The problem with Instagram – and any form of social media – is that it is a highlights reel. I want to shout that from the rooftops on a daily basis “INSTAGRAM IS A HIGHLIGHTS REEL!” and in my own little way I try to, without actually pissing off the neighbours. 

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The Olympus Pen has become the holy grail of blogging cameras, it’s impossible to go to an event and not see 10 of them hanging from necks by Vogue leather straps. The Pen is lightweight and versatile but the kit lens is extremely limiting. With the right lens (and understanding of manual settings) you can produce imagery that is easily as high quality as that of a much more expensive camera.

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Most bloggers are constantly looking to up their photography game, whether to accompany a sassy new post or for the ‘gram. Whilst fundamentally a lot of it comes down to how well you can actually take a photo in the first place, editing can not only help to create a sense of cohesion and branding but also hide a multitude of sins (e.g. mega creased bed sheets, toast crumbs and yellow lighting).

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I try not to get too bogged down with worrying about the nitty gritty of the ‘gram. Trying to stick to a strict theme is not only restrictive but also repressing of your creativity, however if you’re a bit of a perfectionist like me then there is a temptation to agonise over ensuring those little squares all slot together like a very sexy game of Jenga. There are a few apps (or tricks!) I use to make life easier for myself, making more time for naps and Gilmore Girls.

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