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How To Make Your Instagram Feed Look Good

When it comes to growing your Instagram following, one of the very first things you should do is make your Instagram feed look good. It makes sense, right?

Think of your Instagram feed as your home. If you were to invite a complete stranger into a house that looked a hot, disheveled mess, do you think they’d want to come back again? Probably not (unless they’re into that kind of thing!). Now on the other hand, if you were to invite someone into a clean, aesthetically-pleasing home, they’d be more likely to want to return.

The same thing applies to Instagram. When strangers visit your Instagram feed, you want them to feel welcome. You want them to want to come back for more. How can you make them feel welcome on your Instagram page? You can accomplish this by making your Instagram feed look good. 

The following tips will help you tidy up your Instagram feed and instantly grow your Instagram following.



I’m sure you’ve already heard that natural lighting is your best friend, so I won’t beat an already dead horse. What I will say about lighting is that it’s important to use the same lighting for all of your photos. Whether you’re using natural or artificial light, be consistent with it. If you’re using natural light, shoot at the same time of the day so that your photos are receiving the same type of lighting. If you’re using artificial lighting, make sure you’re using the same type of artificial light (e.g. ring light, strobe light, softbox). Doing this will help you create a cohesive Instagram theme and will also make your Instagram feed look good.


Believe it or not, having a niche plays a huge role in the way your overall feed looks. For example, if your niche is makeup, then the majority of your Instagram feed will consist of makeup photos. This, by default, helps to make your Instagram feed look cohesive and consistent. On the other hand, if you have no niche and you post about any and everything, your Instagram feed may come across a little chaotic.

I recently uploaded a YouTube video discussing this topic in detail. Check it out here!


Have you ever posted something on your Instagram feed and immediately regretted it because it messed up your flow? That is why planning posts for your Instagram feed is so important! Two of my favorite platforms to use are Planoly and UNUM. Both of them allow you to plan/schedule your posts, move them around, write captions and even provide you with some analytics. I tend to use Planoly a lot more since it has the ability to post to your Instagram feed for you!

As a BONUS, I’ve put together 42 content ideas for Instagram!



Look, the cold truth is that it will be hard for you to grow your following and make your Instagram feed look good if you’re not posting quality images. Now, I’m not saying that they have to be award-winning images. However, you want to share images that look good. Here are a few quick tips to help you with capturing high-quality images on your phone:

1. Clean your camera. This one seems so “duh”, but you’d be surprised by how many people skip this step when taking their photos. Clean that lens! It will make a huge difference.
2. Use natural light. Having natural light really helps to illuminate your photos in a beautiful way.
3. Shoot in HDR for the best quality images. “HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. When you use HDR, your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Camera automatically blends the best parts of three photos taken quickly at different exposures—one at normal exposure, then one each of the brightest and darkest parts of the scene. The result is a single photo with better color and detail.” – Apple
4. Use a tripod. Oftentimes, blurry photos happen due to camera shake. Even the smallest amount of shake can lead to a not-so-sharp image. Using a tripod will help eliminate that from the equation.
5. Use an app like Snapseed, VSCO to edit things like saturation, contrast, brightness, etc. More on this below!
6. Invest in professional photos. I created the “Flawless Flatlay Collection” to provide bloggers and influencers with access to affordable flatlays to use on Instagram. You get access to the entire collection for a one-time payment of $20! I’m constantly adding new images every month, so you’ll have fresh, new images to use. Subscribe here!


Pick a theme and stick to said theme. If you want to post pink pictures on your Instagram feed, that’s great (pink is a color that performs very well on the gram!). Post your pink photos and try not to stray from that color. If you start posting red and purple images, it will make your Instagram feed look less cohesive.

When selecting a theme, make sure it’s something that you feel comfortable doing long term. If you despise the color pink, then you probably don’t want to have a pink theme (unless, of course, you’re into self-torture).

Editing Software

Earlier in this article, I mentioned Snapseed and VSCO as two tools that you can use to edit your photos on your phone. There’s also Lightroom, Photoshop and Afterlight. All of these apps are great for taking your images from blah to bomb! I wrote an article about VSCO and Lightroom that can be found here


Last but not least, if you want to make your Instagram feed look good, you have to stay consistent; consistent in your lighting, consistent in your camera, consistent in your theme, consistent in everything! Trust me, it will pay off in the long run!

