How to Take Better iPhone Pics

Let’s talk about first impressions.

7 years ago I piled into the back of a honda with my 3 best girlfriends and some random guy I’d never met before (don’t worry, someone in the car knew him–safety first ladies) and sang Katy Perry at the top of my incredibly tone deaf lungs all the way to froyo.

3 weeks later, random (but-to-be-clear-not-at-all-dangerous) male and I were hanging out at my apartment, post-tailgating, pre-football game, and he leaned in, and kissed me. When he pulled away I immediately said, and I quote “That was my first time.”

[Narrator: That was *definitely* not her first time.]

So yeah, let’s talk about first impressions. They can be awkward. And hard. And someone-please-tell-me-I-didn’t-really-just-say-that-outloud embarrassing.

If it isn’t already abundantly clear, I GET THAT. 

But you and I both know, if you want to make a good impression IRL, you ditch the sweatpants and put on your best outfit, awkwardness and all.  

But what about making a good impression online? On Instagram? Well it’s really much simpler. Take better pics.

Share a good photo and you get to start a conversation.

Comfort a new, exhausted mom on the verge of a meltdown.

Inspire a seriously-don’t-have-time-to-talk-right-now lawyer to grab a green smoothie instead of a latte and croissant on her way to work. 

Take a poorly lit, blurry and uh, what am I looking at? pic…and you can pretty much guarantee the people you would LOVE to engage with, ya they kept scrolling. Already scrolled. They gone.

You don’t have to be a pro photographer. You can make blundering mistakes, have no photography skills and still win at Instagram.

(That random guy? He married me. Despite the awkward first kiss, the shameless singing, all of it. Bless him.)

But you DO have to start. Start intentionally putting yourself out there and sharing your work with the world. And all you need to make a great first impression is one, intentional iPhoto. 

Ready? Same. Let's do this.

Click below to watch my top 5 steps to take better iphone photos* so you can Instagram like a pro. *sweatpants encouraged.

After you watch, hop over to Instagram @shannanmonson and share your thoughts! I’d love to hear about your #Instagoals and be sure to tag me in your new and improved pics!

Also! Most embarrassing first kiss story. Ready GO.

x(awkward o)x(awkward o),


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