How I Edit My Blog And Instagram Photos

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One of the most common questions I get asked is how I edit my blog and Instagram photos, and today I’m finally getting around to talking about it. 

Only 5 months later than planned! 

Back at the beginning of the year, I decided that I was getting fed up of my current photography style. It wasn’t at all what I wanted to be doing; it was all flatlays, cool tones and overexposed images – none of which is very “me”. 

Yet I carried on doing photos this way as I felt pressure to fit into the conventional blogger style, rather than be myself. I thought that if I did things the way I wanted, people would unfollow me on Instagram and stop reading my blog as much. 

I couldn’t have been more wrong! 

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Ever since I switched over to taking and editing photos my way, I’ve had an endless number of compliments from people who love my new style; especially on Instagram. 

I’ve grown by over 1,000 followers since I switched over to my own style of photography, and many people have said they follow me because they love the “cozy” and “autumnal” feel of my feed.

Jade Marie Instagram Feed

Since making the switch, I’ve fallen back in love with photography again and even though I’ve got my issues with Instagram (who hasn’t these days), I’m enjoying just posting because I love the photo.

I get asked all the time what I apps I use to edit my photos, and the honest answer is that I only need to use one!


This is an amazing app that I wish I’d found sooner – and best of all, its free!

As is common these days, there is also a paid for version available; if you want more presets then you can unlock all of them in a yearly subscription called VSCO X, which costs $19.99 at the time of writing this post. 

I don’t have this personally, as the one I use is “M5” and is included in the free section. 

It’s a really lovely warm toned filter, and combined with my mustard pillow (which I include in pretty much every photo I take) and white bedding, it gives my photos a really lovely feel without looking over edited.

You can increase the level of the preset too, so if you don’t want it to be too intense, you can just click on the preset again after picking it and adjust the sliders to fit your needs. 

Once you’ve picked a preset, you can then go on to edit all the other settings you would expect from an editing app; exposure, contrast, temperature, shadows, highlights and saturation being the main ones I use. 

But the thing that makes my life so much easier, and the reason I love VSCO so much, is that you can save what they call “recipes”. This means that if you like a certain combination and want to use it regularly, you can save it to quickly and easily use in the future. 

It also makes keeping all your images consistent and “on brand” a million times easier! 

Even after the recipe has been applied, you can still edit and customise the photo like usual. It just means that if you have a certain style that you want to edit you photos in, you can save yourself some time and turn it into one click – rather than several. 

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These days VSCO is the only editing app that I use, as I find it much easier than Photoshop and Lightroom. Plus I no longer have access to those as my free student subscription ran out when I enrolled onto my Masters. 

I’ve tried a lot of different ways to take and edit my photos over the past two years, most of which I’ve hated which is why I never really posted on Instagram much.

But now I think I’ve finally found a style I love and that reflects me as a creator. 

If you enjoy my photography, then why not follow me over on the gram? My username is @itsjademarie

What do you use to edit your blog photos? 

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How I Edit My Blog And Instagram Photos

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  • Your photos do look great!

  • Sharvina.y says:

    Thanks for your tips! I prefer editing my photos on my laptop, since it has a bigger screen.

  • Definitely going to look at VSCO now! Last time I used it I don’t think I ‘discovered’ it properly so must give it another chance x

    Megan |

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you! ☺️

  • glowsteady says:

    Your photos look amazing! It’s great to know you use something so simple. I really like that you’re using a look that you like rather than what you think a typical blogger feed looks like x


  • I used to use VSCO so much but I must admit, I never really understood how it worked so I switch to Photoshop. I find it easier when it’s on my laptop. Final editing happens via snapseed =)

  • Your photos are some of my favourites, Jade! I also use VSCO but I never, ever use any of the filters, I just use the crop, exposure, saturation, sharpen etc. I’d never considered adding a filter, wtf, haha! I might have a play around next time and see how it looks 🙂 xxx

  • I absolutely love VSCO! It’s such an amazing app! I love the filters too!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  • Thank you very helpful for me! I am struggling with getting my pictures to post when I share, maybe this will help!

  • Bexa says:

    I absolutely love your photography Jade, it’s so warm, cosy and I can instantly recognize one of your gorgeous pictures. I’ve never used VSCO but I’m loving the sound of the “recipes” feature. I use Photoshop and normally use exactly the same filter and make the same tweaks but haven’t yet found a way to save these settings. I’ll have to have a look at VSCO too. Thanks for sharing and fantastic photos as always <3 xx

    Bexa |

  • Very helpful post. I always loved your photos as they are warm and give away a cozy feeling. I use light room and edit them on my laptop because I love to play with them on a big screen. I think I never fited in to a “normal” blogger photos because I love colorful and bright photos.

  • Your autumn feed is just beautiful!! x
    Morgan //

  • Joy abou zeid says:

    I absolutely love your instagram feed 😍😍

  • Jade Marie says:

    That’s fair enough 🙂 I always use the app on my iPad for that reason, although I have it on my phone too for days when I take a quick snap and want to upload it to Instagram straight away

  • Jade Marie says:

    I’d definitely recommend giving it another go, I’ve been using it for nearly a year now and I can’t imagine using anything else! 🙌🏼 if you need any help feel free to drop me a DM on Twitter ☺️ x

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much! ☺️ it really is such a simple app, it takes me all of 10 minutes to edit a full set of pictures these days – at one point I’d be spending that much time on just one photo…if not longer! 😂 yeah I love my feed since I started changing my style to what I like, not what I think I should do ☺️ x

  • Jade Marie says:

    That’s fair enough, I use the app on my iPad to make it easier to edit 🙂 I hate using photoshop and I’m a designer so you think I’d be good at it haha but whatever works best for you 🙂

  • Jade Marie says:

    Aww thank you Jenny! ☺️ haha yeah you definitely need to look at some of the filters, see if you can find one you like! ☺️ xxx

  • Jade Marie says:

    It is, I wish I’d found it when I first started blogging!

  • Jade Marie says:

    You’re welcome! I hope it does help 🙂

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much Bexa! 😁 I love that you can instantly recognise them, that’s what I was hoping for 🙊 yeah the recipes are a lifesaver! It saves so much time 🙌🏼 you can save presets in photoshop I think, but I couldn’t tell you how – I always hated it even when I was doing design at college/uni 😂 xx

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you, I’m glad you found it useful ☺️ yeah a few people have said that – I use my iPad for editing usually as it’s much easier on a bigger screen lol I love to see people doing photography their own way, especially with colour or layout ☺️

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you! ☺️ x

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much! ☺️💛

  • Loved this post, I am still learning what is best to edit insta photos on as I have never really been any good at editing them, so love reading posts like this to see what others edit their photos on. Your photos look so lovely, think I may have to try out Vsco now after reading this and knowing how much you recommend it, have a lovely week, Chantelle x

  • MONNKA says:

    It seems to work well. I will try it for my insta pictures

  • Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed my post and found it helpful ☺️ I’d definitely recommend giving it a go – if you don’t end up liking it you’ve not lost anything since it’s free ☺️ x

  • Brittney says:

    Okay I embarrassingly have this app on my phone but have never used it! Ha ha. I am definitely going to be playing around with it today. It’s incredible what just a little editing can do to your pictures!

  • baybythesea says:

    Truly lovely pics and your feed has a warm, welcoming feel. Just shows – be true to yourself!

    Tracy x

  • Ada says:

    I’ve just discovered your photos and they look great- VSCO is awesome! I fell out of using it for a while but it’s so simple to make your photos look amazing, with just a few tweaks. They’ll always look great if you’re taking them for *you* though 🙂

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