How I’m Staying Inspired & Consistent With Instagram

How I'm Staying Inspired & Consistent With Instagram

Throughout last year I had a love/hate relationship with Instagram like many other bloggers. However around 4 or 5 months ago, I’ve fallen more in love with the platform and actually find myself enjoying it more than hating it. I’ve managed to fall into a good place with it and more often than not find myself staying inspired and consistent with Instagram which in turn has benefited not only my growth but my love for it too.

So how have I managed to stay consistent and inspired with Instagram?

Reflecting and recreating 

Each week when I’m working on taking photos for my Instagram and thinking about what kind of content I need or want to put out that week, more recently I have been looking back at my photos over the past month or so and drawing inspiration from my previous creations.

This has helped me to get re-inspired and think of new ideas taken from original ideas I have had. By recreating familiar styles, themes or sets up from previous images, I have been able to develop my own brand consistency and have been able to make my feed flow better as a whole.

For example, if I have taken a photo of my desk set up a few weeks ago, then I’ll update that image with a new style or set up that I have switched up. Sticking the same style of photos really does help to keep you focused on the type of content you want to put out but also makes you more recognisable to your audience.

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Keeping on brand helps consistency

As I briefly mentioned above, taking similar pictures with similar themes, setups and colours can really help to build up a brand for yourself and for your audience to begin to recognise your photos from you amongst the rest of their following.

By having somewhat a kind of theme or style that I like sticking to has helped me to be consistent because I have a clear idea of what kind of shots I’d like to take and how they will fit into my feed already. This really helps to keep me constantly inspired and nowadays I very rarely struggle for ideas because I have a good sense of what fits into the brand I’ve created for myself.

A theme as such won’t be for everyone, but I think having a rough idea of what kind of photos you’d like to stick to really does help to keep you consistent with your posting and always thinking of new ideas. Plus you always have the option to switch it up when you’re wanting a refresh or make a change with your type of content.

Reusing the same props

One thing I always used to beat myself up about is using the same props in photos and how I didn’t have unlimited funds to continuously buy fresh props for photos. I read a tip from Connie also known as WhatShePictures in which she highlighted that it is completely ok to reuse the same props in your photos and it was honestly the reminder I needed that I could be creative with what I already had.

Props give you the opportunity to be flexible and imaginative with your photography. If your someone who struggles with photography, experimenting with props is a great way to improve your skills and get used to working with different angles or setups.

It also goes back to the whole brand recognition and showcasing some consistency through your feed. Props help you to be more recognisable as people will know them as the things you like to use and what help to make your photos.

Using the same props time and time again, switching them up for different shots, helps you to be consistent because you are working with what you’ve got and don’t need to worry about breaking the bank for new props all the time.

Using available resources

When my inspiration is really at an all-time low, then I’ll check out some other resources for some extra help. This can include Pinterest, other blogs, my favourite Instagrammers or stock photos.

I’ll head to my Pinterest boards ‘Blog Photography Inspiration’ and ‘Instagram Ideas’ for further ideas and inspiration on what I could create for future content.

If I’m taking a beauty shot, then I’ll look at a lot of beauty related images to see how I could style a particular photo of a certain product or topic I’m focusing on. For things like skincare, I’ll look at how people have demonstrated them applying products.

I’m loving bringing a real-life touch to my shots at the moment. It’s definitely helping with my confidence and for my audience to get to know me better.

There’s nothing wrong with using outside resources for some inspiration, as long as you’re not copying the entire image. Instead, add your own twist on things to make it truly represent you and what you’re about. I like to pull particular angles or certain layers from photos I see online and try to add my own spin on these styles with my own pieces.

How do you stay inspired and consistent with Instagram?

