Q & A: My Instagram Secrets Revealed

Beverly Hills
January 19, 2017

Happy Thursday Darlings! In today’s YouTube video, I’m answering all of your questions on a topic that you’ve all been dying to know about: INSTAGRAM PHOTOGRAPHY! From what camera equipment I use to the best Instagram editing apps to get more followers.

I wanted to take the time to really address all of my favorite Instagram tips here on the blog as well as on my YouTube channel. A lot of you have been wondering what some of my favorite editing apps are, what camera I shoot on, how I plan out my feed, and so many more.

In today’s segment of Deskside Diaries, I’m sharing all of my favorite photography hacks and Instagram tricks. If you want even more details on the above, I’ve made a list of all the questions in this week’s video and have included a number of links below for quick and easy referencing. If you still have questions, leave them in the comments below!

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Who takes most of your photos?

I began this journey with my husband Freddie and he shoots a majority of our content, especially when we’re traveling!

What do you do when you don’t have a husband/ friend/ etc. to take photos for you?

When I’m not shooting with my husband, I work with a number of different photographers on different projects and campaigns, including: Jessica Alexander, Cole Moser, Jana Williams, and more!

Are all of your Instagram photos taken on a professional camera? iPhone? What percentage?

Not always – while most are taken using a professional camera, I still take a handful  of “in the moment ” photos on my iPhone!

What kind of camera do you use?

We just got the new Cannon 5D Mark IV for Christmas! 

What kind of lenses do you use?

We alternate between the Cannon 24 – 105MM Zoom (upgraded from the Tamron 24 – 70 zoom, a less expensive but great lens), Sigma 50mm, Cannon 85mm

What is your favorite kind of light to shoot in? What are your favorite tips for capturing light?

Cloudy Days make for some gorgeous photos and I absolutely love shooting with the light coming up behind me!

How do you settle on photo shoot locations?

 I love to shoot at locations that compliment the looks we’re shooting. Color is super important to take into consideration.

What’s the biggest mistake other bloggers make when it comes to photography?

Over-editing their photos in too many different editing applications.

Do you think it’s important to define your photography style in the blogging world?

Absolutely! I think it only furthers your branding plays such an important role and using social media to further that only helps create a name for yourself in the blogosphere. 

When it comes to photography, what’s the difference between street style, detail shots, conceptualized shoots, and how do you plan for that behind the scenes?

Tons of work goes into the preproduction to get a final photo shoot that is highly conceptualized, while other times, we’ll shoot a quick outfit photo for a great street style look. 


What do you consider your Instagram “theme” to be?

I definitely love for my Instagram to air on the romantic, whimsical side. 

How do you keep your images feeling cohesive on your feed?

I love using Planoly to help me prepare my feed and keep everything looking consistent.

What are you trying to evoke when you’re shooting?

I definitely aim to inspire when I’m dreaming up content to bring to life!

What’s your favorite editing app?

I absolutely love dark room!

What’s your best advice for taking an Instagram outfit photo?

It’s all about the angle, embrace a lower angle and shoot upwards to get the most flattering shot.

Has your experience in the photography world helped you transition into blogging and video? How?

Creating a cohesive brand is very important in being able to identify an iconic feed!

Video by Tim & Co. Productions

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Hi Jenny. I love your blog! I am travelling to Paris in May and thought of you! I am planning to start a blog with photos and stories about Paris to share with my friends. I was wondering… what device do you take travelling with you to do photos and blog posts? Do you take a laptop, iPad or iPhone? Or all three! I’d love to hear your advice.

Jenny what a great video- love how in depth and real you are here. Quick question about the zoom lens you and F use- which one is it? I have a 50mm cannon lens I love but need to invest in a zoom for my cannon 5D. You mention you love it so was just wondering what it is.

Thanks again!! Your youtube are so fabulous keep em coming!! I wait for them 😉
xo Darcy

Thanks for this Video! It’s great!

Hi Jenny, I recently discovered your blog and I love it!!
Can you please share where the dress on the cover photo is from? The one with the white collar. It looks gorgeous!

Noa 🙂


First, let me send you bunch of love for this video. It’s so useful and inspiring at the same time. I was wondering what are your thoughts on Lightroom. I have heard many bloggers praising it. Do you ever use it? Also what programs do you use to edit the photos for your blogpost? Another thing, do you let the photographers you collaborate with do the editing or you always do it for yourself?

Veronika xxx

I actually love lightroom, and do use it from time to time! Blog images are different and are normally just edited and reformatted to fit the blog! And traditionally, whoever photographs the images will edit. I love to empower the people I work with to do what they’re really good at!


That is superb Jenny, thanks a lot for that. Since I love photography so much and want to use it in the best way on my blog (tricky though since I am the photographer I can’t really get good shots of me!) I am sure I will be using lots of your tips on my own ventures. Since I admire very much the quality of your photos and the consistency of your instagram feed I appreciate even more all the hard work that goes behind the scene. Well done for that and thanks for that super useful post. Hugs from London, Julie


This made my day! Thank you for taking the time to send over your thoughts, they mean the world.


I just discovered you and I’ve totally fallen in love with your style. You’re so gorgeous and as a 17 year old girl it’s very important for me to have found an inspiration like you

kisses from Italy

This makes me so happy. Thrilled that I can be a role model!


Amazing advice! Love your Instagram, so this is great!


I love this! Jenny, where are the earrings you’re wearing in the video from? I want them!
Fiona @ http://www.wildhearted.us

OMG THANK YOU for doing this!!! Helps us blogger babes so much! Love you and all you do!


Thank You so much for your advice! This was helpful and informational.


Thanks for this, I’m really trying to work on the blog’s instagram at the moment!
Aleeha xXx

Great tips! I’m dying to find a good hairdresser that knows how to cut bangs! I’ve had so many mess them up. Who cuts your hair? Or if you don’t want to share can you recommend someone? Please! Thank you!

I actually cut my own bangs!! Have you seen my YouTube Video?


Love this so much! It’s so interesting other blogger’s processes. Thanks for sharing, Jenny!

Carrie | http://carrieelise.com/

Yay!! Love this! Which lens do you use the most often? I have a 50mm lens, but am thinking about maybe adding a zoom lens or 30mm to my collection. What is your favorite or go-to?

Also, do you share your inspiration pinterest board with the companies you reach out to? And do you send them back the clothing after the shoot?

I LOVE the zoom lens and we shoot with it all the time!


La Bijoux Bella | by mia

Beautiful tips and advice! 🙂
Merci for sharing.

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