I love taking photos with my iphone! But sometimes the photos need to be brightened up a bit.
I’ve been editing my phone photos with two apps for years and “how do you edit your photos?!” is probably
one of the most asked questions on my Instagram. besides, “what paint color is that???
Took some work but I pulled together this step by step tutorial to show you exactly how I edit my photos.
There are other things I do to some photos for fun, but these are the basic steps I do on almost all of them.
If you check out my Instagram, you’ll see that most of my photos have a bright pop to them.
You can get that too! And you’ll be able to enjoy your photos that much quicker because
editing on your phone is super easy and quick. We just got home from vacation and
I just edited all the photos and am ordering a photo book today!
(I use PRINTASTIC for my photo books! You can use code NATALIE20 and get 20% OFF yours!!)
Here’s some before and afters to show you how with a few steps below, you can transform your photos!
Anyone can do it! Once you try it a few times, you’ll soon be doing it without even thinking!
Ok first things first, You’ll need two apps!
Snapseed and After light.
I start in Snapseed. open it up and choose the photo you want to edit.
Click the edit button in the bottom right of your screen.
You’ll see a bunch of options pop up..just scroll down to the next section.
Click on DRAMA!
It will automatically have it set to the first setting…but you want to change that.
Click on the bottom icon of paint cards.
Click Drama 2!
by holding down your finger on the screen you can change the
strength of the filter and saturation.
I usually don’t mess with this one that much.
Click the check mark in the bottom right!
This part is important because you want it to save this filter before you do it again.
Head back to Drama! yup. back we go.
Now we go back to that same paint card and click on Bright 1.
Now this is where I hold my finger down on the image and up the saturation!
Sometimes I lower the filter depending on the brightness of the photo.
Click the check mark in the bottom right.
Now click SAVE at the top of your screen.
You’re going to want to click Export and it will save a copy to your camera roll!
And here’s your final photo from Snapseed!
You could stop here… or keep on going with the next app I like to use.
(It makes my images square for instagram and sometimes softens the photos with one more filter.)
Next up is After Light! Open up the photo you just edited.
(click the right button below with photos…not the camera.)
I first frame the photo so it’s square. Click the bottom right button.
There are different frame choices. I do the one shown below.
Click the check mark to save!
Next up is the filter. Click the circle rainbow button.
Click Original. (I sometimes use some filters in the other sections,
but for today I’m keeping the filters simple.)
I use Captain a lot. But for photos that are already really bright
and I want the blues and greens to pop I use Olive!
Click the check mark to save the filter.
It’ll take you back to the home screen.. click done in the top right corner.
It will give you saving options. I usually do Max and save to Camera Roll.
And here’s the before and after of the photo!
A few little edits can make a huge difference!
I adore Sienna in both photos but I can’t wait to frame the one on the right.
If you’ve taken a beach vacation this summer… download the apps and edit them.
You’ll love the results. The sunshine makes for great photos!
Hope this tutorial was helpful!
I’ll be sharing more easy photo editing tips for your phone!
ENJOY your photos. I use PRINTASTIC for my photo books!
Use code NATALIE20 and get 20% OFF yours!!
Talking weight isn’t my fave thing to do when pregnant… I always feel like I gain a lot compared to other mamas I know.
I totally have moments of comparison. I admit it. I’ll be 30 weeks at the end of this week and I’m 163.
That feels like a lot. I usually hit 170 right before having baby.
This time I feel like my belly(and booty) are so
huge already compared to my other pregnancies.
I will say I worried more the first time around about losing the weight, but with
every pregnancy I’ve stayed active, splurged but overall ate healthy.
Post baby I usually reach my pre pregnancy weight with just nursing/chasing kids.
This time I know it could be different, so I’m ready for a get your butt in gear plan after baby arrives.
I want to feel healthy and energized for my crew.
Otherwise they’ll be running the show. 😳😉 Doc hasn’t said a thing, so not
worrying, but I had a “hold me” moment in the appointment room today haha.
Growing a human is insane. (top and shorts target maternity)
My sister is due in august ( myself in october) but my belly has been
pretty much the same distance out there as hers haha.
I feel like I have a torpedo belly!! By the end, I’ll be able to put a gallon of milk on this bump.
(left dress- tjmaxx…right dress- target)
Baby#4 is a total photo bomber.
Can’t wait to hold the baby in my arms and
have he or she join this fun crew!
Can’t wait to share more beach photos from this past week’s trip to the Outer Banks.
It was so good for the soul and I tried to soak up the moments.
I loved wearing these maternity shorts from target.
They are super soft and the elastic on the belly felt great. (top from target as well!)
I’m in size mediums all the way. Tried to wear my smalls and it was like…
ooh man not enough material. haha.
Of course my sister and I had to take a bump shot while together on the beach.
give us all the stretchy fabric. (her dress is from tjmaxx and mine is from target)
This is what pre-nap time looks like. haha.
Sophia is always touching my belly… always.
I don’t blame her though… it’s kind of out there in her face a lot of the time. ;)
I’m learning to be kind to myself this pregnancy and enjoy these last months of pregnancy.
But sometimes it’s easy to focus on the growing number on the scale.
Such incredible words of wisdom and support on my instagram today… so many amazing mamas.
It’s good to know you aren’t alone! Pregnancy is an amazing crazy thing.
I’m thankful to experience it and am blown away by the things our bodies can do!
I had heard amazing things about Rivkah, a photographer
based out of Charlotte, and I was so excited to have her capture some bump shots for this pregnancy.
I took her to a little park nearby that has the prettiest trees and a
special carved out area, off the path, that my girls call “our family’s secret place.”
It was a rainy day so I went with curly wild hair! my usual mom look..so it seemed appropriate. ;)
(Dress from target.)
I can’t believe I’m 28 weeks…(27 when these photos were taken)
I’m like a torpedo belly. This baby is OUT there.
This pregnancy rocked my world at the start. Horribly sick.
(Which makes me think it’s a boy..because I was SO sick with Micah too.)
The nausea has passed, thank goodness! traded in for heartburn, craving
chocolate muffins and bad hip/back/leg pain. lol.
Hoping the physical therapy helps again like it did with Micah.
It went away almost completely as soon as I had him!
The shot of me sitting down is especially dear to me because this baby is SO LOW.
When I’m driving around I feel like I’m holding it right in my lap.
This shot sums it up for me. ;)
Now I feel like the pregnancy is in super speed because life has been so
busy and having 3 kids under 6.5 keeps me on my toes.
Tonight I just sat back and stared at my belly while it moved all over.
The baby is a constant mover. Kind of like his or her mama. ;)
We moved (and by we I mean ben, I pointed) all the furniture around in our room last night.
The baby’s crib is going to be set up in there at first. I’m loving how the space is coming
together. It’s so calming and simple…I’ll take all the calming I can get in this house! haha.
I told the girls how we are going to have a rocker in the corner and sophia goes,
“YES! and we three can sit here on the bed and watch you. I can’t wait for a little baby to be in here!!!”
Me too sweet girl! Me too!
Rivkah was so fun to work with… she is obsessed with lighting and I told her she looked like she was on the
hunt when she starting surveying the area for pockets of light to capture.
She made the whole shoot so fun. If you are in the charlotte area I can’t recommend her enough.
Ben’s Christmas present to me is going to be a lifestyle shoot with her in our house.
I’m so excited about it. I love those candid shots and want to capture sweet natural moments with
the kids and their new baby brother or sister!
I’m so glad I have these (and more) to look back on! Baby we can’t wait to meet you!!