28 Comments

  1. March 14, 2019 / 4:07 pm

    I really want to get back into being consistent with instagram, I’ve got such an inactive following that it’s hard to feel inspired to post! but this has definitely given me a kick of inspiration to start uploading more x

    Shannon | https://shannonmichelle1.blogspot.com

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      March 14, 2019 / 9:00 pm

      What’s your Instagram lovely? I’m glad the post has helped inspired you xx

  2. March 14, 2019 / 7:01 pm

    I go through inspiration slumps too, I always think people get bored with endless beauty product shots! Posts featuring “our self” in the image always seem to do better, I find but can border on narcissism so finding a balance is good! These are really good tips to get inspired so thanks for sharing! x

    Samentha | https://thebeautyspyglass.com

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      March 14, 2019 / 9:01 pm

      I think finding a balance is definitely key! I like to share the same sort of images but mix it up over the course of a few photos. It definitely helps keep things fresh but still consistent as such. Thanks so much, lovely. Always appreciate your support xx

  3. Chelsea
    March 15, 2019 / 6:24 am

    I have found this really useful as since end of last year, I’ve nowhere near been as consistent as what I used to be and that’s mainly because I struggle to take photos and I’ve bought sooo many props but always feel like I need more! Chels xxx

    http://www.thatskintgal.blogspot.com

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      March 15, 2019 / 2:27 pm

      I have definitely been in that situation so many times! I think just working with what you’ve got is a great way to get started and to find new inspiration because you have the chance to experiment and try some new ideas you might not have even considered before xxx

  4. March 15, 2019 / 3:04 pm

    Hey Lauren,
    I am glad to hear I am not the only one having a hard time with Insta these days. Sometimes, it is just so frustrating!
    Loved your tips about scrolling down your own timeline and re-create pictures that you liked 🙂
    x Sophia

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      March 16, 2019 / 11:48 am

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you like my tips and recreating photos is honestly how I stay so consistent xx

  5. March 15, 2019 / 4:39 pm

    It’s great to use Instagram itself as a tool to be inspired for your own posts, haha. These tips are super useful as I’ve definitely realised how important it is to post good quality content consistently to increase your followers and engagement.
    Great post!
    Khanak x
    http://www.khanakm.com

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      March 16, 2019 / 11:44 am

      Yes most definitely! Thank you so much. I completely agree. Thank you ever so much again xx

  6. Jade
    March 15, 2019 / 5:54 pm

    Loved this post so helpful thanks for sharing

    jadieegosh

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      March 16, 2019 / 11:38 am

      Thanks so much! I’m so glad you love it xx

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      March 16, 2019 / 11:38 am

      You’re so welcome! And thank you xx

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      March 16, 2019 / 11:37 am

      Oh no! What is making you feel that way?xx

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      March 17, 2019 / 8:21 pm

      Thank you so much xxx

  7. March 16, 2019 / 4:02 pm

    Love all of these tips Lauren! I tend to go through phases with my Instagram when the seasons change and switch things up a bit. I think I’ve finally created my spring preset even if we are half way through March already…whoops! So I’m hoping a fresh look will keep me inspired. I always love your Instagram xx

    Amelia | http://rosetintedpics.co.uk

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      March 17, 2019 / 8:23 pm

      I’m so glad you like them, Amelia! That sound’s like such a good thing to do in preparation for the new season. A fresh look is a great way to get reinspired and to keep things current. Thank you so much. That is so kind! As do I with yours. It’s gorgeous xx

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      March 17, 2019 / 8:26 pm

      Thank you so much!xx

  8. March 17, 2019 / 4:56 pm

    I always find myself falling in and love out of Instagram! But right now I am actually quite enjoying it, and your tips have helped even more! If I am struggling I always look for inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram itself! x

    Erin // Everything Erin

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      March 17, 2019 / 8:27 pm

      I’m so glad my tips have helped, Erin! Looking at other resources are such a good way to get reinspired xx

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 3:50 pm

      It can be hard to keep up with it as it’s such a constant app!xx

  9. March 19, 2019 / 7:56 pm

    I totally agree its okay to use the same props for different photos. Its also quite easy to use them in different ways, and just because its the same prop, doesn’t mean it has to look the same in every photo!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      March 20, 2019 / 11:52 am

      Yeah, that is so true, Lucy! I couldn’t agree more xx

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