Photo by @brittneybeadle Brittney Beadle (@brittneybeadle) does not put off anything for tomorrow. “Do it now,” she advises. “Live in the moment and enjoy your life.” In May 2015, Brittney was diagnosed with metastatic (stage 4) breast cancer, at the age of 18. “I felt I was alone,” Brittney says. “There are some young women in their 20s who I found, but still no one who was “my age” young, with breast cancer.” By sharing her journey, she hopes to help others in a similar position. “Whenever I have to go through a new treatment that’s really hard — like when I had radiation to my brain — I think, ‘OK. Yes, this sucks. I have to do this. But you know what? I get to live.’” #breastcancerawareness
Photo by @samlaks “I love connecting with people,” says documentary photographer Samyukta Lakshmi (@samlaks). “I think it’s a privilege when people open up their lives to you and let you tell their story through photos.” Samyukta is currently on the ground in her hometown of Bangalore, India, for the five-day #diwali festival, a Hindu holiday celebrated throughout the world. “Diwali is the festival of lights,” she explains. “It is the celebration of good over evil, light over darkness.” Watch our Instagram story right now to take in the sights and sounds of Diwali celebrations from all over India.
Photo by @manumanuti For Manu Espinosa Nevraumont (@manumanuti), weekends are spent taking photos with friends — and colorful backdrops. “I wanted to express how important photography is to me, and how it’s a part of my everyday life,” says Manu. “This photo includes one of my favorite places in the city and one of my closest friends.” #whpmyeveryday
Photo by @shaina_sullivan After becoming a stay-at-home mom, Shaina Sullivan (@shaina_sullivan) focused more on capturing everyday moments with her camera, like this one between her son and his great-grandmother. “Never did I imagine life every day with a child, but now that it’s here, I can’t picture life any other way.” ❤️📷 #whpmyeveryday
Video by @domingoxlatarde The energy and movement of downtown Los Angeles made its way into designer Domingo’s (@domingoxlatarde) #whpmyeveryday submission. “My inspiration was the interaction between people and the city,” he says. “Every day on my way to work I see all different types of people. There’s always something happening in downtown LA.”
Photo by @artdr3am Comfortable, secure, confident in your own skin — this is what body positivity means to Leia Immanuel (@artdr3am). For the past three years, Leia has dealt with hormonal acne. “I used to try and cover it all up with makeup,” says the eighth-grade student from New York. “Slowly, I began to accept that my acne is natural. I’ve grown more comfortable in my skin and body, and it’s changed the way I’ve seen people and the world.” Her advice to others? “Self-confidence comes differently for everyone. Being confident in your skin takes time and learning. Stay true to yourself and most importantly, keep an open mind. People are different, and when you accept that, you can accept your differences.” #nationalbodyconfidenceday
Photo by @kutovakika “Fragmented” was the word that came to mind for Veronika (@kutovakika) when describing her day-to-day life. “Thus, a picture of a puzzle,” she writes in her caption. “Every day might not be a dance on roses, but sometimes the puzzle comes together just right.” 🌹 #whpmyeveryday
Photo by @its_me_zazie Lines from a poem by Australian poet Erin Hanson provide daily inspiration for Alessandra (@its_me_zazie) and her children: “And you ask, ‘What if I fall?’/ Oh, but my darling,/ What if you fly?” 🕊 #whpmyeveryday
Photo by @vineet_vohra Every morning for the past five years, photographer Vineet Vohra (@vineet_vohra) visits the bus terminal to observe “different people, buses, changes of weather and changes of mood.” 🚌 Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #whpmyeveryday.
Photo by @milkwood_permaculture From the golden pellets of sprouted grain they feed their chickens to the ingredients that make it to their kitchen table for supper, nearly every bite of food Kirsten Bradley and her family eats is grown on the sustainable farm where they live in Victoria, Australia. “Homegrown food tends to be very delicious,” she says. Kirsten is part of Milkwood (@milkwood_permaculture), a school where people can learn how to build sustainable farm systems. Along with an extended community of educators, Milkwood offers courses on everything from natural beekeeping and mushroom cultivation to biointensive growing, an organic vegetable growing method designed to maximize harvest in small spaces. Soon it’ll be growing season in Australia, so Kirsten's family is busy planting tomato, pepper and eggplant seedlings and making sure the bees pollinate their fruit trees in hopes of a big summer bounty. And then? They wait. “Growing of food is not an instant process, and it needs patience and perseverance,” she says. “But watching people bloom out of consumerism into makers and doers is really quite beautiful.” #worldfoodday Watch our Instagram story to see what life is like at Milkwood.
