If you didn’t already want to spend your next weekend out in the city taking cool photos, after scrolling through Kayla Seah’s Instagram feed you definitely do! Award-winning lifestyle blogger Kayla Seah gives us major photography inspiration with her well thought through Instagram feed and her lifestyle website NotYourStandard.com.
The Toronto-based blogger with a background in fashion design originally started her online presence as a creative outlet to bundle all the inspiration she got from living in vibrant and artsy cities like New York and Berlin. Fast forward a couple of years, she has now turned her Instagram and lifestyle website into one of the most aesthetic photo blogs having created a unique editing style.
Let’s find out how you can create a similar look for your Instagram feed as well!
How to take photos like Kayla
Content & composition
Kayla showcases a variety of different contents on her Instagram feed ranging from on point outfits to beauty and lifestyle products all the way to a lot of envy-worthy travel content mixed with occasional still life or interior shots. Her style throughout these photos is always very minimalistic, but never lacks to portray her sense of classy feminine style combined with a touch of urban street style every now and then.
Taking a closer look at the composition of Kayla’s photos, it becomes obvious that she’s no stranger to modelling. Her photos are mostly center-oriented shots with her in the foreground. Even though you can guess that Kayla has put a little thought in the composition before actually taking the photo, she still manages to make it look authentic by using a lot of natural body movements. If you’re feeling a bit uncomfortable doing the more extreme posing in public to create a bigger silhouette like Kayla does it, you can also try more casual poses like putting your hands in your pockets while slightly looking down to one side. Usually it always helps to take a couple more photos, so feel free to move around a little, try different gestures and facial expressions to capture the most authentic „you“ in your shots.
Kayla not only is a pro when it comes to finding the most flattering poses, but also does she perfect the consistent and cohesive Instagram look with her very own composition and editing style. She achieves to create a calm atmosphere in her photos making sure to have a clean background showing her in everyday situations like running errands with a cup of coffee in her hand.
Why not make use of that simple brick wall you are passing by on your next shopping spree, the underground station or a random café or building as a calm background? More often than not do simple unagitated backgrounds instantly make your photos more minimalistic naturally driving the attention towards the center and foreground of the photo – namely you!
Camera Equipment of Kayla
Kayla usually doesn’t mention what kind of camera equipment she uses to take her stunning photos, but given the rather unstyled and unstaged locations and everyday situations showcased in the photos, we reckon it’s most likely a compact yet versatile travel camera or sometimes a smartphone camera, which you have with you anyways for an impromptu photo shoot.
How to edit Instagram photos like Kayla Seah
Kayla aka notyourstandard has a very distinct style of editing her photos and using color throughout her Instagram feed. She focuses a lot on neutral colors like white, nude and sand as base tones with pops of red and orange. Kayla says herself that she always uses white in her photos to give it a consistent look and connect the photos with each other. Thus, try to find one calm and neutral color like earth tones that you include in every single photo as the red thread throughout your feed to achieve this cohesive style.
If you want to edit your photos like Kayla, you can focus on a couple of settings and features:
- Increase contrast
- Decrease overall saturation a bit to get that toned down neutral look
- Bring out skin tones by increasing hues of red and orange and decreasing the other colors as well as the luminance
- To get the desert-y look, increase the hues orange and red and their saturation until you’re happy with the result
Besides, you can choose earthy tones and use the split-toning – just play around with the settings to find your own Kayla Seah-inspired style!
Kayla Seah-inspired Instagram filters and Lightroom presets
If you want to create a cohesive and aesthetic toned-down look on your blog or Instagram feed and edit like Kayla Seah, you don’t have to have professional editing skills. There are a few tricks and tools that do the job for you like mobile presets! Presets are predetermined positions of some or all of the setting sliders in Lightroom with which you can make sure that you have the same editing style on each photo. Lightroom presets also save you a ton of time, as you can very easily edit in just one click – no matter if you’re editing on your desktop or smartphone.
Head over to our shop to check out our range of Lightroom presets available both as a mobile and desktop version including our Minimal Nudes and Minimal Browns Pack to get your Kayla Seah inspired look!