This week our Favourite Instagrammer is @humphreyandgrace. Julia, who is the creative brain behind the lens, has a real eye for wonderful collections and beautiful compositions. The clean and bright photography is so pleasing and makes you want to go for a wander to find your very own intriguing selection of bits and bobs to shoot altogether.
As well as these lovely little collections of the natural and the found, Julia's eye for doorways and windows is so interesting. Always such a lovely pastel colour palette too with the odd glimpse of complimenting vintage cars and blooming blossoms. There's definitely a lot to learn from Julia, so head over to her blog to get your fix of Instagram tips to improve your gallery!
Read our chat with Julia and hear all about her inspirations and the accounts we should be following!
Describe your style in 5 words
I would describe my style as light, calm, simple, honest and very English.
What are the tools you use to create your feed?
I use my Canon 7d mostly, my iPhone 6 and I have just bought an Olympus PEN. I don’t use filters much to be honest! My editing app of choice is Lightroom and if using my computer I edit in the full version of Lightroom (although I think the editing tools on Instagram are brilliant too). I guess three years of Instagramming has trained my eye to see things in squares without using grids or square frames, I shoot my photographs in full landscape or portrait format as often I use more of the frame for my blog posts.
Who or what inspires you?
I find inspiration in many places and always have half an eye out for the next photo. I find Instagram itself incredibly inspiring, I love stepping off the scroll and exploring new galleries through the explore page or on a journey of who commented here and who do they follow… My gallery is also constantly evolving as I want to keep learning and trying new techniques although keeping my own style is important. Currently I am inspired by London streets and springtime blooms and if the two mix then even better. Instagram is a brilliant place to introduce you to a bigger world and the details of it which are easily overlooked. It is a fantastic way to pick up on trends and styles, to absorb information from a more human source than the print of newspapers or magazines.
I am also constantly inspired by my 3 children to look at the world through their eyes. They question everything and I admire their thirst for knowledge. The good, the bad, the pretty and the ugly, they learn from it all and so should we.
If you had an extra hour in the day what would you do?
In a different world I would either take myself to our local beach as I find it keeps life in perspective being next to the vastness of the sea, or if its wild and unfriendly outside I would sit with a cup of coffee and a book. Contrary to what my photo’s suggest I don’t drink much tea. In my actual world it is more likely I would be spending time with my children or catching up on emails…
What is your personal motto?
I am not sure I subscribe to just one as there are many I try and remember. Live simply, laugh often, enjoy the little things and live a thankful life. Bloom where you are planted is one I love. I believe very much in positive thinking!
Who else should we follow on instagram? Who’s your top three?
OK let’s keep this short @hannahargyle always always posts beautiful photos, is one gorgeous lady and a good friend of mine, @prettycitylondon (and it’s editor @siobhaise) for all the places you need to visit in London, not just the tourist attractions and currently I am loving @fionaannal and her Scottish scenes.
Thanks so much for your time Julia, now everyone go and enjoy @humphreyandgrace's wonderful gallery.