Instagram seems to have popped out of nowhere and suddenly it's the biggest thing since Facebook. Pretty much every single one of my friends is on 'Insta' and we can't seem to get enough of filtered shots of our breakfast, lunch, dinner, beach days, pets and babies. Not to mention coffee, selfies and sunsets. Lots of sunsets...oh, and throwbacks. You get the idea. We love Insta.
Through this tiny picture-sharing app, people have met up, become friends, started dating, flown across the world to meet each other, and gone on adventures they would have never imagined they’d add to their bucket list. Not to mention the inspiration they’ve found through following new people. From photography techniques, to jumps, to locations around the globe, there are no bounds to the creative ideas and unique ways that we share them. Well, besides that little square.
So it's no surprise that Instagram has taken things a step further and introduced 'Instameets' - encouraging Instagrammers to meet up with each other in various locations to take photos together.
So what exactly is an 'Instameet' anyway?
This film by Ravi Vora highlights an instameet that took place in Santa Monica, California earlier this year. This wasn’t a professional networking event, or a meeting of any sort of exclusivity, this was just a bunch of friendly people who love to take photos. People came, walked around together at the beach, brought props, took photos, and made real connections.
After watching this I though: "Why haven't we had an Instameet in Barbados? And if we have, why didn't I hear about it?" I love the idea of a fun app bringing people together. My friend Sheena and I decided to organise an Instameet the following weekend in Speightstown, St.Peter because its one of the oldest and most diverse urban areas in the island. There's something to wet any photographer's appetite; beautiful natural scenery, historical architecture and social areas such as the pier and market, perfect for snapping portraits. Speightstown is also the ideal spot to shoot the sunset :) So, for all of those who may be interested in joining, feel free to do so! Share the following image on Insta on Facebook or play along using the #instameetspeightstown hashtag. We'll be planning more instameets throughout the year so if you'd like to suggest other locations, please get in touch.