I am instagood

It is no secret I love Instagram.

The idea of using my phone as camera, snapping the moment, editing the photo and instantly posting my work for the world to see in 17 seconds flat is the best thing ever for a photographer like me. They are easy to print and I even display them on our walls. Best of all once I stopped taking my camera with me every day my son has relaxed and is enjoying having his picture taken. In fact he now directs most of them and although I post them publicly, my instagram photos are my most personal work. The most treasured moments of my life with my family, I snap our secret spots, I snap my boys as they are, I snap our daily stories as they evolve.

In the past few months, since I have actively been posting photos daily, a community has grown around me. I have met artists I adore, peeked into lives of bloggers I follow, been inspired by beauty from all over the world. I have made friends I met because of our love of gramming and shared a chat and a cup of cocoa with. Instagram for me is what Facebook or Twitter is for many. A social media platform that I communicate via the most.

But I can assure you it has never been my dream to become popular or recognized. As much as I blush when I am told by strangers they love my work and flattered by hundreds of likes on photos I publish, I truly don’t care about the numbers. If I did I would take more time framing the shot, editing it. I would perhaps put more thought into what it is that my image is trying to convey. I would post less. I would think about it more. And it would begin to feel like work again. Which it is not. It is my hobby, my outlet and my fun and happy place.

Nevertheless fame came.

First Ilana from Mommy Shorts paid me a huge compliment by featuring me as her top 10 mom Instagramers on Babel. I was so very chuffed because I heart Ilana and her photos and well hello, IT’S BABLE!! Then Say Media chose me as their pick of 9 moms to follow on Instagram and that kinda made my week, cause I came in well before Pink! Babble featured me in their article 50 Instagram pictures of summer and then Copygram featured me as their pick of the day. All of this made my heart beat a bit faster and put a smile on my face.

Then on Tuesday I woke up and my phone was lit up with notifications. A whole lot of people liked my photo and even though it was a cute little click I was surprised. Then I noticed a message from my close friend Mel (who is a major celebrity on Instagram) saying congrats. I have recently started going to the gym, which she has been incredibly supportive of so I figured she was happy about my little stint on the elliptical machine. Then again, why would she say: wake up, you got to see it. And knowing me all too well, she took a picture and send it to me. Because she knew I would be sleeping through the whole thing…

There he was, my sweet little boy, looking over our island, having a picnic. On the popular page, the holly grail of Instagram, the most coveted position by all who care about the numbers and likes, wedged between tigers, fruit salads, designer sneakers and celebrity boobies was my little photo. My sweet insta friend Allison suggested me to Instagood as her inspiration and they reposted my photograph deeming me worthy of admiration by fellow Instagrammers. It was liked by over 11000 people and I gained many new followers. I was well chuffed.

I put my phone on charge, came downstairs, unloaded the dishwasher, made breakfast, found a Lego City video on iPad for Little J, scratched Big M’s butt for two minutes and put the kettle on.

Then I sat down and had a nice cup of tea. Like a true celebrity that I have become.

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35 Comments

  1. Neil Kramer via Facebook October 24, 2012 at 22:11 #

    I commented on your blog, but something went wrong, so ill say it here. Congrats. So glad your work is being seen.

  2. Wendy via Facebook October 24, 2012 at 22:18 #

    Well deserved!

  3. Alison October 24, 2012 at 22:38 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    Congratulations my friend. I already knew you were an Instagram star. Now YOU know it too.
    Alison recently posted..I’m Purposely Vague

  4. MJ October 24, 2012 at 23:28 #

    Twitter: amazonmad
    Well done! You deserve it. I always love checking out your pics in my IG feed! :)
    MJ recently posted..Pie throwing

  5. The Grommom via Facebook October 24, 2012 at 23:28 #

    that was AWESOME! :) What a great story!

