How I Improved My Instagram Craft Photography #2

So I’m still agonising over this several months later!

I’m still not anywhere near being there – that “place” that I want to be with my photography, nor the look I want to represent me and the things I do. But. I am making some progress and here’s how…

I’ve joined the Beautify Your Instagram online course by Emily Quinton at www.makelight.com and it is proving invaluable as well as lots of fun. For a start there’s so much available for free on her website, from insight reports about the colour palettes you’ve been choosing (often without realising it!) to a ton of videos about photography. I’m ploughing my way through all of these as well as all the lessons that come through from the paid-for course I signed up to. I’m way behind, but it doesn’t really matter because you can work through it all at your own pace and you always have access to everything in the future.

The early lessons really get you to focus on how you use social media and why. Plus it has you answering lots of questions about who you are and what you want to share. It also reminds you that the photos you post on Instagram are a representation of you, your business, or both!

In my previous post How I Improved My Instagram Craft Photography #1 I mentioned how I felt I’d neglected the garden part of inthecrochetgarden and also how I couldn’t seem to settle on a colour palette – my Instagram gallery was skittering about through the entire rainbow. Well my solution has, in part, been to embrace this. I’m making my Instagram gallery seasonal both in terms of content and colours.

It has gone from this

To this

I’ve announced its seasonal nature in my profile so people will know what to expect. My January theme is for elegant, crisp, clear images, mainly in shades of grey with a little blue and white. Whilst I wouldn’t claim it looks great yet, I think it looks more cohesive and thoughtful. It has a purpose.

I’m very excited about deciding on my colours for February and how to transition from one monthly palette to the next. It must represent that it’s still winter but spring is on the horizon.

Any ideas for perfect February colours are welcome…

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I’m really enjoying the process of learning as much as I can about Instagram and by extension photography (it’s a bit of a necessity!). You can read more about it in my How I Improved My Instagram Craft Photography post. However, sometimes I get downhearted because I feel like I’m not making enough progress, or at least I’m not making progress fast enough. I get caught up in that futile habit of comparing myself to others and assuming that what they are achieving has come easily to them. I do know that it’s a completely defeatist attitude to have, but, honestly, it flares up from time to time. So how do I put up a fight against it? I remind myself that Instagram is a community and that’s the main reason for wanting to be involved. I want to know what other people are making because I’m genuinely interested. I love reading about the different projects folk have on the go and sharing their pleasure when things go well and frustration when the pain of frogging a time consuming project begins.

In order to stay motivated I created myself an Instagram Goals sheet. It will help me stay focused on what’s important.  The idea is that I will either pin it above my desk or inside my ideas notebook or bullet journal. Wherever I decide to put it, it will serve to remind me of the ways I can contribute to the community on Instagram and help me to break down my goals for building my very own presence online. I rather like it and had a lightbulb moment to share it with you all!

 

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