Behind The Instagram: What You Don’t See


As someone who loves photography, it’s no surprise that Instagram is my favorite social media platform. I love seeing other people’s photos and editing styles, as well as taking my own. It’s a lot of fun to get creative and take new photos. However, as we all know there’s a lot you don’t see that goes in to taking a photo for Instagram, or a photo in general. It’s never perfect, and often there is a lot of moving and setting items up. So I thought I would start a new series on my blog called Behind The Instagram, where I show and tell you what you didn’t see that went into taking the photo. I have a few photos of what you didn’t see beyond what the camera shows, and also a few stories of what went into taking them.

I also want to mention that these photos are edited a little bit different than how they are on my Instagram, because I always change the strength of the editing for my blog photos. So without further ado, here is a look at behind the Instagram!


This photo I will be posting today on my Instagram, and it combines my two favorite things- books and glasses. Now in the shot it seems like there is an endless layout of books, but as you’ll see in the next photo it ends just beyond the camera lens.

This shot is from my first snow day, and although it is beautiful it was so cold. The wind was so strong that I couldn’t keep my eyes open without them tearing, and my mascara thought that meant it should get in my eyes and burn. I only stayed outside for about 10 minutes because of this, but it still was beautiful to see the snow.

This is a bit of a different photo than I usually post on Instagram, but I loved how the flowers framed my face and earrings. What you didn’t see was that I poked myself in the eye multiple times when taking this, and there were plenty of flowers all over my floor at the end.

When I came up with how I wanted to photograph my new planner I didn’t anticipate how much arm strength I would need. This photo took me about 25 minutes in total to set up and take, which involved holding the tripod and remote in one hand, and the planner in the other hand. It’s safe to say my arm was hurting so bad at the end.

I don’t take too many flatlays for Instagram, but this one is one of my favorites because of the colors. Now of course with every flatlay you never know what’s surrounding the items, so I thought I would show you down below.

What you didn’t see was the small mess my loveseat had collected, as well as just outside this photo everything that was on my coffee table is on the floor.

This one might not seem like much could go wrong, but oh boy that would be incorrect. Every time there is a photo on my bed that is taken from above, chances are at some point the tripod fell. Which then results in me making a mad dash to catch it, and sometimes getting cut in the process. I now have to take a purse filled with 2 big candles and hang it on my tripod to weight it down.

This photo is one of my most recent posts on Instagram, and although there really isn’t too much hidden behind this photo, it’s more of how I felt. I wanted to capture my Monday morning of relaxing with a drink to start my day, but the photo down below represents more of how I was feeling- tired.

This photo was taken on my trip to the mountains in December, and although you can tell I was cold, it was a bit worse than that. Me and my mom had to go quite a bit off the path to find this location, which resulted with a bit of snow in our shoes and almost falling a few times.

This is one of my favorite photos I’ve ever posted on my Instagram. However the story of getting this shot is a bit of a funny one. The previous day I went outside with my tripod to try to take it myself, which was my first mistake. I spent 30 minutes trying to set it up, only to discover since it was a warm day every bee in town was in this bush. I spent a lot of time running in and out of the bush like a maniac, and didn’t get any photos. Luckily the next day it was cloudy and cold, and my mom was there to help take it.

And that is a look at behind some of my Instagram photos. I always try to keep my photos as natural and close to real life as possible, but just always know that more than meets the eye goes into taking most photos. Be sure to follow along on my Instagram here, and I hope to do a few more of these posts in the future!


10 responses to “Behind The Instagram: What You Don’t See”

  1. That last image and the one with babies breath are stunning. I love these behind-the-scenes moments you’ve shared. We aren’t transparent enough when it comes to Insta


  2. Daiana says:

    What a good idea to show what’s going on behind the scenes! A timely reminder that real life is not as curated as our Instagrams.
    Really enjoyed reading this, babe!


  3. E. says:

    I love this “Behind the Instagram” post! You have to do it more to tell us what stories are behind a beautiful IG pic. I have loooot of outfits pics where my dogs don’t let me alone and they start to destroy it all hahahaha

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I’m so glad you loved this E! I definitely will make more of these posts in the future. And I’d love to see a post with the photos of your dogs in your outfit photos! That sounds so funny and cute x

  4. Stacey says:

    I really love that last photo of you, I think it’s my favourite too! I love how open you were with this post and I’m actually impressed with how much more neat you are than I am. I literally flip a room upside down when I’m taking my photos. I also have a huge love/hate relationship with my tripod since it also loves to tip over randomly at times and I have to jump in like a fool trying to save it. I never thought about weight it down with books, instead a literally tape the tripod leg to the floor LOL. I\ll try that next time! What a great post babe <3

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Tripods falling is probably my least favorite part of taking photos. I never thought about using tape so I might have to give it a go! There’s nothing worse than setting up the perfect shot and the tripod falling. And thank you so much babe! x

  5. Sandra says:

    This post made me laugh 😀 So relatable. Also, I love the photos of you with the flowers.

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