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12 Easy Photo ideas for Instagram

( updated for 2019) I think we’ve all been stuck on what to post on Instagram. One of the best ways to grow your Instagram community is to post consistently. But what if you run out of photo ideas for Instagram? I am here for you! Today I’m going to share with you


12 ideas for instagram

1.The flat lay or styled image


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Instagram has made the flat lay image so popular, you are almost guaranteed likes by posting a good one. They are deceptively simple and stand out.  Learning how to make the perfect flat lay image is easy and simple. Try it!



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3. What you ate


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Everyone wants to share what they ate, and there is nothing better than a pretty photo of food on Instagram. Especially when done right!

4. What you wore


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A photo of your outfit of the day, or even just your shoes is a great idea. People love to see what you are wearing. Especially if it’s stylish!

5. Lifestyle

One of my favorite photo ideas for Instagram is posting a lifestyle photo. Showing what is going on in your life, whether you are at an event, out with your family, or just a photo of your everyday life is a great way to get engagement. It allows your community to learn more about the person behind the photos and get a peak into your life.

6. From Above


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Taking and sharing a photo from above makes almost anything look interesting and photo-worthy!

7. Animals


flashback to the triple nap #theoandbeau #dreamteam

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Have you ever seen the hashtag #dogsofinstagram? Pets rule on Instagram. Just think about the Theo and Beau series from @mommasgonecity

8. Behind the Scenes

People love to feel like they are seeing what goes on behind the scenes to make your business run, to do your photo shoot..your life! Show it to them!

9. The Selfie.

A good selfie will NEVER go out of style on Instagram. The trick, of course, is to do it right!

10. A collage.


Who said there’s never as many pictures of the second baby? ?? #notme #2015bestnine

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On Instagram, you want to post, but not overwhelm and flood your follower’s timelines! Sometimes,  a good collage showing all of the events of the last few hours is better than 25 photos flooding your follower’s timelines!

11. Your signature photo. Or what you are known for


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What is your account known for? What do you post every week without fail? I know for me, that is a styled coffee photo. So at least once a week, I make it my business to post one.

12. Travel


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Travel photos always do well. They are the perfect way to share where you went and to find out if your followers have been there too. 

So there you have it, 12 great photo ideas for Instagram. Hopefully, these ideas will help you out when you are stuck on what to post! Which one is your favorite? Share!

If you want to learn more about Instagram and get a plan to help you grow your community, check out these posts to get you started! 

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Sunita - Lucky Things Blog

Tuesday 18th of April 2017

Great round-up of ideas. My Instagram corner @luckythingsblog is known for it's positive and motivating captions and quote coins. I keep my layout simple. I love doing flatlays but sometimes the London weather is too cloudy!! Hope to bump into you at MOM 2.0 this year. What a beautiful blog. Sunita x

Gustavo Laranjeira

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

Good afternoon,

I'm just writing this cause i subscribed to your FREE Instagram course and i didn't receive anything.

So thanks a lot.

Gustavo Laranjeira

Tuesday 6th of December 2016


i subscribed about a month ago through the email [email protected]


Tuesday 6th of December 2016

hello! when did you subscribe? It usually takes a day to generate. What email did you subscribe with? I can check?

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Sunday 7th of August 2016

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Monday 7th of March 2016

UGGGHHH. Teach me how to flat lay lol. So i can do it the one time. It seems like so much work!


Wednesday 9th of March 2016

Just have a vision before you start! LOL


Sunday 6th of March 2016

Great post! I need to up my instagram game this year and with these tips I'm off to a great start!