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Photo Illustration by @nappyc  A tower of sheep = pure #WHPjoyful  🐑

Photo Illustration by @bookishbronte  “I woke up on Saturday and it was a rainy and horrible day,” says Bronte Huskinson (@bookishbronte ). “I just wanted to go and find the joy in the bad weather, so I decided to embrace it — singing ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade,’ of course! I wanted to show how windy it was too, and signify how I find joy in the little things in life, like in the rain and in between book pages.” #WHPjoyful 

Photo by @mygiantadventures  As you can see from Great Dane Elliott’s (@mygiantadventures ) face, dogs can have the time of their lives anywhere, even on a long car ride home. “The #WHPjoyful  theme was one I was really drawn to because every single moment in life can contain joy if you choose to see it,” says Elliott’s human Mandy Helwege, who lives in Denver. “I love being able to bring joy to others through photos of my dogs.” Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPjoyful .

Photo by @choppe_tt  Toru Tsuchie (@choppe_tt ) describes himself as “a craftsman who makes wagashi,” Japanese confections that are often served with tea. “I make traditional Japanese sweets. However, I think it is also important to make sweets tailored to the times. I consciously make both,” says Toru, who lives and works in Izumo, Japan. Check out today’s story and our IGTV channel to watch Toru create his sweet, intricate treats.

Photo by @snitchery  “I’m super grateful to be able to consider myself a practicing artist,” says 22-year-old Eleanor Barnes (@snitchery ). “I’ve always been involved in fine arts, so to fall into an industry where I’m able to expand on that artistry in a really unorthodox canvas is wicked.” Eleanor is known for her inventive and vibrant looks that push the envelope, playing with color and props. “I’ve gone to my local corner store here in New York City with pink face paint, a ridiculous wig and sculpted horns. That’s about as extreme as makeup can get, and no one bothered me for it. I think it’s a good practice to remember that people are typically more worried about what they’re doing themselves than they are about you, and that authenticity can be spotted a mile away. If you think a rainbow cut crease looks awesome, chances are other people will too!” 🌈 Today, Eleanor is going live to connect with her friends and followers, while showing off some exciting new updates, including a questions sticker and ability to add photos and videos from your camera roll to your live video. Check out the link in our bio to learn more about these new features and more.

Photos by @jakenaughton  and @samoinspired  “As a gay person, most of my personally-driven work is about the LGBTQ community,” says Mexico-City-based photographer Jake Naughton (@jakenaughton ), whose recent project with Aarti Singh (@samoinspired ) “Both Sides of the Veil” explores what it’s like to be queer in modern India. “What I’ve found in working on this project is that there are so many stories that don’t even occur to people outside of the LGBTQ community that are worth telling and are fascinating. There’s so much to uncover and so many interesting angles to explore. And this story is no different,” he says. “The most important thing to a lot of the people was that they still felt loved and supported by the people in their community, whether that was their family, or their friends or their neighbors. And I think that was very powerful.” Swipe through to see images from Jake’s project.

Photo by @emmafineman  Meet the oh so fashionable Kuo family — Helen Yu (@hyu915 ), Mike (@brojan73 ) and 5-year-old Marni. Helen and Mike have called San Francisco home for the last 10 years and love classic winter holiday activities like decorating their Christmas tree, drinking hot chocolate and eating roasted chestnuts. But another cherished tradition is making an annual holiday card. “We’ve been doing holiday family cards every year since Marni was born, so five years so far!” says Helen. As for 2019, “We hope for world peace and for our family and friends to be healthy and happy,” says Helen. “We dream to explore never-visited-before places around the world and meet interesting and kind people.” Check out their holiday card photo shoot, today on our story. 🎄⭐️

Today on our story, we’re with the one and only Michelle Obama (@michelleobama ) on her “Becoming” book tour. Tune in to see Mrs. Obama in conversation with 16-year-old speech activist Riya Kataria (@riyakatariax ) as they talk about finding your voice, sources of confidence and more. ❤️ #IAmBecoming 

Featured photo by @tony_noel  Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPjoyful  This weekend the challenge is to make images and videos that capture a spirit of joy, as in this featured photo from Tony Noël (@tony_noel ). Here are some tips to get you started: Head out. Think about the places you go that make you feel free and joyful. Set up an excursion — it can be solo or with a group of friends — to take pictures, make videos and enjoy the day. Express your joy. Get creative with the action in your submission and think about the actions that bring you joy — like dancing, drawing and hiking — or express an emotional release, like a big belly laugh. Consider symbols. Birds in flight, flowers and hearts, the wind in your hair, tossing leaves into the air, or even something as simple as your body language can express joy and freedom. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPjoyful  hashtag only to photos and videos shared over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. By adding the #WHPjoyful  hashtag, you consent to and grant Instagram all rights to repost your photo or video. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video shared over the weekend with the #WHPjoyful  hashtag is eligible for the project and, if selected, to be featured next week.

Video by @ari_fararooy  “My video work is all about playing with perspective,” says 28-year-old video creator Ari Fararooy (@ari_fararooy ). “I usually like to focus on real-life elements, typically a subject or setting that people can understand. Then I’ll show that subject from my own unique perspective — a perspective that typically involves a lot of symmetry, minimalism and surrealism. It’s fun for me to apply my creative imagination onto the world we live in and offer others a different outlook on normal day-to-day life.” See more of Ari’s mind-bending work today on our story and our IGTV channel.⚡️

Video by @soapcurls_asmr  👋 See ya, 2018! 👋 With the year close to a close, we’re looking back at 2018 to highlight some of the ways our global community members expressed themselves, while getting closer to the people – and things – they love. ❤️ Head to our IGTV channel to see the top trends and defining moments of 2018 on Instagram. 📺

Photo by @kanda.le.lo  Vedang Kandalgaonkar (@kanda.le.lo ) says #WHPNaturalLight  sent him on the chase to find light in all sorts of different elements — and then he happened on this street scene. “I noticed the man reading the newspaper and spotted a golden light hitting from behind,” says the freelance photographer. “A perfect shadow was formed, making it picture-perfect for me.”