I have to admit, I wasn't an early adopter to Instagram (@michellemaddensmith)....I didn't quite get it at first in part because it didn't have a web interface, and I REALLY didn't want to have to maintain an additional social media channel.
But I recently went back through all my photos and discovered that I've been using it for a year now...my first photo was on 7 March 2011 and naturally it was of little eli...(thank you to those of you who liked my first ever pic!!)
It is because of all of you that I was encouraged..because who doesn't love that kind of instant gratification? it was everything I liked about Hipstamatic (square format, vintage looking filters) but then it automatically sent the photos to your friends (well, at least the ones that followed you).
Within a few weeks I told my father-in-love he HAD to use it. He's a National Geographic photographer (@davidalanharvey) and he's now actually quite addicted! We are currently having a friendly competition to see who can post the coolest photo that gets the most likes on our images (percentage-wise of course since he has something like a gazillion followes). I might actually be winning!
And now the whole family is on Instagram...16 of us (from our youngest 17-year old Maria all the way to our 92-year-old matriarch Teetoo). Mostly I'm seeing pictures of cats, but it is such a great way to feel connected and to see their faces, homes, lives...warms my heart.
Anyway, I didn't mean for this to be a big plug for Instagram...I just enjoy it so much and have had fun finding out all the ways you can play with it.
The real thing for me is not only has it made me a better photographer, but it has helped me to notice the life i've created...it's helped me to see my life and appreciate how much goodness I have around me.
Most often the photos I post are moments when I am absolutely content, blissed out, even perhaps in awe of the beauty around me...moments when I feel lucky to be alive.
And that to me is the coolest part of all...
So Jen is cooking up an Instagram hashtag project of our own for the weekend...check back here tomorrow for Meet me at the Dock to see what it is!
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