I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with our three yorkies, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (five with Rusty, Lucy, & Ethel) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with something warm and delicious and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

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Learning Instagram

I was one of the late bloomers to jump on the Instagram bandwagon. I will be the first to admit that I thought it was, for lack of better word, stupid. I thought it was all about selfies (so many selfies) and what people ate for dinner. But then I heard that it was a great tool for advertising and connecting with past, present, and future clients. So, what did I do? I caved in and created an Instagram account. I literally had no idea what I was doing. What’s a hashtag? Why do some people have 1,000,000 hashtags and others only use 2?? Am I supposed to make up my own hashtags or do I use ones that are more generic?? When is the best time to post a photo?? If I don’t post a photo right away do I have to use the hashtag #latergram?? See how this realm of social media can seem daunting to a newbie like myself?

To be completely honest, I didn’t truly start enjoying using it until yesterday. Ha! No kidding. Since I created my account a year ago I felt like I was posting empty photos. They had no meaning, it was just something to post to keep up with everyone else (except for the ones of Rusty – I can never share too much of him :)). I experimented with hashtags and even have my own two, almost three that only I use.My photography photos now are always tagged with #nikkitranphotography, Rusty photos are tagged with #rustytheyorkipoo, and the newest one I’ve been adding is #thetrancottage – used for decor and garden photos. :) But until yesterday, I hated my photos. They looked boring. Same old, same old. Then I  read an article and it was like a light bulb went off; “I shoot [a mobile photo] as carefully as I would a DSLR shot.” Duh!! This entire time I’ve just been a slacker, not really paying attention to anything I took photos of. I didn’t care about lighting, composition, or even the interesting factor of the photo! If my photos are boring, then I get bored, and most likely all of you get bored.

So I’m stepping it up. The article also mentioned different editing apps for my phone. What?! Call me crazy but I seriously had no idea people used other editing apps besides the generic Photo Editor already programmed in the phone. I have a new love: VSCO Cam. Beautiful, simple edits.

If you would like to follow me, I would love that. Just a warning: I take photos of teapots, teacups, books, flowers, Rusty, Paul…and other lovely things in my life. :) And of course photos of my wonderful brides and grooms. :)

I now enjoy Instagram. :) I had tried Twitter – that didn’t last long. I have fully accepted the fact thatTwitter and I do not get along. I’m still trying to give Google+ a chance…we’ll see how that pans out.