  6. Barbara October 24, 2012 at 23:29 #

    Twitter: babspinfrance
    Congrats!! This is very exciting! A true celebrity indeed.
    Barbara recently posted..Halloween a l’Americaine

  7. Kristi October 24, 2012 at 23:51 #

    And surely it has nothing to do with your AMAZING TALENT!! So well deserved!! You kick ass, S!
    Kristi recently posted..The Serial Killer-#iPPP

  8. Katja via Facebook October 25, 2012 at 04:38 #

    happy for you!

  9. Stacie October 25, 2012 at 04:45 #

    Twitter: snapsandbits
    Wow, congrats Stasha! I love Instagram!
    Stacie recently posted..Spellbound

  10. Slim in 6 Results October 25, 2012 at 04:54 #

    This is really interesting, You are a very skilled blogger.
    I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!
    Slim in 6 Results recently posted..Slim in 6 Results

  11. [email protected] Mom October 25, 2012 at 05:08 #

    Twitter: copilotmom
    Congratulations, Stasha! That’s very exciting!
    [email protected] Mom recently posted..Falling Off Mt. Supermom

  12. Rachel October 25, 2012 at 06:41 #

    Twitter: racheldrechsel
    I hope you won’t forget the little people who knew you before you were instafamous!! Xoxo
    Rachel recently posted..stairway to heaven

  13. Anne LeBlanc October 25, 2012 at 07:23 #

    Twitter: littleredhens
    Congratulations! Well deserved! So proud of you, Stasha!! Enjoy your tea, friend.

    • Stasha October 25, 2012 at 10:30 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Speaking of which, have you been to SMith Tea Maker downtown Portland? I order their stuff all the time. Their #55 is the best tea I have ever had. Yes, I am drinking a cup right now!!

  14. Terri Sonoda October 25, 2012 at 07:31 #

    Twitter: tsonoda
    Awesome, Stasha! And soooo well-deserved! XOXOs
    Terri Sonoda recently posted..One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato. Kale?

  15. Ally October 25, 2012 at 07:48 #

    Twitter: normalmomally
    Stasha, this makes me smile so big! Congrats to you! Your love of snapping those photos shows through in your work. You absolutely deserve it! xoxo
    Ally recently posted..Brain Plague

  16. Madeleine October 25, 2012 at 09:37 #

    Twitter: amazonmad
    I tried commenting last night but I don’t think it’s worked for some reason. Anyhow, Wanted to say WELL DONE! I always love seeing your pics on my IG feed, and I’m glad you’re getting so much recognition :)
    Madeleine recently posted..Pie throwing

  17. christine October 25, 2012 at 10:58 #

    Congratulations! Looks like I finally need to figure out how to work this Instagram thing so I can see all of your beautiful photos!
    christine recently posted..Someone Is Darn Lucky I Am Too Busy to Cause a Ruckus

  18. Runnermom-jen October 25, 2012 at 11:07 #

    Twitter: runnermomjen
    Woohoo!!! I’m friends with a celebrity!
    P.S. Of all of those pictures, yours is BY FAR the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    xo
    Runnermom-jen recently posted..Today

  19. Kelly Kardos October 26, 2012 at 06:06 #

    That is big news. What’s not to love about what you share?!?! You have gorgeous scenery and 2 adorable and willing models. U are creative and have a good- naturally. Congrats Stasha !

  20. Liz October 26, 2012 at 11:09 #

    Well go you, my favourite Instabuddy!! I’m so happy to see a decent image made it to the “popular page”. It always seems to be full of rubbish… but not that day! I wish I had seen it but then we are in a completely different time zone.
    I personally LOVE following you on Instagram and I can see why you have so many followers. Your images are so wonderful! :)
    Liz recently posted..Project 366 Rewind {Week 40 &41}

  21. Janice October 26, 2012 at 11:47 #

    Twitter: mommyslounge
    WHOOHOO!!!!!
    You have such a very good eye for photography. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that you have very photogenic subjects (namely BigM and LittleJ) either. 😉 Hey, yay. I have a celebrity friend! 😀
    Janice recently posted..Poetry Corner: Colours

  22. Jamie October 26, 2012 at 18:55 #

    Twitter: chosenchaos
    First, I can’t believe you take all of those with your phone. I am now inspired to try harder.

