My go-to Instagram story apps for photos

Ever since I started being more active on Instagram, I got obsessed. Obsessed with knowing and doing everything first. Also in general, I love the refreshing feeling of exploring and learning something new.

On Instagram, it’s all about the trend, those who catch the trend first are winning. Like, remember the #followmeto trend, where the person on the photo is holding a hand with the person behind the camera. It’s still a thing, but the ones, who created it got a lot more famous than they were before.

Also having clean and beautiful content is so important. I cannot bear to watch bad quality Instagram stories. Of course, sometimes Instagram lowers the quality of the video and so on and Instagram is catching the instant moment, but if it’s a shaky, loud and blurry content, we will skip it or just send it to your close friends (which you can now do on Instagram).

For my own Instagram, I don’t always edit and use apps to make that perfect look, but I try to keep it clean and understandable, not too much text, gifs, emojis. But when I do, I only use the best ones to make it visually super nice.

So, without further ado, here are some of my favourite apps I use to get those stylish photos.

Unfold

This is one of the most popular ones among influencers. You get 2-3 free template sets, but buying the rest is worth it. Different fonts and features are available. Makes your photos to stand out and pleasant to watch. Here are some photos I have made with Unfold and a little sneak peek inside my Unfold app.

Unfold for your phone: Android (click here)    iPhone (click here)

StoryArt

StoryArt is definitely one of my favourite ones at the moment. It has a lot of free templates and it has inside filters. Altho buying a new set of templates is a bit more expensive than buying from Unfold. I like that StoryArt gives you a little preview of the templates before you start editing.

StoryArt :  Android (click here)    iPhone (click here)

Spark Post

I use Spark Post mostly for work. You can add cool effects to the text and make it more alive. Add icons and logos. Some of the features are only available to Adobe Creative members, if you pay for Lightroom, like I do, just log in and you will get all the features. App also has templates, but all the templates are single, Unfold and StoryArt have template sets, where you can create a nice storyline. Spark Post is best for promotional photos or single text posters.

Appfortype

I actually discovered Appfortrype while putting together this post. I immediately fell in love. You can add stickers and fonts for your photos. Perfect if you want to add small seasonal stickers or use that brushy background look. This app has a lot to offer and I’m also excited to explore this one. Most of it you can use for free, but again, if you want to be super on-trend, then you can purchase new stickers and fonts for few euros. Really loved it that it gives tips how to do your pics better.

Appfortype:  Android (click here)   iPhone ( click here)

These are only a few of apps I use,  my go-to-apps, super fast to use and once you’ve used them for some time you’ll have a vision and can edit a photo in a minute.

Hope this post was useful, if yes, make sure to give this post a heart and comment, only then I know if I should make another one about video stories. I have soo much to share, but will only share if you’re ready to listen.

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|VILJANDI + MARIEL| PAHKELPHOTO

After just being one day back at my parent’s place, they randomly decided at the coffee table that we should go to Viljandi. I first thought it was a joke, cause my mom and dad are so busy, that everything can change in a second. Didn’t believe them till my mom was screaming behind my door, that I should be faster and everyone else already in the car. Ran into the car, hair still all wet, shoelaces still hanging untied. And then I was sure, we were going to Viljandi.

Just a week before I finally met Mariel and her sister Kristel. Two gorgeous twins, who live in Viljandi. Wrote to Mariel and they were imminently ready to have a coffee in an hour.

Mariel is a young fashion and lifestyle blogger. Her energy is impressive, coffee and banana bread help to remain that energy. You can notice her amazing smile in the photos. Find out more about her blog. (click here)

Kristel, on the other hand, loves being behind the camera. She made so many good photos of us, that it’s really difficult to choose the ones to put over here. Definitely, check out more of her photos. (click here)

 

Coffee turned into a photo, a photo turned into a photo shoot, photo shoot came out to be one big laughter and enormous fun, we walked around in Viljandi and just talked and laughed.

What a better way to enjoy the Saturday, thank you, girls, for your warmness and kindness.

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LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK + TURISTA A PALERMO

All morning Alina was talking about going out of the town to get some photos and enjoy the weather. But didn’t let myself to be disturbed as I was so into my work. And if I remember correctly, it was horrible weather in the morning.

In the evening when she arrived back home with a friend, I had no choice but to join them for a road trip out of the town.

We ended up in Lahemaa National Park, cause we were visiting friends for a BBQ. And the beach we were guided to was just breathtaking…

I really wasn’t planning to look like a little sailor man, but Alina even discovered an anchor on my shirt, so I couldn’t deny it, I was a little sailor man on my little boat, waiting for big waves to take me for an adventure.

