So I saw this post on Luxury Blush‘s blog and I LOVED the idea so I thought I’d give it a go myself! I’ve had my Instagram account on and off now for about 3 years now (the first post is from 23 June 2017) and it’s certainly taken me time to find a style that works for me and even longer to work out how to have more than 300 followers!
2020 was certainly the year I found my feet over there! Not only mastering my style, but I’ve also been tracking my results over there and since rebooting my account in June I’ve been gaining about 110 followers a week (going up to 180 followers a week in the last few months)! If you’d like me to share my tips… I’ll be sure to add it to the list of blog posts to write!
My Instagram account is KatieEmmaBeauty
The First Post
23 June 2017
To be fair, as first posts go this is hardly embarrassing! I used to post about makeup on my personal account (which is now a private account). But not only was it getting a little muddled having a picture of a lipstick following by a selfie of me and my brother or something, I was also getting very self conscious people would work out I had a blog and back then I was really secretive of it! So I posted this to start off the new Instagram account exclusive to my blog.
Not only is this a throwback, because I haven’t seen that stickyback plastic for years… but also I was obsessed with this super washed out, over exposed look and as close to clutter free as I could get! And is not the style I go for these days!
The Fresh Flower Stage
3 July 2017
Ah the joys of living at home! This is only the 7th post on my account, but I actually still like it today! My dad grows flowers for a living (or a horticulturalist if you want the technical name), and so I used to have unlimited access to the flowers that (for one reason or another… usually because they were too open or too short) couldn’t go in bunches and be sold. And I used to use them in the background of my photos! When I moved out, I couldn’t financially keep up with it, and so they’ve sinced dropped out my photos, but it was such an innocent phase!
Starting to Find My Feet
21 July 2018
So you’re starting to see my style in here now right? There’s a bit of texture in the background… my little Boot teacups are in there. It takes a bit of getting used to, but to me this feels like a pretty good stab at it! And part from the fact the colourings are a little weird, I probably wouldn’t say no to this layout on my account these days!
My First Selfie
26 August 2018
I never used to share my face on my blog or on Instagram. I was both really shy and really paranoid that my boyfriend at the time (who didn’t know I had this little space online) would find out about it… Yeah, that was my paranoia for a really long time! This look is actually really nice… but by god are there a lot of shadows in this photo! Also… where did the background go?! haha!
First Post of 2020
2 January 2020
I was full on planning to start posting everyday throughout the year… but we all know what hit (and I didn’t have my camera, makeup collection or computer to edit on at my boyfriends where I was staying throughout that first lockdown). This was my 2019 empties… like all of them! I really enjoyed this post and I really loved writing it and pulling it together! In my last flat I used to take photos outside, so it had to be dry (which isn’t always as easy as it should be), but it means the colours were starting to get there!
The Current Style
November 2020 – January 2021
And now here we are! I’m really loving my Instagram right now (if I do say so myself haha!). I’ve loved having a combination of selfies, single product shots and a collection of items! Reels are also a great favourite. And, all in all, I’ve really found my feet and found my place on there! And I’ve never enjoyed creating Instagram content more!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my looking over my Instagram content over the last 3 or so years, and I hope to see you over there!
70 thoughts on “Reacting To My Old Instagram Photos”
I cringe at the thought of my early Instagram feed!
Hahaha! I’m lucky I started it quite late in the game! x
Oh gosh, I wouldn’t like to see my earliest posts haha! Good to see how your styling evolved!
Your instagram looks amazing, its great how it can improve over time right? I look back at mine and think oh my LOL!
Mel 🌙 | Moonlight Mel
Aww thanks! And yeah, when I look back at my first blog posts I proper LOL! x
I always always cringe at the first pictures i used to share on my personal account! You ask yoursefl what you were thinking lol I really love the style of your pictures x
Hahaha! Yeah, my personal Instagram is a mess! And awww thanks! x
Wow my old posts I would not want to resurrect 😂 I love all your photos with flowers – such great color and texture!
Aww thanks! I miss having living flowers to work with! x
While your photos have definitely evolved, your early ones are much better than my first ones! Thanks for sharing.
Hahaha! I did start my Instagram quite late in my blogging life! x
This is such a great idea but I’m not sure if I would want to go back and look at my old posts. It really shows how much time and effort you have put in to create an account you are happy with.
It definitely took time to find my style, but now I have I couldn’t be happier! x
I still use my sticky back plastic bahahah this was a fun post to read! xx
Danielle’s Beauty Blog
Hahaha! Glad it’s not just me 😉 x
This looked great!
Awww thanks! x
I follow your Instagram and I love your content, your feed is so good! x
Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk
Aww thank you! I put so much time into it, so thank you so much! x
I cringe at what my old insta pictures used to look lol, you can definitely see the growth with your Instagram. Great post!