    Second, that is exactly why we all love you so… you are the same wonderful person no matter how famous we think you are!
    Jamie recently posted..cuz’ they’re the three best friends

  23. Susi October 26, 2012 at 21:10 #

    Twitter: bocafrau
    Congrats, Stasha. It so doesn’t surprise me you are truly an inspiration to me. I cannot wait to open Instagram everyday and find out where Waldo is!!! :)
    Susi recently posted..An unplanned three-day weekend… and some fill in fun!

  24. Pamela October 27, 2012 at 07:50 #

    Twitter: pameloth
    You have a magical eye and ability to catch images that make the rest of us FEEL. I am delighted your beauty is getting recognition. Have fun with it!
    Pamela recently posted..Anaphylaxis Attacks Us

  25. Lisa Nolan October 27, 2012 at 13:34 #

    Twitter: mearth
    How wonderful for you! And well earned and much deserved! More and more I hear of fellow bloggers getting their due! And it is a reminder to us all to follow our passions (and be pretty darn good at what we do) and not search for fame, and goodness forbid, fortune, but let it find you! In your case it did!
    Lisa Nolan recently posted..Why I’m So Not Crafty {Real Life Wednesday}

  26. GBDB October 28, 2012 at 04:42 #

    Congratulations! I have Instagram and never think to use my camera on the phone. I still lug around the other ones.
    GBDB recently posted..Friday Fragments – October Version

  27. Rorybore October 28, 2012 at 14:30 #

    Twitter: rorybore
    I never doubted for one moment that fame would eventually find you – awesome as you are. So deserved, and so honoured to know you.
    Gosh, I’m just so proud and happy for you I want to shout it out everywhere. that means tweet :)
    Rorybore recently posted..Poetry Corner: Colours

  28. Katie E October 28, 2012 at 15:27 #

    Twitter: euregirlsandboy
    How awesome, Stasha! And I’ll admit you’re my favorite instagrammer – I always love your pictures :)
    Katie E recently posted..Baby Life (Warning: Grossness Below)

  29. Amanda October 28, 2012 at 16:38 #

    Twitter: lilahbility
    Stasha, you are awesome – I have known this since I started reading your blog. Now the rest of the world knows it too! (I guess I’ll just have to share you… 😉
    Amanda recently posted..Embracing the Camera

  30. Diane October 28, 2012 at 21:52 #

    Twitter: dkotucker
    SOOOOO cool!!! Congrats Stasha! Well-deserved.

  31. monica October 29, 2012 at 19:49 #

    Twitter: thegrommom
    Hey–Just in case you know anyone looking to start on Instagram (and I’ve walked many people through it in person and over the phone :)) You might send them to my blog–Today I posted a “Step by step tutorial” to get started and USE Instagram. Since you’re the Insta-star, I thought you might be able to pass that along. 😉 Thanks…and
    ALOHA!
    monica recently posted..How To Set Up and Use INSTAGRAM: A step-by-step tutorial

  32. Erna October 30, 2012 at 05:20 #

    11000 likes? Really?! I’m glad when I get 20 for a photo:) Then your photo has made it to the popular page, right? Cool!
    Erna recently posted..Fogpótlások modern technológiával

  33. The Sisterhood October 31, 2012 at 07:49 #

    Twitter: SensibleMoms
    Wow! Congrats! But you are more than Instagood. You are Instagreat. Ellen
    The Sisterhood recently posted..Ten Firsts That Should Be In The Baby Book

  34. lisacng November 19, 2012 at 11:16 #

    Twitter: lisacng
    I loved reading your climb to fame, so to say. Love that you are still humble and haven’t forgotten the little people, ie. your cute lil son ;). Just kidding. Congrats! Your photos are WONDERFUL on IG! Glad I met ya through MommyShorts
    lisacng recently posted..Throwback Thursday: Photos and a blog award

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