Darling little things: My go-to photo apps.

Let’s talk photography for a minute. Phone and tablet photography, more specifically. I love my DSLR, but I just don’t carry it with me everywhere. My phone photos & iPad photos are just more convenient.

There are SO MANY photo apps out there both paid & unpaid available across both Android & iOS platforms. Some are limited exclusively to one platform or the other. I’ve come across several new apps to play with and found new favorites through some of my favorite blogs so I thought I would put together a little list of my favorites right now.

Editing/Creative details: ABeautifulMess App
Price: $0.99, iOS only (for now)

If you don’t know about A Beautiful Mess, go. Now. Elsie & Emma wow me every day with their DIY prowess, inventive food & cocktail recipes & are pretty much the reason why I have slowly gotten over the whole hating white walls thing. I now can appreciate a much more open, airy & less cluttered version of a living space & much of my personal inspiration came from the awesomeness of their blog.

Elsie hand writes on many of the photos featured on their website. The sisters recently developed an app that includes features handwritten phrases and doodles in Elsie’s handwriting, different filters, and options to add your own text in a variety of fonts.

I’ve used this app for adding just for fun details to my own photos as well as for promotion purposes & they keep updating it and adding to it.

Here’s a few from my Instagram.

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I’ve also used it for photos that I post too: here & here.

The app is a great 99 cent spend and Elsie & Emma keep updating it with new fonts/doodles/add ons. For right now, it’s only available if you have an Apple device (I downloaded it on my iPad) but the Android version is coming later this summer.

Alternative Camera: Pudding Camera
Price: Free on Android platforms

This app features 9 different cameras and 8 different film choices when you’re snapping photos using your phone. You can also apply toy cameras effects and vary your shots using a blur feature and changing aspect ratios. With all of the different camera/film combinations to play with, you pretty much get a different aesthetic with each photo you take.

I apologize for all of the dog photos, but I particularly loved this camera app when taking photos of them.

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I especially love the last one & how the film/camera choice and the blur made what could have been a fairly blown out photo, a very unique photo instead.

Adding something extra: Pixlr-o-Matic
Free on both Android & iOS

I rarely post photos without atleast running it through Pixlr-o-Matic. This app features a plethora of film filters, effects, and borders to mix together to create unique photos. I like the “before” photo posted below, but the “after” photo just POPS.
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Better than Standard Phone Camera: FxCamera 
Free on Android and Apple

I actually spent a good deal of time using Fx Camera as my actual camera when I snapped any photos. I think it offers a crisper image, but the downside is that there is a bit of lag in shutter speed.  I’ve since switched back to using the default phone camera and just open photos in Fx Camera to apply some of its effects, instead.

This camera offers a Toy camera, Symmetrical camera, and Fisheye (among others) and had a recent update that includes lots of new filters, like this circle to put focus on a certain area shown below. It’s Free – go check it out!

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Of course I love Instagram as well, but I primarily use it for photos I want to share in a quick moment or to layer over another photo app I’ve already applied to get a more detailed effect.

I tend to use all of the other apps listed in more detail when I have intentions of printing and am looking for a more unique version.

These were just a few of my top favorites right now that I wanted to pass along, hopefully I introduced you to something new!

Happy Friday!

Darling Little Things: Better photos with Photojojo

Have you heard of the Photojojo store? It’s an online shop with all kinds of AWESOME stuff for taking better photos on less traditional mediums, like with your phone or iPad. I have a Nikon D3000 that I love but don’t use as often as I should because I don’t carry it with me everywhere. I carry my phone and my iPad with me much more often.

The drawback with relying on a camera phone and iPad is that that some of the quality is lost by taking that quick shot. I’m not saying that you can’t have great photos using your phone, you absolutely can.. it just takes more thought & maybe an add on app or equipment.

I’ve been relying on my phone and iPad more exclusively recently to do all of my photos for this blog and feel that they’re lacking.. so I’ve decided to finally buy some things I’ve been eyeing from the Photojojo store.

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I ordered a 4 pack of lenses that can be used on my phone & are easily removable and reattached to my iPad. I can’t wait to test them out & see what I can do differently with my images.

Here’s a coupon code for all of you to to buy some awesome Photojojo items as well:

$5 off Photojojo Order

Just click the link & add items to your cart. a $5 discount appears when you go to check out.

Cheers!

Project Life: Weeks 3 & 4

I don’t know about the rest of y’all but pollen season has arrived in Florida and it is working me over pretty good this year. I have been battling congestion, headaches & I have a nice cough that has slowly made me lose my voice over the last week. I’m now working with a robot/frog sounding voice, but at least I can get words out. So, that being said – since I was not feeling well last week, I didn’t get much done in any category. But today I am playing catch up and posting reviews of the last two weeks for Project Life.

