I-Phone & Android Tips for Taking Better Pictures

How to get clearer photos using your I-Phone
The biggest mistakes I see people make when it comes to taking pics with their I-Phones is just a matter of sloppy handling. Are your pictures fuzzy? Foggy or Hazy? How do you fix that?

1. When shooting, hold your camera as still as you can. Especially when it’s a bit dark inside or outside. Your camera is designed to slow its shutter speed in low-light scenarios which means you gotta hold REALLY still to get a clean shot. So practice bracing your elbows to your sides while hold the camera up. Or, find a solid surface that works almost as good as a tripod. This will support the camera and hold it still much better.

2. Speaking of low light, the best way to get a clear shot is to light your subject properly. Place your subject closer to a window with them facing the window, or shoot outside in full shade. Just getting good light on the subject alone, will help the camera itself perform better.

3. It may seem silly, but WIPE YOUR LENS! LOL. I can't tell you the number of times I've offered to help someone get a family shot on some travel adventure, and I look at the back of their phone at the actual lens. It's filthy! A simple trick, but an effective one, and one we don't think about all the time- simply wiping off your lens will make your pics clearer. After all, we store that thing in our purses, and God knows what kid-size drama made it into my bag this week! ((eye roll))

Let me know if these tips have helped you! Give me a tag in your posts!

If you know someone who would love this would you share the link on their page? Keep capturing your memories, let’s make them look amazing as well!

daddy kissing his little boy, such a cute family picture mom will always remember

The Schoeder Family and my visit to their farm!

"From there we learned a lot about love."

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I smile when I think of the relationship Jason and I have. We have always had a fun-loving relationship. The Lord has been a huge staple for us.

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When God blessed us with children we were over the moon! Each kid brings different plates to the table that's for sure.

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Peyton is our animal lover. She wakes up at 5:30-6:00 a.m. every morning, without an alarm, to feed her heifers, kittens, dogs, and goats....you get the idea! Ha!

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Lane man is our motor man. He loves riding his dirt bikes and tractors, but he definitely has a soft hearted side that doesn't like to see anyone hurting.

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Shealynn is our wild cared. Miss Shea is a great, sassy, little helper. She likes to do everything she can to make us all smile

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We lost our fourth child at 20 weeks. Jason and I didn't know what to say to these three, smiling faces that wanted to see a picture of their baby brother.

"We can't find his heartbeat." I can still remember these exact words whispered in my ear.

From there we learned a lot about love. Yes, in tragedy, that is when we find love.

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Most of all we felt love everywhere; members of our church, family, friends, neighbors, people we didn't even know; all reached out and just sent us love and prayers. We could feel all of their warmth and it made a tragedy, that hurt all the way to the soul, feel like love.

We will hold him forever in our heart, but as Shealynn explains: "Jesus is just holding him until we can."

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Isaiah 12:2 "Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. the LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense. He has become my salvation."

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The Sandefur Family & their dreamy field session

We Created a Dream

written by Zoe Sandefur
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Most love stories start when we’re all a little more mature, after we’ve experienced most heart ache and adventures. But for my husband and myself, it started at the young age of 16. It was in the first few weeks of school, I just started sophomore year. I was sitting in computer class typing away when the door opened, I sat right across from the door so I had perfect view, the teacher stood up and introduced our new senior classmate joining the class. Instantly my heart glowed, my eyes shimmered. There was no doubt it was love at first site. And that is where our journey began!

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We were pretty much married from day one. We did everything together, nothing ever felt wrong between us. We were young, but it never felt like puppy love. We feel like our souls have always been together. Even though we spent the first 16 years apart, we felt connected in a much deeper way. He warned me that he was joining the Marine Corps and didn’t want to hurt me, I didn’t care. I took the risk. It was hard being so young and saying goodbye to your boyfriend, but I knew it was worth it. He proposed to me when I was 18 years old, we got married the day after I graduated high school. Most people doubted us, and I don’t blame them, I was 19 years old and saying I do! It’s not very common these days. But I knew we were about to start something amazing.

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Jason was stationed out in Japan, that was hard on us, but we got through it with no issues. Sure I had plenty of nights with a box of tissues and a handful of pictures, but you make sacrifices for the people you love. Then even bigger heart-breaking news was tossed in my hands, he was being deployed to Afghanistan. My heart broke. I was scared. But again, I had faith everything would be ok. I moved myself out to California not knowing what I was getting myself into. I never left home before so it was very new to me. I waited, everyday to hear my husbands voice. Praying he was ok! Then, it was time for him to come home!! With Japan and Afghanistan back to back, we spent 2 years apart. It was finally time to start our life together. He was home! In my arms safe! I can’t even begin to explain that feeling.

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While he was away I got us our first apartment. I furnished it and made it feel like home, so my husband had a safe place to come home too. It was perfect! 1 year later we found out I was pregnant! We were so happy, even better news, it was a girl!! We named her Maura! We decided the military life wasn’t how we wanted to raise our children. So, he made the decision to get out. We said goodbye to California and moved back to IL. He found an amazing job at the airport and we began to grow our future life!

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We couldn’t have been happier. Jason had an amazing job, I was a stay at home mom. Our daughter couldn’t be sweeter.

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We had everything we ever wanted or needed. Our lives revolve around building our dream family. Four years down the line we found out I was pregnant with baby number 2! It was a BOY!!

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We were so excited, Maura couldn’t have been happier to become a big sister! We named him Jackson. We went through so much heartache and tears to finally have this perfect little family! My daughter is smart, funny, and kind hearted. My son is happy, full of laughter and makes our hearts glow.

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When I look at my husband, I’m in awe. I sometimes catch myself asking myself if I’m dreaming. I look back to all the troubles we went through to get here. I realize that marriage is something you both need to work at to make work. We both have changed so much in the last 10 years. But we adapted to every change. Which is hard at some points, but if you love someone you find a way to make it easy. Our souls are on a different level then most couples these days. He’s an amazing father, husband and leader. Our story is still just in the beginning, and I can’t wait to see where this road takes us.

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