I was at my son’s kindergarten graduation the other day and in between tearing up about how big my baby is all of a sudden, I noticed that almost all of the parents and grandparent there were photographing the event on their phones. Phone Photography is a thing and it’s here to stay.
And of course it’s not the first time I’ve noticed this. I’m sure you’ve noticed it too. We have these phones that take better pictures than many of our outdated point and shoot camera’s -so why wouldn’t we use them all the time?
Even so, one of the laments I still hear frequently from other parents is, “I really should take more pictures on my REAL camera.” And while I obviously LOVE using my big fancy camera (and even have a whole course to teach you how to use your fancy camera too!) I’m going to tell you today that it’s OKAY to take most of your pictures on your iphone.
That’s right, the professional photographer just told you it was okay to use your phone for taking pictures. Not only that…I actually think it’s a really good thing!!
Why phone photography is a good thing
#1 Using your smartphone camera allows you to be present in the moment.
It may surprise you to hear me say that I think it’s a good thing to take photos primarily on your phone instead of a big, fancy camera. But let me explain. I wholeheartedly believe in the importance of taking photos that document you days and tell you story. That is the whole reason I love photographing families and getting to document their story. But I also believe that in addition to just documenting my days with the ones I love, I also need to live them. I need to live my story. Be present. Be in the moment. And I know that I can stop being present when I’m hidden behind a big camera.
For me as a mom using my camera on my iphone allows me to be more present in the moment instead of fiddling with buttons and dials and trying to get THE shot. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love my fancy pants DSLR camera and know that it’s going to get me a higher quality photo. But because I also want to be present with my kids, I’m going to be really selective about when I use it. I don’t bring it on every outing or trip we take because more than lugging around a big camera and watching my kids through the lens, I want to be thereand present with my kids. I want to have the photos from my phone for the memories, but I want to watch the story unfold before my own eyes, not from behind a big camera.
I want to watch the story unfold before my own eyes, not from behind a big camera.
#2 Downloading and printing photos from your phone has never been easier- all the more reasons to embrace phone photography.
In fact many of you probably already have your phones set up to automatically sync with your computer. Your photos are automatically saved and stored without you having to so much as think about it. (If you don’t have this set up I recommend googling how to do this with your specific phone). Not only that, but almost every consumer photo lab now has an app that you can download and order prints directly from your phone! How’s that for cutting out the whole downloading and uploading to print process! My personal favorite for ordering prints is Mpix and the MPix Tap to Print app makes it super easy to order gorgeous prints ordered directly from your phone!
#3 So many options when it comes to fun apps for phone photography
One of my favorite things about taking pictures on my phone is all of the fun options when it comes to photo taking and editing, most of which are super easy to use. App creators have made it easier than ever to excel at phone photography.
Don’t feel like you are locked into only taking pictures with the camera app that comes automatically on your phone. One of my personal favorite camera apps is camera+ because it gives you so much control over the picture as you are taking it. When it comes to editing, there are so many fun options out there. Many of these have filters that can automatically be added to your photos as well as giving you the ability to adjust and edit for specific things like exposure, etc.
A few of my favorite apps for editing include PicTapGo, Afterlight, VSCO, and A Beautiful Mess, just to name a few. Most of these are free, so download and just play around with them and see which one works best for your needs.
If you would like to learn more about how to take beautiful and natural photos that tell your story- all from your phone- I would love to share with you my free iPhone photography guide. Or, if you want to go a little bit more in depth you can check out my phone photography ebook, Document Your Days: A Busy Mom’s Guide to Photographing Life with Your Phone.