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The Most Indulgent Instagram Trend of 2017
07.24.17
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How come Ashley Graham’s Instagram handle isn’t Ashley InstaGraham, is my first question.
Who took this photo for her is my second.

away🌴

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The answer is not important because it’s most likely “a patient friend or steady timer,” but this kind of photo — where the subject stands alone and full-on, unabashedly poses — is part of a social media trend that came to head just recently. Squad pics are so last year. This is the summer of the plandid.

A plandid is a planned candid. An oxymoronic portmanteau brought to my attention by my friend Trent (turns out it’s been on Urban Dictionary since 2010), the term has come to mean, more than anything, a carefully calculated solo shot that appears to have been taken by a professional photographer, posted without a hint of shame or irony, and for no apparent reason other than, Why not?

Celebrities have been doing the plandid for as long as they’ve been allowed to run their own social media accounts. I assume their personal assistants take the shots or something. Instagram bloggers have been doing the plandid forever, except their photographers likely are professional, or their husbands. Civilians have just recently gotten in on the super-selfie act, and this summer, they took the tripod, found the right angles and just fucking ran with it.

Check your IG feed now: All of your friends are posting these.

yellow to match my mood @todiveforuk 🍋

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What the proliferation of the plebeian plandid tells us is that narcissism is no longer the human race’s dirty secret. We have finally admitted that we all like attention. We have finally accepted that it feels good to have others validate our taste. (Please tag and tap for credits.) After following celebrities and bloggers for so long that they feel like our friends, we have finally realized we are just as worthy, just as “allowed” as they are to do whatever we want on social media. And sometimes we want to post pictures of our outfits while looking down and slightly to the left!!! What a relief it is to say out loud that yes, it would be nice to date a photographer just so that someone talented was on call at all times to catch us in our best light without having to ask, who doesn’t hoard his or her pictures but instead uploads them to our mutual share folder in a timely, organized and preferably filtered manner.

If you’re just beginning the journey, welcome. I posted one at the end of last summer and let me tell you, it is liberating.

Sorry it's the last day of Instagram Season LET ME LIVE🍦💫🏓 |📸 @racheljb101 🐙

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This awakening hasn’t just made us tolerant of one another’s self-indulgent posts, it has made us enthusiastic double tappers who welcome even the most self-absorbed of plandids. No longer do we judge a selfie (or a self-timer-ie) that comes equipped with an earnest caption as opposed to something self-deprecating and humorous. No longer do we text screen shots to our friends and ask, “Can you believe she posted that?” Who has the time? We are all staging our own head shots! And as a result we’ve become a more positive community.

Doesn’t that sound nice? Doesn’t that sound freeing? Screw that plate of avocado toast; your Instagram is about you. 

But wait! Don’t know how to identify a plandid? It doesn’t really matter. There’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s. Still, let’s walk through the different types.

1. The Kind Where You Sit Somewhere That You’d Never Actually Sit But It Looks Good in a Photo

Waking up like “I survived.” 🙏🏼 Thank you to my @revolve fam for an amazing weekend.

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2. The Kind Where You Need to Document Feeling Hot, and Ask a Very Short Friend or Baby to Take Your Picture

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3. The Kind The Internet Calls “the Bambi,” Where You Sit On Your Knees Even Though That Hasn’t Been Comfortable Since Third Grade

Looking past the ones that I used to know. | 🌟 rp @same @mattpetran

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4. The Kind With a Millennial Pink Wall

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5. The Kind With a Motivational Quote/Graffiti/Both

Better to ask for forgiveness than permission 😈

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6. The Kind Where You Ask Your Photographer to Shoot You in Burst Mode So That You Can Select an In-between Shot

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7. The Kind Where You Just Really Love What You’re Wearing and Need to Document It

” I can’t go home yet, cuz enough people ain’t seen my outfit “

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8. The Kind Where You Convince a Friend to Finally Let You Live Out Your Own Fast Times at Ridgemont High Slow Pool-Exit Scene

Glow 🌅💛

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9. The Kind Where You Hint You Have a Significant Other Without Showing Your Significant Other Because a Plandid is ALWAYS Solo

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And finally,

10. The Wildcard

This one’s all you.

Share your plandid in the comments below. Could be grounds for a great caption brainstorm.

