Why Val Thorens should be on your bucket list if you’re an avid Instagrammer.
Instagram is an exceedingly easy way to share, edit, and view photos. Posting directly from your mobile device, it is simple to figure out with literally no right way of using it. In March, I was fortunate to travel to Val Thorens in France with 18 other business owners as part of a ‘social media experiment’. Club Med had asked us to raise awareness of their new resort and it was on this trip that I was reminded of my love for Instagram.
Social media is one of the easiest ways to document our experiences and inspire others. With your phone or mobile device you can instantly record and share your journey with friends, family and strangers – no matter how remote their geographic location. Here, we sat in an outdoor jacuzzi, framed by snow-capped mountains. This enchanting setting deserved to be added onto my insta-feed.
“Remember to never travel without a swimsuit” was what I was reminded of by my fiance, and just as well! Even though the temperature in Val Thorens averages below zero in March, they are fully equipped with indoor swimming pools to ease your muscles from the strenuous slopes. This shot was edited using VSCO cam which I used to sharpen and brighten the image .
Travelling with friends who share the same enthusiasm and passion for Instagram allows me to take portraits from a more personal perpective. In this case, I asked my friend Nic to pose in front of a cosy log cabin on the top of a slope called Caron. The light was perfect and away I clicked. The ice on his beard brought a lot of character to the shot which I liked, and so did Nick.
This is my favourite picture from the trip! There is no skin showing at all, which gives the viewer an idea of just how cold it was on top of the mountain that day. The colours are sombre and the focus is clearly on the snowboarder. Val Thorens makes it so easy to access the slopes you almost don’t have to adjust your gear the entire day!
We spent all eight days together, sometimes in groups of two or three which is helpful as the group was big! We were also at different levels in terms of how much experience we had on the slopes, so our meals were a time to share our shots from the day and discuss our plans for the evening ahead. The hotel has a beautiful tapas bar and a luxurious bar if your body feels like taking a break.
My fiance and I decided to explore the surrounding village on the last day. I brought my phone along, as always, and got this mystifying shot of her leaving the hotel. I shot it in colour but then used an app called Snapseed to add even more of a contrast. The resulting silhouette is simple but powerful.
There’s something about a spiral staircase that always catches my eye and this snail like design was asking to be photographed. The depth of field brings a 3D element to the shot and the earthy colours bring a richness to the picture. We would walk up and down this staircase at least 20 times a day in the beginning, but that swiftly dropped down to 0. We simply preferred the lift!
My iPhone camera picks up on the tiniest details and you can almost see the shape of the icicles. It also means that I don’t need to carry my macro zoom around all the time. Snow has the ability to elevate even the most mundane objects into something of beauty.
This pic of me was taken by my friend, Craig. He sent me the raw image which I then edited using VSCO cam to increase the exposure and contrast. I then posted it onto my Instagram feed while crediting him. Collaborations between Instagrammers is what makes the community so strong and exciting.
My fascination with old cars started when I was a child. I’ve always found them to be intriguing and full of character, so when I came across this tow truck in Val Thorens, I immediately photographed it. Although it isn’t that old, I was taken by the sheer strength of the vehicle in comparison with it’s compact size. You can almost see the icy winds howling passed.
I was taken by the interesting architecture in the area. The newly constructed buildings, with their unique shapes and harsh lines look like pieces of lego stacked on top of one another and the clear blue sky was the perfect backdrop.
The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” holds true, but on Instagram a picture is only worth its thousand comments.