Behind the Instagrams

Social media is a fantastic way to share your experiences with your friends and family. It’s also a great way to romanticize moments. So here is a behind the scenes look of what was really happening behind these perfect Insta-moments:

I need 17 more cups of coffee and 700 more grey sweaters 😄

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Tony wasn’t home, so I had my phone on a tripod attached to the deck railing. There’s actually no coffee in the mug…

Tony held up traffic from both directions while taking this picture, as I sat in my car waiting until he gave the “OK” so I could quickly drive off.

Rainy days and hot coffee 🌧️☕️

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I was sitting alone, adjusting my coffee approximately 8 times before it was in line with the buildings. It was cold by the time I drank it.

I want it to be fall so badly that I'll suffer through wearing a sweater in summer. 🍁🍂

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I went to Starbucks for the sole reason of taking this picture, and bought a coffee I don’t even like. Then put on a sweater and stood on our porch trying to get the perfect angle without a cat tail in it.

Celebrating the happy couple and trying not to light myself on fire 🥂🌟

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I was so drunk, there was a kid running in front of me trying to ruin the picture, and I still have no idea how also-drunk-Tony managed to capture this on an iPhone.

Floating and relaxing 💚

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My entire family watched me carefully arrange these items on a pool floaty, and I wouldn’t let anyone outside for fear they would cast a shadow.

That’s a background into just some of the pictures I’ve taken. What have you done “for the gram”?

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