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  • Most of these are odd but ESPECIALLY number 9. WHAT. WHAT. WHY.

    • Amelia Diamond

      why not! (also that account has over 4m followers go deep-dive but don’t do during work you’ll never come out)

  • Harling Ross

    i can’t wait to make you take my plandid ameels

    • Amelia Diamond

      i am available whenever

  • tmm16

    #7 is forever my goals and I will someday reach that level of extra. Can’t wait for it.

    So far, this is the closest shot I have to a plandid and most narcissistic photo I’ve ever posted. Planning to have my best friend take a better one this weekend tho *maybe in a bathing suit cause we’re going to Coney Island – it’s my first time!*

  • tmm16

    #7 is forever my goals and I will someday reach that level of extra. Can’t wait for it.

    So far, this is the closest photo I have to a plandid and most narcissistic photo I’ve ever posted. Will probably ask my best friend to take a better one this weekend *maybe in a bathing suit cause we’re going to Coney Island – it’s my first time!*

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e6620c93342c9103bf8f0475cbcc894a21d3771640c94e81e0b971498df7a10c.jpg

    • Amelia Diamond

      ok this is an exceptional plandid. here’s why:

      + 5 points for club setting
      + 10 points for LBD
      + 15 points for shoes that cannot be comfortable but i know they made your outfit better so i really respect your tenacity and commitment
      + 16 pose
      + 1000 champagne
      +134567 no smile

      you win! who’s next?

  • Adrianna

    If you’ve been on the Brooklyn Bridge on a Saturday afternoon, you know just how obnoxious this girl was: https://www.instagram.com/p/BVLQahmA-iH/?taken-by=adriannagrezak

    (She was taking up the entire pedestrian lane. The left is for cyclists)

    “1. The Kind Where You Sit Somewhere That You’d Never Actually Sit But It Looks Good in a Photo”

    LOL at all of these. I’ve seen people try to create #1 and it can be hilarious.

    • Amelia Diamond

      Ok but I give this an A+ too here’s why:

      1) Risky splinters!
      2) Flexibility
      3) No fear of heights
      4) Great print mixing
      5) commitment

  • Elizabeth

    hahaha yesss to all this. I, myself, have embraced the plandid, mostly due to reason 7..because I like my gdang outfit and, as a freelancer who is usually holed up in a cafe or my apartment, I need people to see it! As evidenced, here:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c6ed7d94428f22dd40444bcd376e26bb8defe15d5b82614518271fb5f52bb2a5.png

  • Elizabeth

    hahaha yesss to all this. I, myself, have embraced the plandid, mostly due to reason 7..because I like my gdang outfit and, as a freelancer who is usually holed up in a cafe or my apartment, I need people to see it! As evidenced, here: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/569b5f0b353148c0d5a1008713f32a7ad80fb4f7f3a74d4bac87775c2f53d0e9.jpg

  • Elizabeth

    hahaha yesss to all this. I, myself, have embraced the plandid, mostly due to reason 7..because I like my gdang outfit and, as a freelancer who is usually holed up in a cafe or my apartment, I need people to see it! As evidenced, here: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/108e9ecf2bd2176daab8241561003da74d20bb065c9ebc80be0a1191590ba64a.png

    • Amelia Diamond

      Ugh fuck yes. 12/10! Here’s why:

      1) Bringing back the mother fucking vest hell yes!
      2) I love that socks /sneaker combo in mint?!
      3) You are smiling like the sunshine
      4) cool background
      5) excellent hover leg

    • gracesface

      Love love love this outfit. The vest! The shooooooes-a!!

  • Paula Rodio

    Rihanna and Amelia win!

  • 10. Look, I know we don’t do photos, honey, but this is a special occasion and I NEED you to take this photo – it absolutely has to be published.

    (right now, only HERE)

    https://alcessa.wordpress.com/2010/07/28/im-a-celebrity-in-sweden-did-you-know/

  • Cadyn Scott
    • Amelia Diamond

      WHOA

      +15 for excellent tree-as-prop usage
      +8 for inappropriate footwear given the setting, love that
      +10 for i need that shift dress
      +6 for pop of color with that scarf
      + 13 for overall composition

      an example to behold!

