December 2012 Phone Dump

It's amazing to me how far cameras have come, especially when it comes to the cameras on our phones.  When Sam was born I didn't have an iPhone, which was probably good because I could spend all my free time learning my DSLR.  I upgraded to one when he was around two and as much as I loved it, it was a used 3GS and didn't take the best pictures, although part of that was user-error, I'm sure.  Upgrading again a few months ago, this time to the 4S, was pretty exciting and I'm enjoying taking pictures and learning "iPhonogaphy" as it's come to be known.  People poke fun at iPhone photography (have you seen the filthy yet hilarious Instagram parody on YouTube?), but it's also insanely popular and definitely not going anywhere.  While I am trying to learn how to take better pictures with it, I love how using my iPhone allows me to worry less about the technical stuff I have to pay attention to when shooting with my big camera and just have fun capturing the moment.  I can worry about just light and composition (or neither of those and just snap for fun, as is often the case) and not have to be fiddling with a bunch of settings to get the perfect shot.  I can add a funky filter and not obsess about too much grain.  It's a nice thing to have when "Mark" and I need a break.

As is the case with my big camera, too, I need to make a conscious effort to get those photos off the camera(phone) and onto the blog.  Before sitting down to make some collage templates on Photoshop this week (which I'm not very good at), I decided to do a quick search for some ready-made templates.  I was surprised and super excited to find

this set of eight templates

on Etsy for only $2.50.  What a steal!  I'd like to do a "phone dump", as they're called, at least once a month if not more often, but with a preschooler and an infant I can't make any promises!  I decided to start with some of our best from December and then post regularly from here on out. 

So, let's get these pictures off my phone, shall we?  Here is a gratuitous amount of iPhone photos of my children, which according to the Instagram parody, I take because I'm a thirty-something! :)

Enjoy our December collage!

Christmas shopping with Evie | making this year's gingerbread house | Chrismas morning | antlers from Ms. Heather | baby burrito | Christmas morning | cake from Joyce and Don | sleeping through our icy drive home

Evie's Christmas loot | just finished a parking lot-meal | another baby burrito | full tummy | making headbands

naptime profile | tummy time | editing on the bed with Mommy | Sam took our picture!

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stretchy | making Spritz cookies | watching TV | carseat | snoozing with Daddy on the couch