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Check out this interview with @jess.andco where she shares how she achieves her stunning Instagram photos, including her favourite Apps for editing. Read it now!

Tell us a little about you.
Hi, My name is Jess. I live in Sydney, Australia. I’m a full time SAHM to my 3 & 4yr old.


How did you get into photography or photo-taking? When did it all begin for you?
I can’t recall a specific moment that I fell in love with photography I just remember always being drawn to beautiful photos and craving a camera of my own.

I remember as a child my Dad taking lovely photos of us and having this really cool camera that he would take great care of and let me take a photo with his guidance every now and then. When I was in year 11 at school they offered photography. I so would have loved to do it but felt too guilty to ask Mum and Dad to pay for it. Unfortunately I have fallen in love with an expensive hobby.

I had several compact camera’s over the years but always coveted a lovely big camera to have more control over the final image. My now husband, but boyfriend at the time bought me my first DSLR and I was like a woman possessed. Over the years I have been learning as much as I can and improving with practice.

With the evolution of camera phones over time and all the terrific editing apps out there it’s so easy to experiment and find your style. I find myself using both iPhone and DSLR. The iPhone is so convenient as I always have it with me so it tends to be my most used (especially for Instagram).

The introduction of Instagram was so exciting. All that visual inspiration is intoxicating. I just love seeing all the work of these very creative and clever people.

Instagram really helps to provide me with a creative outlet to explore and share.


What do you love taking photos of most?
If you look at my Instagram you will see flowers and our home are a major source of inspiration and love for me. My other favourite subjects to photograph are my children. They are growing up with camera’s in their face.


What are your favourite Apps for editing?
I love using Snapseed and Afterlight for my Florography photos.

I love Snapseed’s brush and dodge/burn tools and their selective tool. The healing tool is terrific if there is a little blemish you want to get rid of.

I have fallen in love with ColorStory and find I am using it the most of all apps at the moment. I have created my own custom filters (it’s so easy to do) and it helps me get a fairly consistent look and feel across my photos. I find myself using different methods from time to time but always trying to achieve a light, bright and happy photo.

When editing my DSLR photos on my laptop I use lightroom.

If a photo is not quite working in one app I’ll use a combo of a few apps or will try it in another app. I’m not afraid of a little trial and error.


Can you share a recent favourite photo of yours – and take us through how you edited it?
I took this photo with my iPhone 6S and took it on the kids IKEA play table. I use it for all my white backgrounds.


I imported it into ColorStory and used one of my saved filters. It wasn’t quite bright enough so I played around with it a bit in Curves. Then I upped the clarity slightly and cooled the temperature down a bit as it wasn’t quite cool enough.

I always sharpen my photos a little at the end but didn’t need to with this one as the saved filter I used had already applied it.

There were a few marks on the table (thanks to my children) so I imported the photo into snapseed and using the blemish tool I edited them out to get a nice clean background.

Thanks for sharing Jess. If you’d like to follow Jess on Instagram, you can click over here and get started. Also, you should totally check out her stationery store