How I Edit My Instagram Photos

The question I get asked most often is how I edit my Instagram photos and keep my feed looking so consistent. So today I thought I would walk you guys through a step-by-step of my process and hopefully share a few tips that I’ve picked up along the way.

The first thing you should do is download a few photo editing apps that I can’t live without. My personal favorites are VSCO, Facetune2, and Snapseed.

It also helps to have a few camera options. I take majority of my photos with my iPhone 7+ but also use the Sony A5100 and Canon Rebel with 50mm lens if I want a specific look. They say, “the best camera is the one you have on you” so whatever you feel like you can carry all day is best!

A before and after shot to show you how the finished photo looks.

Step 1

 Find the perfect location. With NYC as my backdrop it’s hard to go wrong, but if you don’t live in a city, go out exploring! I try to look for streets that aren’t too busy and be sure to check the background! There’s nothing like all of the trash being out for garbage day to ruin a good shot. I also look for big clean walls that can be a fresh background to really highlight what I’m shooting that day.

Step 2

Use natural lighting whenever possible. Your photos will turn out less grainy and blurry so they will look more professional. I try and take my photos by a window when I’m inside and I also have a ring light that I use when we have to shoot inside. It has come in handy more than a few times.

Step 3

After I chose the best photo, I upload it into FaceTune 2. First, I use the “Whiten” tool to see if I need to brighten up anything in the image. For example, if there is a brick wall, I use the whitening tool to make it grey instead of red so it fits in my feed. I also use the “Heal” tool takes out any blemishes, wrinkles, or uneven color that I may have. The “Structure” and “Black & White” are also really helpful.

Step 4

Next, I upload the photo into VSCO. I try and use the same filters to keep the feed consistent. My go-to’s are HB1 and J1 and I’ll use C4 or C6 for food shots. I also play around with the contrast and exposure depending on what the photo needs more or less of.

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Step 5

Lastly, I load the edited photo into Instagram and use the “Lux” edit. It’s the small sun icon at the top of your photo and it just gives it that final perfecting touch.

That’s it! You’re only 5 steps away from getting the perfect IG photo! What’s your favorite filter or editing app? Tell me in the comments below!


  1. April 26, 2017 / 3:16 PM

    Love Snapseed and I heard manual is another great editing app that I’m about to explore. Gonna try facetune 2 as well. In instagram my favorite filter is aden! ?

  2. Assel Traeland
    April 26, 2017 / 4:48 PM

    So nice of you to share all these tips! :))
    Could you write a story about how you feel after giving birth? We are expecting our little one in the beginning of June and I can’t remember how I felt when my daughter was 2 months… Want to plan a summer holiday but not sure if I’ll be able to travel long distances with a new born.

  3. Kim Morgan
    April 27, 2017 / 1:51 AM

    VSCO, mextures, and Afterlight I find them all to be user friendly than most editing apps. 🙂

  4. Ella
    July 20, 2017 / 4:00 AM

    Hello my dear
    Love to read your blog. Don’t know if it’s just me but I am only able to see steps 4 and 5 in this post. Maybe I will check again in a couple of days if it was just my computer.
    Other than that: Keep doing what you’re doing :)))

  5. Tris
    December 30, 2017 / 1:35 AM

    I always forget to keep the feed. Most of the pictures doesn’t always have good lighting I’ll try to work on that.

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