If you are a regular user of Instagram or poster, you’ve probably noticed some very colorful backgrounds for pictures. You may have wondered what exotic location those pictures were taken at. Granted some may be at an exotic tropical location but chances are those backgrounds are right in your own town. Whaaaaat? Yes, its true. Once you start looking for color, you will see it everywhere.
I take pictures for Instagram pretty much every day and have found the most beautiful spots right in the town where I live. My favorite way to scout locations is to just hop in the car and drive. Actually let me clarify that, Instagram husband drives and I swivel my neck looking for something bright to catch my eye. I look for bright vibrant colors because color is part of my branding. Its what I’m known for, especially the color purple. The best spots we have found are in downtown areas. We like to drive up and down alleyways as there are often colored doorways and street art painted there. It doesn’t even have to be a big huge wall of color. Look for an entry way, a recessed door, painted bricks that are peeling, grafitti, even a mural.
Finding Great Murals
I love finding a fun mural to photograph against, but other than just stumbling on one while driving around, how do you find them? Pinterest my friends. Search murals in any city and a picture of it has most likely been pinned. Larger cities may even have maps of where to locate them. I like to travel and will always search Pinterest and Google for murals in towns or cities that I am going too. Once I find something that I like and that works for my style, it makes it so easy to pack the right outfit for it.
Murals can be tricky though, especially if you are looking to showcase the outfit you are wearing. Since Murals usually cover a pretty large space its difficult to show you and the whole graphic. I try to just pick a section, knowing that I usually crop the picture, to show the color and the clothes I’m wearing. I do sometimes like to have a picture taken from far way to show the entire mural. Then I would most likely use an app like PhotoSplit to divide the picture up for Instagram.
Another way to find great locations is to ask. Let your friends know what you are looking for. Post to any of your social media channels and ask friends if they know of some good spots that might work. You’ll be surprised at how willing people are to help you and then you’ll have extra eyes scouting for you also.
Hope these suggestions help you get some great Insta shots! If you see a great colorful spot in the North Texas area, hit me up because I’m always looking.