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  1. Kerry LifeandLoves says

    Ohhh my I can take 20 photos to get just one. Its funny you know, I absolutely loved the milkshake dripping photo. I love a staged photo that is creative and takes some time to set up. I find enjoyment in the creative side of Insta. I liked reading your stories behind these pics x

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you Kerry. I think I just don’t have the patience. Even with photos, I snap around 10 and then eventually get bored and just pray I’ve taken good ones. x

  2. Karalee says

    I enjoyed reading the stories behind your photos! When I take photos no matter what it is of, I normally take like 10 different shots then pick the best one!

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you! I think 10 is a good number. But if I’m enjoying myself, I don’t like to stop and take dozens and dozens.

    • LauraJ says

      I like behind the scenes posts, but I have never done one because I don’t think I ever have enough going on to make it interesting. But it was fun writing this post. x

    • LauraJ says

      If I had a good camera, I would take more images of food, fashion and different things. But on my phone, they just never look professional – well I can’t make them look good!
      I would love to take those flat layout images. x

  3. Deborah says

    I’m sure that lots of photos on IG have stories behind them -that might just make us think twice. I guess struggling with “being perfect” is an issue. We can always think and compare with others. Not a good thing. Be happy with what we did. Years later we will look back on our attempts to “present ourselves or our likes” and wonder what all the worry was about.

    • LauraJ says

      That’s very true. I use to take quite a few photos when I was high school and college (Facebook was just becoming a thing) but I never look at those images now. So I will look back one day and think what was the fuss about?
      I do struggle with perfectionism and it’s something I’m trying to improve on daily. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  4. Lise says

    Loved reading these backstories! Trying to appear natural in a staged photograph is so difficult, I have never been able to master it.

    • LauraJ says

      My only tip is to keep moving and try to not look directly in a camera. But I haven’t exactly mastered it either lol.

    • LauraJ says

      I find it quite hard to take scenery images on my phone. I can’t wait to buy a good camera. I need to know more about angles as well because I take so many to try and figure out a good one.

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you! You should email photographers on social media and ask to do a test shoot. Most are constantly looking for people to work with to continually get new images. x

  5. Melina Elisa says

    This was a great read, I don’t think that I have many backstories to my pictures. I literally just usually ask whoever’s with me to please take a picture for me! xxx

    Melina | melinaelisa.com

    • LauraJ says

      Do you find some people are better at taking images than others? I remember asking one friend to take a photo of me with my outfit, and it felt like he was trying to capture the tree’s behind me. Like I took up an inch of the photo. xxx

      • Melina Elisa says

        omg, definitely! My older brother sucks at taking pictures. My sister and my mom are usually pretty good. I have one friend that particularly good, specially at taking candids!

  6. It Girl says

    I love these types of post! I guess no one really wonders what it takes to take that perfect shot and that probably its not even the reality to begin with. PS: giving your blog a follow! I love it 🙂

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you! Just followed back and will look out for you on my Reader :). I read a blogger confess that her mum takes around 100 photos of her before she chooses. I find that too boring, but most images on there are not natural.

  7. hoiyinli says

    This is an interesting post. I never really considered the topic. To be honest, I am very much a point-and-shoot type of photographer…as long as there is good lighting, I can take a picture that I like. I have the same attitude for my blog photos. I don’t like taking too much time on photos because it takes away the real moment that I have in real life if you know what I mean. Therefore I think sticking to a ‘theme’ on Instagram is not for me, although I do try to colour-coordinate in terms of how it looks in a row or as a grid on my feed.
    I have one friend who is particularly perfectionist and obsessive when it comes to taking photos. She’ll take many if she has to whether it’s before a meal, a coffee or some wanderlusting adventure she’s on. I remember back when we were doing A-levels, she’d remove a tag of herself on Facebook if she looked “bad”. She is notoriously know for this behaviour in our friendship group lol.

    • LauraJ says

      I’m trying really hard to stick to a theme on Instagram because I know accounts that do seem to be really popular. But it is really hard and kind of frustrating.
      I am a perfectionist and I scrutinise photos, but at the same time, I don’t expect people to stand there for 10 minutes taking my photo. I usually ask for one if I’m out somewhere nice, they keep snapping for a minute and then we move on.
      I had a friend who use to take dozens throughout the day. She would expect me to wait for ages while she captured everything. We actually had arguments about it!

  8. Paolo B. says

    Always fun to see the story behind pictures. I’m more a take a lot of pictures and find one that I love kinda Instagram person. I do take a lot if if t to edit my pictures color and what not, that I find fun personally but time consuming.

    I love the pic your dad took and the one with the baby

    • LauraJ says

      Editing photos is super time consuming. I regret that I deleted the ‘originals’ of many photos, to now realise that I don’t like the filter I put on them.

  9. questionsfromateenager says

    I loved reading the backstories of your ig photos! I think everyone has at least one really embarrassing story behind one of their uploads, be it on Instagram, here on WordPess or even on Facebook back in the day. xx

    • LauraJ says

      I wrote about this last year, but I don’t think photographs are natural anymore. I wish that I could be natural, but when a camera is there, I get conscious and feel the need to pose. And sometimes my poses don’t match how I think they look in my head. So I’ve deleted plenty of embarrassing photos! xx

  10. Infinite Living says

    Lovely post! I know I have stories behind so many of my photos 🙂 I relate to that one photo chosen out of quick multiple clicks the most as most of my photos are like that.

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you girl! I read one blogger say that her mum takes 100 photos of her a day. Which to me, is wayy too much and my mum wouldn’t do that!
      I read your email by the way, I’m going to get back to you tomorrow! xx

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