They say a picture paints a thousand words, but when it comes to Instagram, I’m sure these words aren’t always truthful. Millions of perfectly styled, posed and curated photos are posted everyday on Instagram. They’re often followed by captions expressing just how over-the-top delightfully, perfectly, glorious their day/ life/ dog/ brunch is. I’m all for sharing positive vibes, but I know all too well that there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes of these photos. From my personal experience with Instagram, I can honestly tell you that while there are a lot of genuinely great moments shared on my Insta, there are also many photos that are the result of hard work, stress and awkwardness.
I thought it would be interesting to turn this topic into a new series on A Parisian Journey. Each month, I’ll be randomly selecting a few photos from my Instagram and in complete honesty, sharing with you exactly what happened behind the scenes. So, without further ado, here’s what really happened on Instagram this month.
Oh, do I look relaxed? Yeah well, that was not exactly the case! I woke up ridiculously early to try and claim this spot before someone else took it. Unfortunately, I forgot Australians are also early risers and the pool was busy by 7am. We had to wait so long for this spot to become available. My coffee was cold and I was well and truly over it. I also had to rearrange all the poolside seats to create this cosy little nook, which was rather awkward with other people around. Luckily Julien was motivated and made me pose for the photo. I’m happy he was persistent because I love this photo now!
My old apartment was quite small, so to set up a product photoshoot, I would move the couch and put a table next to it against the wall. The problem is, Otto finds it quite fun to jump on the couch to try and steal my props. This photo was taken right after he stole my dried flowers. As soon as I turned my back for 2 seconds he destroyed the flowers and I spent my afternoon picking them out the couch.
Visiting Fushimi Inari-Taisha was one of the highlights of my recent trip to Kyoto. By looking at this photo you would think we were the only ones there. Let me tell you, this was not the case! The temple was crazy busy! Miraculously, there was a miniscule moment where no one was in front of us. My husband quickly took this shot and 2 seconds later the crowds returned. Sometimes you just get lucky!
Crowds are every blogger’s worst enemy! I normally plan photoshoots for as soon as the sunrises but seeing as we were on holidays we decided to sleep in and take our chances. This was not a good idea. Everything was against us. Bondi was so crowded you could barely stop to take a picture and the lighting was harsh and difficult to work with. We wasted so much time trying to get a good shot. I ended up in the worst mood and made us walk all the way back to our hotel. I felt so bad for ruining the day for Julien. Surprisingly, looking back now, the photos really weren’t that bad.
Last weekend we moved into our new apartment and discovered there’s a private terrace that only we have access to (if you climb out the window). I needed to take a photo of this gorgeous watch and I wanted the view from the terrace in the background. I found a 19€ full length sequined dress in Zara, popped it on and climbed out the window onto the terrace with my tripod and took this photo myself. I froze and got quite windblown but the shot was worth it!
If I’m in a restaurant or café I try to take photos as quickly and inconspicuously as possible. However, on this occasion, I really wanted a shot of my brunch with my hands around the plate – a little detail I know but it was important. To get the shot, Julien had to stand up and lean over the top of me. For onlookers, it probably seemed quite odd. It even sparked a bitchy conversation from the table of Americans next to us that we could clearly hear. I’ve simply learnt to laugh off any nasty or unnecessary comments now.