Following these tips will help make your Instagram feed look good and will also help get your follower count growing! If you enjoyed this read, be sure to let me know in the comments below and spread the word on Pinterest! 



How To Take Pictures Of Yourself Using An iPhone and DSLR Camera


Unless you have a professional photographer in your back pocket 24-7, chances are that you’ve tried to take your own photos at least once in your life. I know I have! Taking photos of myself was always one of those tasks that I went into with high hopes, but after looking through all the blurry photos, I realized that I needed help! 

In this video, I demonstrate how to take pictures of yourself using an iPhone and DSLR camera. Enjoy!

Seems pretty easy, right? Now, who’s ready to go out and start taking self-portraits?

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30 Clever Captions for Instagram


I think we can all agree that crafting the perfect Instagram caption is not easy. One can easily spend up to an hour trying to think of something clever to write.

If this is something that you struggle with as well, you’re in luck! Here are 30 of my favorite clever captions for Instagram. Feel free to save and share!


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How To Create the Perfect Instagram Flatlay (Walkthrough)


 I recently received a PR package from Profusion Cosmetics and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do an Instagram flatlay walkthrough! Take a second to grab your pen and paper and let’s get started!

What You’ll Need

Here are a few items that you’ll need to create a double-tap worthy Instagram flatlay:

1. Backdrop – No flatlay is complete without a nice looking backdrop. Fortunately for you, there are an endless number of options from which to choose. Some of my favorite places to look for backdrops are Amazon, Samy’s Camera, and any arts and crafts store. For the purposes of this walkthrough, I’ll be using a white bedsheet that I picked up from Target, specifically for flatlays. 

2. Camera – As you can imagine, it would be quite difficult to capture a flatlay without a camera. Actually, it would be impossible lol. I typically use my Canon 70D camera for my flatlays. However, that doesn’t mean that you need a big expensive camera to create a beautiful Instagram flatlay. If you have a newer phone, chances are that it’s going to take really good high-resolution images. There’s no need to break the bank in the name of a flatlay (Although phone prices are getting a bit ridiculous these days!).

3. Lighting – Before you start staging your flatlay, you’ll want to figure out what your lighting setup will be. I’ve always advocated using natural light whenever possible. Doing so will get you the best Instagram flatlays, without a doubt. However, if you do not have access to a lot of natural light, you’ll want to use artificial lighting. I typically shoot with two soft boxes that I purchased here on Amazon.

4. Props – You can’t forget the heroes of any Instagram flatlay, your props. You not only want to determine what you’ll be shooting, you also want to figure out which props will be your hero props and which will be your side joints. 

Instagram Flatlay Walkthrough


Figure out Lighting:  If you’re using natural lighting, you’ll want to work near a window or an open door to get the most out of the lighting. If you’ll be using artificial lighting, find your workspace and set up your lighting. It’s okay if you’re not immediately sure where to place your lights. As you start to play around with your flatlay, you can move the lights around to get the best look.


Decide on Backdrop: Once you’ve determined what your backdrop will be, go ahead and lay it down in your workspace. As I mentioned earlier, I’ll be using a white bed sheet for this Instagram flatlay walkthrough and I’ll be working on top of my bed.


Pick Out Your Props and Decide on Theme: Sometimes you know what your theme is going to be before you even lay out your props. Other times, you’re absolutely clueless until you’ve taken a look at what you’re working with, in terms of props. For my flatlay, I’m featuring a PR package that I received from Profusion Cosmetics. Naturally, my theme will be beauty (more specifically makeup). In order for this flatlay to make sense, every prop that I use will be somewhat related to this beauty theme. I wouldn’t, for example, toss in a baseball glove because… huh? It wouldn’t make sense. 


Start Building Out Your Flatlay: Now that we have all that out of the way, the fun can officially begin. I typically start with my hero products. In this case, my hero products are the largest Profusion Cosmetics palettes. I decide to stack these on top of each other since they’re a bit on the bulky side. 


