How I Take & Edit My Blog & Instagram Pictures

Editing Instagram Pictures

I never actually thought my photography has ever been up to much; it’s not the worst I’ve seen, but certainly not the best either. However, a nomination for a “Best Use of Photography” award in this year’s Amara Blog Awards must mean it’s not as bad as I’d imagined, so today I thought I’d talk through how I take all my pictures for my blog and edit instagram pictures.

Since I got my Google Pixel 2 phone, I haven’t actually picked up a camera since. I’ve been considering getting a new one (something like this waterproof camera would be super handy for holidays with Ada), but for now, my phone does everything I need it to. The portrait mode is incredible for giving those blurred background shots you’d only expect from a fancy DSLR, and the amount of editing apps online mean I can add a couple filters to enhance the picture without making it look un-natural, or taking away from the quality.

BEFORE         |          AFTER


A Color Story is my chosen app for editing; you do get some free filters on there, but my most used ones come from the Fawn, Golden, and Flashes of Delight packages. I like to add 2-3 filters on each image, usually at a low percentage as to not make the picture look too un-natural. The pictures above have the filter “Chiffon” at 75% which gives it a warm tone, with “Sundae” at 24%, then adding a little brightness and contrast on the top.

Generally, I stick to the same editing style with all my pictures to give everything a cohesive feel. After a little tilt and crop to make everything straight and edit out my ugly light fixture, we’re good to go. I wish I could use Photoshop and get to grip with creating pre-sets on there, but right now ACS does the job for me and has helped me develop a bit of a style to my photos online.

To Theme Or Not To Theme

I also like to stick to a bit of a “theme” in my pictures, including plants and flowers in every image, but that’s generally not something I have to force because my home is filled with them anyway! It’s the same with cups of coffee, I usually have one on the go so many of those get included in my images; props and things from everyday life seem to brighten up a picture.

Whenever I get emails off people wanting to start blogs, a lot of them think you need to drop a serious amount of money on equipment to get started, but honestly these days the camera on a smartphone is such good quality, a little know-how of how to edit and style pictures is all you need!

Do you have any tips for taking pictures, or how you edit instagram pictures?

Catherine McCourt

Catherine McCourt is the editor of Hey, Mama, a parenting, interiors and business blog designed to help you create a beautiful home on a budget and a kick-ass career whilst you’re at it.

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