Living Outside the Stacks

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Throwback Thursday: Photography, the Beginning

My husband walking through an underground tunnel…

And this is where it all began. My husband and I were walking through an underground tunnel and the light was just incredible. I snapped and a hobby was born. It wasn’t until a few years later that The Hubs surprised me with a Nikon D3100, but it all began with a cell phone, timing, and light. Yes, that picture was taken with a cell phone.

Where did your hobby begin?
Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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Instagram Week in Review

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty nice. I spent time with The Hubs ~ breakfast, the River Walk, and church. Nice and quiet, just how we like it. We’re still tossing around RV ideas. I think we’ve both decided that we want to buy an old Airstream and remodel it. That’s big for us. We’ve never undergone a reno project together before. And I’m fairly certain my idea of old {read vintage} Airstream remodel {bohemian chic/glamp~tastic} is very different from his idea {house on wheels}. So we’ll see how that goes.

In the meantime, here are some pictures from last week. It seems my life was all about the Mississippi River…

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Vintage clutch. This vintage beaded clutch was purchased at Annie Laurie’s Antiques. I knew I’d probably never carry it but I couldn’t leave it in the store either. It’s now a piece of home decor on my end table.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Street Art. On the interior of the flood wall is an abundance of street art. Downtown Cape is an incredibly artsy area. It’s nothing to see musicians and artists down by the river sharing their talents.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Inukshuk. My friends, doulalana and amissiontosave explained to me that in Canada, these stacked rocks are used by the Aboriginal people to relay messages.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Panoramic view. I didn’t know that my cell phone could take panoramic pictures. How goofy am I? Yay for that discovery {thank you, LG G2} and double yay for the Mississippi River being so beautiful.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}Still running. I’ve signed up for the Run for God Virtual Pinky 5K. I haven’t had an opportunity to run with any of the Run for God graduates yet but we’re still keeping in touch via Facebook. And I have run into a few of them while out on the trail.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Yarn bombing. We found a bench in the historic district of Cape that had been yarn bombed. Of course, my nephew made himself comfortable.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

So focused. For months I’ve been wondering who has been stacking rocks along the River, now I know. You wouldn’t believe the amount of focus and patience it takes for him to get the rocks to balance.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Random silliness. Having a three~year~old in the house is making me incredibly silly. I love how uninhibited he is and how he forces us to laugh, hug, and exercise an abundance of patience.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Mississippi River. Look at how high the water is! Just a few weeks ago, we were walking along that space that’s now under the river. Just unreal.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Flood Wall Reflection. I have to say this is one of my favorite pictures of the flood wall by the Mississippi River. It captures everything I love about the area: the art, the historic buildings, and the colors.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Favorite coffee picture. I like the colors on this, the pink from my Sseko Designs sandals just pops against the darkness of the concrete.

If you’re on Instagram, don’t forget to follow {I’m 4daenelt} and give me a yell in the comments so I know you’re there and can follow you too.

What are you looking forward to this week?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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How to Do an Instagram Takeover

How to Do an Instagram Takeover {Living Outside the Stacks}

Last month, I had the honor of taking over the Cape Girardeau Visitor’s Bureau Instagram account. It was quite possibly one of the most fun experiences of my time here in Cape. Imagine walking down the street and having people sayHey, you’re the girl who’s taking the pictures, aren’t you?” Just fun.

But if I had all to do over again, there are a few things I’d do differently:

  • Treat the account like my own and share the things that I’d normally share on my personal account
  • Share pictures of my family, friends, and myself
  • Post more pictures

If you ever get the chance to do an Instagram takeover, take it! It gives you the opportunity to reach a new audience and re~examine how you see the world around you.

Here are a few other tips to get you started:

How to Do an Instagram Takeover - Morning Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

Be consistent ~ if you have a routine that you follow on your own Instagram account, bring it over to the one you’re taking over. This is the first clue to who you are… My Instagram friends know that I share a cup of coffee with them every morning, so sharing a morning cup with a new group only makes sense.

How to Do an Instagram Takeover - The Glenn House {Living Outside the Stacks}

Let your personality shine through ~ people want to see the person behind the curtain. Seeing your face, your hands, some part of you in a few of the pictures puts a face to the message and makes things much more fun. Especially when people recognize you on the street.

How to Do an Instagram Takeover - Dynamite Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

Show people in action ~ pictures should tell stories, make sure that people know what you’re telling them. Watching Katie and Robbie work behind the counter at Dynamite Coffee is so much fun, it’s like watching them dance…

Be social ~ when people comment on the pictures, make sure you respond

  • Use your voice and be authentic. Your host wouldn’t have invited you to takeover if they didn’t trust you.
  • Use a special hashtag that you set up with the host ahead of time. For example, if someone were to take over my instagram, I’d use #LOTSguestinstagrammer {for Living Outside the Stacks guest instagrammer}. Add your instagram name in parentheses, this helps people to identify {and follow} you as well.

What makes you interact with someone on Instagram?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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