Week 3 
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FxCam_1359396408566Week 3 was filled with all kinds of Mary Kay activity. This was the first week that I actually put a lot of effort into planning and reaching out to my network and I had my first skin care party and set up for my first 1-on-1 facial session. I made my first sale and was super pumped about the Mary Kay opportunity to generate some extra income for our household [for now] and maybe transition into something I do full time hopefully at some point this year. I’ve been collecting stamps when I’m out and have found quite a few cute ones for a buck or 2. I like to incorporate the stamps onto the journaling cards for an extra something special. This week was focused not only on Mary Kay, but also on healthy eating so most of my photos are of those two things from this week. I used more of the journaling cards and experimented with printing on the journaling cards as well. I have to say I’m loving printing on non-traditional items.

Week 4

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During week 4, I got fancy making crepes for Sunday brunch – & they were whole wheat! Josh & the pups flipped for them and they still fit into our healthy eating goal for 2013. Score! We also cooked on the new grill for the first time, and we grilled salmon filets.. something else we’re trying to do, which is incorporate more fish into our diet and less red meat. Honestly we don’t eat much red meat as it is because it’s more expensive and tends to bust our budget, but I’m trying to find creative ways to work in a little more fish too. After all they say it’s brain food, right? Besides that I featured my baby pup Brooklyn because she’s just so stinkin cute. I know.. everybody thinks their dog is cuter than everybody else’s, so don’t mind my [almost] seemingly obsessive tendency to snap pictures of the dogs every day, but the Labelbox app (available in the android market for free) allowed me to add a cute little label that punches the photo up a notch I think. I took the photo using the PuddingCamera app (also available in the android market for free) and it’s really my new favorite camera app because it offers different cameras and colors/filters with each and each camera takes a different kind of photo. It really gives your images more dimension. Otherwise, we went to an antique show this past weekend, I FINALLY ordered new [better quality] work shoes (and they’re Crocs no less, which I swore I would never wear.. but for work, these shoes are amazing!) and the Farmer’s Market. I’m pretty excited about our trip to the Farmer’s Market, we were able to get all sorts of fresh fruits and veggies for cheaper than we usually can find them at the grocery store or Walmart. I think we may be going there regularly from here on out. Josh also surprised me with soup and cough drops one night (sounds silly) but when you’re coughing your lungs up and feel awful but went to work anyway.. that’s a sweet little surprise sitting on the counter when you get home.

I think for the next couple of weeks I need to pay more attention to places I go and things I GET that can be incorporated as well. I’m doing alright with photos but adding THINGS is the next step for me, I think.

Happy Monday!

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Project Life: Week 2

So, week 2 of Project Life is complete and recorded. Sometimes I do feel a little cheesy and very aware of myself when I’m taking my phone out to take photos of seemingly insignificant things.. especially when people are looking at me wondering what I’m doing. But part of the beauty of this project is that instead of just reviewing digital images on my phone and on my MacBook, I’m also getting to go pick up PRINTS once a week and get back in my car and rifle through the stack. I used to print photos all the time and I have boxes upon boxes of printed photos and the past few years.. most of them don’t make it past the laptop. I’m glad I’m getting back in the habit of printing photos out. While I’m printing for the album, if I love a photo or two – I print an extra copy and it goes on the fridge or gets framed. 🙂

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I’m a mess of a million things that I’m trying to do all at once. Most of my days are spent at home and although I’m busy working on things (most days), I don’t get out of the house to go do things outside of my clock-in job and therefore don’t have many photos outside of the house during the week. I’m learning though, that doesn’t matter. I spend all day with my puppies and working at my Mary Kay business some days and cooking and meal planning other days, to name a few. There are still moments worth capturing, like the two sleepy babies showcased very prominently on this page.

This week I was also missing time spent in Paris last year and indulged in French coffee and drank it out of my Parisian mug. I also experimented with printing on non-traditional mediums, in this case the little insert cards that come in the Project Life Kit. I chose the quote, I chose the font, and I chose the card. I printed it at home on my printer and I LOVE how it turned out! For a little tutorial on how to print on items besides computer paper, click here.

FxCam_1358194351031I bought different types of dividers last week so I experimented with layouts and photo sizes this week. Some of our 2013 goals (see all 13 2013 goals here) are to eat healthier and in a more balanced way and much of my focus has been to find meals for us that are different (so we don’t get bored) but that are healthier and less processed and still fit in our budget. Another is to get out of debt this year. In order to this, I’ve put myself on a cash only budget. I’m struggling. We also decided that we’re going to save all of our change this year and see how much we can get and [hopefully] go on a vacation with it. The photo of the change is significant for me because I hate dealing with cash and change and would much prefer to swipe my card.. but I’m trying diligently to keep on the cash-only system. Besides progress with our goals, we celebrated Mom’s birthday, I FINALLY took down our Christmas tree, and I got a lesson on how to start a fire properly, by means of a blow torch. 🙂

It’s the little things that matter, people. This project is all about highlighting the little things.

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Wordless Wednesday – 12.26.12

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Confused? I’ve been largely inspired by Elise Cripe and you can see her adventures with Project Life here. I’m SO excited to take part in Project Life 2013. Sure, not every day is the most exciting, but it’s YOUR life and it’s something special, wouldn’t you say?