There are many things to hate about the new Instagram algorithm (and I’m sure most Instagrammers could rattle off a list a mile long), but one thing that I love about it (yep, I said love!) is that it has forced me to be more creative with the photos I take. I used to post mainly lifestyle shots, aka non-staged (well apart from the throwing the mess out of the frame lol), just everyday moments with my two kids. But then the algorithm changes happened and posts were being seen by fewer and fewer people. I was able to stay relatively on top of the algorithm for the first year but then, this past June, I took a hit as well and, no matter what I did, my engagement kept going down and my growth more or less stopped. Even if I posted the types of shots that people used to love (even just a couple of weeks earlier!) it was no good. My photos never got picked up and promoted in the explore feed which, ultimately, is where you need to be to grow and keep your engagement high (read more about how to grow your account organically in my 25 tips post here).
To cut a long story short (the long version is for an updated IG growth post I’ve got in the works – stay tuned!), I started trying more creative photos over the summer and they are what helped me get back on my “Instagram feet”, growth and engagement wise. So now I’m always looking for new + creative ways to take photos and something that I landed on (thank you Pinterest!) is rotated perspective photography. I love, love, love giving people something to think about when they look at my photos – a “wait, what?…” moment, if you will. And this style of photography does just that! When I post one of these yoga photos, I always get so many questions asking how the heck I managed this shot (especially when I write that it isn’t Photoshopped!). Quite a few people have suggested I do a tutorial post, so here it is!