How Raleigh NC Can Make You An InstaStar

If you’ve been looking for a way to grow your audience successfully on Instagram, you probably know that it takes more than a good picture to attract the reach out to a new public. You need an exciting story that fits in the casual and everyday motto that Instagram has developed. You need to prove that you find the extraordinary in life at the most ordinary of moments, and that is a skill that a lot of Insta posters still have to develop. Sure, you can share all your OTT moments, but ultimately people want to follow somehow who inspire them to find joy in the routine of the everyday life. If your feed consists only of glitter and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, it’s likely that your followers will grow a little bored of watching without ever being able to join in. What you need is a trip to a location that offers the perfect environment to experiment with your photo style and to find what makes your followers tick. What you need is a weekend in Raleigh, NC.

Change your feeds from dull to Insta sensation!

A busy town full of knowledge and people

Raleigh is not just any town; it’s the capital city of North Carolina. Needless to say, you will find plenty of exciting subjects to capture just by walking in the streets. If you haven’t yet tried this candid approach to Instagram, you need to take a bold jump and share in your feeds photos that aren’t posed or planned. A vibrant city such as Raleigh can offer you a variety of angles, from the university areas to the entertainment districts, without mentioning the fashion and attitude of its inhabitants. There’s a richness that you find only in big towns to it, but there is a hint of North Carolina in everyone in there. It’s up to you to capture it and expose the difference between the Raleigh and the NYC style.

Amazing areas to relax

You can train your eye for wildlife pictures too, by stopping in the Days Inn Raleigh Glenwood-Crabtree not far from the Pullen Park. This gives you the perfect base to take frame the trees and water in the park. If you want to give a rustic feel to your Instafeed, stay by the 1911 Gustave A. Dentzel Menagerie Carousel, where you can capture the timeless amusement of children. Perfect for black and white shots if you don’t want to give a clear date to the photo.

Food pictures everybody will love

Finally, if you’ve been trying to grow your food picture portfolio, and are getting sick of tacos, burgers, and pizze, you might want to drop by the Mandolin in town. This little restaurant offers fantastic brunch and drinks with an exquisite decor – and you might even get to take your drink to the garden. There is an attractive mixture of colors and textures at the Mandolin that will give every shot a timeless quality. Besides, their presentation is out of this world, so you can be sure you’ll get a fantastic image every single time!

Growing your Instafeed demands time and dedication. You need to understand what your followers react to. Therefore a trip to a colorful and exciting place like Raleigh is the perfect solution to tackle your photo block!

Is Social Media Ruling Your Life?

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It’s highly likely that right now, you are reading this blog post on a smart phone. We have the buttons for you to share this on your social media and while you’re doing that, ask yourself this question: how many hours a day do you spend on social media? How many hours do you spend tweaking your photos, your life, to fit the world you’ve created online?

For most people, they spend all day long on social media. The generation of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Tumblr – the list goes on – users are all about life through a lens. The lens is usually attached to their smartphone and everything is uploaded and shared to one or more of the many social media apps out there. Occasions, meals, a walk in the local park on a cold morning – it’s all shared to the world, as if you need to photographically evidence your life so it can be considered real. Concerts are looked at through the video setting of a phone instead of through the eyes of the person at the concert. Every moment is captured and streamed live but, what if it wasn’t?

What if you made the choice to put down the phone during a party, or a night out? What if you didn’t take the photo of your dinner and add two or three filters and hashtags? Guess what would happen? Absolutely nothing. You would enjoy your time with your own senses and while it wouldn’t be forever living in your phone, you would instead have every second stamped in your memory, like the writing in a stick of rock. The addiction to screens, to sharing our lives every second of the day has become so consuming that people won’t buy a phone anymore unless it has a camera attached. Think about it, the biggest days of your life are not viewed through your camera. When you get engaged, you are highly unlikely to be stood and waiting for it to happen so you can capture it. You get married and hire a Photographer to take photos of your day and there’s a growing trend of brides asking people to put the camera away during the ceremony so that the hired professional can do their job.

Life doesn’t have to be viewed through the five-inch screen of an iPhone. Social media does not need to know your every movement and you don’t have to tell the world every moment either. Keep some moments for you, for your family. Enjoy your evenings out with your friends and their faces, rather than contorting into the best selfie positions. Look at the sunset and take in every last ray, instead of trying to get your smartphone to comply with the view you are seeing. We all know there’s no comparison between viewing the sunset yourself or through a phone screen. Ask yourself whether your social media is ruling over your life and if you think it is, it’s time to delete the apps and start living life with your eyes, not your phone.