Behind The Instagram #2: What you don’t see


It’s been months since my first post in my Behind the Instagram series, where I share what you don’t see that went into taking certain photos for my blog and Instagram.

Instagram is my favorite social media platform as I love photography, but I also love the realness it can bring too. So here is a look at some stories behind my Instagram photos, everything from awkward eye contact to what’s beyond the lens!

Bike Photo + Outfit Photo With Blue Wall

These two photos were taken after I went out for the best Japanese food with my family. I saw this pretty blue wall in this alleyway and knew it would be perfect for an outfit photo, and the cute bike was a bonus. However what is not shown is me moving cigarette butts out of the way for about 10 minutes.

Outfit Photos

When taking outfit photos in the summer, there is always a collection of photos of me running away from bugs, scared and screaming. Here are just a few of them that I managed to find:

Outfit Photo In Front Of Flower Bush

Now this may seem like an easy photo to take, but it might have been the longest time I’ve ever spent on an outfit photo. The sun was almost completely set, which meant time was running out and the lighting was harder to shoot. It also is harder than it looks to just get the bush of flowers and not much else. Luckily my mom is pretty patient when it comes to taking photos.

Denim Jacket Outfit

I’ve started posting more every day outfits on Instagram this past month, and this is one of them. When me and my family go out to dinner I’ll take my camera and then hunt for a wall to take a photo. This one took about 5ish minutes to find, but it’s actually the back of a small bakery. If the lens had moved anymore to one side it wouldn’t look as pretty.

Canoe Photo From Summer Trip

Now this photo itself doesn’t have too much of a story to it, other than I was petrified I would fall off this dock into the water with my camera. But there is a story behind a photo of this lake that you’ll never see because I didn’t get to take it. When eating at the hotel on this lake I saw the cutest vintage tour boat (you can kind of see it close to the mountains if you zoom in on this photo), that looked like it was straight out of a Wes Anderson movie. I knew I wanted to take a photo of it so after dinner my family so kindly waited by this lake with me for over a hour, until I came to the conclusion that it had docked for the night somewhere else and wasn’t coming back.

Winter Skincare Post

This photo is from a skincare blog post I put up during winter. I ended up taking these photos in three different locations before I was happy with them. This meant that the face mask that was only suppose to be on my face for about 20ish minutes was on for around 2 hours. I would not recommend this, although my skin was pretty moisturized afterwards.

Outfit Photos in Church Courtyard

Now there isn’t anything too odd with these photos, except while taking them the most awkward encounter I’ve ever had while taking photos occurred. I’m use to people staring when I take outfit photos, but never anything like this. These were taken in a beautiful church courtyard. In the middle of my mom taking my photos, this guy who works there opens a door, pokes his head outside, and makes direct eye contact with me. I smiled at him to try and make it less awkward, but he simply kept a blank face, turned off a switch (while still making eye contact), and went back inside. I was so confused, but it did give me a good laugh.

And that is a little look behind some of my Instagram photos! I hope this shows you there’s always more than meets the eye with photos, which is part of the fun of it.

Also I’d love to connect with you on Instagram too!


24 responses to “Behind The Instagram #2: What you don’t see”

  1. Janet says:

    What a relatable post! I take my daughter’s outfit photos for her blog and Instagram so I can relate with your Mom too! These are great photos!

    Janet xx

  2. Haha, these stories are funny. It really adds more depth beyond just a pretty image.

  3. Sophie says:

    Ah I love this post! I think that non-creators have no idea how much effort can go into one shot! I particularly love the outtakes of the photos where there have been bugs and this was me the other week when I was taking pictures in lavender fields full of bees! haha!
    Soph – x

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you Sophie! Before I started blogging I had no idea how much work and effort goes into taking one photo. And I took photos in a sunflower field recently so I know what you mean! Everywhere I turned there was a bee haha x

  4. Ann says:

    Nice post.
    All your pics look amazing
    and love the candid shots the most.


  5. Ingrid says:

    I love this idea, showing and talking about behind the scenes!!


  6. Yvonne says:

    I love this post and I can’t stop laughing as I imagine you running away from insects. Your outfits are lovely and I love the red top. It really suits you!
    xo Yvonne

  7. Freja says:

    All of these pictures are beautiful. I love the one with the bike!

  8. Radi says:

    I love the fun stories you shared behind each photo. So funny how while we take photos along the way we build fun memories to remember them by.

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I’m so glad you liked it! That is one of the reason why I love taking photos! The memories are the best part x

  9. Very nice and interesting post. Your photos with bugs are awesome, but we all have minimum 100 photos that we deleted before we find one perfect!

  10. Jessica says:

    What an adorable post dear, love reading the stories behind your photos. Anyway, cute outfits you have here, especially that red top.

    Jessica |

  11. Babita says:

    Such a fun and sweet post! Love those outfits you worn! I can feel you at this point of insects, because I too seem to be doing the same when it comes on insects!

    Xoxo Babita

  12. Aw wow this was such a fun post! I love the little insight into the reality of what goes on to get the perfect Instagram photos and an definitely relate to a few funny adventures along the way!

    Heather xoxo

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