Yesterday I casually threw a poll up on my Instagram stories about what kind of photos you guys want on my Instagram feed (aka the grid of static images) and the results, unsurprisingly, pointed strongly in the direction of more behind the scenes iPhone pics as opposed to a more polished feed with professional photos like the ones you see here.
What was surprising, however, was the sheer number of messages I received about this topic. So many of you said that while you like the pretty pictures, the real, day to day life content is what you really crave on Insta these days.
Part of me loved that because it means that you want authenticity and a peek into everyday life, but part of me felt sad because I love doing photo shoots and creating the more beautiful, colorful, aspirational content. But after thinking about it probably too much over the last 24 hours, I think a good compromise is to continue to share the beautiful, more polished photos here on my blog and use Instagram as more of a glimpse into my everyday life, the way it was originally intended to be used. And will mix in some professional shots here and there too!
I’ve seen other bloggers and social influencers moving in this direction but I think have been nervous to do so because my life doesn’t always feel that interesting or exciting… But at the end of the day, most of us aren’t jetting off on tropical vacations every other week or wearing designer bags and dresses on the reg.
My less glamorous, real life days might seem boring to me but I think we all are craving reality and connection after the trend of high gloss, highly staged photos. Changing up my feed is another way for me to connect with you guys on a more real level in the same way that I get to do on my Instagram Stories and here every day. So bare with me as I try to change it up and take it day by day!
Now I want you to tell me: What do you want to see more of on my Instagram feed? The baby? What I’m wearing? What I’m eating? What I’m doing? Let me know!
Photos by Julia Dags.