Aww thanks! I’m lucky I didn’t start my Instagram until I’d had my blog like 3 years, so I did most of the embarrassing things over here!
Really loved seeing the evolution of your Instagram! I never used to like people knowing about my blog either and kept it a secret.
Tash – A Girl with a View
Awww thanks! And its weird how secretive we get about it! x
This is such an interesting blog post that I haven’t actually seen before – so unique. I love those fresh flowers, they’re so delicate and pretty! xx
Awww thanks, and I miss the flowers! x
I love this post! I also made my ig private and created a new one for my blog, so I totally get it.
Also, I never share my blog stuff on my personal ig. You motivate me to let it out more often 🙂
Oh you should! x
OMG wow! Your 2017 photos look amazing! My photos were super funny and often has duck faces, peace signs and my family/friends goofing around! Great post x
Oh trust me my personal Insta is like that… and let’s not talk about the photos on Facebook! haha x
Such a unique and cool idea to recreate your pictures! They looked great even back then.
Awww thanks x
I actually love this idea!!! My very post on Insta that I started back in 2016 was my wedding pic. Your photos look amazing too! Thanks so much for sharing.
Aww a wedding picture is such a lovely photo to start with! x
Wow! I can really see the improvement in terms of creativity and confidence! Loved how far you’ve grown. Keep doing great.
Awww thanks! I’m loving it over there!x
What a great idea to see your growth in terms of posting! Those are great early pictures by the way!
Awww thanks! x
Gosh I look back at my old instagram photos, even from this time last year and cringe!!
I mean I’m lucky that most of my cringe stayed on my blog, but it’s growth <3 x
Katie, we have to think about this as evolution…mine you could not even look at if I dared you! The first pictures, with some very odd choices for filters…
Your pictures look amazing!
Awww thank you, you’re too kind! x
What a great idea for a post! I would love to see a post about tips to grow followers. I just started an account one month ago. I mean my first Instagram account ever! Haha. I am a bit late to the game but thought it would be beneficial for my blog. Thanks for sharing this great article and all the best!
Nancy | marginofbeauty.com
Awww it’s in the works! 😉 x
It’s so fun to look back and see all those pictures that make us laugh now, but at the same time, those pictures are a good reminder of how far we have come. Great post. xx
OMG I know right, it’s soo nice to see how far you’ve come! x
This is a really beautiful blog and what a great article! Inspired me to take a look at my Instagram history for sure!
Hopefully it’s not too cringe! haha x
I could really do with living with a gardener for my photos haha! I think the cringiest thing is my old marble backdrop which was really scuffed but I kept using it! loved this post idea xx
My current one has loads of folds in it, I really need to get a new one as it’s taking now a lot of creativity to hide it! x
How on earth are your old pics cute and good quality? All my old ones are cringe, blurry and just irrelevant 🤣
Tbf I didn’t upload to insta for the first 3 or so years I had this blog! x
This is such a great idea! Have a great week xo- Nina
Have a lovely week yourself! x
I love this post! It’s so strange to lol back at how blog photos have evolved! Ruth | ruthwrites.blog
OMG I know right, we’ve all come so far! x
Its great to go over old stuff and look back fair play for doing it
Thanks for sharing
Awww no problem, thanks for stopping by! x
I’m so impressed with BOTH the original photos and your current feed. Looking back at my Instagram when I first started (in… 2014/2015??) is the most cringe-y experience EVER. You should definitely be impressed with yourself. I will say that your feed right now is phenomenal. Every photo is gorgeous!
OMG your words are too kind! I put so much time now into my content over there, and I’m so pleased people think it’s paying off! x
Katie your Instagram has always been perfect! <3 I get so flipping frustrated with Instagram and have definitely more times than I’d like to think gone round that circle of trying it, hating it and then hating it so much and being so picky about it I stop posting. I’m really trying not to let that set in this year though. Practice makes perfect, or more so, keeping trying gets you closers to what your looking for! Here’s to improving my Instagram game and ENJOYING IT once again. Haha.
Loved this post!
Oh Instagram is such a ball ache right now, but I hope you can learn to enjoy it again soon! x
It’s always fun to look back and see how you have evolved with time. You did great! Love your style!
Awww thanks! It’s been a labour of love! x
Your feed looks really nice. Now and then. As for me I’ve deleted my first set of Instagram posts a long time ago. Lol
Awww thanks! I like having it all to look back at! x
I mean I cringe from the photos I posted last week so… 😂
Hahahah! I have that sometimes! x
Oh god! Always fun to look back at my old post 😀 I archived my old post so now I can focus on my current goals! Love your feeds tho 😉 thank you for sharing this x
Awww no problem, thanks for stopping by! x