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How to take better Instagram photos of everyday moments. Chesapeake Family Photography.


You look through your friend’s gorgeous Instagram feed and you get jealous- their photos are gorgeous and yours look like a hot mess.

Let me spill the secrets of a great Photo- especially for Instagram.

First of all-it all starts with good lighting.

This photo was taken in the bathroom (obviously). But the light was coming in so nicely from the open window.

Yes, you can go crazy and buy professional lights that you plug-in with softboxes, but the best lighting comes from a beautiful large natural light source, like a door or a bay window.

If you have bad lighting, then yes, you can try to edit it out using snapseed or vsco, but it will still not be as crisp and beautiful as if you had better lighting.

Secondly, get close.

Don't be afraid to get close to the object- uncomfortably close- yes you might feel ridiculous taking a picture of something at the restaurant with everyone around.

Thirdly, edit your photos.

After getting the shot with good lighting, editing your photos really make the photo shine!

Here is one example:

Here is the edited version.

Recommended apps to use:

Fourthly, take your time

Just know that taking good photos, setting up the photo and removing anything in the background PLUS editing the photo for your instagram takes TIME.

Your friend's amazing feeding probably took a lot of time to make- time that you may or may not have. Taking great photos and putting them online is an investment of time.

Bonus: Don't just keep your photos on the phone, print them out.

There are so many great apps or websites to print your photos. Ranging from taking a lot of time to taking NO time at all.


Making a photobooth in MINUTES on your phone

Connects to your facebook account and automatically makes a photobooth with comments and screen shots of video within minutes

This app automatically sends you a photobook when you upload 60 photos to your instragram

Another app that automatically sends a photobook right to your mailbox from the photos you already take.


So it's up to you.

Taking photos of your family and their moments is a must. Yes you can do it. It all about finding good light, editing the photos and taking time to make them look beautiful.


Christal Marshall is a mom of three, photographer, videographer, homeschooler and just a straight hustler.

She was voted top 20 wedding photographers in VA in 2016 and 2018. She has been featured over 25 times in various different publications.

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