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Instagram Storytellers with @Cupcakesinstead

Instagram storytellers with @cupcakesinstead



Welcome to the fourth edition of the Instagram Storytellers series, and the first one of the new year. Instagram Storytellers came about because every day I scroll MY Instagram feed and I see gorgeous storytelling. Every month, I talk to one of my favorite Instagram storytellers about  who they are, how they got started and learn about the stories that they are trying to tell though their photos.

I have no idea how I discovered Tina’s account. I believe it was through the ClickinMoms hashtag.  HOWEVER it happened, I am so glad it did. She is one of my favorite self-taught photographers and I love it when her photos show up in my feed!  I’m so glad she agreed to share her thoughts and photos today.


All photos in this post are courtesy of @cupcakesinstead

Instagram storytellers with @cupcakeinstead

Tell Us about yourself and your background

My name is Tina. I am a believer, wife, and homeschooling mama of 4.  If I weren’t a SAHM, I would probably have a career in the medical field, working with children specifically. I have a heart for adoption and pray that it’s in my near future…because no, four children aren’t enough. I speak a little Spanish. I understand more than I can actually communicate. I try to self teach a lot. I know the very basics of sign language, French, and knitting. I always get to a certain point and stop. The one thing I’ve been consistent with teaching myself is photography.

How did you first get into photography?

I think it’s always been there. When I was younger, I wanted to be in front of the camera. I always wanted to make sure people were capturing moments. One of my favorite things to do as a kid was to look through my grandmother’s photos. My interest in photography evolved with age and the birth of my children.
Tell me about your Instagram journey: how did you get started?

When I first discovered Instagram, I just posted everyday snapshots with my iPhone. I ended up deleting that account and recreating one to showcase my photography. The more I learn in photography, the more my IG changes. One thing I didn’t expect when starting IG is the friendships I would gain. Social media can be a good thing. 🙂

 What is the story that you hope your Instagram tells?

In the photography realm, I just want to show that for me personally, it’s important that I shoot what I love. That changes every day. The way I see things changes every day. Sometimes I want to document people exactly the way they are. (Actually, that’s my favorite.)  But other times I like to set things up and try to get nice posed portraits. I also really love to shoot macro…specifically flowers. It’s so calming for me. I’m working on improving my still life skills…oh and freelensing. I will not let it defeat me. 🙂

I hope that my feed inspires people in their everyday lives. I’ve had some pretty amazing people in my life who made me a better person. Their small acts of compassion inspired me. They have been with me all of my life. My goal is to be that inspiration to others.

 What was on of your favorite photos that you took recently. Why?

Probably one from a birth session I recently did. My first birth session. It doesn’t get any more beautiful than that.

Who or what inspires you?
Children inspire me. They are real. They are honest. They have a hard time hiding who they are and I love that. They even bring out emotions in adults that we wouldn’t otherwise see.
What is your favorite thing to photograph?

I love to document people. My favorite thing to do is follow families around and document genuine interactions. It’s one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever been able to do. I anticipate a client’s reaction when I deliver their galleries. When they tell me that what I captured brought tears of joy to their eyes, I feel complete.

 Black and white or color?

When it’s done right, definitely black and white.

Favorite App to edit with?

My favorite phone app is VSCO, otherwise I use Lightroom.

What do you shoot with?
 My first DSLR was a Canon 60d. I’ve done most of my work with it. I have wanted a full frame for a while but wasn’t ready to buy the Mark III. I ended up getting a used Mark II. It has its limitations, but I’m happy to finally have a full frame camera.

Tell us 3 of your favorite Instagram accounts

Ahhh! This is always so hard for me. I have so many that I love. It changes all of the time. One photographer who has held the top spot for me for a while now is Summer Murdock. Everything she does is magic. I mean even her Snapchat is just perfect. Swoon!

I love Cecile Michaelis. I love her beautiful photos as well as her beautiful story. I love the strength conveyed through the photos and the story of her sweet daughter Noah. They inspire me.

I recently discovered the beautiful feed of Leslie Kershaw. ( ME TOO!!!) She is absolutely amazing. Her gallery and her spirit are simply beautiful.

Thank you so much Tina!! If you want to follow Tina, check her out at:

Instagram: @cupcakesinstead


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  • Reply
    Alli Smith
    January 6, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Tina’s photos are amazing! I also love photography so I’m all over this article. I had to pause in the middle and go follow Tina on Instagram. Beautiful!

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    Giannina Guy
    January 6, 2017 at 8:24 am

    It is wonderful and inspiring to hear the back story of someone so talented. And yes, she has another follower!

