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How I Edit My Pictures {For Instagram}

A few people emailed me and a few other people commented on this post asking how I edited my pictures. Thanks to a helpful conversation with my blogger friends, I use an app called VSCO Cam. That's pretty much the only app I use, unless I'm posting a picture with faces and then I might use Aviary for touch-ups. Also, I occasionally use whitagram for resizing pictures, but I don't do any actual editing on that one.

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at my Instagram... The before and afters of what I post!

before + after of instagram

As you can see, I don't revamp my pictures completely when I edit them. For the most part, all I do is crop, add a filter, and maybe fool around with the exposure a little if necessary.

Here's the general process I go through before posting a picture:

1. Find the inspiration - I don't just sit around and take pictures 24/7. I actually have to realize: oh, this is a good moment for a picture, this would make a good shot. 
2. Take the picture - I'm not an amazing photographer whatsoever. I take the pictures on my Nikon, but I still have to snap anywhere between 5 and 10 shots before I find one that's ok. Typically I style the photo a little so it looks how to I want it (ex: the thank you notes on the book; the spoon parallel to the bowl)
3. Upload - This part is kind of annoying because I have to upload the pictures onto the computer, email them to myself, open them on phone, and then I'm finally ready to edit
4. Edit - Like I said, I really only use VSCO. I crop my pictures into squares, usually use F2 for the filter, and then adjust exposure, contrast, the filter, and the temperature as needed.
5. Post - Finally, I can post the picture! The process can take anywhere from 15-30 minutes, but I love the feeling of posting a picture I'm proud of.

How do you edit your pictures?


  1. I usually do a quick edit on AfterLight. They have the best filters/frames! :)

    - Kirstin

  2. I love your instagram photos - they are look amazing! I really need to take more time to make my instagram more aesthetically pleasing! I recently downloaded VSCO so am just figuring out how to use that to edit my photos to how I like - I love using BeFunky too :)

    Belle //

  3. Photo editing apps are the reason I wish I had an iPhone! (And cute iPhone cases, like the ones from Kate Spade!) Sadly my Android can't get VSCO Cam. I wish! I love the way you edit your photos - very appealing!

    Constance || Prep Northwest

  4. I love the way you edit those pictures! I don't have an Instagram, but I do have the VSCO app, and it is absolutely amazing!

  5. I love hearing the different ways that people edit their photos - thanks for sharing!

    Sweet Spontaneity

  6. I have always wondered how different bloggers edit their photos, and this is an answer to one of my many questions! Great post - I can't wait to read more!


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  7. Wow! Thank you for introducing me to this app! Its so easy to use, I love it.

    Eileen Cullen


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