Are you looking for trendy Instagram poses to spruce up your Insta game? If so, you’re at the right place.

Did you know that Instagram has over one billion monthly active users? Making it one of the most popular social media apps. Nonetheless, getting an impressive number of likes and followers can be baffling on Instagram.

If you’re struggling to get the perfect Instagram-worthy photos, remember – there are no bad photos, but poses. In this article, I’ll share 10 trendy Instagram photo poses.

#1 Put your best foot forward

One of the most versatile yet trendy Instagram poses I personally love. 

Putting your best foot forward is the classic photography pose that never goes out of style. There is a reason I admire this pose so much, and it works pretty well for most Instagram pictures.

When you put your best foot forward, you shift most of your body weight to your back foot. This allows your other foot to be the “posing prop.” Also, it’s up to you how you play around with your dominant foot. For example, you can cross one leg behind the other.

Pro Instagram poses tip: To achieve that taller, flattering look, I suggest standing on your tippy toes. It visually elongates your legs, making you look taller and adding a little movement to your body.

#2 The charm of your arms

If you position your hands vertically or horizontally in your pictures, STOP!

Instead of letting your arms hang limply at your sides, keep them on a 45-degree angle, tilted off the vertical axis. It keeps your one hand busy in the photo and adds the much-needed dimensions to the photo.

Pro Instagram poses tip: Use your arms around the torso’s lace-work. This creates an open silhouette, giving you the true feeling of freedom. When you keep your arms glued to the sides, it gives makes you look bulgy with a heavy waistline.

#3 The teapot Instagram pose

The teapot pose is Instagram’s favorite, and rightfully so. It slims your waist and flaunts your curves in the most dignified manner.

Here’s how you can strike the teapot pose for your Instagram photos.

  1. Perch one arm on your hip.
  2. Shift your body weight to one side, while relaxing your shoulders.
  3. Show off any fancy accessories you’re donning by positioning your lifted arm.

And action. 

#4 Tilt your head

This trendy Instagram pose is outstanding for people with asymmetrical faces.

Be sure to turn heads while tilting your head a bit and let the camera do its magic on your face angles. Also, this pose does wonder if you want to create an illusion of a slimmer, toned body.

Pro Instagram poses tip: Pose like an Instagram celebrity and turn slightly instead of facing the camera head on. 

#5 Stand tall, chin up

Bring your inner confidence out and perfect your Instagram photo pose with this simple and all-time classic style.

When it comes to capturing the best photographs, two things never go wrong:

  1. Putting your best foot forward
  2. Standing up straight and putting your chin up

The fact that cameras are 2-D limits your posture as a 2-D model. So, Suppose you’re posing for a camera while looking straight into it: keep your chin up, down, or forward. This mimics the chiseled jawline associated with Instagram celebrities you love. 

#6 Pop one shoulder higher

I detest myself in pictures with flat shoulders. And so, this advice is coming from a personal experience that works 100%.

In recent times, positioning your shoulders might come as a trivial photography detail, but it adds to your overall look. 

If you want to highlight or pop your face in front of the world, do this:

  1. Roll your shoulders back to accentuate your upper body, creating a slimmer look.
  2. Pop one shoulder up higher to create a natural dimension in the photo. (This is one of my go-to Instagram poses that’s both – chic and simple)

#7 Mess around your hair

If you’re blessed with naturally long hair, this Instagram pose was tailor-made for you.

  1. With your low shoulder, make the hair flow freely. 
  2. Tilt your head towards the higher shoulder. It gives you a classic feminine look.

But remember — Don’t keep the line going down the middle of your face aligned with the breastbone. Also, never turn your head towards the low shoulder, making you look broader. 

#8 Be seated

Sitting on the edge of a stool or chair is the new “Instagram cool.” But remember to be seated on the edge of the stool to avoid emphasizing your hips, creating a bulkier look.

To achieve the perfect “sit like a boss Instagram pose”, I suggest sitting tall, confident, and raising your seat a little higher from the ground. Elevating your seat allows the line between your hips and knees to be diagonal, adding the right dimension to your photo.

If you plan to cross your legs, make sure the hanging foot is not out front.

#9 Instagram baddie poses

Be the ultimate diva with one of the boldest, swanky, and trendiest Instagram poses. 

