Instagram Husband 101: A Five Step Guide

July 4, 2018

instagram husband how to train one


An Instagram husband, cherry blossoms and a few quaint and colourful front doors – Instagram success = guaranteed. At least, that’s what everyone says. Now as you may have guessed from my lack of hundreds of thousands of followers, I’m yet to find a cherry blossom tree in Glasgow and my toddler won’t stand in front of a door for long enough to snap a picture (even if it is a magnificent shade of tangerine). One box I’ve finally managed to tick is the Instagram Husband.


Well kind of, he’s a boyfriend, not a husband, but ‘Instagram Boyfriend’ doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it?


I’m almost certain Jordan didn’t bet on having to learn to work a camera at all when we first started seeing each other – at that point, I’d never used a proper camera and my Instagram started and ended with a weekly Two For Tuesdays check in with Dominos. A few years down the line and the poor soul is now expected to know the in’s and out’s of shutter speed and light reflection, all in the name of the gram.



I’ve had this blog for nearly two years (craaazy) now and it’s pretty suffice to say that my photography has improved ten fold since my very first post. For reference, that post contained a single photo taken on my iPhone in a bathroom stall of the local shopping centre. It was bad – but I’ve spent the last two years educating myself and I’m now a dab hand at getting a passable blog photo. I’m not the only one who’s photography skills have improved though. I first drafted Jordan in to take some pictures of me and Harrison around a year ago when I was all but absent in pictures throughout Harrisons’ first year. It was a rather uphill battle, given that Jordans’ photography experience started and ended with annual drunk snapchat of his beer at Christmas time, but after many an argument over out of focus and over exposed images, he’s grown into the perfect Instagram husband.


Disclaimer: Jordan is a willing particpant in all things Instagram. Well, less willing, and more ‘if I don’t do this I’ve got no chance of watching the World Cup later so I’d better just do it quickly…’

instagram husband how to train one
instagram husband how to train one


  1. Keep Them Fed And Watered

I don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news, but for your partner, taking 400 varying shots of you holding a coffee cup is probably not going to be their idea of fun. They do it because they love you, and because being a willing participant means they have more chance of being able to watch the World Cup undisturbed later on today. With that in mind, keep them happy. Do not ask them to shoot on an empty stomach, try not to string it out longer than it has to be and throw in the promise of a Nandos’ (or a pint) after you are finished.


  1. Lowkey Is Key

I still find having my picture taken embarrassing. I’m not natural in front of a camera by any sorts, and I can’t help but feel my face burn up when we whip out the big camera in public. It’s easy to forget that I’m not the only one who is self conscious. People are curious, and will often give a second glance – it’s natural, but it can be uncomfortable and it doesn’t your unsolicited photographer feel at ease. We’ll always head to the quietest area we can find to take our pictures, less stares, less crimson faces and less moaning from Jordan. It’s taken us a long time to realise it, but sticking to capturing what is going on naturally is the best (and only) way for us to take pictures. For one, I can’t pose for sh*t, but for two, Jordan does not read blogs, or even have Instagram, so he does not naturally capture the types of images I am looking for.


instagram husband how to train one

3. Set It Up (Don’t Let Them Fix It)

I don’t really take any pictures on my phone any more, I’m a sucker for a blurry background so until iPhone produces bokeh, my insta-husband is stuck with my DSLR, which isn’t always the easiest. Now by all means, if you want to send them 5000 links for bedtime reading titled ‘How To Change The Shutter Speed’ or ‘What ISO Means’ then whiz them over. Will they read them? Better yet, will they understand them enough to action it (because let’s be real here, I still don’t really fully understand ISO and I’ve been at it for years).


Set up the shot you want them to take, take a picture of them and show them exactly what want. Place them in the exact spot you were standing in and tell them not to move a muscle. Unfortunately this is not full proof and chances are you will still end up with a completely different angle that gives you four chins and a streak of lighting beaming across your face BUT it’s better than what you would have gotten if left to their own devices.



