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Sharing a shot of the...

We all know where the Big Apple is....
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I got the blog post put together showing you all where I put the big vintage sexy-beast-of-a-sectional!
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Ya'll know I've been raving about the #getsmart @tiltsmarthome blinds. 👏I'm obsessed!
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For example, our daughter likes to hang out in here and do her nails, read, chat on the phone with her bff.  All the teen girl things. 💅
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Ya'll know I've been raving...

Last time I was someone's type...
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I was donating blood 👩‍⚕️
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Happy Monday! 😘
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I'm really getting excited about the upcoming @oneroomchallenge 🤸‍♀️
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On a side note I've got the fam room blog post up sharing what I was going for, the how I did it and some detail pics 💖
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My friend Ari @arianna_danielson hit on something in her post today.
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LOVE your home. 💖 I create the spaces I do because they make us feel happy, cozy, comforted, relaxed and fun.  Spaces we want to hang out in!
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You don't need anyone else's permission to tell you what's right or wrong.  You just need you. Find your style, rock it and own it. 💖
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This is unapologetically me, this is us and this is our home. 🏠 Welcome to the party! 😁🤸‍♀️
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My friend Ari @arianna_danielson hit...

I'm stoked to share with you that I'm a new #purplepartner embarking on their 100 night trial.  We are a few days in and I've been dying to share this with you! 💜
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You can see our youngest little is testing out the mattress, just prior to this photo he was assessing it's "jump" factor.  The verdict "Mom! It's SO squishy and soft! Can I keep jumping puuuhhhllleeeaaassseee?!" -
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Tulip was giving the @purple dog bed a test drive, which she literally spent every moment on until she passed a few days later.  We are so grateful her last days were spent in such comfort and support enjoying this bed. ❤
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Now our other pups are enjoying while we get a feel for the mattress!
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It's been a bit over a week and I must say we are very impressed! I have lots of back issues while the hubs gets numb arms from side sleeping.  So far this has made a difference in our quality of sleep! 😪
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I am really looking forward seeing what kind of longer term usage benefits there might be from this mattress, which is one of the coolest innovations (in my humble opinion) in sleep.  Holla 4" purple smart comfort grid!! And coming from a horrible sleeper that's saying somethin 😁 #lifeonpurple
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Hit up my stories where I share the process from delivery to intial impressions!
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I'll share my honest thoughts and experiences with you during this 100 night trial so you can make an informed decision on what's best for your sleep! 🛏
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How to Take A Stellar Instagram Photo….

how to take a stellar instagram photo, taking a great picture, how to get a great shot, tips to create a perfect instagram photo

You asked so I am answering!  A few of you have been looking for some pointers on how to get a great Instagram shot.  So I thought it would be fun to expand on a fun article feature from Obvious.ly (highlighting some campaign work I did, check it out here) and share some of my methods to snag that shot (and all shots!).  I have spent a good year (plus a few months) learning how to get a great image and I continue to learn every day.  But I am happy to share some tips that I have learned to get your very own awesome Instagram worthy shots.

  1.  Composition.   Every time you have a space or vignette you want to take a photo of think about the composition of the shot.  What do I mean by this?  Look at the image through your camera lens and go ahead and take the shot.  Then go back and look at it, does the photo feel balanced?  If it doesn’t, play with a few accessory items or just swap things around a bit to get the balance.  Then get your shot.  A balanced photo is much more pleasing to the eye, thus translating into a more successful photo.

See how balanced this shot feels?  The pink frames on the side tables, the lamps (although with different shades), the pillows, the solid piece at the base of the bed that acts as an anchor….

      2. Full Room vs Vignette.  Ahh this one is a common dilemma.  Personally speaking (and from several of my IG friends) full room shots              just typically do better for engagement.  However, a good vignette can always be popped into the feed.  I like to take smaller shots of           spaces, like a chair with some pretty surroundings but not the whole space.  Or a candle with the surrounding pretty flowers and                   accessories and a softly faded background.  I don’t do them all the time but I do add them sporadically in my feed.  Variety is the                   spice of life!

