Inspiration: Instagram

Images by Sandra Coan

Here's the deal friends.... I'm obsessed with the camera on my iPhone.  Seriously.  I just love it!  I love that it's always with me.  I love that it makes capturing the wonderfully mundane and beautiful moments of day to day life so easy!  It's just great! And I never want to be without it.

About a year ago I joined Instagram, which has only fueled my obsession.   For those of you who don't know, Instagram is a photo sharing program that allows you to snap a photo on your phone, run it through a cool filter, and then share it with all of your friends via Facebook, Twitter, or their own Instagram feed.  I'm truly blown away by the gorgeous work that is being made out there!!!  It's so inspiring!

Since it's launch in 2010, Instagram has exploded.  The only problem is, what do you do with all of those tiny photos trapped on your  phone?  I personally believe that beautiful pictures should not only be shared, they should be printed!  Luckily, there are many ways to make that happen.

My personal favorites are:

Postal Pix:  Postal Pix will take your Instagram photos and print them on adorable 4x4 aluminum plates.  I've attached hangers on the backs of mine, and they now adorn little nooks and crannies all over my house!  My assistant turned hers in to coasters.  They're adorable!

                                                                                                                                                              Image by Postalpix

I've also used these beautifully made bamboo frames, called Boo Boxes, by Hatchcraft.   LOVE them!

                                                                                                                                                       Image by Sandra Coan

Another big hit in my family is Postagram.  This company takes your Instagram photos and turns them into postcards!!  Brilliant!  My older brother (a.k.a Mr. Cat Thrasher) and I send these to each other all of the time.  The photos come perforated and can easily be popped out of the postcard and displayed.  I've converted a bunch of mine into magnets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      image by Postagram

Canvas Pop prints your Instagram photos on to 12x12 canvas wraps.  I ordered ten of these last week. :)  Can not wait to see them!

Here are some things I haven't tried, but think look fun:

Casetagram!  Turn your photos into an iPhone case.  Brilliant!

Stichagram.  Because, everyone needs a pillow!

Image Snap.  Ceramic tiles, custom printed with your photos!

And if you really want to get creative, just do an "Instagram" search on Pinterest and you'll find all sorts fun and cool things to do with your Instagram photos, like this one posted by The College Prepster.  I'm totally doing this with my kids this summer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Image by The College Prepster

There is tons of fun iPhone gear at Photojojo and even more great iPhoneography tips at PhotoCruncher.com

oh.... one more thing!  This is sooooo cool!  A real Instagram camera... going on my wishlist for sure!

So there you have it!  If you have any favorite Instagram related products, I'd love to hear about them.  And if you are on Instagram, look us up!  I'm "sandracoan" and Cat is "catthrasher"

Happy Shooting!

-Sandra Coan