We’ve rounded up the best hashtags to help you up your game on Instagram. You’ll find tips and tricks to take pictures you’re proud of, to create meaningful connections, and give you a large dose of inspiration. Oh, and they’re pretty fun tags, too.
Have a look below. Guaranteed, your feed will thank you for it…
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Queen of the hashtag Allison Sadler is back with a new tag to help you get more creative and free with your Instagram posts. Hot on the heels of #freeupmyinsta, is #thriveinmyfreedom, a tag that encourages us all to be ourselves and share it with the world. “Thrive in my Freedom is more than just an Instagram challenge, it’s a way of life, permission to celebrate being our true selves,” explains Allison.
“If you’re feeling brave or have done something for yourself or business that kicks convention to the curb, then post a picture on Instagram and join in.”
Get advice and tricks from the experts with the tag #photographytips. Professionals and hobbyists share their top tips to get a winning picture – whether it’s how to shoot into the sun or how to create the perfect flatlay. It’s also worth taking a look at @yeshen.uk, a photographer who works with lots of designer-makers, for handy tips on how to get the ideal shot.
Everyone is talking about how Instagram Stories are the best way to make connections and boost your following, but putting yourself out there can still be scary. Sara Tasker of Me and Orla wants us to ditch the fear and brave the lens, so she’s set up a tag to encourage you to do just that — #talktocamerachallenge.
Each week there will be a new prompt to encourage you to film yourself, and you can search out other makers taking to Instagram Stories, feeling the fear and doing it anyway! “You know how talking to the camera on Stories is like roughly as easy as talking to your celebrity crush whilst stark naked? Well, I’m on a mission to change that,” says Sara. “I wholeheartedly believe that we make the best and most meaningful connections when we show up and let ourselves be real and honest and raw.”
From how to make your type rainbow coloured on Instagram Stories to how to regram pictures, Instagram experts are always sharing their best tips to get the most out of social media with the tag #instagramtips. Share your own or grab some advice.
If you struggle to think of things to post or want a photo challenge that lasts all year round, then Fat Mum Slim’s Photo A Day or #fmspad is a great place to start. The worldwide Instagram challenge, created by the Aussie blogger Fat Mum Slim, is fun and packed full of crafters to give you inspiration for your own makes.
#vsco / #vscocam
VSCO is a picture-editing app that some of the most creative Instagrammers share their photos from, along with how they edited them, using the tags #vsco, #vscogram and #vscocam. Whether you use the app and want to share what you have taken or just want to get some inspiration, join in with the feed.
Set up for small creative businesses to build their brands, this new hashtag is for anyone who wants to boost their following and make more of Instagram Stories. Sam Burgess has created a 30-day Instagram challenge starting on 1st April to help you work out what to say and the best ways to connect with your followers. Use #smallandmightystories to find out who else is taking part and make connections.
The Weekend Hashtag Project, or #whp, is Instagram’s very own photo challenge which has a different theme every week. You can find out more on Insta’s blog. Challenges can be themed around everything from unicorns to landscapes, and it’s great fun to see how others interpret the prompt and find new people.
Inspire yourself to keep making and coming up with new ideas by seeing how other people bring creativity into their lives on a daily basis. Use the tag #creativityeveryday to find other makers and see how they share their inventive days.
Our sister magazine In The Moment runs its own fab photo challenge every month, so get involved. April’s theme ‘Be Creative’ was made for us. To enter, all you have to do is share your favourite creative activity and say why you enjoy it, using the hashtag #ITMphotochallenge and tagging @inthemomentmag. Not only will the winning photo appear in the magazine, but there’s a prize too.
One of the best things about the maker community is the camaraderie between crafters. Use the tag #communityovercompetition to find friendly makers who want to lift each other up and celebrate everyone’s successes. They also offer an online pep talk for if you have a craft fail. You might find others you want to collaborate with too by using #collaborationovercompetition.
The tag #moodboardmonday is a good excuse to get creative, play with colours and come up with new ideas. Share your moodboards and draw inspirations for new colour palettes from others.
Tuesdays are for sharing your craft hacks and expert knowledge on Instagram. Use #tiptuesday to find out all sorts, from why your sewing machine is skipping stitches to ways to take a dazzling shot.
Not only is the #justacard campaign awesome, it’s one of the most friendly communities on social media. From makers supporting makers to finding great small business, everyone is happy to share advice on the tag. You can also head over to their website for some excellent advice on building your brand.
Don’t forget to tag #molliemakers on your posts as well. We’d love to hear if you have any good photo challenges or hashtags coming up, or just to see what you’ve been making this month. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook too.