I then begin building out my flatlay by placing supporting props in the frame. I pull a pink makeup bag into the flatlay and place it off to the side because I don’t want it fully in the frame (it’s too bulky to be fully in the flatlay).


Now I ask myself, what would naturally come out of a makeup bag. More makeup, right!? Yes. So I place more of the Profusion Cosmetics products inside of the pink makeup bag. Tip: Make sure that the brand’s name is upward facing on all of the products.


Next up, I add a small marble tray into the flatlay and place the remaining Profusion Cosmetics makeup products that I have on top.


We’re almost done with the flatlay. However, it feels a bit imbalanced to me. I want to add something that ties in the pink makeup bag a bit more. As such, I’ve added the pinkish name card that reads, “Daydream Believing”. In post, I’ll edit the color of the makeup bag more so that it matches the name card a bit better. I’ve also added in the eyelashes to fill in the negative space in the bottom right corner.


As a final step, I’ve placed a few silver rings in the flatlay to help balance things out. And that’s it for the build out!

Capture your Flatlay: Now that you’ve completed your flatlay masterpiece, grab your camera and start snapping away. For the most part, you want to capture your flatlay from high up above. However, don’t limit yourself to that. It’s still a flatlay if you decide to take the photo from an angle. 


As the last step, I edited my final flatlay in Photoshop and VSCO.

And that’s it! It wasn’t too bad, was it? 

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9 Essential Instagram Apps and Tools for Bloggers and Influencers


If you don’t have the right tools/apps at your disposal, your Instagram photos and videos will leave you disappointed. Trust me. I know.  When I first got serious about growing my brand on Instagram, I knew that I would need to step my photo and video game all the way up. Like, all the way!

One day, I decided to look around to see what others were doing and I quickly noticed one thing. They were all using a multitude of apps and tools to create their stunning content for Instagram. After doing a bit of research, I was able to identify a few commonly used apps amongst bloggers and influencers. Being the generous blogger buddy that I am, I decided to share them with you all!

Listed below are 9 essential Instagram apps and tools that every blogger should have:

1. Canva – Before I discovered Canva, I thought EVERY one of my favorite influencers was a masterful graphic designer. The images and videos they were sharing were just heaven sent! Heaven sent!  What’s their secret? Canva!

Canva is an app that offers hundreds of templates, photos and graphic elements for you to choose from. The best thing about it is that an untrained monkey could use it! It has an easy-to-use, drag and drop feature that allows you to swap in/out any of the elements in a template. The free version even allows you to store up to 3 of your brand colors in the app so that you can easily add them to your design.

2. Snapseed – Ever wonder how folks create a super white background or how they desaturate only certain portions of an image? Snapseed is the culprit. Now, I’ve known about Snapseed for quite some time, but I kind of wrote it off as one of those apps that would just be a space-taker-upper on my phone. But, boy-oh-boy, was I wrong. 

If you don’t want to cough up the money for Photoshop ( I don’t blame you), Snapseed is a great mobile phone alternative. It has a TON of photo editing options including:

Snapseed-Editing-Options“Spot Healing” – This feature allows you to remove any small mistakes in your photos

“Tune Image” – This is where you can find commonly used editing options like brightness, contrast and saturation

“White Balance” – Photo looking a little blue? You can use this feature to add a little warmth to your image

“Details” – You can use this feature to sharpen up your images and add some clarity

“Crop” Got a flatlay you want to convert to a square format? This crop feature has got you covered! 

“Selective” – This one little feature is the main reason why I keep Snapseed on my phone. It allows you to select certain areas of your image and make edits to ONLY those regions of your photo. Say whaaaat? Yes! This is how a lot of your favorite bloggers and influencers create those beautiful white and desaturated backgrounds. This is it, people!

*Comment below if you’d like me to create a step-by-step tutorial on this!

3. Planoly – I’ve spoken about Planoly in a previous post, but because I love it so much I’m hitting you guys with it once again! Before I discovered Planoly, I would use a private Instagram account to plan out my images before posting them to my real account. Yes. It got the job done, but it just wasn’t a very effective way to go about things.