When I look at the baddie pose, I imagine no one but Kylie Jenner flaunting her beautiful curves with an edgy look.

All you need to do is squat. Ideally, you should:

  1. Lean on one (dominant) leg
  2. Stretch the other leg out to create a balanced Instagram pose, making you look slim and sassy.

#10 The dress twirl

Nothing beats the legacy of a flowy, floral dress with some movement. The dress twirl is a classic time pose that always works like a charm. 

To achieve the perfect Instagram shot:

  1. Create movement in your dress by flicking it away from the body
  2. Keep your hands busy. For example, touch your face or lift your hand above your dress
  3. Keep your camera lower and aim for a lower angle
  4. Twirl. 

Pro Instagram poses tip: Keep your arms and hands away from your dress to create the perfect movement for your Instagram feed.

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They say that we travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. For those of us with the journey in our heads and wanderlust in our hearts, this resounding phrase makes a lot of sense.  Our carefully curated list includes our favorite top travel Instagram Accounts.

These are down to Earth people, who are pursuing their dream whilst sharing pictures, videos, memories, and #travelgoals with their followers.

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#1 @whatwegandidnext

Wife and wife team Whitney and Megan Bacon first began their relationship as a long-distance couple between Hawaii and the UK. It was then when they decided to create a luxury travel, lifestyle, and fashion brand; documenting their fabulous lives together. After their civil partnership in 2012, Wegan are now living and traveling together around the globe. Check them out on Youtube, Tiktok, Facebook, and Instagram.

Whitney and Megan also appear on our list of the top 10 LGBTQ bloggers in the travel niche.

#2 @handluggageonly

A grand total of 108k people follow Yaya and Lloyd’s adventures as they travel around the world. A project that first began when they were students at Cambridge University, these boys are filling our feeds with stunning architecture, breath-taking coastal shots, and snaps of them both #livingthedream.

Each post contains information about their current destination, and their informative blog is filled with travel tips and tricks. An added bonus? They’re really funny, especially during the pandemic – watch out for short relatable videos.

#3 @nomadicboys

After meeting in London’s GAY bar in 2009, French/ Greek couple Stefan and Sebastien are the nomadic boys. After an 18 month sabbatical to Asia, they fell in love with the lifestyle, gave up work, and became full-time travel bloggers; beginning their blog in 2013. 

As well as capturing stunning pictures from around the planet, the boys also share their passion for LGBTQ+ travel and inspire their 131.8k followers with travel tips.

#4 @thecommonwanderer

TravMedia Blogger of the Year 2020, The Common Wanderer is an award-winning blog and Instagram channel. Sharing their adventures with 53.2k travelers Mark and Mim gave up the rat race in 2015, and have since visited over 30 countries together.

Promoting responsible travel, this gorgeous couple capture culture, landscape, and architecture from around the world.

#5 @funforlouis

Louis Cole is a travel vlogger who shares his adventures as well as his commitment to social change. An English filmmaker currently based in LA, his Instagram is jam-packed with eye-catching pictures from around the world.

Also check out his YouTube channel for his travel-related Daily Vlog or follow him on Twitter to discover more about his journey. Technically his counts as a solo travel Instagram account, but his partner Raya shares in many adventures.

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#6 @thesweetwanderlust

The Sweet Wanderlust is the ideal blog and travel Instagram for anyone who loves to explore and has a sweet tooth.  Brittany Kulick began her journey in August 2015, and she has currently visited almost 60 countries. Each of her posts has a delicious dessert theme from around the world, which she shares with 15.7k followers.

#7 @postcardsbyhannah

Voted travel influencer of the year by Blogosphere, 27-year-old Northamptonshire based Hannah has traveled all over the world.

Most at home amongst beautiful English countryside, her Instagram is filled with classic cottage inspiration, rural delights, and international scenery.

She shares her aesthetic with over 132k followers as well as over on her Postcards by Hannah blog.

#8 @black.kintsugi

Aiming to inspire her followers in the knowledge that traveling can be safe and easy, Pelumi is a travel influencer with style. So far she has been to 63 out of 193 countries, on a mission to see it all. Pelumi also has a podcast, in which she highlights her experiences and discusses the issues she has faced as a single Black female traveler.

