could distract from your subject ruin your final photo.

Remember your brand.

This is something that over the past couple of months I've been trying to remember more and it has made a huge difference to how appealing my photos are.  Just like your blog/business, your Instagram photos should also have a brand, a style.  I try to make sure my Instagram photos all fit in perfectly with my blog, I've actually started to use the same photo editing app on the majority of my photos to help them flow better.

Find inspiration.

I've not done this for a while but it is a must for the next month for me, have a Instagram day.  Go on your own, with a friend, with a group, go anywhere you like with the purpose of taking photos for Instagram, find hidden photos in the every day.  I'm not saying upload them all on that day, create a library of photos to use on Instagram at a later date.  Have fun with your camera, explore and tell a story with your photos.

 
I would love some of your Instagram tips! 
What do you do to help make Instagram beautiful? 

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thanks so much for toni for popping by to share some of her tips on getting the most out of instagram. i for one am a huge fan of her feed, and now that i know how she does it, i can utilise these tricks myself! do make sure you check out her blog and her instagram; you won't be disappointed!