4. Show Them Examples

Not everyone spends a significant amount of time scrolling through Instagram daily. Even less people read blogs now. Jordan does neither, and there is a good chance that whoever rather unwittingly falls into the role of your Instagram Husband won’t either.At this point in time, Jordan knows to find some form of plant, or bush, stand behind it and make sure I’m not the one in focus. That is an odd photo composition, but one I like, and not one he would work out by himself. We all have ideas in our heads of what we like our own images to look like, and unless your partner is a mind reader, they will probably get it wrong. Show them examples of what you are looking for. A photo reference, or if you want to go all out create a Pinterest board with your inspiration and let them scroll through for five minutes while you set up the camera. I didn’t get very many photos from our holiday to Gran Canaria, so I’ve created a ‘Family Travel Photo Inspiration’ board on Pinterest and I can almost guarantee I’ll work down it like a checklist when we travel to Cyprus. #NotSorry.


5. Reward And Recognition

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t give Jordan the recognition he deserves for acting as an unpaid photographer at every given opportunity. He takes the blame for everything that goes wrong in the photo (sorry, Jordan) regardless of whether or not it was his fault, and doesn’t complain all that often. Only, say 30 times for each mini-shoot. I’ve made a point recently of giving him the praise he actually deserves for his newfound ability to work the camera, and to take pictures a tripod never could achieve. All joking aside, try not to criticise to much. Sure, angles may not be ideal and there is a very good chance your picture is blurry – but everyone has to learn, so keep them happy while they do it. And Nandos, reward with Nandos.

instagram husband how to train one
instagram husband how to train one


Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Panasonic. All words and opinions are as always my own.

17 responses to “Instagram Husband 101: A Five Step Guide”

  1. I totally wish my husband would do this. I am not in any photos ever. I handed him my DSLR at a festival and asked him to take a pic of me and my eldest – it was an auto and he still managed to not focus! Haha. Sarah

  2. Fantastic tips! After years of training my husband he is getting a much better Instagram husband 🙂

  3. You have done well to train your Instahusband. Mine is still rubbish at taking photos, even 4 years later

  4. Amy says:

    I’m still training my insta husband, he’s useless at angles and manages to take THE most unflattering shots, he’s getting better though so hopefully I might get something half decent soon! You are training yours well, those shots are beautiful x

  5. haha I totally love this post! I will use those tips with my other-half. He is not really good or I never really like pictures of myself I reckon? Poor Instagram husbands LOL

  6. Love this and what a good instagram husband he is. Your photos are lovely!!

  7. Jenni says:

    These are great tips and what gorgeous photos. My husband still doesn’t like taking photos for my blog etc, but he does take lots of me and my daughter

  8. Pati Robins says:

    loving that post – my husband is hopeless with camera , but your hubby took some amazing shots – you might say you are not a natural – but let me tell you something you look beautiful in those photos

  9. Nafisah NK says:

    Hahaha, I was smiling all through. You thought him really well because the pictures are awesome, the smiles and moments can be felt through them xx

  10. Kirsty says:

    Hehe! This made me chuckle. As someone who has none of these things I have had to learn how to use a tripod and a timer or remote. My husband is less than willing and more than useless 😉 Your boyfriend takes some lovely pictures for you, well done for training his thus far. Just imagine what he will be able to do in two years.

  11. Shan says:

    Oh how I wish Iolo didn’t have that ‘that’ll do’ attitude! I’m yet to buy a dslr and he’s taking photos on my iPhone which he hates! I end up having to do it myself because he has basically crossed eyes 😂😂 I’m going to train him up now big time!

  12. Gemma says:

    I always think your photos are absolutely lush, where can I get myself one of these??? 😂

  13. My fiance Chris is the one who got me blogging so he has to take full responsibility and involvement! We both hate having our pic taken and he is hugely embarrassed about getting the camera out at events or activities.

  14. Kelly-Anne says:

    Ah an Instagram husband! Mine is pretty good, however I prefer being behind the camera. These photos are completely gorgeous!

  15. Jade says:

    I think I need to find myself an Instagram husband. Yours takes amazing photographs!
    For now, I’m stuck taking my own photographs, which means there isn’t a lot of me and Isla together.

  16. I wish my husband was good at taking photos!

  17. John needs to read this! He likes to go a little independent and throw his own opinion into shots, which is great but his vision isn’t very instagram!

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