3 Tips For Styling Better Instagram Photos

Three Easy Tips for Styling Better images for Instagram

There are plenty of ways to take a better Instagram photo and to receive more likes on that photo, but today I’m going to share three very simple tips that will guarantee more traction and double-taps on your photo. Here are three styling for Instagram tips:

Shoot on a clean background. Think about what background you’re using for the photo before you snap — don’t be afraid to move things around! A simple white board is the perfect blank canvas if you’re trying to highlight a product or style a vignette. You can also use a piece of colored paper, wooden floor boards in your home, or clear off a space on your dining table — get creative while sticking to your brand aesthetic.Three Easy Tips for Styling Better images for Instagram

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You can pick up a white foam core board at your local craft store (I get mine at the Dollar Store) to use as a background if you don’t have a white table or surface. If you’re out and about the same rule applies–find a clean background to shoot on. I’ll often move my coffee and donut over to a different surface or background in a cafe to get a better photo. You may think this is a little extreme, but if you’re using Instagram as a tool to grow your business you have to be intentional about each and every photo you post on your feed.

Add flowers! This is a not-so-secret trick of mine (and many others) and might be the easiest. Any photo you post with a flower will get more likes than the same photo without flowers — trust me on this! People love pretty, so feed them what will make them happy! 

Three Easy Tips for Styling Better images for Instagram

Create an eye-catching layout & blank space. As followers quickly scroll through their Instagram feed, they are bombarded with hundreds of images and your goal is to publish a photo so captivating that they’ll have a desire to pause, look at it, like it and hopefully click over to your profile for more. In order to make your image stand out from the hundreds you need to create an eye catching layout. The easiest way to do this is to add blank space to your image — it can be at the top, on the sides or the bottom.

Take a look at the difference between utilizing white space to create a more eye-catching layout with the same items.

Three Easy Tips for Styling Better images for Instagram

So go ahead and give it a shot! Spending a little extra time styling your Instagram feed can go a long way, especially if you have to post similar items or products repeatedly. It will give your feed a fresh and creative look. I think you’ll also be surprised to see how many things you have around your house that you can use to help style a picture.

What’s your favorite tip for styling an Instagram photo? Leave it in the comments below!

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Caitlin Kruse

Caitlin Kruse is an Editorial Director at the Glitter Guide and the Lifestyle Blogger behind Style Within Reach. She is also works as a leading Mid-Atlantic Wedding Planner at Kruse and Vieira Events specializing in romantic and luxury soirées. Caitlin has created an online empire and contributes to one of the most successful lifestyle blogs in the world. Her refined style and brilliant understanding of social media makes her an invaluable resource in the pursuit of building a business on Instagram.

26 comments

  1. Love these tips and totally agree with the one about adding fresh flowers. They are an absolute must in my home, office, and photos! I also use white foam boards to bounce light and avoid harsh shadows. Thanks so much for sharing! XX, Katie

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  2. Caitlyn’s Instagram is definitely one of my favorites! I also use the white foam board to create a blank canvas and as the previous comment mentions, using a 2nd board is a great way to bounce light off of your objects. I’m going to keep these tips in mind! Thanks ladies!

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  3. What great tips! I can’t wait to try these out.

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  4. One of our “musts” for shooting is good old fashioned natural light! We’ve even taken our white boards outside under the shade of a tree or porch to get the perfect lighting. Keep in mind, it’s never direct sunlight so our images aren’t too blown out but it makes a huge difference and helps make whites more white and eliminates yellowing.

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  5. I come from a landscape painting and graphics design background. This shaped my wedding photography style! There is a saying that less is more and it’s so true. I love your tip about using the negative space too. Using a flower or flowers every chance too! Great Tips!

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  6. Thank you so much for these tips! As a hair and makeup artist, I am trying to reach those in the makeup, beauty and cosmetic industry as well as those in the wedding industry and these are great ideas:-)

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  7. These are great tips that I recommend all the time to my clients ♡ Thank you for sharing such great information – so excited for Summit!

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  8. The blank space tip is super helpful! As a paper florist, though, I always have flowers. Can’t go wrong there! Thank you!

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  9. Great tips! I do love texture so I use the spa robes and blankets in my spa rooms as backdrops for product shots. Clients come in and say, “I like that grey plush blanket you used in the Mint Face Wash post,” and we’ll all know what my guests saw. It toes in the media experience with the actual spa experience.

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  10. This was so helpful! I never thought about making sure there’s some blank space in my photos. Now, when I go back through my photos, I notice the ones with more blank space have more likes. Thank you!

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  11. So helpful! Thanks!

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  12. Great tips. Thanks. I’m definitely investing in a white board. I’m tired of trying to line pieces of paper up to make a background.

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  13. Great tips! Definitely points to take away for great instagram pics 🙂

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  14. Great Tips! Any suggestions for pet photography. I have positioned my sweet dog in front of flowering bushes. I find it much easier to photograph her outside, any tips for photos outside? Thank you for sharing this post.

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    1. Great tips! Thanks for this. Will definitely try the flower trick 😉

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  15. This is a goldmine. Thanks to all who have gone before and made these discoveries.

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  16. Great advice! I love the clean background look, it really helps to focus the eye on whatever you want the focus to be!

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  17. We’ve recently started using more white space in our photos — what a massive difference, indeed. Thanks for the fun, helpful Instasecrets!

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  18. I love these tips, this has really become the trend on Instagram, hasn’t it?
    I’m just afraid that if I go this route, then in another few months there might be something different and all of my photography is null and void.

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  19. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I love these tips! I think the white space is super important- I’m definitely going to incorporate this more. I also like to make sure items are not too properly arranged and sort of strategically scattered… A little hard to accomplish but definitely makes a difference!

    Love,
    Lauren

    http://www.bohemianbythebay.com

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  21. Do you typically use fresh or fake flowers? I love adding a bit of floral to my posts!
    xx
    Danielle

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  22. A very simple & helping tips for a starter like me! Been searching for this tips and so glad to found one.. Thank you Caitlin..

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