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I get a lot of questions about how I take my Instagrams, so today I’m giving you some top secret information about my ‘gram styling. If you take a look at my Instagram you’ll see I have a very clean, minimal style based in bright whites and negative spaces. Here’s how I do it.

behindthescenesinstagramFor my white background I use an old window shade. I can lay it out on the floor and style accordingly. Because it’s bendable I can also drape it over a chair to get a foreground and background in white. Above I’m snapping some shoes on the shade. I take all my instagram photos with my iPhone 6.

behindthescenesinstagram2I’m fortunate to be blessed with a very bright apartment. I take all my ‘grams next to a wall of windows which allows a lot of natural light into the photo. I only take them in the morning when it’s brightest, then I use Afterlight to touch them up.

behindthescenesinstagram3Sometimes it takes me hours to style an photo just right. Even the most minimal of shots require careful design to fit my aesthetic.

To see more check out ‘trendsandtolstoy‘ on Instagram!

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.