When Tristan (@tristantales) was growing up, he wanted to be a pirate-cowboy-firefighter-astronaut-detective — “or, realistically, anything that allowed me to be creative on a daily basis.” The Los Angeles resident has since carved himself out a role producing short videos for his own brand as well as global ones. “This type of visual storytelling didn’t exist when I was a kid,” says Tristan. “But if it had, it would’ve 100 percent been my dream job.” Tristan began using Instagram Stories to keep his friends updated on his day-to-day life, but would add his own creative twist. “Even if I was going to the grocery store, I would try my best to craft some sort of adventure out of it,” he says. The stories evolved into Tristan’s take on “Choose Your Own Adventure,” where the viewer taps forward and backward to decide how Tristan finds his way out of various situations in and around LA. “I’m always looks for ways to make my stories more engaging,” he says, “and what better way to do that than by making the story interactive and giving the viewer complete control?” Watch our Instagram story now to choose your own adventure with Tristan. Photo by @tristantales
Now you see it, now you don’t, in this #BoomerangOfTheWeek from Elizabeth Tsareva (@liztsarevna). 🐈 🔥 Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang’s caption — yours might show up here on @instagram. #Boomerang by @liztsarevna
Hello, world! It’s time to meet today’s #WeeklyFluff: Timothy (@timothy_the_mini_pig), a house-trained piggy with an adorably squishy nose. 🐽 When he’s not eating, sleeping or playing with his human mama, Timothy likes learning new tricks — as long as they result in a treat, of course. Follow @timothy_the_mini_pig to never miss a day in Timothy’s life.
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Annie Flanagan’s (@annieflanagan) portraits are so intimate, so full of private moments and bared emotion, that you’re almost compelled to avert your gaze — but don’t. “Such a large part of the hate, confusion and judgement, gender-based or otherwise, stems from a lack of understanding,” says Annie, a New Orleans-based gender-neutral photographer and filmmaker. Currently, Annie’s working on a documentary project that introduces the genderqueer community to rural communities. “The more people can get to know each other, and the situations that are threatening or unfamiliar to them, the more they can identify with each other,” Annie says. “We all have so much to learn. Creating this intimate work can, in whatever small way, open up spaces for conversations and healing.” It’s June, and in many countries that means it’s time to celebrate #Pride2017. All month long, we’ll be sharing stories from diverse LGBTQ community members from around the world, like Annie. Photo by @annieflanagan
Before she identifies as Canadian, photographer Nadya Kwandibens (@_anishinaabekwe) identifies as Anishinaabe. “I’m an Anishinaabe woman and an Anishinaabe artist,” she says. “In Canada, native people belong to different nations that are indigenous to this continent, which is known as Turtle Island. The Anishinaabe — which translates to ‘the people’ in our language — are just one of the many indigenous nations here.” Nadya lives on Anishinaabe land in northwestern Ontario, and her ancestors have called what is now Canada home for over 10,000 years. Nadya started Red Works Photography (@_redworks) to empower herself and other First Nations people through portraits, event photography and workshops. “By focusing on the strength and vibrancy that our people have, we’re changing that way that society sees indigenous people,” she says. “It’s important that my artistic practice shed light on the fact that indigenous stories have been largely silenced during most of Canada’s colonial history. But there is more willingness to make room for dialogue and collective understanding. I’m hopeful about our future.” #NationalAboriginalDay Watch our Instagram story now to learn about First Nations culture and art with Nadya. This story is part of #🇨🇦❤️ , a new series celebrating people all across Canada. Photo by @_redworks
“I love making people laugh,” says Ashley Helbert (@tiny_chikn). “I bought this hanging basket plant a few weeks ago at a local Tennessee nursery, and I instantly thought it looked like some kind of floating plant monster. I finally took it upon myself to give it googly eyes.” 👀 #WHPstandout Photo by @tiny_chikn
Three — that’s how many trainers Isabela Moner (@isabelamoner) had in the six weeks leading up to filming the @transformersmovie, when the 15-year-old actress was getting in shape for her role as the independent Izabella. “I was doing cardio, boxing and resistance training,” says Isabela. “I had to build up stamina and endurance for the long days that little old me would be running alongside Mark Wahlberg.” Tough workouts and extraterrestrial bad guys aren’t even Isabela’s biggest challenges these days — it’s balancing school and acting. “My mom said I couldn’t continue acting if I didn’t keep my grades up,” says Isabela, who calls Cleveland home. “I usually fit in as much school as I can on set, but it’s hard to switch gears. You go from quadratic formulas to dramatic death scenes. It’s complicated, but also rewarding — I have such a sense of accomplishment in juggling both my career and my education.” Photo of @isabelamoner by @adamchristopherphoto
Starting today, we’re introducing the option to share a replay of your live video to Instagram Stories. Now, more of your friends and followers can catch up on what they missed. When your broadcast has ended, you’ll be able to tap “Share” at the bottom of the screen to add your replay to Instagram Stories for 24 hours. You can also tap the toggle and choose “Discard,” and your live video will disappear from the app as usual. When someone you follow shares a replay, you’ll see a play button under their profile photo in the stories bar. Tap it to watch the video and see comments and likes from the original broadcast. Since introducing live video in November, millions of people have used it to connect with friends and followers in an authentic way. Now, you can share these experiences with even more people. To learn more about today’s updates, check out help.instagram.com. These updates are available as part of Instagram version 10.26 for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.
