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‘Gram Whores R Us

Hi I’m Genie and I used to take horrible photos of food. Almost as bad as Martha Stewart.

These days I’m comfortable behind my DSLR and I got there through practice. Most bloggers wouldn’t point you in the direction of their embarrassingly horrific early photos and blog posts, but I’m not most bloggers. I don’t care that I started off as a shitty photographer. Look at the photos here and here. Seriously, check them out, especially that first one. Ewww!

Even though I love photography, I hate taking photos on my phone. Even though my camera is heavy, I carry it around if I think I’ll come across something I’d like to take a photo of.

I was one of those people that owned a Nokia brick when my friends were getting their first iPhone. I finally got a decent smartphone last year – a Galaxy S4 mini to be precise. I was reluctant that I would want or enjoy using a smartphone, but now I’m a convert. I am obsessed addicted a frequent user of Pinterest and Facebook. I wouldn’t say I’m a social media whore because I’ve never Tweeted, but this week/month/year I’m learning to use Instagram.

What better way to encourage myself to take better phone photos than to start using Instagram?

I’m still working my way around how, when and what to post and hopefully I don’t make any account destroying, follower frightening off, Instagram faux pas. I have no idea how often to post or what is socially acceptable.

I’ll mostly be posting pictures of food, particularly ones that don’t make it to this blog but I hope to also include things in my day that I find breathtakingly beautiful. I can guarantee there will be no pouting selfies.


I thought I would be a one post a week kind of girl, but turns out that so far I’ve been enjoying way too much. Is that what everyone who joins Instagram does at first?


Without sounding like a “like whore”, if you’re on Instagram too, please check out my page here.


p.s. If you have any tips for an Instagram noob, I’m all ears.

p.p.s. Feel free to post your account names in the comments below!




our-growing-edge-badgeThis post is part of Our Growing Edge, a monthly blogging event to encourage bloggers to try new food related things.  Cynthia from Eat Munch Love is the host for this month’s event.

If you have a blog and you are eating or cooking something new this month, click below to join. More information here.


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I am Genie, a graphic designer/photographer obsessed with food and bunnies. I live in Whanganui, New Zealand with my husband, The Koala and our two rabbits, Kobe and Bento. I write about my hedonistic ways and I love the mantra "Eat well, travel often". I prefer not to write about myself in third person.


  1. hahahah oh welcome to the hellish world of instagram!
    I used to run away from it because I always though it was just for selfies and overly retouched photos of one self, but I eventually did join and…even though I sometime fall into the “selfie game” I mostly post about everything else..

    So have fun!!
    Jules .-

  2. Hehe I love your posts, they often put a smile on my face. My food photography is still pretty mediocre, but not as bad as at the start. I’m on instagram too, will go check you out 🙂 Still not really into twitter.

  3. My first photos on the blog were taken with my phone. I got a big telling off from Mr S for not using the DSLR he bought me and it does take quite some practice. It’s just part of life now that the camera comes out before dinner can be eaten. Welcome to Instagram, I don’t really use it as much as I sued to these days but DEFINITELY no selfies from me!

  4. Welcome to Instagram! My username is foodiezoolee, I’ll look for you 🙂

    I wish I had the discipline to post once a day, but it usually ends up being twice a week. I actually have a personal account too, but I’m hardy on it anymore and just keep up with personal friends there.

    P.s. I’m totally all over Twitter too @zoolsterr. It’s my fav to keep up with headline news and other bloggers

  5. I’m not Instagram – I feel like it would be another thing I have to maintain and I already feel too busy! But I do feel like I’m missing out as a lot of my friends are on it… I’ll let you know if I decide to jump on board!

    • I know the feeling Audrey. So many things to “check in” on and I dislike the feeling that I’ve abandoned something. We’ll see how this goes. I think once a week is a good goal for now.

  6. I joined instagram a few months ago but only posted once when I was working out how it worked. It’s an embarrassingly bad photo as I hate using my phone to take pictures so at least I haven’t used it enough to have any followers yet! I know I should have a go at using it properly though.

  7. So glad to see that you’ve finally joined the party! Going to follow you right away! My Instagram feed @eatmunchlove welcomes your gorgeous photos!

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