Do you ever look at photos on social media and envy the lavish lifestyles people seem to have?
I’ve seen so many amazing photos and think, ‘Wow, they’re so lucky they get to go to all these places’. Well, don’t believe EVERYTHING you see on social media. You don’t need to be spending a lot of money to travel to get some really good photos.
Nowadays, everyone is a photographer. Wherever you go, you’ll find people taking pictures of everything and anything anywhere.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved taking pictures. I was one of those people who owned disposable cameras or bought the first-generation Cool Pix digital cameras and brought it everywhere with me. I was always constantly getting prints developed. I’m happy to say I’m an owner of a treasure chest full of printed photos. It’s good to reminisce sometimes.
Now, what’s even better, our phones with advanced camera hardware and software. Suddenly, everyone’s a professional photographer.
With that said, most of us are still stuck on finding ideas for great photos to share on social media. Well, keep reading coz I’ll be sharing my Top 10 tips with you.
Top 10 Spots for Instagram Worthy Photos
Take a Hike.
Nature is the most amazing backdrop for any photos. If you look at Instagram, the most popular pages are the ones with a lot of nature photos. Whether you’re in the middle of the forest, standing beside a waterfall, passing over a suspension bridge, or just taking a leisurely nature walk, there are many places you can capture using nature’s beauty as your backdrop.View this post on Instagram
I love the colors and vibrancy of nature, that's why it's been hard for me to choose one specific color theme for my page. It's just such a treat to the eyes, ain't it? I should scope out more easy hiking spots for photo ops. Any suggestions? Happy weekend y'all!! Thanks for a great shot @alison_elle 😘 . . . . . . . #femmetravel #sheisnotlost #globelletravels #passionpassport #photooftheday #wanderlust #explore #travelawesome #dametraveler #visionboard #entrepreneurmindset #theglobewanderer #welivetoexplore #explorebc #vancouverblogger #vancity #vancouver #vancitybuzz #mixvancouver #thatpnwlife #hikesnearvancouver #vancouvertrails #explorecanada #outdoorvancouver #vancouverhikes #pnwcollective #getoutside #dailyhivevan #dailyhivemapped #curiosityvancouver
Stroll Along the Dock or Pier.
You don’t have to live in the city to get great photos. Search for the nearest dock and take photos of yourself staring out into the water or perhaps drinking a cup of coffee while sitting on the dock. Try to take photos when the sun is just rising or when the sun is setting.
If your camera is good at taking pictures in the dark, capturing the city lights sets a vibrant and really cool mood to photos. Take a picture by a lamp post or if it’s safe to do so, stand in the middle of the street when there aren’t any cars around and capture all the lights surrounding you. Be creative and do a jumping post, staring up at buildings or twirl with your arms up.View this post on Instagram
Getting into the spirit of Christmas 🌲 and checking out local festivities. First stop: Maze of Lights @enchantchristmas **Do not wear nice shoes, lesson learned 😒 – – – – #thingstodoinvancouver #christmasevents #lightmaze #enchantchristmas #vancouverblogger #vancitybloggers #canadianblogger #bloggers #bbloggersca #lifestylebloggers #lbloggers #vancity #yvr #vancouver #travelstoke #traveltheworld #travelpassion #travelpics #traveldiaries #theglobewanderer #travelgram #travelblogger #adventureseeker #photooftheday #explore #doyoutravel #travelawesome
There are so many cute boutique hotels with very pretty lounges that are perfect for your photos. If they’ve got a really a cool trendy entrance or perhaps a beautiful seating area or a gorgeous fireplace, go ahead and place yourself in the middle of it.View this post on Instagram
Instagrammable spots obviously means photo ops. ☺️ A little throwback from our stay at @aavawhistlerhotel a couple weeks ago. Wasn't sure what to expect but it was clean and the staff was friendly. The main lobby area is so cozy and trendy, as you can see from this photo. A great hotel to stay in that's affordable and is right across the village. What is truly unique was the fact that they rent out their @gopro to guests who stay there. So cool! The amenities were also pretty good! There's a mini outdoor pool, hot tub and a sauna! I'd stay there again. #notsponsored Currently working on my Whistler vlog while juggling my regular work…so stay tuned.
Funky Walls and Landmarks.
