1440 {99} :: Phoneography and Instagram

it’s a hugely fun time for me, as i’m sure it is for you…

i spend more time than i care to admit on instagram

and i know you do, too, because i follow some of you!:)

so i’m thinking of doing a phoneography tutorial over at my photography site

and i was hoping to solicit your advice and suggestions….

what are some of your favorite phone-photography tips?

favorite apps?
favorite editing programs/apps?
do you use and upload pictures from your 35 mm onto instagram or use your phone-only pictures?
do you like posting videos, too?
do you participate in a 365 project, and what is it called?
do you have favorite instagram communities? or photographers you follow?

and lastly, what’s your instagram user name {so we can come follow you?}

i’m pattyx24

{that’s patty chris-two-four, or christopher… heeheehee}

see you there!

have fun this weekend

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Sarah - July 18, 2014 - 11:47 am

I just started using dropbox to add photos to instagram from my dslr. I love Distressed FX and a new favorite Monovu. I love using my iPhone in the summer, I tend to be out and about more and not always with my big camera. Plus I love the instant gratification of Instagram.

Barbara Hurst - July 18, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Welcome to IG, you will love it, I am sunnybarb on IG and I will add you. Apps are quite addictive for sure, the first and foremost I think is Snapseed for general editing, Waterlogue is fun for watercolor, as well as Brushstoke. Barb Brookbank has a weekly Wednesday app review on her blog Keeping Up With the Times her IG name is Keepingupblog That would be a fun resource. I just added you on IG, and see you have a lot of followers so you are not a rookie, so you already know a lot so you can disregard all I have said. :)

Rese - July 18, 2014 - 12:43 pm

I’m not on instagram too much – I sort of swoop in and out – tiarastantrums I am

Serendipity is Sweet - July 18, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Beautiful pics! I love iphoneography. Michelle Morris is a master and I love her work. I just bought her ebook: A Camera’s a Camera. I’ve only read the first few pages but she give lots of tips and reviews apps. My personal favorite app that I use most often is Afterlight. I also like VSCO. I use the built in iPhone camera and edit mostly in those two apps, though I own several. I post a mix of iPhone photos and DSLR because my feed is also used for my business. So the DSLR pics are client photos. I don’t post videos though – I should probably take a lot more videos of my kids, but I always seem to forget.

My favorite tips would be to shoot from different angles and play with the AF/AE feature to control exposure. And I never, never use the flash! It’s just plain awful, ha ha.

I’m melissablissphotography on IG. :)

Tamar - July 18, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Oh I am SUCH an instagram addict!!

I just started using the VSCOcam app – great editing app, sometimes I pre-edit before I ‘gram it. Very rarely I photostream a DSLR pic in, but tend to keep instagram to the iphone pics!

Kristy Lifenreflection - July 19, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Beautiful captures, I wish I took more time with iphone.

1440 {98} :: Season of Waiting

That’s my rising college freshman son on the left, and his friend. And Aja {“Asia”}. And this is the latest we’ve ever opened our pool. July 3rd. We knew it was full of construction material from late last summer, courtesy our newly tiled patio and fireplace, and there was sawdust and aluminum flying this spring and early summer as we updated our deck. And truthfully, our hearts just weren’t into it. 

But the kids, errr… young adults, and bless-her-heart Aja, waited patiently. “Soon,” we said, or “After the [insert whichever up-coming event]“, but we promised by July 4th. And so, with the sawing done on the deck, and July 4th the next day, we opened her up and drained her out. Austin and Chris worked all day scooping out broken marble and solid mortar and chunks of cement, carefully pulling a lot of it right off the walls. They scrubbed her and washed her and then we started the process of filling her up.

With   c  o  l  d     tap water.  

And it was refreshing.

Waiting is hard.  Even for adults. 


Wishing you a weekend blessed with fun and {no waiting}.;)

ps: Thank you, Austin and Chris!