Photo by @cocodavez Artist Coco Dávez’s (@cocodavez) “faceless faces” give pop culture icons a new feel. “I started with a portrait of Patti Smith. I was going to throw it away, but before doing that, I had so much paint left over that I did a brushstroke on the face to fill in all of that,” says the artist from Madrid of discovering her signature style. “A lightbulb went off.” When she was 21, Coco went to live in London with the intention of studying photography, but painting still called to her. Her inspiration? “Artists from the 20th century like Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder and David Hockney.” Get to know Coco’s world and colorful style on today’s Instagram story. 🎨
Photo by @bakedbymelissa Melissa Ben-Ishay transformed her passion into her livelihood — but it only happened after she came up against some tough times. “In the summer of 2008, I was fired from my job in advertising,” says the 33-year-old from New York City. “Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I went home and I baked four batches of cupcakes (s’more, peanut butter cup, cookie dough and tie-dye).” The very next day, her best friend’s sister shared the treats at the public relations agency where she worked, and the right connections were made. “The rest is history!” says Melissa, who is the president and chief product officer of @bakedbymelissa. The company currently has 13 retail locations in the US plus a nationwide shipping operation. “There is no better way to learn than through experience and by surrounding yourself with people who have skills that you don’t,” says Melissa of her team. “The opportunity to collaborate with hardworking, passionate, like-minded people is the best part of my job.” We’re celebrating #nationaldessertday with the Baked by Melissa team! See more on our Instagram story now.
#boomerang by @macro.girl Today’s #boomerangoftheweek is brought to you by Sofia Englund (@macro.girl) with the help of some ferrofluid, a liquid that becomes strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field. She calls it her “weird stress ball” — but to be clear, that’s weird in a good way. Add #boomerangoftheweek to your next #boomerang. Yours might show up here on @instagram.
Featured photo by @_nguan_ Weekend Hashtag Project: #whpmyeveryday There’s beauty in the everyday. This week, the goal is to take photos and videos that capture moments from your daily life, as in this featured photo from @_nguan_. Here are a few tips to get you started: As you go about your routine, note the shapes, shadows and colors you pass by. What details stand out when you pay attention? Take portraits of the people you regularly spend time with, like your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. A picture is worth a thousand words. Use your camera to explain a part of your daily life and culture to someone who lives on the other side of the world. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #whpmyeveryday hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.
Photo by @heyshalice “Just be yourself” is a defining motto for 18-year-old Shalice Ader (@heyshalice), who was diagnosed with alopecia when she was less than 2 years old. “That motto has stuck with me and motivates me every day,” says Shalice, who has lost most of her body hair to the autoimmune disease. “And I want to share that message with my followers — the only way you can love yourself is to be yourself.” After wearing a wig for most of her years growing up in Oahu, Hawaii, Shalice decided she didn’t want to hide her baldness anymore. “It was tough because I became insecure,” she explains. But by removing wigs from her daily life, Shalice opened up and gained confidence. “I think my alopecia has made me stronger. If I didn’t have it, I would not be the person I am today.” 💪
Photo by @dallasclayton “I write kids’ books, because it’s a thing that very few people do in the world,” says Dallas Clayton (@dallasclayton). “It’s very much like telling someone that you sell rainbows or produce magic from your fingertips.” Today, Dallas’ aesthetic and stories go beyond the pages of books and get translated to different surfaces. Even murals. “I love to go to a place, take something that’s drab and add a little bit of color to it collectively with good people who want to share in an experience,” says Dallas, who prefers to let the walls speak to him — rather than go into the process with a set plan or crew. “I just want it to be participatory. I don’t even want to be the one painting the thing. I want everyone to be painting the thing, and I want everyone to know that they could paint the thing. There’s an elementary school down the street from you right now that doesn’t have a mural in it that you can go paint for totally free and stoke out a thousand kids.” We’re partnering with artists from the Instagram community, like Dallas, to turn city walls around the world into colorful murals, inspiring #kindcomments. Visit a wall, take a photo or video and share #kindcomments to make someone’s day. If you can’t check out a mural in person, participate by using one of the new kindness-themed heart-shaped stickers in Instagram Stories. These are also created by members of our global community.
Photo by @damonbeckford Damon Beckford (@damonbeckford) spent two weeks camping and exploring on Norway’s northern islands when he captured this autumnal image for #whpseasons. “I like how the colors of the trees pop against the rocky mountain.” 🍁