Two brothers play with optical illusions on a beach in the Netherlands. #WHPstandout Photo by @chezdre
A burst of bright yellow shines from Hong Kong’s monochromatic skyline. Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPstandout. Photo by @ryanmamba
When Rosanna Pansino (@rosannapansino) first moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of Seattle, she decided to start making online videos to get more comfortable in front of the camera. “One of my first videos was me making a Mario-themed cake,” she says. “After posting that, I began to get requests to make more themed treats.” And so, Nerdy Nummies, Rosanna’s weekly online baking show, was born. Baking has long held a special place in Rosanna’s heart — her grandmother taught her the art of mixing, pouring and measuring when she was growing up, and continued to be a family activity during holidays and special occasions. Even today, Rosanna’s family is behind the scenes of Nerdy Nummies. “My mom, dad and sister all moved to LA to help run the show,” she says. This year, Rosanna is heading back to #VidCon, an annual celebration of video and video creators. “There are always two best parts of VidCon,” says Rosanna, “catching up with my friends and meeting my awesome viewers.” Photo by @rosannapansino
Playing the inclusive, supportive character of Mae Valentine on Nickelodeon’s “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn” isn’t much of a stretch for 13-year-old actress Kyla-Drew Simmons (@kyladrewatla). “I try to congratulate, acknowledge and praise as many people as possible,” she says. “My favorite emoji is two high-fives!” Growing up in Atlanta, Kyla-Drew relocated to Los Angeles to pursue acting at age 8. “Every day, I remind myself to stay focused and keep a positive attitude. That’s the only way to keep moving forward.” Watch our Instagram story now to hear more #KindComments — empowering comments that uplift you and others in the community.
Lucie the sheepdog gets far too hot in the Midwestern summers, so her human, Amy Powell (@amy.lynn.powell), brought home a kiddie pool for her to cool down in. “Lucie went ballistic with excitement, jumping and biting at the water,” says Amy. “Then she ruined my flower beds by rolling around in them. I had to give her a bath after that.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @amy.lynn.powell
In Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, the June nights are long. “The moon shines double the time of the sun,” says Gisela Gomila (@giselagc_), who lives at the foot of the Andes Mountains with her husband and two children. “Some call Ushuaia the end of the world, but it’s the beginning of everything.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @giselagc_
Nastaran Farjadpezeshk (@nastaran__fp) is inspired by the simplicity of life outside of the city of Mashhad, Iran. “Whenever I get tired of the city, I take refuge in the suburbs,” she says. “It’s a new and different form of life.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @nastaran__fp
We’re sliding into the weekend with this #BoomerangOfTheWeek by Christa Milster (@christamilster), captured at her family’s cabin in northern Michigan. “We used to play on this slide all the time when I was a little girl,” says Christa. “I had completely forgotten about it and then one day, I was in the barn and saw it collecting dust in the corner. I thought we should bring it down to the beach to see if it was still as fun as an adult. And it was!” Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang’s caption — yours might show up here on @instagram. #Boomerang by @christamilster