How I take & edit my Instagram photo's.


Just in case you don't already know, I'm a little bit of an Instagram fanatic. I try to upload two or three times a day, and yes, I'm one of those types that won't post a photo if it doesn't look right on my feed. Soz, but visuals and all that. 

I get asked quite a lot how I make all of my photo's 'fit'. Well, Insta pals, here's a little insight if anyone's still remotely interested.

Composition & props.

I play around with the composition of my photo's, a lot. For every photo you see on my Instagram, there'll be up to a good 20 or 30 on my camera roll. But that's just how I like it. Whether we're talking flatlays, selfies, outfit shots, you-name-it, I like to have a fiddle. It's very rare that the first shot I get is the one that ultimately gets posted. You'll be amazed how just having a play around with things can get you new angles or a better looking flatlay. 

Little things I like to do are; moving my watch round my wrist so you can actually see the pretty face, swapping hands so you get the better manicured hand and a glimpse of my tattoo, adding fake flowers or a pretty notebook for a little bit of colour, positioning items at angles rather than having them all straight, and normally having my little white cup of black coffee in there never goes amiss. 


I'm a little bit lucky in the fact that my flat is pretty much all white. The walls are painted white and I have white bedding. So, if I want a bright and simple background, these work fabulously, whether I'm holding something against a wall or shooting a flatlay on the bed, the background will be fairly consistent.

However, I've recently took to trying to mix things up a bit. I now like to include pretty cushions, wooden tables, and fairy lights thrown in there too. I feel it gives my Insta a little more of a 'lifestyle' look, mainly 'cause we all know that things aren't always flatlay white or marble perfect.


This is definitely THE most time consuming part. Partly because I use about 3 different apps, but also because I normally edit about 6 different photographs before settling on the final one.

First up, Afterlight. This is one of the only apps I've ever paid for, but my goodness was it worth it. Using this app, I'll generally whack up the brightness, up the contrast a little, and sometimes add some clarity. Then, depending on the initial shot, I'll either up the saturation (just a little!) or turn down the temperature. 

Afterlight is also great for re-aligning images if they're not quite straight, or flipping your selfie to showcase your better side 'cause I'd really appreciate it if my iPhone camera wouldn't flip it in the first place. 

Next, I've started to use Instagram itself! I know, I know, it's been years since Instagram filters were a thing, but I find that Clarendon can actually be pretty great! I don't always use the full height of the filter, but I find it just adds a little bit of an extra, brighter layer. The only problem with this, is that your photo is now square, whether you like it or not.


Finally, the babe that is Vscocam. Legit don't know what I'd do without this app, it's been my saviour ever since I first started to get into Insta, which actually wasn't that long ago, surprisingly! I was deffs late to hop on the Instagram bandwagon.

I used to religiously stick to the F2 filter on here, mainly because it brings out the white in your white stuff, but recently I've started to mix things up a bit here too, taking to HB2 and A5 as well. Again, I don't always use the full filter, but I have a play around as to how much HB'ness I need!

The other tool that I use on VSCO, is the skin tone one. Sometimes, when you've gone through the whole load of edits, your skin can end up looking a bit, um, orangey? Well, if you go into the tools bit, rather than the filters bit (technical talk right here.), right at the end there's a little silhouette icon, that when you click into, can amend you skin tone to make you look a little more normal!

And then that's pretty much it!

I say this as if there was hardly anything to it, but this Instagram game can be serious business. ;) If any of this has helped, even just a little, then that's fab. But, I'd really love to hear how you guys edit your photo's! Let me know. :)



  1. I'm always so curious about how you get your Instagram pictures perfect, and now I know! After light is probably the only app I've ever been happy to purchase! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

  2. I'm trying to really up my Insta game lately so I've really enjoyed this post! I use VSCO cam but maybe I'll give Afterlight a go too, I've heard so many good things about it!

    Sian xx Cakey Dreamer

  3. I really need to learn patience and take my time when taking photos and editing! Thanks for this!!

    Mel |

  4. Absolutely love reading Instagram related posts, I fid it so interesting to see how others edit their photos and style them! Instagram is my total favourite app at the moment.

    Alice ♡ // beautybyalicee

  5. Great tips here Sophie! Love all your photos!

    Zoe x |

  6. Love your instagram snaps so thanks for sharing your tips!


  7. Great tips! Looking forward to trying some of them out! Your photos look amazing BTW!

    Jemma |

  8. I love your Instagram feed - it's so pretty! Thank you for sharing the tips, I will be trying them out!
    Paige xo // The Joys of Being Paige

  9. I can feel you! i mainly use vscocam to edit my pics for instgram and sometimes snapseed which has so many controls!!

    xx from Brighton
    Cate ღ kate/idoscope | youtube

  10. I absolutely love VSCO cam it's amazing! Great tips <3

  11. Your photos are all so beautiful, I love VSCO cam too. I only wish there was a computer version!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

  12. I am so in awe of your instagram feed!! I think I need to start using a few more props! And use VSCO more...can you import photos into VSCO (It's probably a stupid question but I've never found out how!!)

    Katie xo | KTMY

  13. Brilliant post! I absolutely love your Insta feed, it's gorgeous! I need to up my Instagram game, I find it quite therapeutic 'creating' images, haha!

    Lots of Love, Lottie | Lifestyle blog to make you smile :)

  14. Such a good post! :)