17 Instagram Photo Ideas for When You Have Nothing to Post

17 Instagram Photo Ideas for When You Have Nothing to Post

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If you’re as obsessed with Instagram as I am, you’ve probably gone through Instagrammer’s block at some point or another.

When I travel, I take hundreds and hundreds of different kinds of photos and I end up with so much content, I can’t even post it all on Instagram or I’ll drive my followers crazy. When I’m not traveling (which is most of the time), I have to plan and shoot my content ahead of time, because I always struggle with finding things to post.

I try my hardest to stay active and post everyday (or at least several times a week), but sometimes your photo bank runs dry and you have absolutely no inspiration on what to post. With this list, you’ll hopefully have at least two weeks worth of content, plus more if you shoot each idea more than once (which is probably a good idea).

Here are some photo ideas for Instagram if you’ve run out of content.

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1. Take a flatlay

Everyone loves a good flatlay photo. It’s aesthetically pleasing and super easy to shoot. All you have to do is throw in some jewelry, beauty products, maybe a book or a laptop, and you’re good to go! You can even include your hand or your leg to make it look less product-y.

2. Take a “day in the life” shot

Stop wherever you are and snap some photos of what you’re doing, where you are, or even what you’re working on. Show us your workspace or even what you’re reading in bed!

3. Visit a coffee shop

Coffee shots will never be overrated. You can even stick your phone and wallet in the shot to make it more interesting.

4. Take a Boomerang

Instagram’s Boomerang app makes everything look cool. Make one of you pouring coffee into a cup, grabbing a slice of pizza, or even one of you doing cute poses.

5. Have a photogenic brunch somewhere

Post these around lunchtime to get people super hungry and to get them to press that like button.

6. Take an outfit of the day

All you need is a cute outfit and a nice wall as a background, and you’re set.

7. Take a #fromwhereistand shot

If you don’t have someone to take your OOTD, a FWIS shot is always great. Find a cool floor to stand on and give us a sneak peek of your outfit.

8. Eat some sweet treats

Everyone loves dessert photos, especially during the warmer months. Make everyone jealous by paying a visit to a cute little dessert shop for your Instagram.

9. Visit a flower shop

Stand above the flowers in a flower shop and take a quick snap, or even purchase a bouquet and take a photo of your hand holding the bouquet in front of a pretty wall.

10. Go outside and take a cool building shot

Building shots are especially interesting when the sun is setting or when it’s cloudy outside. Take a walk around the city or just snap some shots wherever you are. When I’m walking around downtown, I like looking up at the sky and shooting whatever I see.

11. Take a selfie

A selfie shot once in a while won’t hurt your feed! Just try not to post too many of them.

12. Take a photo of a cool or funny graphic shirt you own

The shirts speak for themselves.

13. Post a photo of a cool landmark in your city

A shot of Toronto’s CN Tower never fails, which is why I’ve posted so many on my feed.

14. Snap a photo of the sunset

Cotton candy skies make for great Instagrams.

15. Dig through old photos

Whenever my photo bank runs dry, I dig through old photos on my phone or Flickr. Some of the recent photos on my feed were taken years ago!

16. Post a #TBT

A throwback photo every once in awhile can be fun, especially when it’s a nostalgic #takemeback travel photo.

17. Take a photo of physical photos

Polaroid shots always make for cute Instagram photos. Hold them with your hands in front of a colourful wall, scatter them across your bed in a flatlay – be creative!

So there you have it: over two weeks’ worth of Instagram photo ideas to post if you’ve got Instagrammer’s block. What do you post on Instagram when you’re out of ideas? I’d love to know in the comments!

If you like what you see, please be sure to follow me on Instagram! 🙂

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on the best hashtags for different kinds of photos. For more Instagram tips, visit my Instagram archives.

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  • Nice sharing!

  • The Sunday Mode

    I swear I am the worst when it comes to thinking of Instagram photos so this list was awesome, thanks!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  • Glad to see another post on your blog. Great ideas, great information, especially when you are running out of ideas on what to put up next. I’m proceeding to try those ideas!. Thanks again for sharing.

  • Melissa Gibbs

    These are some really awesome ideas, thanks for sharing!! I live in Montreal but I’ve always thought the photo-ops/scenery when I visit Toronto were way better! :p

  • Those are all such great ideas! I try to have a stock that I can pull from when i don’t have something planned but sometimes you just have no clue what to post

  • Simone Hjulmand Abild

    Thank you for the inspiration! xx


  • ok this post was perfect! Things all bloggers need to read.

  • This post is perfect!