  • Anna

    I am HERE for the plandid. Hell yes to over-the-top, over-indulgent artsy/sexy selfies. I didn’t even realize this was a thing until now since I’ve seen a lot of my fellow “bookstagrammers” (yes, I’m a nerd, pls don’t laugh) do this for a while. Here’s one from one of my fave accounts and I love it bc it’s so delightfully indulgent: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cd6c0ea1802e88bb672728852c80a69525d4a25524781346258cba29a87decd5.jpg

    • Amelia Diamond

      I love this because I always think it is so romantic to read a book in like, the middle of a babbling brook or in a field or under a tree but actually nothing is worse because I get hungry, have to pee and live in constant fear of ticks. A+!

  • Lacey Bergevin

    here is my #7 – I was buying this duster at a shop and the owner said I would get 20% off if I posted a pic and tagged her in it. I was loving my outfit and wanted to post it anyway so it was a win/win…..except that I’m not great at posing (ignore my extra short-looking arm lol) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6cdd3bac2a880ba57643fd41554ff5f77f67f062a33d25ff804835f30d8ce883.jpg

    • Amelia Diamond

      + 15 for being a savvy shopper!!! get that discount.
      + 8 for hands on hips pose, vintage, love
      + 9 for the duster
      + 10 for mid-smile/saying something looks vv relaxed and dgaf
      + 4 for stranger cameo in the back, my fav thing

      Excellent work here Lacey

      • Lacey Bergevin

        thanks for the love! pretty sure that stranger is in my fitcamp class now that I look at her haha 😉

  • Christie Suyanto

    Here’s one that my boyfriend took. I honestly used to tell myself that I had to get plandids taken because they’re part of being a fashion blogger, but now I have no shame in the fact that I just love them. They boost my confidence and are a fun and flattering way to document moments and outfits. I have to admit though, getting plandids taken at crowded public places can feel pretty awkward sometimes.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/541d2bf86ea6644b8db20c43559bf41c17d0cf42fb1632a171103c166b2cc439.jpg

    • Amelia Diamond

      !!!!!! this should be in a textbook

      + 20 off the bat for hair (wind + color)
      + 6 for those sunglasses
      + 13 because you’re on a bridge
      + 11 for arm/hand placement all around it’s v subtle need to replicate
      + 7 artful knot tying

  • Rachael

    The kind when you are in Tulum and plandids are absolutely part of the trip. Why else would you even go there?! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/af9fbf117f38789e47227588c30ac4233bcefb6ebce146fdb2c014fbe804af6a.jpg

    • Lacey Bergevin

      i love that dress!!!!

      • Hennalounge

        and of course how it’s just “accidentally” off the one shoulder…

        • Rachael

          haha! Totally!

      • Rachael

        Thanks! It’s in every vacation photo for the last 5 years, but I still love it!

    • Amelia Diamond

      +12345683271875577271 POINTS FOR THE LOOK-AWAY, A MILLION MORE POINTS FOR FINDING AND THEN CLIMBING INSIDE A PERFECTLY-WEATHERED BOAT

  • Alice

    I like taking cheesy pictures while on holiday and I was happy with myself 1 year ago.

  • This is one of the best things I’ve read on MR in a while. I love your writing style. I find a lot of millennial (I am one) writers have a pretty obnoxious and gratuitous writing style.

    Anyway, at the start of the article, I thought “Well, we’ve been asking people for plandids since we had big 35mm cameras, so how is this different?” But then you helped me realize howwwwwwww pervasive it has become and how cringeworthy some of the most inauthentic ones can be.

    Also your plandid is tooooo hot. Gorgeous.

    • Amelia Diamond

      you are too kind!

    • bb222

      this was my response too… plandids are what we used to call photos! (& funny how I never thought, “who took that?” back in the 35mm days). So glad to have lived long enough to have lived through this transformation. Now I need to work on my plandid game though.

  • Raven

    Finally I can put a name to my Instagram posting habits other than “refined narcissism”

  • Alison Dick
    • Amelia Diamond

      I HAVE NEVER BEEN HAPPIER TO STAND SO CORRECT A+ AND CAN’T WAIT TO BORROW THIS PAL-LAN-DID POSE.

