How to use VSCOcam for Instagram

October 23rd, 2014

I often get asked how I edit on my iPhone. When I talked about my favorite apps for Instagram, I talked about  my go to app for editing, VSCOcam.( Remember, you can also get this app on Android!)

I love it.

It’s simple, it’s pretty and it’s fast.

Last week, I took this photo

editing with vsco cam



And so far, it’s been one of my most liked photos on Instagram to date.


Pookah and I were just sitting watching some Disney show when he grabbed my hand. It took a picture, and this is what it looked like, straight out of camera:

vsco edit


I KNEW immediately that it would have to be in black and white. Mainly because when I want emotion to shine in a photo, I choose to edit in Black and White.


The first thing I did was pull it into VSCO and rotate the photo:

vsco edit


Next, I used one of my favorite presets( I have them placed in order of preference) the Legacy 03 preset to convert it to black and white.

vsco cam

Nice but….

I then pulled up the exposure:


Then added a little contrast to make it pop:

editing with vscocam

And finally, a little sharpening.

editing with VSCO


editing with vscocam

See that area on the right? It was green in the original photo( Pookah’s shirt) and now it’s just a white distracting blob in my photo.


I quickly pulled the image into the Touch Retouch App. (Remember when I talked about it here?)

editing with vscocam

And easily  removed the distraction.

editing with vscocam

And BAM!!

There it is.

editing with VSCOcam app

I then uploaded it to Square-ready, and sent it to Instagram.

Easy peasy right?

Any questions?


Everyday Eyecandy: Paintball….

October 22nd, 2014


Yeah so, THIS happened this weekend. Pookah had a birthday party to go to with his BEST friend at school.( yes AT school,because he has others elsewhere). I was skeptical to say the least. I mean, 4 and 5 year olds with paintball? Doesn’t that hurt? But the owners of the place explained everything and the kids had these little painball guns with itty bitty pellets that didn’t hurt anyone.


And surprise surprise, he was the only one who didn’t get hit. I mean, no paint anywhere.

When I asked him about it, he just said:I’m good Mama. (-_-)


**this photo was taken with my iPhone 5 and edited with VSCO app**

The Lovely Everyday: Full of Randomness….

October 21st, 2014

This week’s edition of the Lovely Everyday is just a lot of randomness.

There were a couple of days where there was no photo taken, but on other’s quite a few.



the lovely everyday

the lovely everyday

The Lovely Everyday

the lovely everyday

the lovely everyday

the lovely everyday

Follow our circle over to Bianca to see how her week was!

Motherhood Is……

October 20th, 2014

Motherhood is

Motherhood is.....


A constant battle of wills.

I often say that you may look like your Daddy, but you act like me.

That’s not such a good thing.

You have a strong will.

You are stubborn.

You just KNOW you are right.


I keep trying to remind myself to turn our battles into teachable moments. So that both of us can learn from them.

But my patience is about as thin as yours.

I pray often that I am getting it right. That you are HEARING as well as LEARNING as I talk and talk and talk and talk…..

But on the bright side, if this is what we are dealing with now, I guess I’ll be a pro by the time you are a teenager.



This post is a part of a Blog Circle called Motherhood is, where each month, we Mom-Photographers all define exactly what motherhood is to us that particular month.


Head over to Jessica’s Post

Letters to Our Sons: October

October 19th, 2014

Dear Pookah,


You are growing.

letters to our sons

I have no idea why I never notice until A) you’ve grown out of another pair of shoes or B) it’s hard to fasten your pants because of that little belly.

letters to our sons

But grown you have.

Next month this time, it will be days before your 5th birthday, and I’ll have to deal with all of that.

But right now, I’m dealing with the fact that time is getting away from me.  You are growing at a speed that I can’t seem to catch up to.

My baby is leaving and in his place there is this 4 almost 5 year old who knows his own mind, has opinions and yes, is growing out of his clothes.

As usual, there is a part of me that wants to weep and make time stop.

But there is another part of me that is proud.

letters to our sons

Proud of the small accomplishments that you’ve made in your first three months of Kindergarten.

Proud that you can put on your own clothes without my help( except tying those shoes…we’re working on it).

Proud that you are reading, writing, doing simple math.

I’m just proud of my big boy.

letters to our sons

Love you always.



This post is a part of a blog circle with a groups of photographers from Clickin Moms.  next check out Kennedy’s letter. 


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