AUTUMN SERIES: Creating an Autumnal Instagram theme


I love to match my Instagram theme to the seasons and I think Autumn offers the best options for creating a theme that is warm and cosy. This blog post will cover how I edit my photos, as well as the layouts I use for them and the props.

My Bookstagram handle is @Booksnest if you’d like to see my theme in action.


I know that people get nervous because they think you have to spend a lot of money on a nice camera to be successful on Instagram. But honestly, that is not true. I used to take my photos on a Sony A6000 camera, a little SLR, but I switched a few months ago with my new theme, to my iPhone 8 Plus. May I take this time to hammer in that you do not have to have a camera to take photos for Instagram, your phone is just as good! These photos are small scale and sometimes it is just easier to take the photos on your phone. I have had a significant jump in followers with my new theme, so clearly my audience doesn’t mind my photo quality, which I think is still pretty strong.


To edit my photos I use an app called VSCO, it’s a brilliant free app that allows you to save a filter and add it to any future images. You can make your own adjustments of this filter, which is a feature I love. For example you could drop your saturations and your exposure if you wanted to and it would remember the setting for future photos.

To create my images I use M5, I up my exposure and contrast a little, as well as my saturation and skin tones and then done! Sometimes the image doesn’t fit quite right with this filter depending on the light and exposure of the original photo, so I’ll usually do some editing in my iPhone’s photo app. In this I will bring my shadows down to enhance the pictures natural brightness, I find this works better than upping my exposure.

Here’s a few examples with my filter:

Photo style

My feed has a variety of photo set-ups and there’s a reason for this. I used to have one specific background, but I felt so obliged to keep this background going that I hated taking my photos. Now though, I can vary my feed, add shots of my travels, my dog, my shelves. It doesn’t matter. The point is, the way I edit my photos ties them all together so it still looks good. This makes it easier to add in an Autumn theme, by including photos outside with pumpkins for example.

I like to include a mix of flat lays, shelfies and the occasional photo of me. Here’s a few different layouts I like to play about with:


If you need inspiration for any props to feature in your Autumn photos then you’re in the right season. Autumn is filled with beautiful features to use as props, from pumpkins to leaves. Last year I bought some paper leaves from a craft shop that were greens, browns and oranges, they worked fab for my photos. I am always on the hunt for tiny pumpkins too, they’re perfect for photos, just the right size.

Another huge winner is candles, you can find specially autumn ones in shops at this time of year. I was lucky enough to find some Halloween themed candles in T K Maxx home recently, you can see them in the photo below. I use my Kanken rucksack in a lot of my photos too, it’s yellow and fits in perfectly with my theme and Autumn. Generally just have a look at what you have lying around your house; any scarves are great, plants, little decorative pieces, funkos, your laptop.

So there are my tips to get your Instagram looking perfect for Autumn. I’ve had my theme like this for a few months now, so I’d not say it’s seasonally exclusive. The most important thing is that you love the photos your posting and you enjoy taking them. Leave your Instagram links down below to share the love!

Creating an autumnal instagram theme

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  • Reply Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic) 01/11/2018 at 9:09 pm

    This had some really helpful advice, thank you!

    I’m still pretty new to Instagram (I’ve only been on there for a couple of months) but I love your account. That warm mustard yellow is one of my favourite colours at the moment.

    I’m still really struggling to find my style, and as you’ve mentioned, I don’t want to be limited to always using a certain background, so your advice on filters was really helpful. I’m also going to check out that app, thank you!

    • Reply BooksNest 02/11/2018 at 9:17 am

      I’m glad I could help, I wish you the best of luck with starting off your account. A filter definitely helps giving your photos some unity without having to use the same background etc.

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