I wanted to post another inspiration board today, but I feel like they all need a little more work to be perfect, so I’m posting about Instagram instead. :)

I’ve been on instagram for a long while now, but I didn’t post regularly until now. It has everything to do with us upgrading our phones (we got the new iPhone 4s for Christmas), and we went with the 4s because of the camera. My old iPhone was an almost 3 year old 3G; it took at least 5 minutes to post something to instagram (and over 20 minutes to load the maps app! ugh, it was practically bricked…), so, needless to say, I had to really want to share something if I wanted to post. I also didn’t really use instagram as a social network;  instead I just thought of it as a way to share cool photos on FB. Admittedly, when I first heard of instagram I thought it was something much more similar to hipstamatic — just another photo app with neat filters.  I didn’t even really realize you could comment on photos! However, now I find myself really getting into the community on instagram! I’m loving the photo a day challenge! It might be a little obvious, but I love to make and look at beautiful imagery, and you get a lot of that on instagram.  I love the way it can transform the everyday! I also love the way you can meet new people and follow anyone the way you can on twitter. It is the social network based solely on photography, and I feel less like I might be annoying someone by posting too many photos of Laelia since the app is about photos! (I love finding new mom friends on twitter and instagram… It’s like sharing my day with coworkers!). I’m definitely starting to go to instagram more than I check on my other accounts…

A Saturday at Travel Town (Griffith Park).

If you don’t know what instagram is, it is a photo sharing app. Instagram’s website says “It’s a fastbeautiful and fun way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your iPhone, choose a filter to transform the look and feel, send to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr – it’s all as easy as pie. It’s photo sharing, reinvented“. And it’s free! I think it is important to mention that, currently, instagram is iPhone only. An Android app is on its way, although all the information out there about the timing of its release simply says “soon”! I’m looking forward the release of the android app; the more the merrier!

Some photos I took for the January photo a day challenge; where you sleep. We get some very dreamy light that pours into the room in the early afternoon during the winter. :)

Instagram is probably best experienced from the app itself. However, there are a couple of sites that allow you to view from the web! On  webstagram, you can view instagram on the web, but you cannot interact (comment, like, etc) with any content. Statigram however, allows you to comment and like photographs with out an instagram account! It  also displays all your stats, and allows you to repost!  (As far as I can tell, you can’t repost from instagram directly.)

If you are on instagram come and follow me! You’ll definitely see a bit more of my home before I get around to my full room tours, and photos of projects that are in progress. My user name is jditrimares (just like twitter). If you aren’t on instagram, you can still check out and even comment on my photos here, on statigram.

And, just for fun, here is a tutorial on how to turn your instagram photos into photo booth strips! :)

All photos have gone through instagram filters; the top photo I made the collage with diptic (another photo app); the other collages I compiled in Photoshop. I adjusted the train photos slightly in Photoshop because they were slightly tilted  (by 1.5°—yes, a tiny amount, but for such a cool architectural shot, I really wanted it to be aligned!) You can check out the specific filters I used on statigram. I’m starting to get into other filter photo apps too, I’ll  probably write more on that later!

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Welcome to Visual Vocabularie! My name is Jesyka, and I am a designer, artist, mom to Laelia and Luca, wife to software engineer and UX designer Tyler, coffee lover, and all around enthused person. This is my blog; here I share my personal projects, whether it's a furniture makeover, a new painting, a birthday party, an invitation I designed, or a favorite outfit for my little. You’ll also catch a glimpse into our family life in Los Angeles.

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