Spring is undoubtedly the most beautiful season in London. It starts with the first blooming tree – at the beginning of Portobello Road, followed by beautiful magnolia, cherry and wisteria blooms. At this time Instagram is going crazy, everyone is getting excited for checking their favourite photo spots. The best place to go is of course Notting Hill. Get off at Notting Hill Gate station and start Magnolia hunting at Kensington Pl. In my London Photo Guide, I included a few more places to Instagram in that area, check it out. A while ago I blogged about Why I love Instagram Without Taking Endless Selfies, and now I can add one more reason for that – meeting like-minded and really interesting people. My contract at previous job finished just on time for Magnolia blooming season and I had a lot of time to explore miles of streets for beautiful photos. One day Margarita Karenko, a London-based portrait and lifestyle photographer, contacted me with an irresistible offer to go for a photo shoot with Magnolias. I usually don’t like posing for photos, because I feel super awkward and simply don’t know what to do … but I really like beautiful photos of myself hehe. It turned…

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Introducing a free 5-day email course for bloggers, creatives, and creators to set up the foundation for a successful Instagram account. You know what all successful Instagram accounts have in common? They focus on a specific niche, post regularly and provide value to their audience. When I started my IG account, it looked very different from how it looks now. I didn’t think about curating my photos or consider who they were for. Well, the truth is I posted for my friends whom I knew from school and university. Little by little, I’ve developed my own visual style and have built a community of like-minded people. Instagram is such a powerful tool to express your creativity, get inspired and make interesting connections. It is also one of the best platforms for sharing your blog, work or business. I see a lot of articles and courses online all say the same thing: niche down, find your tribe and produce content specifically for your target audience. And that’s all 100% correct. But I haven’t seen anything that shows you exactly how to do those things. That’s why I’ve created Build an Authentic Instagram Account e-course. What you will learn: How to find your…

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People keep asking me questions about Instagram and I simply can’t help but write about this social platform on my blog. I’ve already shared my ideas on ‘Why I love Instagram without taking endless selfies’ and ‘3 fundamental steps to grow your following’. Then for one week only I offered a free Instagram Audit where I had a look at the accounts of all those who emailed me. I wrote individual recommendations and ideas about improvements. To be honest, I didn’t expect so many people to ask for help, but I was more than happy to share my knowledge and provide feedback. While there are no official guidelines on how to rock on Instagram, I often see people making very similar mistakes. If you use Instagram to promote your blog, business or something else, then you need to focus on growing your engagement. Here, I’ve put together five common mistakes I see and shared ideas on how to avoid them. If you have a personal profile and do not really care about engagement and numbers, the following information doesn’t really apply to you.   Private account To be honest, I thought it was very obvious that if you are hoping…

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I take all my photos on iPhone. It’s easy, quick and always accessible when I need a camera. I got a lot of questions about how I edit my photos I post on Instagram and here is a tutorial for you. It took me a few months to find the edit style I like. I follow some really beautiful profiles on Instagram and had always been wondering how they get these perfectly clean photos until one of them revealed it was a DSLR… Nevertheless you can achieve really good results with your phone only. And good photography will help you to grow your account really quick. This is one of my favourite streets in Chelsea – Cheyne Row. It’s a bit hidden and has very beautiful and photogenic houses. I’m going to show you how I edited this photo which became quite popular on my Instagram account. I edit all my photos before putting them online and this is how I do it. It can look overwhelming, but truths to be told sometimes I only apply a filter and that’s it. I hope it will be an inspiration for you to experiment with your photo edit style. 1.  I take…

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Instagram is the fastest-growing social media platform with over 400,000 million active users each month. It’s become more than just a platform to share your snapshots of everyday life: it’s a marketplace, search engine and, most importantly, a community. It’s a 24/7 platform and the best way to reach people of almost all interests and demographics. I’ve been asked many times about how to grow an Instagram account, so after checking several profiles and noticing common mistakes I decided to write about how to build a solid foundation for follower growth. Instagram is a 100% visual platform, but before talking about the content (which should be really good), let’s start with how you present yourself there.   ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression,’ – Harlan Hogan.   1. Easy-to-spell username Your username on Instagram or any other social media platform should be clear, unique and easy to remember. If it’s your business account, use your brand name. If you are promoting yourself as a specialist in your niche, it’s good idea to use your real name if possible. Think about it: is it easier to remember an account with the handle @superluckygirl1994_ or the simpler…

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I registered on Instagram in August 2013 right before my crazy solo trip in Southeast Asia. I thought it would be the best way to keep my memories in one place and let my friends know how I’m doing (and where, hehe). I was using all filters available as well as frames and of course different style collages. It was all new to me and Instagram was just a fun way to socialize and show my life. Then I discovered really beautiful and interesting profiles over there and that’s how the direction of using this social media has changed for me. I have friends who only post their daily life, kids and cats. That’s fine. I also have those who promote their online shops and businesses. That’s fine too. Everyone chooses why they are on Instagram and I can’t really judge for endless selfies and every move they make. Oh yes, I don’t like taking selfies. Maybe because I consider it narcissistic or perhaps I simply don’t have such a skill. But wait, I’m lying! I used to take some ridiculous shots of myself for my brother, because he hates them so much. I even had my own hashtag, something…

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