Last Updated on 11th January 2017 by Sophie Nadeau
If there’s one Social Media platform that I dedicated time and energy to in 2016 (read: late nights, early sunrises, broken lenses- sob), it was Instagram! (handle @sophieannenadeau). I started my account back in 2015. Back before I had a blog, and before I loved photography! Instagram was a creative outlet that eventually led to the creation of this blog. Unfortunately, when I came up with the handle, I was pretty unimaginative and chose my actual name (embarrassing middle name included). If I had a do-over, I’d probably pick something like “ripped velvet dreams” (ha!). So without further ado, here are my 9 most popular Instagram posts from 2016! (I found out which ones were most popular by using 2016bestnine.com). Overall, I had over 688,000 likes on my photos.
Last year, I did a 2015 review in Instagram Photos. It was about the best moments I had in the year. As in 2016, I was trying to focus on real, actual life, my best moments weren’t recorded on camera. Therefore, today I thought I’d do a real, honest review of my photos, and the stories behind them. I do work super hard on my feed, but it’s always important to never take yourself too seriously! This exercise has just proven to me that I know nada about social media. So here’s a quick rendition of me criticizing my own Instagram management skills…
4 photos I’d already posted before. – 3 photos were of me rather than by me. – 3 photos were taken in 2015 . – 2 photos were basically the same photo with me in slightly different poses. #oups.
So this is the moment where I’m pretty sure my Mum, or boyfriend, but probably both are just facepalming and thinking “I told you so Sophie. Start posting more original content…”
Also, before we get into the photos and the stories behind them, I feel like I also to point out that I actually currently live in London. I’ve lived here since September 2016, which means that I spent about a third of 2016 living in the big smoke. Somewhat ironically, no London photos make my top 9. Furthermore, a number of the photos I posted this year were actually taken last year. This basically makes me feel like I’ve made no progress in my photographic abilities at all in the past year. So, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from my Instagram account this year, it’s that I’m a bit of a fraud. #awk
The best accomplishment on my feed this year is that absolutely none of my top 9 contain the Eiffel Tower! Just last week, my boyfriend was telling me that if we weren’t dating, he might genuinely unfollow me because I post ‘too many‘ Eiffel Tower pictures. LOL. Maybe he does have a point…
#9 The Louvre
I actually took this photo last year… So obviously I’m off to a good start with my Instagram round up! This quote by Victor Hugo means something along the lines of “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise again.” It’s one of those quotes that I can’t help thinking of every time I hear bad news or am going through a tough time…
#8 Parisian Balcony
A little like the photo above, this is actually the second time I’ve posted this photo. #awk. Okay, guys, I promise that I have actually taken photos this year. Furthermore, this particular photo wasn’t actually taken by me but by my friend @patrickcolpron. He runs @TopParisPhoto and hosts Instagram meet-ups. One of my biggest blogging/ Instagram wins of 2016 is that all of the new friends I’ve made have been through such Instagram meet-ups. It’s how I met my friend Michelle and my first real blogger friend, Emily.
#7 Galeries Lafayette
This photo was also taken last year at the department store, Galeries Lafayette. Oh my goodness, so now I’m definitely starting to think that this ‘Instagram’ roundup was a pretty bad idea! Like, maybe I should just stop now. However, when it comes to this particular photo, in my defense, as I didn’t get to see the Christmas tree in the department store before Christmas and hadn’t posted this photo before, I thought posting the tree *under the guise of the 2016 Christmas decorations in Galeries Lafayette* would be okay.
Unfortunately, people looking at the photo saw right through me and the first comment was legit “wasn’t this last year’s tree?” Okay, guys, I don’t actually live in Paris anymore…
#6 Deauville and Trouville-sur-Mer
Now, here’s a photo I actually took this year with my actual camera. It’s also probably the photo I’m most proud of. Unfortunately, yet again it’s a repost of an earlier photo that didn’t do as well as I’d hoped. For Bastille Day, I went away with my boyfriend, his Mum (who had generously invited me), and my boyfriend’s older brother. We explored the town, swam and drank lots of wine. Or rather, I drank a lot of wine…
The magic of French architecture in a photo… ❤ Situated in Normandy (you know, famous for William the conqueror, the D-day landings and Mont Saint Michel), Deauville is a French seaside resort town popular with Parisians in the summer. The town us located right next to Trouville-sur-Mer and both towns are famous for their luxury shopping outlets. Both towns are also home to casinos…
#5 Wedding Dress and a C2V and @Shelovespolkadots
So there was this one time in 2016 when I got a DM from @patrickcolpron saying something along the lines of “Come to my house. I have something interesting planned.” That something interesting turned out to be Michelle putting on his wife’s wedding dress for the afternoon, carrying cardboard signs around the city in the rain and driving around Paris in a vintage Citröen. I’ve definitely spent more boring Tuesday afternoons!
#4 In front of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy
I actually feel really bad about this photo because my boyfriend’s friend ended up taking it. I was kind of being really mean about how I wanted the photo taken and it was not my finest moment (sorry, Robin).
Also, we had to wait about 275026263 hours for there to be no people in the way and make it *look* like we had the place to ourselves. In reality, it was the middle of August at one of the most visited UNESCO world heritage sites in the world!
First things first, Happy One Year birthday to my camera. 😝😝😝 Legit THE best purchase I’ve ever made… As promised, I still have a whole stack of photos from Brittany and Normandy to share with you still. I’m thinking that I’ll post the ones I don’t want to share on my feed on my story and the majority, as always will be on my blog: www.solosophie.com
This is one of those photos where I was pretty proud of the shot… so I posted it twice…
P.s. I literally just run out of interesting things to say sometimes, so that’s why you can find the phrase “always dreaming of France” quite a bit. Technically, I am always dreaming of France…
#2 See #4.
Lol, exactly the same photo with me in a slightly different position.
#1 Musée d’Orsay
My top post of 2016 is also my favourite snap of the year (and I guess a few other people thought it was alright too). My cousin was visiting me in Paris from Canada and we spent two croissant eating, wine drinking, museum visiting weeks exploring Paris. It was the perfect Christmas present and a great start to 2016! I snapped her in front of the infamous clock at Musée d’Orsay.
I had great fun writing this post! Let me know about all of your ‘Instagram fails’ in the comments below. Lots of love, Sophie xo