I soon discovered the amazingness that is Planoly. Planoly is a management and scheduling app that not only allows you to plan and schedule out your Instagram posts, it also provides helpful insights on the content that you have posted. 

Here’s a look at what the desktop dashboard looks like:


And here’s a look at the Analytics interface:


4. VSCO – If you’ve spent any time on social media, then chances are that you’ve heard of the app VSCO. If you haven’t, VSCO is a mobile app that offers tons and tons of photo (and video!) filters. The free version offers a few basic filter options, but if they’re not enough, you can purchase preset packages. 

I signed up for VSCO X ($20/year) which is a subscription service that gives you new perks every month. Some of those perks include new film x presets and 100+ classic VSCO mobile presets. I’d recommend it if you like to play around with different filters. However, if you’re looking to stay consistent with only 1 or 2 filters, I’d recommend just purchasing one of their regular filter packages.

5. Perfect365 – Because I love you guys, I’m going to be honest about the story behind how I discovered this app. I literally went to Google and searched: “What app do the Kardashian/Jenner girls use to look so perfect in their pictures?” Ok, moment of shame over. 

After conducting this research, I learned that a lot of bloggers/influencers use an app called Perfect365 to give their face a flawless finish. How does it work? It’s quite simple actually! 

When you open the app, you’ll be prompted to upload a photo. After uploading, you can either choose makeup looks that have already been created or you can edit all of the details on your own. You can smooth your skin, brighten your eyes, reduce dark circles, pretty much anything you can think of, you can do it with this app! Slight scary and extremely troubling. I know. But c’est la vie! 

Here’s a look at the Perfect365 interface and also a freshly edited picture. I would show you the before picture but good-golly-Ms-Molly. I’ll spare you! :


6. CutStory – CutStory is a pretty straightforward app that allows you to cut down longer videos into smaller videos for sharing on IG Stories (and other social platforms). I typically use it to cut down my iPhone tutorials and funny meme videos before sharing on my Instagram Stories!

It’s super easy to use. You simply upload your video and then select a platform. If you select IG, the app will cut your video into 15-second increments (the limit for IG Stories). If you select Snapchat, the app will cut your video into 10-second increments. And so on and so on. 

7. UnFold – I just discovered the UnFold app a few months ago and it’s quickly become one of my staples! UnFold is somewhat similar to Canva (but not really) in that it provides you with beautiful templates and fonts for Instagram Stories. What I love most about it is that it helps make your Instagram Stories look very polished and professional.

The only downside of this app is that there aren’t a ton of different templates to choose from and it doesn’t allow for a lot of customization. As such, you may start noticing that everyone’s Instagram Stories are looking the same. And that’s no bueno!

Here’s a look at an Instagram story that I created using the UnFold app (it’s actually a video):


8. VidLab – Move over iMovie, there’s a new video editor in town! Okay, so I wouldn’t go as far as to say that VidLab is a suitable replacement to iMovie or any desktop movie editor, for that matter. However, VidLab is a great tool to use to make quick little video adjustments. It allows you to cut down videos, to combine multiple videos and add text, music and sounds. It’s a pretty good one stop shop for your basic video editing needs!

9. Record It – I’m rounding up this list of essential Instagram apps with one of my faves, Record It. Record It is such a great app because it allows you to record your screen. So for example, if you wanted to record a tutorial for VSCO or any other app, you can easily do it on your phone and record the entire process using this app. 

Cool, right?!

And that’s it, folks! These are the apps that I (and a lot of your favorite bloggers and influencers) turn to on the daily! If your favorite app was not mentioned here, please share yours in the comments section!

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17 Everyday Items To Use As Flatlay Props

When I first started dabbling in flatlays, I quickly learned that props can be trés expensive! Staging one single picture with flatlay props can run you anywhere from $50 – $100 (for more prop-heavy images). Nuts, right?! If you’re like me and you don’t want to empty out your bank account in the name of buying props, I’ve got just the solution. 

