They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In the age of social-media – I’m not so sure. Here are my favourite and most popular Instagram photos, along the actual truth behind their back-story.
The things we do to get a good photo…
This is from my shoot with the photographer Shehan Fernando. It was two days after Christmas and the weather was cold enough to nearly freeze the glass. I suffer from Reynaud’s disease so my hands were completely white. We had to conceal my hands and at one point I had thick gloves on – two pairs! I shook for the duration and found myself curled up in covers when I arrived home.
I think what’s most important is for people to understand that they can advertise on Instagram – Marne Levine
Another strange modelling situation. This dress is overly long and even with heels, it felt as though I was stamping on the fabric. The photographer wanted me to squash into a small gap between the trees to create a ‘fairytale look’. As it was on a slope, I was clinging to the branches that were prickling me to an hour of scratchy irritation.
This photo is highly edited – my skin unfortunately does not this look good!
My most-liked photo and taken by my dad. We were heading out with my step-mum and little sisters to see an animated film I can’t remember. The top part of my half up-do looked a mess – hence me cropping my hair.
I don’t understand these types of Instagram photos – making a smoothie drip down from the top. I spent ages perfectly aligning raspberries, took the photo and then spent 10 minutes cleaning it up. The apples disguise my wood surface which takes away from the white and black background.
I attended the Wellness Awards with my sister. The first part was incredibly awkward – everyone sticking in their groups and not socialising. As I was covering a piece for i the stylist, I went round taking photos. Gok Wan was the only celebrity who looked approachable. I had to stand up on the stage and then bend down to not appear tall. I tried badly to look natural in the process.
It’s not all Instagram worthy! – Busy Philipps
Walked round my garden for 2 minutes with this bowl in my hand trying to find a good image. Luckily, I put the ingredients in the caption, because I have no idea how I made this smoothie ice-cream bowl.
Three people behind the camera trying to make my baby cousin laugh. It also took a few angle changes due to the sun. As you can see, they failed to make him even smile, but at least he looked at the camera.
Just casually walking the street when the paparazzi came and took my snap. Street photos are never natural, yet I tried my luck in Ibiza. I chose this from countless images – my sister continuously pressed the button as I walked down the street.
I’m gutted that I didn’t try with a beautiful location. There are streets out there that would rival Paris and Venice.
And breathe in…
My last night in Miami. Me and the girl I went with, were hardly on speaking terms towards the end. It turns out – I chose the most selfish, holiday companion possible. Staying at a ridiculously expensive room – talking thousands – that my bank balance could barely afford.
Prior to going to Miami, I hadn’t shown my stomach or wore a bikini in about 8 years. I worked incredibly hard to tone up and feel ready. Once home, I gained lots of weight and went through my ‘transformation journey’.
Instagram was created because there was no single place dedicated to giving your mobile photos a place to live and to be seen – Kevin Systrom
What have you done to take good Instagram photos? Do you like taking numerous shots and then choosing? Do you prepare your outfits prior? Do you think people should share more honesty in their Instagram photos, or is Instagram about our own edits?
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