  • Cristina

    You guys, this article is so great! I am so glad Amelia is talking about some of This stuff. I ALWAYS feel super boastful when I wear something cute and post the outfit, because I always feel like I’m trying to be cool and have a “not even trying” vibe, even though I JUST REALLY WANT PEOPLE TO SEE MY SILK FLATS from anthro cause they’re so darn cute. Anyway, I’m learning not to care so much and just go with the flow. Be cool. Be breezy. Wherevz. Okay, you get it.
    (But seriously, how cute are these shoes?)
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dc3d1f7b7b6f00c929beda684c2b59304c657752456445a0c1ab408a498277cc.jpg

    • Amelia Diamond

      I LOVE THEM. DO I NEE THEM? ARE THE COMFORTABLE? POST A PLANDID IN THEM.

  • Angie Scott

    This is HILARIOUS!!! I have a friend who does this all the time, and I joke about the little people that she must employ to walk around with her and take pictures of her ass. It really drives me nuts, but this article is making look at it a little differently. Maybe the rest of us are all so worried about being judged that we’re missing out on all of the fun!

  • Áine Hegarty

    Rihanna in #7 is terrific. Her caption basically explains what a plandid is. Can’t go home till it’s on Instagram.

  • Emily

    honestly, i used to do this more than i do now.. but i just moved across the country and my bf (my main companion in a new city) is not so good at taking photos. he’ll take like, one highly unflattering photo and that’s it. so my instagram is taking a break from plandids for now 🙁

    • Samantha

      This I exactly where I’m at. It’s the worst 🙁

  • Hansika Vijayaraghavan

    I’m very casually sitting in a bathtub covered in rose petals
    This is either my audition for the bachelorette or a post for an article on romper style on my blog you pick

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cb64a6e7be04c93a42434c366585177768ae9be1c348d0cb97e20a7639eb0856.jpg

    • Amelia Diamond

      I HOPE IT’S BOTH. THOSE SHOES ARE TALL AS FUCK.
      ROSE PETALS!!!!!!!! SUDDENLY I AM CONCERNED THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH ROSE PETALS IN ANYONE’S PLANDIDS THIS IS AN EMERGENCY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Alright, here’s my best plandid. Last year I would have been mortified to post something like this, but this year I just DGAF. Happy summer, y’all! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9e86730021715f3fe0a847f80ff8273f9fd9672c57b584d1b6f69fa1c9096c81.jpg

    • Amelia Diamond

      HERE WE GO

      GONNA GIVE YOU THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT BUT IF YOU CAN’T TAP THIS FOR CREDITS I’LL BE MAD BECAUSE

      1) Sunglasses look so cat eye good
      2) What’s that suit
      3) What’s that hat
      4) What’s that necklace
      + points for The most gorgeous background
      + more points for standing up in a boat (or giving the illusion of doing that because you may be boat-adjacent)
      + extra points for the look-away-i’m-busy-with-the-wind pose

      • Obvi only boat-adjacent (can’t risk falling in during a plandind photo shoot). Suit is Paper Dolls from ASOS, Hat is from the Target men’s section and I made the necklace! <3

  • I rarely play my ukulele in the staircase, but it does make me feel like Holly Golightly. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5b5c04de4a35fe6a3e4f6818f1fe79d2b9f136b6f3d9b4f56490cb555c651403.jpg

    • lilyelle

      winningggggggg! so gorg

    • Amelia Diamond

      THIS IS AN EXEMPLARY PLANDID WHAT’S YOUR OUTFIT AND DID YOU FIND THAT LIGHT OR DID IT FIND YOU

      • Omg can I just say you are my FAVORITE writer?!?! This little hallway in our house gets the best blind/slat sunrise lighting in the morning, I couldn’t resist. ✨ my top is vintage and the gingham skirt is J. Crew…and it has POCKETS. 💯

        • Katya Edwards

          HOW IS YOUR HAIR SO GLOSSY? BEAUTIFUL GODDESS?

  • belle

    I kinda hate how insistent everyone is on documenting EVERYTHING and I don’t want to feel like I need to spend my vacation/beach day/brunch being photo-ready. I think I have one photo of myself on IG, and it’s a photo of me defending my thesis so I figured I’d make an exception to the no-selfie rule. I hate having to stop on the street for someone to take a photo that’s already been taken one thousand times. I hate being forced into family photos or tagged in shit on social media…it’s just another thing you have to monitor. That said, I take a ton of photos when I’m alone, so I guess I just see it as a more solitary activity.