What if I told you that your home is a gold mine for flatlay props?! Don’t believe me? Take a second to look around. Everyday items like clothing, jewelry and plants can all be used to create the sickest flatlays.  All you have to do is believe!

Now that I’ve hopefully turned you into a believer, check out this money-saving list I put together of 17 everyday items that can be used as flatlay props! If you find it helpful, be sure to share the info on Pinterest!


17 Everyday Items To Use as Flatlay Props

1. Stationery – You know all of those pens and papers you keep tucked away in some dark, gloomy corner of your room? Well, it’s time to dust off the cobwebs and put them to use! Stationery items like paper, envelopes, pens and pencils can all be used in a flatlay. 


2. Candles – Oh, how I love a good candle! Not only do they smell amazing (if you pick the right ones), but they can be used to fill in negative space in your flatlays. I love to use tea light candles like these here.


3. Apple Products – Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a bit of an Apple addict, but it’s for good reason! Their products are beautifully designed. If you own an iMac, an iPhone, an iPad or any other Apple product, try sliding them into your flatlays. You won’t regret it! Unless, of course, you hate Apple products. In that case, let’s move along!


4. Flowers/Plants – I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE adding flowers and/or plants to my flatlays. They’re so full of life and depending on which plants you pick, they can add a nice touch of color to your photo. Tip: If you want your flatlay to really stand out, make sure to use flowers/plants whose colors work well with the rest of your props. I’d also recommend investing in a few fake flowers and plants, because it can get pretty costly to keep fresh flowers/plants in the house. And they’re a life-saver for people like me that can NOT keep a plant alive for more than 2 seconds. 


5. Accessories – Accessories like rings, hair ties, watches and necklaces are pretty common items that you can find lying around your room. Similar to candles, they can be used to fill in any gaps in your flatlays.


6. Fabric/Scarves – It can be easy to neglect things like fabric and scarves lying around the house, but they make for great flatlay additions! 

*Looking for a cute message board to use in your flatlays? Here are a few of my faves: Message Board 1, Message Board 2

7. Rugs/Carpet – Last year I purchased a couple of faux fur rugs (Don’t come for me PETA!) to use in my room. I quickly learned that they can be the perfect backdrop for flatlays. I especially love to use them for lifestyle and beauty images. 


8. Plates/Trays – Unless you eat takeout 24/7, I’m almost certain that you have a few dishes and serving trays around your home. These types of props are great for holding things like beauty products, jewelry and any other smaller flatlay props.


9. Camera Accessories – For whatever reason, cameras and camera accessories work really well in flatlays. If you’re thinking that you need to have an expensive DSLR or Mirrorless camera for your flatlay to look good, thing again. Polaroid cameras are pretty affordable and because they come in so many different colors, they make for great flatlay props. Even adding the polaroid pictures themselves to your pictures can be a nice touch!


10. Clothing/Shoes – I love shooting clothing flatlays. Why? Because I have a ton of clothes, which makes styling this type of flatlay a breeze!


11. Beauty/Skincare Products – If you keep your beauty products in good-looking shape, they can be used to create really beautiful flatlays. 


12. Handbags – I’m sure you’ve seen your fair share of flatlays with purses, wallets and all kinds of handbags. They’re great for adding dimension and color to your flatlays.


13. Food – Talk about yummy! If you can avoid chowing down before snapping your photo, try using food in your flatlays. Some popular flatlay food items are strawberries, croissants, coffee and acai bowls. 


*I’d highly recommend investing in a wooden serving platter for your flatlays

14. Confetti – Add a little sparkle and shine to your flatlays with the help of confetti and/or glitter. Not only is this a fun prop to play with, but they help bring some life to your flatlays and also help fill in gaps. You can find all different kinds at an art supply store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby


15. Office Supplies – Items like staplers, paper clips and erasers are all things that can be found in a home (especially those with kids in them!). When purchasing these items for home use, I’d recommend choosing ones that will photograph well. That way you’re getting the most use out of your bucks!


16. Books/Magazines – A year or two ago, I started randomly receiving magazines in the mail (I should probably look into this!). Instead of tossing them to the side (and looking into whether or not someone was fraudulently using my credit cards), I started incorporating them into my flatlays. Magazines and books are pretty consistently present in flatlays. 


