This special feature is to showcase those excelling at creating some extraordinary art with their phones.
Why do you love to utilize your phone to capture these images?
I love the convenience of using my phone. It’s always on me, so I don’t have to worry that I may miss something while I run to get my “big camera”. It also allows me to capture moments without needing to have the perfect camera settings. When I use my phone I’m way less worried about perfection and way more focused on the moment.
Has your phone helped spark more creativity into other types of work
For sure! Often I’ll see a shot and capture it quick with my phone and if the moment lingers long enough I’ll run and get my big camera. Because my phone is always nearby, I’m forever subconsciously looking for light, shadows, and pretty locations. I have learned so much about my own style through taking pictures with my phone on a daily basis and that has overflowed into my personal and client work.
Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration definitely comes from my two girls. I’ve always loved photography, but when my 4 year old was born I realized just how much it meant to me. I don’t have the greatest memory so capturing my girls’ lives through a lens, whether it be an iPhone or a DSLR, is very important to me. I love how I can look at an image and all the feelings of that moment can come rushing back to me.
Can you share some tips to achieving your style of art?
I love to capture our daily happenings, but I try to do it in an artistic way. Light is definitely something that I focus on the most – I’m always on the look out for a good spot of light, or a killer shadow.
I love to use pockets of light. They’re a great way to draw attention to something specific, plus it looks really cool! When I take pictures of pockets of light I’ll often use my VSCO app because it allows me have one point of focus and another point of exposure, helping to create that contrast that I really want.
Silhouettes are some of my favorites and they’re really quite simple to make with a phone camera. Making sure that you have a bright background (light source) and a dark figure is really important in making that perfect silhouette. Using the VSCO app for one point of focus (your subject) and one point of exposure (i.e the sky) is great for silhouettes as well. If you’re outside, taking the picture right after the sun goes down is the best! And getting low to the ground really gives you that big sky. I’ll totally lay in the grass to get the shot. If you’re inside big window are a great source of back light.
Although I don’t do it nearly enough, I love to get in the frame with my girls. I’ve learned that anything can be a tripod for my phone. A shoe, a trashcan, a tree stump or even… my big camera (gasp!). One way that I really like to get in the frame is by putting a timer on, taping my phone to the ceiling above our bed, and going in for the snuggles! It gives such a cool perspective.
No Posing! (Ok, maybe just a little posing) I try my hardest not to make things too staged. I may sit my little one in a pretty spot and let her crawl around, or ask my big girl to run to the top of the hill, but I always find that my favorite shots are the ones that happen all on their own. I just make sure to always be ready 😉 And always take more pictures than you need! I’m always telling my girls “Ok, just one more!”, which really means 10 more… but in the end I’m left with a lot of options and most of the time only a few actually turned out how I really wanted them to.
What are your favorite communities on Instagram so that we can also follow?
I’m a contributor in a wonderful community on Instagram called @mobile_snaps_collaborative – we feature mobile images only, so it’s a perfect place to see all of the amazing art that can come from a phone – I’m constantly in awe and inspired! I’m also a big fan of @camera_mama. They feature all sorts of beautiful pictures but also ask a question or two about how the photo was achieved, so you can get lots of great tips for your mobile and big camera images! And of course @dear_photographer!!
What gear do you use?
I currently have an iPhone 5s. I use this for all of my Instagram photos. I also have an Olloclip attachment that offers a macro, wide-angle and fisheye lens. I like to use that for fun sometimes!
What are your favorite editing apps and why?
My go-to editing app is VSCO. (Its FREE!) I love that it offers a lot of great tools for easily adjusting the exposure, contrast, highlights etc! I also use Snapseed (also free!) sometimes because it offers a tool that allows you to edit only specific spots within your photo. For the shots that I try to get in with my girls I use either the timer on my phone or an app called TimerCam (yup, free!) if I want to get a shot from farther away because it has an option for a 30 second timer.
About the photographer:
I’m a part-time natural light photographer, full-time momma. I live in Lancaster, PA with my two beautiful daughters, ages 4 and 11 months, and my awesome husband. I love Mountain Dew slushies, fall sunsets, summer evening car rides with the music blasting, and long afternoon naps.