There is a lot of “Instagram Life vs. Real Life” conversation happening these days.
And, of course there is. Instagram’s popularity is booming right now. It’s a Millennial’s dream: Highly visual. Some words – but not too many. The instant gratification of likes and comments.
The cause of the drama, and ironically, also the cause of Instagram’s popularity, is the fact that we can create a highly edited, filtered, cropped view into our lives. This is just so Millennial, am I right? We select only the good moments, and then make those moments look oh so perfect, and only then do we share with the world.
It’s a lot of coffee and donuts, lots of flowers and sunshine, lots of smiles and rainbows and unicorns.
Well, I’m here to defend this style.
Sure. I stand on my tippy toes, rearrange furniture, squint into the sun standing like an idiot, to get the right shot. I use filters, brighten photos. Check my stats, feel very satisfied when I hit 11 likes to the usernames turn into a number. (That is a particularly great feeling, am I right?)
But, I don’t think these things are a sign of a fake life. I don’t that I’m creating a perfect persona to display the perfect life that I want to portray to the world.
I think that it is wonderful that we share our best moments. As an optimist, I love that people are putting forth their most wonderful, happy experiences. Taking a moment to appreciate a particularly great Sunday morning by photographing your coffee and book.
As an artist wannabe, I love that we take time to edit photos. I love having a feed filled with gorgeous images that are all reflective of individual personalities. Some are bright, some are dark. Some feature lakes, some feature cities, some feature farms. There is no formula, just perspective.
In full transparency, I’m starting a new series called #BehindTheGram. I’ll share my recent photos, and the (usually hilarious) stories behind them.
Let’s dive in.
Lauren and I were taking an afternoon walk – we were super stir crazy. You know how 3:00 pm can be. She was waiting for me to take this picture, and literally just standing there looking oh so cool and stylish. I was inspired. This was the super cool, urban fashion shot I’ve been waiting for! And then, of course, I ruined it with a ridiculous caption about shades.
The recipe for a very successful Saturday morning. A photo posted by Haley Soehn (@myfunshine) on
I was on my way to sign my apartment lease (!!) and had some time to kill, so I stopped in Starbuck’s. I sat in the window seat, eventually looked up and realized that I was on the same street as my future apartment. Not planned. Freaky.
This morning is kinda warm and muggy, making my hair about ten times its natural size. I LOVE it. Because it means that summer is coming! A photo posted by Haley Soehn (@myfunshine) on
I was already SO late for the train. But, it was so warm out and I was feeling good. So, when I saw these flowers, sitting there in an adorable line, I just knew I had to snap a picture. Totally worth it.
I was “packing,” (meaning, staring longingly at my travel books) and decided to snap a pic of my Jodi Picoult collection. I threw my bedroom rug across the room (a feat in itself), threw the books down and lined them up with the wood. Stood on my bed, leaned over, held onto a dresser so I wouldn’t fall. Snapped a few pictures. Realized, in horror, that I forgot two books! Added them, repeated the process. It was exhausting. That night, I found one more that I had forgotten. The struggle.
For the (crazy) story behind this picture, and lots of my other recent pics, check out the blog! I’m starting a new series called #BehindTheGram. This is gonna be fun!! Link in bio. A photo posted by Haley Soehn (@myfunshine) on
I was walking to the train station – about a two-mile stroll. Flipping through a few Spotify playlists. Eventually landed on “Say It To Me Now,” a goosebump-causing, loud, amazing tune from the musical, Once.
Not even 30 seconds into the song, and I approach this corner. Advertising that the musical is coming to Chicago.