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Rese - July 11, 2014 - 1:36 pm

hope youare able to enjoy the pool this weekend!

Sarah - July 12, 2014 - 11:52 am

My parents have struggled with the pool decision for a number of years now, so I know how you feel. That shot is perfect!

Donna Milburn - July 12, 2014 - 11:28 pm

I am sure you will be enjoying your beautiful pool this summer. Lovely photos, especially the last one! Have fun!!

Dina Lettre - July 15, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Better late than never…and it’s really just gotten hot in Atlanta. :)

P.S. I used to have a sweet kitty named Aja. Steely Dan?

Liz - July 18, 2014 - 11:12 am

I remember the waiting every 5 years when my Dad emptied our pool for repainting. He and my 3 brothers would carefully do the painting and have it ready in time for summer. The filling day was filled with anticipation.

1440 {97} :: Caged Butterfly

{posting my link and pictures for you early-birds…
i’ll be back later today with words.;)
stop back by, and have a wonderful weekend!}

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Viv Halliwell - June 27, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Lovely images so pretty have a wonderful weekend…

Tamar - June 27, 2014 - 12:07 pm

How gorgeous and lush! Happy Friday!

Southern Gal - June 27, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Your focus and clarity in your photos always takes my breath away. How I wish I could take photos like that!

Sarah - June 27, 2014 - 4:48 pm

Lovely images!

nancyjean - June 27, 2014 - 11:14 pm

I just love visiting a butterfly house with my camera! nice shots!

Diane - June 28, 2014 - 12:20 am

I am trying to figure out where the butterflies are. Seems like such a peaceful place to visit. Love the photos.

1440 {96} :: Intentional Escape

i only cried a little. like, maybe seven times.

perhaps i began my journey to intentional escape with the wrong movie. i totally knew it would be a tear-jerker. still, i picked it. and sometimes movies like that need to be viewed alone, on a muggy summer afternoon, in the theater with surround sound and a big bucket of popcorn.

i think i was in my early twenties, home from college, watching some movie… maybe about a family with a pet dinosaur? i don’t really remember. i just recall suddenly catching my mother watching me watch the movie, and smiling. she told me that she could read my every emotion on my face… that i was completely lost in it, feeling it.

it’s the way i do it. completely lost in it, feeling it. ev.ry.thing. no doubt life’s lessons load up on me and i need to escape. so i grabbed the bucket and headed for the theater. it was almost a toss up between malificant and the fault in our stars. but, c’mon people. no choice, really, for me.

so i sat there in the dark, catching myself with my eyebrows up high in surprise, with hot tears streaming down my cheeks, craddling my face with my head leaned over on an imaginary shoulder, with little giggles here and there in delight of that character gus. oh, gus. it was only when my chest was cracking and i was starting to hyperventilate that i had to get a grip, take back control and begin re-entry into the adult-sized stresses.

awesome movie, if you like that sort of thing. pure, clarifying, cleansing cries in the safety of a dark, empty theater.


and, for the eyebrow-raising delight of your dinosaur-loving inner child ::

now. open the door. get on the floor. everybody walk the dinosaur.;)

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Julia - June 20, 2014 - 4:52 am

Thanks for sharing-

Sarah - June 20, 2014 - 11:01 am

Love that last photo of the yellow flower (tulip?)

Kristy, Life-n-Reflection - June 20, 2014 - 12:54 pm

I am the same way, but I love a good story with glass wine and dark chocolate.

Jessica Washburn - June 20, 2014 - 2:28 pm

I’ll try to call you in a bit…. I love those kind of movies and yeah, sometimes we just need a good cry…even if it’s in a theater. XO

Dotti - June 20, 2014 - 3:16 pm

Glorious photos! I think it’s really a cool thing that your face shows all your emotions. Just plain honest reactions and that is refreshing in a society where we increasingly hide our emotions … even from ourselves.

