Happy Wednesday, friends!

Today we just wanted to share one quick tip for all of our fellow Instagram-mers out there who love to create posts that feel clean and clutter-free! Why, you might ask?

Well, as photographers, we’re always doing everything we can to eliminate distractions in and around our images so that the human eye can focus on the thing that we want the eye to see.

We LOVE clean, timeless imagery. Like, we’re talking Danny-Tanner-clean.

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That’s why we work so hard at every session to beware of eye-sores (like people in the background that aren’t part of the memory, a wall outlet or a distracting amount of clutter, for example) and either cut it out of the frame all together, wait for the right moment, or strategically place our subject in front of the eye-sore to block it from sight.

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It’s also why we physically remove distractions (like duffle bags or hotel art) with our own hands from our brides’ getting ready floors and walls before we take the pictures of them getting dressed, so that the only thing they remember is the excitement they felt moments before seeing their grooms.

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It’s even why we love THIS app (which we blogged about a few weeks ago) which allows you to remove ugly eye sores from cell phone photos when you’re taking a quick non-professional snap on the go. (If you need to catch up on that one, you can read all about it here.)

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So if we’re THIS committed to CLEAN, then why not make our Instagram feed look as clean as possible whenever possible! Right?

Right.

Here’s how you can hide your Instagram hashtags in the comments section of your Instagram post, so that it can be as clutter free as possible. So instead of piling loads of hashtags right underneath your beautiful clean image like the photo on the left…

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It can just look like the nice, clean version on the right:

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And the eye goes back to the thing it’s supposed to: your image!

Here are the steps:

1. Open a text editor (we use “Notes” on our iOS device).

2. Type a period (or dot) on five separate rows (using the “return” button to put each dot on it’s own line).

3. Place the hashtags you want to use right underneath the fifth dot.

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4. Copy and paste all five dots and your hashtags.

5. Open Instagram, write your caption and post.

6. After posting, click the button to comment on your own post, and paste the five dots and hashtags you just copied. This step is important! It won’t work if you just try to type directly into Instagram. So paste your copied text, then submit.

7. And you’re done! Instead of having rows of distracting hashtags underneath your photo, all you’ll see are three little dots.

Ta-da!

Danny Tanner would be so proud.

We hope this will help your friends enjoy your photos without distraction! And if this post was helpful to you, we have A LOT more where that came from! For FREE!

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24 comments
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    Nicole

    Woah! Love this!! I use all my hashtag sets from iPhone keyboard shortcuts so I'm going to see if I can make this work there and incorporate! Thanks!!!

    Amy & Jordan

    Love it, Nicole!!

    Elizabeth

    Ooo, thanks for sharing!

    Elizabeth

    Ooo, thanks for sharing!!

    Amy & Jordan

    So happy to help! :)

    Jensey

    I my 3 "..."s are showing up kinda funky on separate lines. (Username @jenseyroot on Instagram if you wanna see!) Any tips for what I'm doing wrong? :/

    Amy & Jordan

    Try using 5 dots! :) Hope this helps!

    Janeth

    Hello! This is a great post and it's exactly what I've been looking for! Unfortunately I tried it several times and for some reason the dots show up on the comment horizontally instead of vertically even after I space them on the Notes app, so the hashtags aren't hidden. Any pointers?

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks for reading! Make sure you're using five dots, all spaced out, then your hashtags following. That should work!

    Didn't work for me :/

    I followed all your instructions, but when I post it doesn't show up how it should it still shows all the hashtags and not the ... With hidden tags

    Amy & Jordan

    Make sure to put the 5 dots on separate lines! That should do the trick!

    Meredith

    I'm having the same problem as everyone else. What are we doing wrong?! This is driving me bananas haha. I followed your directions (in notes, 5 dots, separate lines using the return button, all my hashtags on the line after the 5th dot). Right after I post the comment it shows up correctly [...] but after I refresh it shows up all on one horizontal line :(

    Amy & Jordan

    Hm! It should be working! Make sure you're looking on mobile not desktop!

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    Khoco

    This is great, It will take a bit of getting used to but it does look much better.

    Amy & Jordan

    It really does!

    Corina

    It does not work for me..I tried multiple times :(((
    I put 1 dor each line, write all the tags UNDER the dots..then copy paste all in a new comment...it appears All :((

    Amy & Jordan

    Sometimes you have to refresh a few times! Try that!

    Ericka

    Worked like a charm. You guys are awesome! So inspirational!

    Amy & Jordan

    So glad it helped!!

    laurensparkle

    thank you!!! very helpful :)

    Dres

    Just did a little research guys, keep in mind Instagram only allows 30 hashtags per comment. I had more than 30 and was having diffuculties at first. After I spread everything out, it worked like a charm. Check out my music on Youtube by searching Dresjay.

    JC Ruiz

    What a great tip! Thanks for sharing and helping to teach others how to clean up an Instagram post

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks so much, JC!