  • Zoë

    My legs definitely don’t look this toned naturally, but I bet my plandid made ya think they do https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9458e1e79c558c6eda3b0799f9aba561fd7c49519c7415511da88e5b28898dc8.jpg

    • Amelia Diamond

      I CANNOT EXPRESS HOW MUCH I LOVE THAT YOU ARE KIND OF ASLEEP IN YOUR PLANDID. EXCELLENT WORK, GREAT CORAL SWEATSHIRT.

      • Zoë

        Thanks! But Oooh dear I wish I looked this glam while I slept

  • Kittybat

    My entire insta is a plandid and I’m totally fine with calling myself out for what a below commenter called “refined narcissism” 😬

    • Hennalounge

      Keep doin’ you, girl!

      • Amelia Diamond

        i love “refined narcissism”

  • Dymond Moore
    • Amelia Diamond

      UGH YEA DO NOT BLAME YOU LET’S WALK THROUGH IT SHALL WE

      NUMBER 1) YOU ARE IN A GAZEBO
      NUMBER 2) NOW I NEED AN ALL-WHITE HAT
      NUMBER 3) BRIGHT WHITE POLO
      NUMBER 4) IS THAT YOUR SCHOOL SKIRT OR CAN I BORROW IT
      NUMBER 5) THE STARE. THE STARE!!!! THE CHIP UP, SLIGHT EYES STARE. IT’S A MASTERPIECE.
      NUMBER 6) PERFECT POSTURE.

      A+

      • Dymond Moore

        Day made lol! Skirt is from forever 21 btw 🙂

  • Silvia de la Peña
    • Amelia Diamond

      Well this is almost cheating because bread = at least 20 extra likes!!!!!!!
      Cool basket purse too
      + 12 points for look-me-in-the-eyes-stare-and-smile, bold me
      +15 for linen layering combo tank thing happening?

      Great work here and cool earrings

  • Yamini Batra
    • Amelia Diamond

      UH YOU ALSO PULL OFF BANGS SO LIKE YEA, I’D TAKE A LOT OF SELFIES TOO IF I WERE YOU

  • meme

    But if you are alone and you ask a stranger to take plandids of you and you start modeling, it looks so silly. We were at the most amazing beach and this girl came and asked me to take her photo, I obliged, and then she started striking poses like it was ANTM. I almost couldn’t keep it together. And then she sat in the shadow to look at her phone. It was just pointless, I’m sorry. Extra points to the girl who asked my friend to take her picture at a museum and then turned her back to the camera.

  • Yawynne

    I call this plandid the when you don’t have a prom date so you drag your unassuming best friend into the bathroom at the pre-prom to take photos of you showing your fab earrings while you pretend Harry Styles just walked through the doors with a corsage
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6b2c8320c90c87c3d4135b573e2cfe9e5b136751d1fa28631875d2ca100b7a62.jpg

    • Amelia Diamond

      OKOKOK I LOVE THE MOOD LIGHTING, THE HIGHLIGHTER, THE POSE (IT’S AN EXCELLENT POSE) AND THAT YOUR FRIEND’S CAMERA FLASH MAKES IT SEEM AS THOUGH YOU ARE BEING VISITED BY SOME SORT OF VISION (PROBABLY YOURSELF FROM THE FUTURE GIVING YOURSELF IN THIS PHOTO A HIGH FIVE FOR KILLING THE PLANDID GAME)

  • There was a unicorn floatie in my apartment pool, and I literally told my friend to come over so we could take photos on it. Got a lot of IG likes, so there.

    • Amelia Diamond

      never say no to a photo opp if you can help it!

  • Bronte Mac

    A unique candid shot, where you force your friends in to matching pyjamas and make them lay on sheep skins.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BToHqRFgNxh/?taken-by=brontemac

  • Bronte Mac

    A unique plandid: girls on a sheepskin in matching pyjamas. Having glitter stars sprinkled over them. Truly a self indulgent master piece.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BToHqRFgNxh/?taken-by=brontemac

    • Amelia Diamond

      this looks like an American Girl ad and i’m so jealous that i’m not in it being Molly

  • Lauren Melonic

    The kind where you love your outfit and are looking UP and slightly to the RIGHT. Oh yeah and happen to be casually brushing your hair out of your face. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e49f7e869609cacd3edeca0b50ab50156528e914a18d142f53bb6206ace8e721.jpg

    • Amelia Diamond

      + 5 for ignoring the camera person on purpose
      + 6 for excellent candid smile laugh
      + 12 for that dress?!?! (what is it?)
      + 13 for casual sneaker peak because you’re not making it a thing but they kinda make the outfit huh
      + 7 for unexpected background
      A+

      • Lauren Melonic

        Dress is last season Ellery scored on super sale!