Sarah - June 20, 2014 - 3:42 pm

I cried when I read the book too. I had to not read it one night before bed because I knew I would cry and then I would be all stuffy in the morning.

Becky - June 22, 2014 - 12:10 pm

I feel deeply too. Haven’t seen it yet. It’s on my need a good cry list;)

1440 {95} :: Home

where thou art, that is home
~emily dickenson

i spent the better part of last summer in shorts and a tank and flip flops, helping masons lay tile on our back patio. it started as a simple project to refinish the space that had previously been occupied by a trampoline that my children {and husband} must have bounced a million times on. it finally broke irreparably, and left a muddy, dead space over-looking the lake… a perfect space for a firepit.

the firepit soon turned into a concrete slab which then turned into a tile patio that encompassed the existing patio, which couldn’t be complete without a stone firepit then turned fireplace that definitely needed a stone wall. for, you know, more sitting space.

it wasn’t completed until late last fall, so we had little time to enjoy lakeside fires.

and this spring, well, this spring has been a little crazy busy with all things both reasonable and not. and it’s been hot, too. so when it was pouring rain and wind was throwing branches and potted plants, and lexi said, too bad it’s raining… i feel like roasting marshmallows, her dad replied, what’s a little rain?

he started the fire, pulled up the patio umbrella and some chairs, and we huddled up and enjoyed roasting marshmallows in the rain.

we find the fire mesmerizing. 

and i become completely grateful for home, sitting there, outside in the rain. grateful for the whole idea of home. the comfort, the nurturing, the peace, the trust, the support, the safety. 

the love. 


whether it’s the structure or the space, to have a place that is homehow lucky are we?

and my home inside my home? my children’s hugs and my husbands arms, wrapped around me every night.


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Dina Lettre - June 13, 2014 - 1:44 pm

So, so lovely!

Sarah - June 13, 2014 - 2:49 pm

It looks like a wonderful space to be enjoyed greatly this summer and into the fall.

Rese - June 13, 2014 - 4:27 pm

what a beautiful post. Gorgeous new deck and oven! (love the proper fire your hubbie made!!)

Suzanne - June 13, 2014 - 4:45 pm

Funny, we just had a
contractor here this
morning to write up a
bid for replacing our
rotting deck…..I lamented
the fact that we have a
concrete slab off to the
side where previous owners
kept a dog pen, because
it is not feasible to connect
that area to the deck.
However, maybe it would
be perfect for a lovely
area like the one that you
built (!!!) here. And sitting
out there in the rain, roasting
marshmallows? PERFECTION!

Thanks for the beautiful
pics and the inspiration….

xo Suzanne

Erica Baker - June 13, 2014 - 7:05 pm

That Fireplace. Wow. What a great way to use that space. I bet you will sit out there for countless hours on the future. Way to make the best of a situation and roast marshmallows anyways! So fun.

Molly - June 13, 2014 - 10:10 pm

What a GREAT outdoor firepit… I would love one of those


Diane - June 14, 2014 - 6:39 am

The work you put into it will be well worth it this summer. I can picture you out there morning, noon, and night. Now I’m hungry for a toasted marshmallow!

Tamar - June 14, 2014 - 11:50 am

What a space! Gorgeous!

Lenore - June 16, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Gorgeous masonry work!…and I’d love to see the view you have from your new space. The little peek of the lake in one of the photos looked lovely! Best wishes for many wonderful hours spent with loved ones keeping warm by your fire.

Ross - June 19, 2014 - 4:18 pm

What a great space! Such fantastic work by the mason and yourselves. Looks like it’s getting a lot of great use even if it’s in the rain! Hope your doing well.

Jessica Washburn - June 25, 2014 - 6:11 am

That’s the type of thing we build…or used to. Kinda makes me sad, Kimball was so good at designing and building beautiful backyards. Your fireplace turned out fab. My favorite style actually. Beautiful post too. Big hugs for your whole family.

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