Slim Aarons is the Insta-Aesthetic Boost You Have Been Searching For

Before there was Instagram, there was photographer Slim Aarons. Slim Aarons created a notable career as the photographer of socialites, jet-setters, and celebrities of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s—“attractive people doing attractive things.” The American photographer had an incredible eye, constantly capturing colorful, striking compositions, in modern days known as #instagoals.

Picture1Slim Aarons, Vuccino and Rava, 1958

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Slim Aarons, Self Portrait Riding Bike in Hawaii, 1955

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Whether you are spending summer on a stay-cation or traveling to paradise halfway across the globe, here is your step-to-step guide to making all your shots Slim Aarons worthy.

Horizontal Compositions Only


Slim Aarons, IL CANILLE, Capri, Italy, 1980

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Yes, Aarons does take vertical pictures, but to get the best all-encompassing shots, horizontal frames are the way to go.  While taking your pic, make sure to capture the full scene. No close ups here! You want your followers to be able to see everything going on, from you and your BFF lounging in the sand to the sailboats on the horizon.

Breathtaking Backgrounds


Slim Aarons, Dmitris Kritsas at the Temple of Poseidon, Sounion, Greece, 1968

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The background of your composition is just as important as the foreground. Sure on the beach you’re looking super tan and stylish in your new Marysia one-piece, however, as stated in #1, this isn’t all about you! Almost all of Slim Aaron’s shots include beautiful scenery, like snow-capped mountains and Greek ruins, for example. Add some interest and variety to your newsfeed by striking your pose with background in mind.


Posh Past Times

ifacaaronssnowmassgathering_lSlim Aarons, Snowmass Gathering, 1968

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Make sure your post includes your subjects indulging themselves in a luxurious activity, like skiing, sunbathing, gossiping, or drinking. The more activities in the composition (as seen in the picture above) equals more likes – it’s guaranteed.

The More People the Better

large-3Slim Aarons, Poolside Backgammon, 1972

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Show off how popular you really are! Bonus points for nudity and canines.

Bright Color and High Contrast

CountessAarons_lSlim Aarons, Countess on Deck, 1982

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Edit that pic! Crank up the contrast! Turn up the saturation! Cool it down by turning down the temperature to really emphasis the blues. You are truly on the route to success if you make like WFU Style’s own Insta-Queen, Rachel Courtien, and apply the VSCO C1 filter, or my favorite S3.

Happy posting!

Can’t wait to see how you channel your inner-Aarons!


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