There is only one month of summer left I started thinking about what’s next? What new I should do from the autumn. I always get brilliant ideas, when I go out with my friends, I get so much inspiration and encouragement from my friends. Two weeks ago, while being out drinking coffee, I just decided that I am moving to Italy.

I have always had the thought that I need to learn Italian and now is a perfect time. I will be moving to Sicily, where also my sister lives, I can’t wait to see her again. Last time I was in Sicily was two years ago, but it feels like forever.

So as a start to my Sicilian life I collaborated with Turista a Palermo(click) to introduce you Sicily. From Turista a Palermo you can find all the places you should visit and places you can stay. Your perfect guide around Palermo. So when ever you should visit, grab a Turista and get the most out of Palermo or if you’re lucky… maybe I can show you around?

Photos by Alina Birjuk

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SAAREMAA + BOOST YOURSELF

There’s no better job I could ask for. Cause I can say, that my job is my hobby. Working for Boost Yourself is a blessing from God. First started as collaboration manager, but now I also do their Instagram and bit of client support. I have been doing that for 6 months now. Also when I was travelling around, because I can do my job from where ever I want to do it.

And as Boost Yourself is celebrating its 2nd birthday. We were all called over to Saaremaa and I finally had the chance to meet everyone else on the team.

Alina and I flew over to Saaremaa… and that was the coolest plane ride I have ever had.

got to stay in GOSPA hotel and my boss Teet immediately brought us smoothies from Fresh smoothie bar.
a lunch, we all got together and later we had a meeting in our new office.

 

This is the first team photo in our new office and hopefully not the last one. Two of our co-workers managed to flee before the photo was taken. After our business meetings were done and official part was over, we went to discover Saaremaa.

One must go place is definitely Cafe Retro in the centre of Kuressaare. They have the best fish burger, craft beer and kombucha. And the fish they serve is freshly caught.

On Wednesday, we drove out from Kuressaare to see more of this beautiful island.

In the end, we managed to some photos with our products and smoothies.

Another good cafe we visited was Good Mood Food. The cafe was placed in the owner’s backyard, which was gorgeous with lots of plants and good atmosphere. We chose to eat their most famous beetroot burger and sweet potato chips.

We really can’t wait to go back to Saaremaa, it’s a really nice getaway from the big city and the food is just amazing.

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MARBELLA + MARIS

After being 2 weeks in England and a week in Scotland, it was time to go somewhere warmer – time for Spain.

I had my cousin/best friend Maris waiting for me in Puerto Banus. We have knows each other from the day I was born. And since she has been away in Spain for a longer time, I found that is perfect to reunite in Spain.

Packed myself ready for new adventures and on the way I was. Had a flight to Malaga and arrived after midnight. I had no idea where I needed to go and just waited for some bus. About an hour later bus arrived and I was a bit closer to ‘home’. From that day Puerto Banus has been my home for almost 2 months.

 

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35MM + SCOTLAND

My little side project is to make photos with my grandad’s old 35mm film camera.

When I studied photography then we also learned how to shoot on a film. And it’s the coolest thing you can ever do in a photography. The beauty of not seeing the photos immediately makes it so special. It’s like getting a gift every time I get the photos. Happens often that some of them are not in focus, I tend to mess up at least something, but that’s what I love the most about it, there’s nothing you can do, only do remember the good moments you had.

Here are some I made in Scotland.

 

Eneka Stewart
Eneka Stewart & Scrum

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FROM DYING TO SHINING

Have you ever felt like you’re just slowly dying from inside out? And there’s nothing you can do about it.

Until suddenly there comes the day when everything changes and you feel free from the bargain you were carrying.

But on that day you have to ask yourself, are you really ready to step out of the comfort zone?

I know I wasn’t. I had the right mindset at the wrong time.

My day was exactly two years ago. The day I stopped physically dying. I got a new chance at living and when everyone else around my hospital bed was crying I was the one who kept making jokes and smiling. My weak body made my spirit stronger.

Everything inside me changed, but my life stayed the same, I got well, went back to school and again went with the flow. Even I’m impressed that I was fine for two years. I did try looking for new ways to study abroad or at least charge something.

Until now, which brings me to the point why I suddenly left my hometown and home. Quit school and started working on the things that are really important to me. And now I’m wondering around the world, doing the things I love and being the person I really want to be.

So, thank you, mamma, for sitting on my bed that morning and saying: “There are only two ways to live your life, SHINE OR DIE.”

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