This is an example of a tighter shot I would use. A sitting area but not the whole space.

      3. Day vs Night….Lighting.  Good light is KEY to a great shot.  Always try to get your shots during the day, late morning or mid afternoon           are best.  I realize it’s not always possible (bad weather, no time, etc) and you can still get a shot BUT be careful with artificial lighting,           it reads very warm and you will have to tone it in editing.

4. Editing.  I don’t care if you are Michaelangelo, every photo could stand even just a hint of editing.  Maybe your lighting is stellar, give            it a little structure (or crispness) to enhance the clarity.  If you have shadows you can lighten the shadows a bit and use highlights to              just brighten a tad.  In other words, editing is CRUCIAL to a good photo.  I like Snapseed (app) for easy editing but only for heavier                lifting (bad lighting or uneven lighting).  It certainly doesn’t hurt to first edit in Snapseed and then follow up with editing right in IG if            need be. Use your best judgement and play around with the image to get the best result.  (There are other editing apps out there as              well!  I just use Snapseed the most)

This shows both the effects of lighting as well as how to do editing with the challenges of the lighting.  This space only has 2 windows both on the same side, one of which is directly next to the bed.  It creates a strong shadow on the opposite side, so I edited it slightly by lightening up the shadows enough to still allow the pink side table to show through and lightening just enough to brighten the space to show the colors.  If I went too much more it would have over-brightened the window side of the bed.

      5. Filters.  This may be controversial but I RARELY use filters.  I much prefer to individually edit each and every photo.  This allows me to             specifically customize the edit to the shot.  Filters can highlight aspects of a shot and depending on the look you are going for can be           great!  I personally LOVE more artistic shots, but they don’t do well in home decor on IG.  They just don’t.  So I edit the photo to be               the clearest most accurate representation of the space, (with some brightening). It’s a no fail approach.

6.  Angles.  Angles are your best friend.  They take a ho-hum shot to WOW.  I love lower right looking up angles primarily, but I have a              few spaces that require the opposite.  Every once in awhile I will share a straight on shot but most of mine are angles.  Up to down is              also a very popular angle.  Climb on a chair or even a step ladder to get that up-down angled shot. (Please be careful!) It shares a                  whole new view.

One of my very fave shots to demonstrate the power of angles and up to down.  This shot allows you to see the entire space and all of the elements that make up the room. It’s a powerful shot in one swoop.

      7.  Practice.  Practice makes perfect!  You will learn the best angles to highlight your spaces, likewise lighting and editing those shots.                Our bedroom is VERY hard to shoot.  Why?  I have windows behind the headboard as well as to the side and foot of the bed so it                  brightens one side while blackening out the other.  I just have to be really careful with the lighting and edit with a fine tooth comb to            get the image to represent the most accurate depiction.

This is an example of the more artistic shots I LOVE.  Also, check out the composition of the shot!

      8.  Photoshop.  Adobe photoshop is photo editing for pros/hardcore fanatics.  I use photoshop for professional submissions as it gives               me the most tools to really nail the editing.  I have an older Canon Rebel T3, honestly my Samsung 8+ takes way better photos but I             use my camera for the collab shots and high res photos.   Photoshop allows me to edit them to perfection with about a million tools             at my fingertips.

Those are the primary things that I think about when I am designing, taking and editing shots for Instagram as well as business collaborations.  I can’t stress enough that employing these techniques will give ya big heads up from trying to figure it all out on your own, but practice definitely makes perfect.  The more you shoot spaces and learn what makes a great photograph the quicker you will get that awesome shot.

Do you have any tips I may have missed in this post?  Or questions I forgot to address? I always love to hear from ya so hit me up in the comments below or shoot me an email!

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2 Comments
  • ellen from ask away blog
    September 18, 2018

    Thank you so so much for the tips! I already love your photos but it’s an honor to get some advice from the master behind them 😉

    • ttbousu
      September 19, 2018

      Thank you so much Ellen! I hope you found something helpful in this post, I love just sharing the things that I have learned.

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