  • Oooh thank you for the inspiration! It’s definitely a struggle to keep up with Instagram sometimes, so this is super helpful xx


  • Jennifer Kinal

    Such great ideas! I love the coffee shop and the flower shop idea! Xo jen http://abeautifulinspiration.com

  • Great ideas! I feel really inspired to Instagram when I’m traveling but my daily life seems so boring. I’m mostly at work!

  • These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing them. I struggle with what to post when I work from home. There’s so much more to post when I actually leave the house! 😉

  • Joline

    I’m a big fan of the photogenic brunch 🙂 And sweets! Throw in that cool cocktail too.

  • These are such great ideas!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • Tasia Bruderer

    Very informative! Thanks for sharing!

  • That’s Chelsea

    I needed this! I haven’t been super consistent lately because I’ve been uninspired about what to post. Great tips!

  • richard letourneau

    I’m so trying some of these, I’m often struggling with what to post about. Your pictures look amazing, what camera do you use?

    • I’m glad you found this helpful, Richard! I mostly use my iPhone 7 or Canon T6i with a 50mm 1.4 lens!

  • thesophiadiaries

    All great ideas <3 Totally love digging through old photos x

  • The ideas of these suggestions are so cute and helpful! Thank you for sharing! I definitely need these 🙂

    xo Tina

  • Great ideas! I’ll keep them in mind the next time I have photographers block =)

  • Hannah Palamara

    These are so helpful! Love the tshirt idea the most

  • Mary La Fornara

    Great ideas! I need to stock up on photos for those days when I don’t have anything.

  • Brittany Daoud

    Loved these ideas, I always struggle on what to post when I don’t have any new content!

  • These are great tips! I definitely need help with ideas for IG and these are perfect, thank you!

  • Oh man this is such a great post idea! We could all use some inspo when it comes to IG photos!

  • Thanks for this, i am bad some days, so i do not post at all xoxo


    • Haha that’s me all the time! Sometimes it’s hard to find time to shoot or time to find content to post!

  • hal

    This was super helpful! I really am trying to post more but sometimes I feel like I’m out of content – thank you!

  • Going through old photos is such a fall back for me! Great ideas.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlifeblog.com

  • She and the Whale

    nice suggestions! I never tried BOOMERANG basically because i never felt cool enough to do it… lol maybe I should start to try!

  • Babies to Bookworms

    These are helpful ideas because there are definitely days when I don’t know what to post!

  • I loved this post! I’ve been inconsistent with my account lately and need to step up my game. This totally gave me the inspiration I needed! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Ash Neverson

    this was such a great post. I always lack what to post and sometimes I always wonder how I could make my feed interesting, this was good!

    Ash | http://www.theashtreejournal.com

  • Erika Word

    Love that skull glass!

    – e


  • Thanks for the tip for the flat lay. That is clever. I was glad to see No. 10 on your list. Otherwise, I would have thought I was the only one who liked cool building shots. Enjoy your day.

    • Thanks for the kind words Nicole, enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  • Amber

    Great tips! And I love coffee!

  • This article was so interesting to read and it actually had a lot of tips that I haven’t seen before. I’m definitely going to try some of these instagram picture ideas. <3

  • MyRelDiary.com

    Lot of my pictures are selfies. Therefore this is superhelpful post! Thanks for ideas!

  • On number 5 isn’t that teasing with the food lol jk. I might try some of these and see the outcome of the post on instagram. I love instagram and I thnk alot of people do. !! 😍 Great post!!!

  • Ana Teresa Pessoa

    I love this post and yor blog in general <3 It's amazing

  • hah! I just posted a coffee shop photo while in NYC. great ideas here!

    • Haha coffee shop photos are so simple but so nice! Thanks girl 😊

  • Bernice Abuan

    I absolutely hate when I have nothing to post! I’m so busy nowadays with work that there’s less time to think of content so this was really helpful 😊


    • Glad you found this helpful, Bernice! 🙂

  • sharon wu

    Such a great idea! Love these tips. Thanks for sharing 🙂 xo, sharon


  • Emma S. Cheng

    Thanks for the tips, Jessica! I’ll definitely be using some of these tips 😉

    • Haha I’m glad this helped you, Emma! 🙂

  • Natasha Englehardt

    Great tips Jessica! I’m all too familiar with going on an adventure, posting a lot and then my feed when I return just dies lol I’ll definitely try out some of these ideas for my next few posts. And of course who needs an excuse to grab a tasty brunch?!

    • Thanks Natasha! The post-travel struggle is so real haha