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    January 6, 2017 at 10:34 am

    All the photos are beautiful and you can actually see a story behind each photo. Will have to check more out.

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    January 6, 2017 at 10:52 am

    WOW! Amazing photos. Her instragram definitely tells a story and is very inspiring. Thank you for sharing this today. I can’t wait to see what she posts next!

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    Terri Beavers
    January 6, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Goodness those photos are incredible. I’m feeling a little under qualified at having and IG after seeing these, lol. I’m going to check out the app she recommends and her IG.

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    Katie Moseman
    January 6, 2017 at 11:44 am

    As usual your photos are gorgeous. Love that sunlight bokeh!

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    Rebecca Swenor
    January 6, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    I love the idea of the Instagram Storytellers series. There is a story in every photo I believe. Tina sounds amazing and has gorgeous photos which are indeed inspiring. I will have to check her out for sure. Thanks for sharing this awesome series.

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    January 6, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Wow, these pictures are amazing! I love how well she captures the emotions of her family. Love it!

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    January 6, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I love your photos! I recently upgraded my camera to a 70D and love it!

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    January 6, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    She is a very talented photographer. She captures a lot of emotions through her lenses. This is wonderful!

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    January 6, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    I love photography and Im trying to perfect my skills as well. These pictures are beautiful!

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    January 6, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Her photos are really ready nice! I love this story and the concept!

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    Claudia Krusch
    January 6, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    These photos are all stunning. I would love to be able to take photos like this. I will definitely be following this Instagram account.

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    Paula Bendfeldt
    January 6, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Instagram is definitely my favorite social media channel, I love how you can say so much with just one picture. These pictures are all amazing and they all do tell a story. Love to learn more about these amazing photographers and storytellers.

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    Lisa Favre
    January 6, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    I must say, Instagram is one of my favorite social media platforms. Your photos are beautiful… so nice that you have a crisp, consistent style.

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    January 6, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Wow! Her photos are amazing. I also love how you wove her story with her pics. Great storytelling.

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    Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom
    January 6, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    The photo’s are amazing! They seem to just come alive and you can see their feelings. I love photographic scenic routes. Preferably country settings 🙂

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    January 7, 2017 at 12:42 am

    I absolutely love all of the moments captured! It can be difficult to get life so right without it seeming posed. I love her dramatic colors in the pictures too, typically most people make their pictures very light and bright. These have so much emotion behind them.

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    January 7, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Wow. These are some amazing shots! I think the one with the “watch for children” sign is my favorite.

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    January 7, 2017 at 11:57 am

    I’ve been focusing so much more on Instagram. I wish that my photos were half as amazing as these, though! Awesome photography skills are at work here!!

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    Stephanie Pass
    January 8, 2017 at 1:59 am

    These photos are amazing! I love checking out instagram feeds to see someone’s story. And great photography is just so inspiring.

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    LeShelle, host of MRTV
    January 8, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Ahhh. This is so cool. I recognize how important storytelling is in marketing but the art of photography is inspiring. I’m horrible behind and in front of cameras so I sit back and watch others work.

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    Mimi Green
    January 8, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Her photos are beautiful, I’m now following. Her IG name is really cute too. I enjoyed her feelings behind her images.

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    January 8, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Love those photos! So amazing, she is very talented, I have to follow her on Instagram

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    Joyce Brewer
    January 8, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Instagram is NOT one of my strengths. Maybe I’ll let me son go crazy w/ my iPhone for some inspiration. I was shocked when he showed me how to edit a dark image just by playing around on my phone.

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    January 8, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I am still so very honored to be a part of this. Thank you so much, Lashawn!

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    William Parsons
    January 9, 2017 at 2:17 am

    That’s the art of photography tho. Giving the perfect shot in each photo.

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    January 9, 2017 at 6:19 am

    This is the very reason I love Instagram because you can showcase what you love! Her photography is absolutely beautiful and inspiring!

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    Tiffany H.
    January 9, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    I like the concept of instagram stories, i believe everyone has a story to tell and pictures certainly tell a story. Her photography looks great.

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    LaShon Renee
    January 9, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Her photos are beautiful! I love when I can see the passion behind a photo because everyone that calls themselves a photographer isn’t able to showcase that.

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    January 10, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I love Tina’s account and the favs she chose. I’m working on revamping my Instagram account to more moody imagery, which means the same for the blog.

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    Kendall Rayburn
    January 10, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Wow – such stunning photos. I love that each tells their own story – what a talented photographer!

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