Do you instagram with purpose? Now I’m not asking if you instagram for business, but rather, are you using your instagram in a way that takes it beyond the screen and literally into your home? If your answer is no then I hope that today’s post changes that!
I fell in love with Instagram when it first came out and it has became the main place I post my photographs to digitally. I knew that what I needed was something that could easily take the digital world and bring it to my fingertips. That’s where Chatbooks comes in! I love my chatbooks, mainly because between Instagram and Chatbooks I don’t have to do any extra work to get the books printed. Chatbooks takes your Instagram feed and puts that into a book, and every 60 posts creates a book and then they print and ship without you having to lift a single finger! Lifesaver for this busy mom! If you haven’t tried them I highly suggest you do!
So I decided to be a little more intentional about how I was using Instagram, knowing that the posts were going to be printed in my Chatbooks. Here are 5 tips for creating a more intentional Instragram feed with printing in mind!
No.01Keep things chronological
For memories sake you’re going to want to post things as they happen, they may not need to be posted right that second, in fact I highly recommend waiting until you’ve enjoyed that family memory, being present is always better than posting! But it’s always nice to know that as you’re looking back at a memory book that things are in order.
No.02If you post about the past tie it to the date or something relevant to current time
I have a few pictures in my books that are old images I posted just because and they kind of throw me off if they aren’t tied to the date or something that more closely ties to that moment in time. For example, a photo of my kid on their birthday from when they were born totally works ON THEIR BIRTHDAY, and fits with your ‘story’.
No.03Don't over post
This is just a personal preference but I like my Instagram to be the ‘highlights’ not every single thing, it can be too much at times. I’m very conservative and most of the time will only post one image from a moment to use as the highlight, I think the most I’ve ever done from one moment is about three to five images, and that’s when I’m getting a little wild! The great thing about Chatbooks is that you can add pictures that weren’t posted on Instagram to your books, so that’s a great option if you want more pictures from that particular moment without making your Instagram too crazy.
No.04Don't over hashtag your caption
Call me crazy but I’m guessing by the time our children are parents the world of hashtags will be ancient and your grandkids will wonder why the heck there are so many hashtags! It’s great to use them, especially if you want to grow your following or to keep all the images of say your pup to then make a book just about your pup! If you plan to have that caption printed with your pictures I suggest that you put those hashtags in a comment after you’ve posted the picture.
No.05Use whatever camera you have
I feel like with all the beautiful instagram feeds of professional photographers the pressure to have these perfect images to post is intense. They use their best camera, make sure the images fits their style, and all of that can be too much pressure! Don’t miss out on capturing a memory just because you don’t have your ‘real’ camera, that phone of yours can do the job. Each of these photos below was taken with two different cameras!
When you look back at my instagram feed you can see when I made the shift towards being more intentional with my posts, truthfully I think my feed looks a lot prettier since I started applying these 5 tips to every post I make!
And now that I’m getting them printed my kids actually get to enjoy the pictures too! They never see what gets posted to Instagram but they do see each book as it arrives in the mail :)