If you follow me on Instagram, but don’t know me in person, I’d love to know what your impressions of me are? Within reason!
Correct me if I’m wrong and add to it as you will, but I’m guessing my life looks as follows: an endless coffee-drinking, flower-buying charmed-living of sparkly shoes, white sheets, wildflower meadows and gallivanting with my duo?
First things first, so we know where we stand. There ain’t nothing fancy about my life. If you could see my car, you’d know that was true! In fact, I’d describe us as actively failing at keeping up with the Jones’s. #justsayin
The coffee addiction is real. But nine times out of 10, since Oscar arrived – four months ago yesterday – that coffee is out of a jar and cold before I even take a sip of it. I don’t photograph those coffees, unless they’re on my map in a pretty cup. And to be totally frank, by the time I’ve got a map shot I’m happy with, those coffees usually need slinging too.
The wildflowers in my feed. That’s one meadow. And I say meadow… it’s more of a large patch of flowers next to an ugly industrial estate in Leeds. I took about 40 iPhone snaps in one sitting back in July, all at different angles, to make sure I’d be able to milk a good few instagrams out of them in coming months. Which I have.
Our bedding. We have sheets in an array of colours. But you can’t beat a white backdrop for Oscar pics and family selfies in my opinion. Like it or lump it.
We – James, Oscar and I – do like to go on a fair few day trips. Following a Monday to Friday with the boy, I’m usually itching to get away for a few hours come the weekend. In fact we get around Yorkshire more now than we ever did when it was just the two of us. But it’s very rare that I take a photo and upload it to instagram immediately. I like to stock pile images. Hell, I’m currently still posting photos of doors in York that in reality I took three weeks ago. I don’t do that to be deceitful in any way – I’ll bet that’s how a lot of you use Instagram – I do it because my every day routine isn’t all that gorgeous, and I need back up. Oscar is a sight to behold – naturally that goes without saying!! – and photos of him are usually uploaded the same day they are taken, or certainly within the week, but if I’m stuck at home, or don’t venture further than the local high street, or I’m at work for days on end, it’s good to have photos in reserve.
I don’t tell fibs on Instagram. I just don’t photograph and share everything and the kitchen sink on a day to day. Mind you, if I had a kitchen sink that was worth photographing, I’d for damn sure be posting that too.
- What’s your posting routine on Instagram? Do you share images in real time or stock pile photos like me? How do you make Instagram work for you?
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