17. Ribbon – I don’t know what it is about ribbon, but I love adding it to my flatlays here and there. They’re great because they come in so many different shapes, sizes and colors.


Have any more everyday prop ideas? Share them down below! And if you’re looking for inspiration on how to use your “new” found props, check out this list of 10 inspirational flatlay Instagram accounts!

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Learn This One Thing to Improve Your Instagram Theme

There’s only one thing you need to know in order to develop a strong visual theme on Instagram. Before I tell you what it is, I want to paint a picture for you:

Imagine you’ve been asked to paint a room for a friend (I know. Cruel and unusual punishment!).  You decide to go with the color white. Now imagine you’re painting the walls and then halfway through, you switch over to a lime green color. Not only that, but you also start hanging up polka-dotted wallpaper to certain areas, just to spice things up a bit. Sounds like an eyesore, right? Yea, it is!

That is exactly what happens on Instagram when you don’t stick to a theme. Your page looks like a lime-green, polka-dotted catastrophe! That is why it’s so important to not only pick a theme but to also keep *clap* things *clap* consistent*! Visual consistency is the biggest thing that separates great accounts from not-so-great accounts. I’ll say it again:

Visual consistency is the biggest thing that separates great accounts from not-so-great accounts. 

What exactly does visual consistency mean? It essentially means keeping certain elements of your photos the same, each and every time. In other words, creating a theme. For example, there are some people on Instagram who use the exact same filter or editing process on all of their photos. This helps to create a consistent aesthetic, regardless of what’s being photographed. Using filters is probably the easiest way to achieve visual consistency, but there are still countless other ways (e.g. color theme, minimalist theme, white theme, etc.). The options are limitless!

If you’re still a bit unclear on how this works, here are a few examples of accounts that I think have totally nailed it!


Asiyami is the king AND queen of visual consistency. She has the type of feed that makes you feel as though you’re right there with her living a life of understated luxury. Yes, she’s an amazing photographer. Yes, she’s a great Creative Director. However, the thing that really brings her page together is that she keeps *clap* it *clap* consistent! From the type of content that she posts (food, travel locations, etc.), the colors that she uses and the way that she edits her photos, everything is CONSISTENT. And it pays off in a major way for her. It also doesn’t hurt that she’s frigging stunning! Seriously, I just want to be a fly on the walls of her life. 


Kehinde is another influencer who has established a visual identity that is both strong and consistent. She uses a lot of dark browns, greens and blacks in her photos and it appears as though she desaturates her images and increases the contrast to give her photos a unique look and feel. All of this helps to bring her images together in a way that is cohesive and visually appealing. Imagine seeing a bright red photo on her account. It would stick out like a sore thumb. 


The first time I saw Brandy’s page, I instantly fell in love. Her theme incorporates beautiful bursts of vibrant colors. If you scroll down her feed you’ll see a lot of reds, yellows, blues and other eye-catching hues. Because she has such a colorful theme, you’d probably rarely ever see a white photo on her feed as it would throw off the cohesiveness of her page.


Now ya know I had to throw my own account into the mix!  For my own Instagram account, I went with a white theme. It’s my bread and butter and so I stick to it! EVERY post on my page has a white backdrop. Every. Single. Post.  I’m currently trying to further flesh out my theme by limiting prop colors to white, green, black and brown, with sprinkles of pink. You’ll rarely see me venture outside of these colors because I likes to keeps it consistent.


So what can we take away from these beautiful Instagram accounts? Consistency is key. Whatever direction you decide to take your Instagram, you have to stay the course if you want your page to look consistent. If you want a pink theme, simply ensure that you’re using that color on your feed, consistently. It does not necessarily have to be present in EVERY photo. However, you want it to appear enough times for it to look intentional and not accidental. If you decide to use filters, pick the one that you like and try to use it, or something similar, for all of your photos. Trust me, taking this step will pay off in the long run!

Let’s collectively put a death to the lime-green, polka-dotted Instagram accounts.

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It’s this cool iphone application that allows you
to snap a photo and select different filters
to completely transform it.

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