I have a massive obsession with Instagram.
Try not to dismiss that already as lame or a waste of time.
What started out as a simple way to grow a social media following and increase visibility to my website and work has transformed into an ongoing personal project.
Basically, it has made me re-enjoy the essence of photography itself. Not in a way that’s mainly work related but more so just in general. You know like back before I even went to school for this and I just did it for fun. FUN. Like as a hobby.
Originally it was just trying to figure out what’s popular, likeable, stuff that makes people want to follow you. After a TON of time spent researching Instagram and what people were posting it eventually turned into me generally wanting to provide a great experience.
It wasn’t just about “Likes” anymore. Or follower count.
It was about being creative and putting out beautiful imagery, being helpful and offering any tips or tricks along the way, opening up and sharing bits and pieces of myself, and wrapping it all up into a feed that would be a positive and visually interesting place for those that did choose to follow me.
And in the midst of doing so, I started to practice photography like I had in the past. For the hell of it.
It wasn’t for work or a client, it wasn’t to become popular, it was just because I wanted to. It brought me back to re-enjoying photography as a whole and being more of an artist.
As I continue to do so, I’ve been able to discover so many others that have similar values. And not just in the IG community but across the interwebs.
It made go outside and explore again. Just because I wanted to.
It made me try harder to find new places to visit, eat, go out, and/or just be.
It inspired me to go even further out and travel again. Even if that meant by myself (which has turned into it’s own experience).
It got me to start thinking differently. To not make it all about me but as a way to give back and share with others.
So now any extra free time I have is spent shooting at home, going out and exploring and shooting there, shopping for supplies for shoots, or further researching what’s going in Instagram itself.
It started out as a way to help boost my work, turned into a personal growth experience, and then circled back into helping with my work as a result. Pretty sweet if I do say so myself.
Has anyone else found similar ways to be creative? Or maybe it’s just a fun way to pass time. Either way I recommend giving it a shot (no pun intended). I mean what else do you have to do anyways?
If you're interested in checking out my IG feed, look up @annecho_!
Until next time,