Shay Cochrane produces the best glam stock photos in the universe, and I love them to bits and would use them everywhere if they weren’t totally beyond my budget. I’ve purchased a few for use in my homepage, but that’s about all that my pocket will allow. So I tried to figure out how to recreate them using accessories I have on hand, making sure that the overall look is on brand. They’re the obviously not same level as Shay’s, but I’ve found them good enough for my Instagram posts. That’s how I’ve been able to post fancy Instagram images without breaking the bank. Today I’ll share some tips on how to style photos the Fancy Girl way.
- Buy a large white sturdy board if you don’t have a white table top.
- Position your objects on it and make sure you have adequate natural light. Go outdoors if need be, or at least push your table beside an open window during daytime.
- Pick objects that go together and look great with each other. Think of a theme, if you like. I love gold and pink, or gold and black & white, or gold, black & white and pink. I always have those on hand. (I hoard Kate Spade desk accessories. The Eiffel Tower scissors are from Typo.)
4. Angled objects look nice, but so do perpendicular and parallel objects. You can scatter them around the frame, or put them all in the middle, or put them all on one side.
5. Layer your objects. It looks more interesting and adds depth.
6. Leave some empty space. It creates drama, and contrast.
7. Finally, edit your photos! I use PicTapGo. It’s a fantastic app, and I never post anything without editing it on PicTapGo first. My usual steps are editing for brightness using Lights On, then adjusting it further using Contrast and Crispity. The nice thing about this app is that you can control the intensity of each filter.
And that’s it!
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Ira Katherine says
I actually did your number 1 advice. Because white desk/table is nowhere in sight here in our home, I found a white sturdy board and have been using it since I started following a few Make It Blissful mommy bloggers in IG. I am still a work in progress though when it comes to styling and mobile photography. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, Pat! I love your IG feed, too!
Thank you! Yes, the white poster board is really useful! Lots of natural light too. 🙂
Great tips. I just purchased a white board and black poster board to use on the other side. And I LOVE Those Eiffel Tower scissors.
It’s so useful, right?
LOVE your tips! I’m always looking for new ways to style my Instagram photos.
Glad you like them!
Great article on Instagram pictures, i’m always trying to see how i can improve my images!
If you get a chance, would love for you to check out my instagram at @allthedamesthings
and my website http://www.allthedamesthings.com I’m a newbie in the digital world so still trying to find my place 🙂
I’m glad you found it helpful!
Such pretty ways to put things together. Great tips.