No pressure or anything, but your first Instagram post will go down in infamy! (Well, unless you delete it.) If you’ve recently created an Instagram account, picking that first photo is crucial.
Maybe you’re brand new to Instagram. Perhaps you are an old veteran, but starting a new account. Or maybe you are starting an Instagram account for your business. Either way, you’ll want to make a good first impression.
So what is a good first Instagram post option?
If this is a personal account, it might be smart to go with a selfie.
Let people see who you are. Introduce yourself via the caption. Let people know your interests, hobbies and what they can expect to see on your Instagram account. Maybe ask a question and get people talking right from the beginning.
For a business account, you should pick something that sums up what you’re all about.
It could be a product or a slogan. Or maybe you want to start out including your fans, sharing a customer’s post. That gets you engaged with your audience right away.
We know deciding on that important first Instagram post is really tough, so we’re calling in the big guns. We’re going to check out some of the most followed Instagram accounts’ first Instagram posts, and rate them.
Let’s get started:
Beyonce’s First Instagram Post
Here’s a great first Instagram post. Beyonce started her official Instagram account in November 2012. The first photo selection?
The superstar chose to make her first Instagram post count. Her first Instagram post coincided with the 2012 Presidential election. For that reason, she shared a photo of herself in a t-shirt that made a political statement.
Selena Gomez announced a return to music, four days before her debut album “Stars Dance” was released.
Date joined: July 15, 2013.
Caption: “I’m back…. #STARSDANCE“
Ben Affleck posted a red carpet photo from the Oscars.
Date joined: February 24, 2013
Caption: “The last leg of an unbelievable journey. Thanks to the amazing cast, crew and fans that got us here. #Oscars“
Jennifer Lopez was committed to her brand, as evidenced by her debut post.
Date joined: May 17, 2013
Kim Kardashian obviously made her Instagram debut with a selfie.
Date joined: February 20, 2012
Caption: “My first instagram pic… Kisses for instagram!”
Carrie Underwood shared a black and white selfie.
Date joined: February 13, 2013
Caption: “Hi guys, to kick off the second half of the ‘Blown Away’ tour, I’ve joined Instagram!”
Ariana Grande posted a sweet snap with her grandfather, who has since passed away.
Date joined: December 26, 2011
Caption: “Me & grandpa!!! He’s wearing his Ariana army hoodie! Hehe… I love him more than anything. 💗⛄🌻”
Justin Bieber is just like us — he joined while bored and stuck in traffic.
Date joined: July 21, 2011
Leonardo DiCaprio casually joined Instagram to tell the world he was speaking at a United Nations summit.
Date joined: September 23, 2014
Caption: “Today, I have the privilege to speak at the United Nations #Climate2014 Summit where world leaders are expected to announce the bold steps they will take to tackle climate change. Thank you Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.”
Kendall Jenner posted about her visit to the happiest place on Earth.
Date joined: July 12, 2011
Harry Styles was punny even back in 2012.
Date joined: May 19, 2012
Blake Shelton has always stayed true to his country roots, including when he joined Instagram.
Date joined: April 7, 2013
Caption: “Guess who just rolled the dice and put his corn in early…. This guy!!!!”
Robert Downey Jr. hung out with Jimmy Kimmel and some of his “Avengers” co-stars.
Date joined: April 13, 2015
Caption: “Come get me, Instagram…”
Adam Levine gave Maroon 5 fans a behind-the-scenes look in his premiere post.
Date joined: February 14, 2013
Caption: “90s guitarist vibes.”
Kylie Jenner shared a contemplative shot of a fireplace on a rainy day.
Date joined: November 4, 2011
Caption: “Rain day fire<3”
Oprah’s first post is a blurry picture of internet celeb/entrepreneur Gary Vee (aka Gary Vaynerchuk) and another woman.
Date joined: April 25, 2012
Caption: “Me and friends”
Chris Pratt has always been outdoorsy.
Date joined: March 11, 2012
Priyanka Chopra posted a cute candid.
Date joined: June 7, 2012
Caption: “Happy to be here”
Tyra Banks really enjoyed “Call Me Maybe” and the makeshift music video that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez recorded.
Date joined: March 15, 2012
Blake Lively complimented her mom and stayed humble about her own sewing skills.
Date joined: November 12, 2014
Caption: “My mama on the far left at 10 years old in a dress SHE MADE. She’s so incredible. I’m so lucky to have such an inspiration and role model ..now if I could just doggone learn how to sew! 😁”
Will Smith created an Instagram while on the set of “Ellen.”
Date joined: December 14, 2017
Rihanna paid tribute to the king of reggae, Bob Marley, in her first ‘gram.
Date joined: March 1, 2012
Caption: “Im actin brand new on u a–holes”
Adele took to Instagram to promote her third album, “25.”
Date joined: October 22, 2015
Caption: “25 out November 20th”
Channing Tatum joined right after he hosted “Saturday Night Live.”
Date joined: February 20, 2012
Caption: “After SNL…”
Ashton Kutcher was an early adopter of Insta, and shared a moody selfie.
Date joined: June 6, 2011
Seth Rogen had an epic first post with the founder of Instagram, Kevin Systrom.
Date joined: May 30, 2013
Caption: “I thought my first instagram should be done at instagram with the inventor of instagram.”
Chrissy Teigen has continued to share sweet photos of her husband, John Legend.
Date joined: March 4, 2012
Caption: “I’m officially instagramming.”
Ryan Reynolds joined Instagram to promote “Deadpool.”
Date joined: May 11, 2015
Caption: “Stuck the landing. With my mouth.”
Emilia Clarke snapped a pic of her very own Funko doll.
Date joined: April 23, 2015
Nicki Minaj shared some fan art.
Date joined: July 5, 2013
Caption: “It’s Barbie B—h!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Amy Schumer fangirled over fellow stand-up comedian Steven Wright.
Date joined: June 11, 2012
Caption: “It feels wright”
Madonna celebrated Obama’s election in 2012.
Date joined: November 8, 2012
Caption: “Election Night 2012”
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What’s The Bottom Line?
When it’s time to select your first Instagram post, make sure it can stand the test of time. You want to look back and be proud of your first photo.
Now have fun picking!