Instagram, Photography

1 Year on Instagram! What I have learnt, tips and more . . .

Today marks one whole year since I started my main Instagram account @princessemily_m! And I honestly can’t believe it has been that long; it literally feels like yesterday I was deciding on a theme and a username!

It feels strange that when I began my account I did not imagine that it could grow and become the space that it is today. It’s like a home and an extension of me, a place where I can express my personality and just be me.

I opened my main account when I decided to change the handle of my photography account to @emily.m.adventures as I felt it suited the theme and aim of the account more, but I decided that I still wanted to keep the original username; @princessemily_m so I created a private account with only my closest bestest friends following and began to post quotes and photos of my favourite things to make a happy place to come to cheer me up when I’m down and to motivate me. Then about a week or two later I decided to make my account public as I was following quite a few blog accounts and I felt it would be fun to become more involved in the blogging community. I had also realised that if you’re going to post something online you should be ok with it going public, as once an image is uploaded it is out of your control, and you have to remember this when you’re on private too because even if you think your followers are a group of trusted friends, there’s still a way of that image you thought would be hilarious or cool to post, remerging in the future when you don’t want it to.


When I started my account I took most of my photos on my iPhone as I tended to take a quick snap and post almost immediately, whereas now I take most of my photos with my Canon EOS M10 and I usually do a little photoshoot for a couple of posts. I feel that my photography skills have improved since I started my photography account and I like to experiment with these techniques in my flatlays and blog photos too. I find the Canon Camera Connect app really quick and easy to sync my photos straight to my phone, and by only selecting my favourite shots it saves a lot of space on my phone too.

Editing photos

For my blog photos I use the VSCO app and I occasionally use this for my Instagram pics too. I usually use the C1 or the F2 filter, however I like to turn my filters down quite low as I like the colour enhancement but I still like my photos to look realistic. I tend to turn up the exposure to make the whites whiter and fade to soften the image. In Instagram my two favourite filters are Clarendon and Gingham as I feel they fit my theme the most and using the same filter helps to unify your pics.


I really like quotes and before I started my account I decided that I wanted to combine them into my theme. I chose to do a quote, photo, quote theme which creates a checkerboard-like-effect that I have managed to continue with for a whole year! A month in, I was sure I’d run out of quotes pretty quickly and have to choose a new theme, however here I am with pages of quotes in my bullet journal ready to use, and checklists to try and make sure I don’t use the same quote twice! I like the way that the quotes separate the photos so that they do not touch and I feel this gives me more freedom in my theme. For the first few months I experimented with different coloured backgrounds and patterns, however in September I decided to change to just pastel pink as they were my favourite, and I feel this creates a better sense of unity and is more aesthetically pleasing to me. For my quotes I have always used the Fotor website, I can’t remember how I found it but I like the different font and sticker options and the free templates for YouTube, Instagram and more! I find Fotor super easy to use and I have a specific shade of pastel pink  and a base design saved so I can easily come back another time and make more quotes to match my theme.


My Top 5 Tips

  1. Hashtags are helpful to find other similar accounts and for them to find you. Try using specific hashtags to what you’re posting and even create some of your own!
  2. Use the Instagram Story, it’s nice to see the behind the scenes of a post or fun snippets of the day as it gives more authenticity. You can also post short posts on your story that you don’t want to stay in your permanent feed to let your followers know how or what you are doing that day. There are also a bunch of fun filters and I love getting creative with the boomerang and stop-motion options.
  3. Shoutouts are a great way to find similar and new accounts to follow.
  4. Like and comment on others’ posts, it’s a great way to make new friends with similar accounts and build up a community.
  5. Be unique and be you! Share what you love and post what you want and when you want, don’t just post something because it’s cool to fit in, stand out from the crowd and be yourself!

I hope you enjoyed reading my post! Follow me on Instagram @emily.m.adventures and @princessemily_m for daily updates, and Twitter @EmilyMAdventure for info on my next blog.

Always remember to be yourself,

Emily M x

1 thought on “1 Year on Instagram! What I have learnt, tips and more . . .”

  1. WOW 1 year! Indeed that is a long time and hitting 700+ followers on instagram is amazing! Congratulations Emily and wish more to come! 🙂 Thank you for sharing your tips, hashtags are are so important! Just like in wordpress, they open doors to more people as some people follows tags.

    Pssttt… I just realised I wasn’t following you/ or accidently unfollowed you previously! Now that the follow function works, I finally followed you back! 🙂 Apologies about that! x Doni

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