There are so many places you can find a solid bright neon-colored painted wall, interesting graffiti or wall art. If you’ve ever been to Seattle, you probably sought out the famous ‘Gum Wall’. The strangest concept but definitely Instagram worthy. Keep your eyes open when walking or driving around and you’ll be amazed at what you can find. You may also find ‘love locks’. These are usually walls or metal fences filled with love locks that people have left behind. In addition, great landmarks can be found everywhere. It could be a historic building, in front of a church or find a large bridge nearby. Get yourself close enough to take a photo in front of a popular landmark and use it as your backdrop.View this post on Instagram
Hope everyone had a great long weekend!! Checked out a few local spots and was a tourist in my own city. It's great exploring around town and seeing new places.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ New blog posts coming up, with my favorite hot spots around #Vancouver to help my fellow #vancouverite figure out where to go and what to do. #ComingSoon #Blogger #LinkinBio⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #travelstoke #beautifulbritishcolumbia #traveltheworld #travelpassion #travelpics #traveldiaries #instatravel #travelgram #lovelysquares #globetrotter #bloggerlife #theglobewanderer #welivetoexplore #instatravel #photography #travelblogger #photooftheday #wanderlust #explore #doyoutravel #travelawesome #vancouverblogger #vancity #Vancitybuzz #Vancityhype
As long as you’re not trespassing, take advantage of buildings or apartment buildings with some fancy doorways, gates or steps. Sit or stand in the middle when no one else is around and take that shot.View this post on Instagram
Photography is one of my MANY side hobbies.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My tip to finding great spots for Instagram worthy photos: Take a walk in your neighbourhood⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I found this cute apartment building on my way to watch the Fireworks in Vancouver. Such a posh looking entrance and I'm very intrigued at what the inside looks like. Do you live here? Can I see? 😜😊 .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Balcony or Rooftop.
You don’t even have to leave your home for this one. Stand by the railings looking out to whatever’s ahead of you. Grab your wine and stare into the sunset. Or if you’re lucky enough, watch boats passing by on the ocean. Set your camera behind you to capture the moment.
Park or Playground.
This spot is a given. Use your creativity and capture whatever activity you’re doing. Perhaps you’re doing an outdoor workout session or sitting on the swing. Show your playful side by taking shots of you participating in your favorite activities.View this post on Instagram
"And though she be but little (standing at 5 foot 1 and can barely get on top of this fallen tree), she is fierce" 😉😂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Don't let the work week blues get to you. Stare at these trees and meditate, imagine the scent of the forest. Weekend's almost here! . . . . . #beautifulbritishcolumbia #whistler #traveltheworld #travelpassion #travelpics #traveldiaries #bloggers #explorebc #pnw #globetrotter #theglobewanderer #welivetoexplore #travelgram #instatravel #photography #vancouverblogger #vancity #vancouver #vancitybuzz #mixvancouver #thatpnwlife #bcparks #hikesnearvancouver #vancouvertrails #explorecanada #instaadventure #outdoorvancouver #vancouverhikes #pnwcollective #getoutside
We ALL love a beach shot, don’t we? You don’t have to be in a bikini to take great photos at the beach. Grab a blanket and a picnic basket and create a nice romantic setting for yourself or with a loved one. Maybe you prefer to read a book and relax out in the sun. You can also take a dip in the ocean and splash around. Also, you can watch the sunrise or sunset and capture the moment as shown below.
These events have become a lot more popular in recent years and all thanks to social media. How many times have you seen photos of people in a farm somewhere surrounded with flowers in bloom for the season? The most popular ones I’ve seen are Tulip and Sunflower Festivals. Search for these types of festivals around you and grab your cute outfit and bring a friend along. Besides, you’ll need a photographer to make sure you capture the moment properly. If you can’t find any flower festival events in your city, search for other fun events worth taking photos of. It could be a Beer Fest, Food Truck Festival, Sporting Event, Concert, Parade and many more. As long as you’re in the center of the festivities and having a good time.View this post on Instagram
Happy Friday!!! Glad it was a short week and can't wait for the festivities happening this weekend. If you're downtown Vancouver, come checkout the #CFSpringMarket setup in Pacific Centre, right by Aritzia. Check out all the goodies from local vendors and take pictures by the flower wall.
Here’s a very important and handy tip that I want to leave you with.
If you ever feel awkward taking photos, because we’re not all models, and trust me when I say I feel ya, BE CANDID. Look away as if you’re staring at something from a distance or just deep in thought. It’s a lot less awkward than looking straight at the camera and not knowing if you should smile or be serious. If you’ve got the Zoolander Glare down, then, by all means, go ahead and look fiercely into that camera.
That concludes my Top 10 Spots for Instagram Worthy Photos. You may already have shots like these. However, start using the tips above and get your creative juices flowing to capture even more amazing photos with your camera. In addition, work on finding the best lighting and background colors for your photos, and get playful with your poses.
Have fun with it!! And don’t be afraid to take plenty of photos of similar shots. Therefore, you’ll have more options to choose from and you can even use different poses for later posts.
If you’re not already following me on Instagram let’s connect. Cheers, and catch ya on my next post! XOXO