We partnered with Pelumi to bring attention to the lack of diversity in the travel industry and its representation. Read Pelumi’s insights from her guest post on how anyone can be a good anti-racist ally to black people.

#9 @girlgoneabroad

As well as being an Instagram influencer, American Lauren Carey is a digital nomad; working full time, exploring the world, and sharing her travel stories online. She set up her brand after falling in love with traveling at the age of 20. Since she has amassed over 32.9k followers and has had the adventures of a lifetime – already!

#10 @paulodelvalle.

Paulo del Valle is a Brazil-based content creator, photographer traveler and designer. An award-winning influencer, he is also the co-founder of @thisiscraft. A commercial photographer by trade, his artistic aesthetic, and visits to top travel destinations ensure that he is one to watch.

#11 @road2culturedom

London girl, Jess loves to travel whenever she has the chance; aiming to inspire followers to learn about new cultures, appreciate the sights, and enjoy the nomad life. Collecting and sharing her experiences, @road2cultuedom has almost 3k followers, and her blog is filled with interesting articles and travel tips.

You can find Jess’ thoughtful guest article about passport privilege among black travellers here.

#12 @danielkordan.

To an audience of over 1.5m followers, award-winning photographer Daniel Kordon shares phenomenal images of landscape scenery. Originally from Moscow, Russia, he is inspired by nature and art. Although he originally studied science at university, he currently spends most of the year traveling the world and taking shots of remote locations.

#13 @thefisayo

Travel blogging superstar Fisayo Olayinka-Bello promotes African tourism by sharing stunning pictures of the most beautiful places on the continent to almost 7000 followers. Committed to tourism development, she aims to change ‘The African Narrative’ with her Instagram, YouTube channel, and podcast.

Fisayo wrote a piece for our blog about the things everyone should know about Africa and the racist stereotypes which need changing. Point number one – Africa is not a country and shouldn’t be treated as if it’s the same from one end to the other.

#14 @alexandr_ford

Seattle-based photographer, Alexandra Ford Hamilton is a travel, lifestyle, and fashion blogger. She is passionate about sustainability and the beauty of nature and this is clear in her aesthetic. Always on the go, Alex shares beautiful photos of the wilderness with her 83.2k followers.

#15 @theufuoma

Nigerian born Jessica Ufuoma is passionate about all things travel. Currently living and working in Canada, she has visited over forty countries and lived on four different continents.  Sharing her journey on Instagram, Jessica’s feed is filled with tropical landscapes, famous landmarks, and spectacular scenery.

Jessica’s thought-provoking guest piece on the peculiarities of traveling while black (and how travel media could help) can be found here.

#16 @youngadventuress.

Liz Carlson is responsible for one of the world’s leading solo female travel blogs and shares her journey with her 202.3k followers on Instagram.

Declaring herself an ‘ordinary girl on an extraordinary journey’, Liz began her blog in 2010 when she first moved to Spain to teach English. Her pragmatic no filter approach meant that it was soon one of the top travel Instagram accounts around!

#17 @kirstenalana

LA-based traveler, Kirsten Alana is a travel photographer and gifted storyteller. An experienced wedding photographer, Kirsten decided to take the plunge when she was in her late twenties. With little experience in the traveling world, she set out on her journey and has never looked back.

#18 @travellingtuesdays

Ghana-born 22-year-old Abena is a Gen Z traveler that shares her travel pics from around the world. She has over 3.5k followers and her inspirational Instagram account is filled with stunning landscapes, unspoiled beaches, and rich imagery, Abena is also a content creator on TitTok, where she has over 20,000 followers.

#19 @treyratcliff.

Aiming to spread consciousness and mindfulness, Trey Ratcliff’s Instagram is filled with truly spectacular landscape photography. An American photographer and self-proclaimed old school gentleman, Trey also runs the number one travel photography blog, Stuck in Customs.

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#20 @bemytravelmuse

A California girl traveling the world Kristin is a solo female traveler on a worldwide adventure. From hitchhiking across China, trekking in Nepal, and diving with whales in the South Pacific, she always travels off the beaten path. And all whilst sharing her journey with her followers on Instagram as well as the readers of her popular blog.

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