  • SpiritAndCourage

    I have no interest in your selfie but if you post a plandid I will like it every time.

    I don’t really know why.

    • Amelia Diamond

      sometimes a plandid can tell more of a story!!

  • Megan Greffen

    Shoot am I too late to the game?! Casual booze fueled dog walk? Instant hit. hitshttps://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d1c7045d6c1968784813ce59ba9b3465c559c916232c8fbebd1c353c494d785d.jpg

  • Megan Greffen
  • Megan Greffen
    • Amelia Diamond

      Yea you get at least 10 points for being ahead of the curve, 13 for the head-to-the-side look and at least 30 for the dog.

      • Megan Greffen

        It was cute until I took it too far and made him an Insta (@hamlettheberner)…I’ve been reduced to a treat holder. A literal carrot dangler, if you will.

  • Jennifer Shaffer

    I plandid for my job. See, cladwell.com. #whitepants #lovesummerhateeverythingelse
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e53a88d919ed2080663737079e5d4a69f793c3d136f7e83466239454f025366f.jpg

    • Megan Greffen

      Flowy hair despite the stagnant summer air. #poetry

    • Amelia Diamond

      you have perfected the art of the look-at-photog-while-walking-with-the-perfect-leg-angle and it is amazing

  • Aydan

    OMG AMELIA DO YOU LIKE MADE IN CHELSEA?!!?!?!?!?!

  • margherita
    • Amelia Diamond

      !!!!!!!!!!!! 100000 points because barefoot and SETTING

  • I am no longer ashamed to admit that basically all my Instagrams are plandids. Here’s my version of #1. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/86682d6d30355480c9512429c2f2d42d0b05694f1aeed89a1b1e1281a07de4a6.jpg

    • Amelia Diamond

      I am just so proud and impressed. Tell me about those shoes.

      • Knee-high patent leather with a 4″ flared heel. 100% zipperless so they take at least five minutes to put on (which is an honor, tbh). I found them at a thrift store for – get this – $3. I also nearly died for this photo but you gotta do what you gotta do (it was more than worth it).

  • Beth

    Gotta give all of this a big ‘ol YEP.

    Also, bless my instagram husband. I don’t even ask him anymore!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5b64f4041d3fad1a55bfd537582185be093aa5546bab5020416a1d7fa1cce568.jpg

    • Amelia Diamond

      YOU ARE LIVING THE LITERAL DREAM.

  • Naomi Simhon

    I post these shots all day long. You didn’t mention that you can also record a video and taking a screen shot from it. Makes an epic photo! Check out my insta and let me know How I’m doing… @nomisim

    • Megan Greffen

      Just discovered that yesterday. Quite the dinosaur, am I. JAZZED about this

  • Sophie

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d05be3ff476c191e121dd0ec9d97bcdf5a62ab56e83c44a4188df04cf11a6488.jpg

    My best wildcard pose 🙂 I never know how to do pose when I’m trying to show an outfit so this felt “natural” haha. Loved reading the article…if anything we’re all just taking the time for some much needed self-love.

  • When you’re surprised how great your plandid turned out- you make it dbl

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1c7882d52176fda02581b69897c1b430e3d471de0f97348c38cac0d3af46ca2c.jpg

    • Kiks

      this is fantastic.

