If you're on Instagram, you've seen it - those perfectly styled photos that have you living life vicariously through the one who captured it. Instagram has a way of allowing you to capture THE very best moments of your life and share them with people across the world. Since I've joined Instagram, I've come across a few tips and tricks I think you should consider if you want to step your Instagram game up. I went from around 700 followers last July to over 1900 and counting. It's been a very steady climb that has allowed me to inspire and connect with people and brands all over the world. When it comes to Instagram, it's up to you to find the beauty in what you're taking a picture of and capture it. Here are some things to consider when styling your Instagram photos.

How to Style Your Instagram Photos

1. Angles make it interesting 

Sometimes boring photos get made way more interesting by being shot from a different angle. Think about the perspective you want your photo of to be seen from. Everything doesn't look appealing with a straight front shot. 

2. You had me at peekabo

Show a sneak peek or part of something that you want to share with your audience.
This is a tease and leaves your audience wanting for more, and you know what? They will stick around for big reveal.

3. The big reveal 

No one likes empty promises so if you did a sneak peek be sure to follow up with the big reveal and make it pretty!

4. Everything is coming up flowers

There is something about a beautiful bundle of flowers. Flowers are refreshing and add life not only to your life but also to your photos. When in doubt add flowers.

5. Fade into the background.

Consider the asthetics you are going for as a whole (light, dark, multi-colored). Consider what you are photographing. Make sure your primary object stands out and does not blend in(unless that's what you're going for). Stick with solid backgrounds like white or black. 

6. What's on the surface

If you're using a surface as your background consider trying things like wood, fur, and tile. These types of surfaces add texture and dimension to your photos 

7. Birds of a feather flock together 

If you have several things that you'd like to photgraph (i.e - nail polish, books, etc). Group the like items together. Grouping can add a cohesive look to your photos.

8. Things fall apart 

On the opposite end of the grouping spectrum is spacing.  Spacing can add a fresh and clean feel to your photos. If you're going to use the spacing technique make sure there is equal white space (depending on your background of course) between the items your are photographing.

9. Brand It

Using Instagram to brand your business? Well use any and everything that relates to your business to brand your photos. This means sharing photos that feature colors, quotes, fonts, or behind the scenes photos that relate to your business and brand.

10. Go with your gut

Not sure what to post or how to style it? Not sure if you even want to style or curate your photos? Well go with your gut. Styling can be as simple as sticking to a theme or filter. Styling your photos does not have to be hard and complicated. So go with your gut and what feels good to you.

How are you planning to style your photos for Instagram?