Taking Pics with the IPhone 8S.

A2239DCF-D038-4EE1-B403-3C0AE79952D9.jpegApple has really improved their IPhone cameras. I got to use an IPhone 8S. When you use the phone camera it has more options. I like the portrait option. I took this picture of my daughter in a black and white mode. I have to say after just playing with it for a day that this is a cool tool.

I stood her in front of a plain wall outside using only natural lighting. They have some new flash options but I typically don’t use flash. You can take the picture in color or black and white. I just used the phone editing tools to crop and lighten the picture just a little.

I can’t wait to take more pictures and play some more with the newer options. I think it’s great for amateur photographers like me to have really cool picture options at our disposal.

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Taking pictures of my kids

My kids are 7 and 3. They are very cute. However they are not easy to photograph.

I’m not the only parent who wants that perfect Pinterest picture. The kids dressed perfectly, smiling in a beautiful pumpkin patch. I want them looking at the camera too. Is it too much to ask?????

It really is. Pinterest pictures are not realistic. It’s not real life. Real life is imperfect and not always pretty. My son has autism and rarely looks anyone or anything in the eye. My daughter is going through the boxy smile phase and has two missing teeth.

I took this picture in Downtown Buford, Georgia in front of the United Methodist Church. They are selling pumpkins for donations.

The church members suggested I take their picture there. So I did. It is with my iPhone 6S. It was a hazy and humid day. They were tired and didn’t want to take a picture. They didn’t want to sit still especially my son.

So I accepted that and took some quick shots.

I pleaded for smiles and looking at the camera but there is not one picture of that.

But I captured this picture. I cropped it. I made it black and white. I think it’s perfectly imperfect. It’s real and authentic. The smiles aren’t fake. The clothes don’t match. My son is trying to run away. My daughter’s hair is frizzy.

I have to say I love this picture. There is a contagious joy expressed here. I love my daughter and her snaggle teeth. No one cried and no one was exasperated.

Kids aren’t robots. They don’t need to be like puppies and smile on command. Here my daughter is laughing and happy. She’s having fun and it’s in the picture.

So when taking pictures of young kids here are some quick points.

1. Take tons of pictures. 1 or 2 will be good.

2. Let them be themselves

3. To help them smile naturally have them say hello or poop. I found that making kids laugh gives a better smile. Saying cheese gives them a fake smile.

4. Dress them how they want to dress. Show their personalities. They are little for a short time.

5. If there is any crying involved, take a moment to snuggle with them and find a way to make them laugh.

6. Don’t take forever to take the pictures. Kids do not have that kind of attention span. Remind yourself it’s ok if they don’t smile or look into the camera. You aren’t taking pictures to impress others but to preserve their childhood.

There is beauty in imperfect portraits. Pictures invoke memories. I don’t want my kids remembering mommy being evil and frustrated. I want them to remember how fun the pumpkin patch was.

Day 12 Photo Challenge: Sunset

   On a nice day, I like to set on my back deck. My drink of choice is grapefruit juice with tonic water and a sprig of spearmint. It’s so refreshing. 
I took the picture of the sunset in the drink. I like pictures that are creative like this. Like taking a picture of a pair of sunglasses and you see a couple. 

Day 11 Photo Challenge: Something Blue

 When I lived with my grandmother, she would put milk in the cow for our cereal. I thought it was so neat. My grandmother liked those sort of kitschy objects.

The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, must have this same sort of love affair. She features them in her new houseware line at Wal-Mart. This is a popular item. I was not the only one racing to Wal-Mart to get it.

Blue my favorite one. Zoe wanted me to get the red one. I liked the white one and the white with print was nice. I just had to have this one.

I took it with my iPhone 5C. Ironically my iPhone is the same color. I used an app called Procam. I like this app. It has an aperture setting, a iso setting and really helps with setting up the picture. I use the Instagram editing software.

I took it outside on a $3 plant stand I found at Good Will. I put it against the wall of my front porch. I think the blue pops.

Photo Challenge Day 10: Childhood Memory

 My grandmother would make chicken livers. I did not like them at all. I gave mine to the dog.
I’m trying food photography. It’s hard. I really don’t like the picture. I think it’s boring. I will be studying more on how to do it on a budget.

I like to cook. I also like to take pictures of my food. I like to brag that I am awesome.

 This is my Chicken Noodle soup. I made this the other night. To me, it’s very yummy but does the picture convey that? It should.

Day 9 Photo Challenge: Someone You Love


George and I have been together 13 years. We have been married 11 years. He and met at church and became fast friends.

I took this picture of him in 2012. We we were in the backyard of his Aunt Linda’s in Chicago. I used my Nikon D3100. To me, it’s a very natural photograph of him.

I had it on the automatic setting. It was in color. Then I edited it and turned it black and white. I love this picture.

Day 8 Photo Challenge: Routine

  In the morning, I get up, go to the kitchen, get out a mug, pop a K-cup in the Keurig, and start breakfast. I was raised on a hot breakfast, so I do the same thing for my family. 
It’s hard being a mom of a 10 month old and 4 year old. I homeschool. I cook. I clean. And it is hard to find me in the mix of it all. 

Photography is my sanctuary. I took this picture with no makeup on and my hair not done. I do try to comb it. It was a selfie taken by my iPhone 5c. 

Coffee is nice to drink. I love the smell of a good dark roast. I usually take it black.