If you're a social network freak like myself you may have come across a photo or two that looks like it had a very elegant vintage filter applied to it. In fact, you probably have come across more than just one or two considering the fact that Instagram is one of the most popular mobile apps. It can be a great tool to help uncover your photography skills (which in my case didn't really happen), but for most of us it's mainly a tool for scrolling through our favourite feeds and feel suffocated by fabulousness: there's one person who is paddling on the surfboard at Bayron Bay, another one snapped away a gorgeous sunset in San Fran, yet another is sipping Champagne in Singapore Airlines business class en route to Sao Paulo, while the fourth is ... OK, you get the picture. But let's face it: everyone's life looks better on the internet than it does in real life. It's not the fanciness that catches my eye, though. It's the refined attention to details, the perfect positioning of objects, the light, the simplicity. And my friend Tjaša is a master of all those things. With over 27.000 followers she's one of the queens of Instagram. Period. She's also just moved to Dubai and I'm drooling over every single pic that she posts - the beaches, cafés, skyscrapers ... Oh, and last but not least, she finally set up a blog called Tjaša In Her Own World, where she writes about living in the UAE, various lifestyle topics and much more. Enough with the talking, meet the very lovely Tjaša!
Hi Tjaša, wassup? Would you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Well, I recently moved from Slovenia to Dubai. And I'm still getting used to the fact that I'm married and living 5 mins away from the beach. But otherwise I'm just a girl in her own world, snapping the hell out of her iPhone 4S.
Did you have a passion for photography even before the Instagram phenomenon, or did you develop it later?
What does Instagram mean to you?
Instagram is my personal photo diary. Gallery of my feelings, experiences, moments of my life that every day develop into something bigger. For me Instagram is the perfect platform for developing my own creativity.
What are usually the objects of your photography, what catches your eye? Do you try to evoke something special in your viewers?
As you can see, if you are my follower, my usual objects are all the little things in my everyday life. My morning tea, my breakfast, my favorite ice-cream or magazine. Beside that, simplicity of the sea or minimalism of a big city. I think every photo evokes a feeling, but that depends on the feeling that a viewer has. And that's a good think about photography.
What device do you use for your Instagram photos? Any favorite photo apps?
I use my old iPhone 4S. And dreaming about a newer version all the time! I only use VSCOcam for editing my photos, and that's basically it.
How would you describe your IG feed in three words?
Minimalistic, white, and simple.
What are some of your Instagram do's and don'ts? Any tips and tricks you would like to share?
Let's say you're throwing an Instagram dinner party - who would you invite and why?
Oh, there is so many amazing Instagram users. I would be more than happy to throw an Instagram dinner or maybe a picnic on the beach. And since you didn't say how many I can invite, the list could go on and on, but here are some of my top favorites.
@alice_gao, because her New York life is just amazing. @anastasia_volkova, because she is the most beautiful Russian girl, which I fell in love with at first sight, the same goes for all her photos. @tjasam, because she is just amazing - Slovenian girl, living in Fuerteventura, her nature photos are beyond beautiful! @kessara, because she is a master of everyday simplicity. @aialahernando, because she is an amazing food stylist and all her photos make me want to add some colors to my gallery, too. @corinanika, because she is from Kefalonia and that's all you need to know. @thetrottergirl, because her photos of food, coffee, and travels are simply amazing. And @sincerelyjules, because, oh well, we all know her. Because she is just so gorgeous and I totally want her closet and her fabulous life.
How do you handle 27.000 followers?
Larger number of followers only means that your photos are seen by a larger amount of people. I always post pictures about myself and my life, sometimes people around me, especially my husband. You can see my full name on Instagram, so I never had problems with hiding my identity. I never even thought about a locked profile. Even when my photos reveal something more, I'm careful that they still remain discreet enough.
Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?
That's a tough one. I always had that idea in my mind, but then a lot has changed in the last couple of months, so I'm eager to see where my life will take me. But I can totally see my little family owning a cool B&B on some little Dalmatian island.
What about you, are you also a pure Instagram addict or did you fall into a love-hate relationship with it?