Happy Wednesday, brave hearts! We're moving on to our fifth week in the new Instagram challenge with #holdersnotfolders. We thought it would be fun to end the summer with a chance to think creatively, work on our photography skills, and build an even stronger community within #holdernotfolders. You guys are so great, and we love that you are using this little hashtag that reminds us to reach out to others and build community instead of simply folding into ourselves. You all have been posting some really beautiful photos lately, and I so enjoy scrolling through our little hashtag. Thanks for letting us be a part of your Insta community and for giving us a glimpse into your lives.

Here are a few of my favorite SALTY moments from this past week. 

This week, your photo prompt is BRIGHT. Show us all of the bright and wonderful things that fill up your life. Maybe it's something that is literally bright like beautiful sun flares, or maybe it's something rich and filled with beautiful and blinding color. Or maybe it's something that makes you FEEL bright. It's all up to your interpretation. I can't wait to see what you have to show us!

Use it. All the time (or at least as much as you can!) I use natural lighting for almost all of my photos because it is the best and is going to give your photo the most brilliant quality. The more natural light you use, the richer and less grainy your photo will be. If you are inside, find a room with a lot of windows, or open up your door to let some light in. Experiment with taking photos in different parts of your home and find your sweet lighting spot. 

P.S. There will be times when you don't have natural light (or maybe you do) and you will be tempted to use the flash on your phone. For the love of all that is beautiful is this world, please do not use the flash. :) It will wash out your subject and ruin your photo quality every time.

HOMEWORK: Make sure you follow @oakandoats and @megmcilvaine on Instagram and get creative in the ways you show us the BRIGHT things in your life! Don't forget to #holdersnotfolders and make new friends in this community! XOXO.