  • Carrieanne Luicadi

    i like to call this picture ‘being my daughters accessory’ for obvious reasons https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0cacb4273babbe730285c40010ea56a3cf251a69bef40aae9aea2523276a9b5e.jpg

  • Carrieanne Luicadi
  • agroto

    this article is great. here’s my weird baby in a garden plandid that my friend insisted on taking and i was originally embarrassed, but now after reading this want to embrace it: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3c1116a6ae14d84b65b1b8991ba5fb4e63cce5ad6489193f8a2a88581f61051e.jpg

  • Alexandra Sabater

    I’m all about the plandids…. here’s the kind where the sun is shining down on you while you’re wearing an outfit you love.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9c89e9144cb3b441c0c6d998bd899567bc430aefd2077ebf00afd82447bb29b0.jpg

  • the fox forgot

    Agh I’m so glad I don’t participate in social media. This and Reddit are like, the social media-est I get. I think it’s so toxic and voyeuristic. Even seeing reposts of Instagram pictures hurt my soul and make me feel like a stalker.

    Loveyoubyeeeeee!

  • Kiks

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/66178b5dcc41b781cbf06679a6339831cb36e537dacdea68777dc3766accc099.jpg

    I took this six years ago with an actual camera sitting on a rock. Still my best plandid of all time.

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  • Flambe

    I’m loving this article! I went on vacation with my sister and basically every photo we took was a plandid. We found this TINY hammock when exploring an island and spent a good amount of time taking plandids of each other.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e2c45c8172d9a3146ac01edcd527795112daa4a0aa2c75833f20b8ae4cbc3ad6.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b12c1ea8b9731b7f2fba9602837f68a62124c3666e99cac874055aad80b9023d.jpg

  • Gwyn

    this is without a doubt my best plandid. look at her! she’s a party animal https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7dde101d8ac5beaf9f97aefdbe83bae522d8b39a56f08fe211fdfe00b79882cb.png

  • Rakel Kjeldsberg Wabø

    Lets just say I rarely walk in flower fields alone wearing nothing but t-shirts and bikinis.. Shout out to self timer https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d533c7f779ff77a3cfc6a1d0194835c2d2d3fdc6ec00fc2dc84c359ced0d6ff7.jpg

  • Jesús Sire

    Your article is just HILARIOUS. And also reminded me of how much I laugh about myself for posting plandids. Here is mine at Bryant Park: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e7baf8a0378eee0d125643c8a694c522ba2235a6cb23fc5ffabf16e5b2445128.png

  • Charlotte Blanch

    I love you Amelia! You are a Man Repeller gift of a writer, but isn’t this trend just an excuse to make people feel validated (for being trendy)…which is just an easy way for a writer to compliment the reader. And asking for their plandid in the comments is a way to make the reader feel important by talking about themselves more and loading the comments section. I’m a former writer-turned-photographer who has taken timer plandids before camera phones made it easy. But couldn’t we talk about capturing place and time vs. playing a ukele in a staircase? Or are we taking a Dorothy Parker look at everyday feeds? My point is this article could have added more revelance to self-portrait photography or street portrait selfies than just high-fiving the readers. I think you can use your words to inspire your reader, change the direction of selfies. Maybe a take on a plandid is to remember that this moment happened, that you were this age and that you stood in this place. Now that’s the real stuff plandids are made of.

    I’m gonna post a selfie to keep with the post rules. This is a plandid I took in the middle of a bookstore when I was 12 weeks pregnant. I wanted to remember the first time my belly prevented my coat from closing. I took about 10-20 selfies in that aisle. Strategically hid my right hand so the focus would be on the belly and my ice cream craving. One of my favorite plandid days.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8eb582e505ee9ab0bb5a1a940780ebfcce0d09b5db244c34488523d214483588.jpg

  • Surfysummer

    #10 – the Sporty Plandit: you do sporty activity with a friend who has been commanded to take an attractive photo of you (you may even be paying them because swimming around in the ocean with a camera is hard! ). This can literally take 💯’s of photos to get right.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d037aa2e9ea7970eee6b651a75d9da6ddcda3b21082f7c34cc32f193c023d526.png

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  • Ana Augusta Ribeiro

    it was my birthday and I thought that a photoshoot in my loundry would be nice.. turns out, it was hahaha <3 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/87bfa82dbf533df9ad6f5d166b1077e78a1c56c2b0bd15f4de4fc48e05c01db1.jpg

  • Noelle Sisneros

    Best plandid I ever took in Palm Springs. Extra points for having a champagne glass in my hand!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/433e1dc454f93fe126b36e8a64a25ae2612ede7846a79980c52b1d41a68562ab.jpg

  • tequilamockingbird

    i just want to know where to get a clear umbrella w/ tiny lights inside