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3 Reasons to Buy Phone Lens Clips

If you’re like me at all, you really have a hard time taking pictures with your phone. You just feel like no matter what you do, the phone images look terrible. Even though you have that fancy DSLR camera and those images are fantastic. Once I realized that my phone was not my camera, my phone pictures started improving drastically. I realized that I would not get the same type of images with my phone as I did with my camera. Simply because my phone’s camera was not as good. I even have an android. Iphone seems to be the most popular when it comes to phone photography. But this article is for android users or iphone users. After I realized my phone was not my camera, I decided to buy phone lens clips. At first I thought it was a joke, they were so inexpensive! But once I received them and tried them out for myself, I instantly fell in love with them.

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All images in this post (except for the first, which was taken on my Nikon D610 with my 50mm lens) were taken on my Moto X.

These Aukey phone clips are really well made. They have a great design that allows them to clip onto any phone. Even my not-so-slim Moto X. I did have to take my phone case off for them to work properly, but that’s not a big deal for me. You literally just clip them on to your phone and adjust the lens so that is covering the camera correctly. And instant magic happens. Let me tell you the three top reasons I can think of for buying these lens clips.

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1. they are cheap

Ok, probably my favorite part about these lens clips is that they are cheap. But they are not poor quality! I was hesitant in buying them at first because I wasn’t sure how durable they would be since they were so cheap. But I promise you, you get a lot more for your money. You get two lenses and one of them is a 2-in-1! All for about $12. You really can’t beat that when it comes to camera equipment (can I please get an amen?!). Lenses range from $200 to thousands of dollars! So I’ll take $12 any day.

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2. they allow you to have a variety of shots

So, before, you were just taking photos on your phone and they all looked the same. Now with these clips, you can have a variety of shots with just your phone! The three different types of lenses you get are fish eye (my favorite!), wide angle, and macro. I love using the macro one to blur my shots. The fish eye is so fun because of the distortion it causes. And the wide angle is extremely nice because it allows you to get more in your shot. And of course the macro is fun for close ups of tiny objects (and it works like a charm!). And then you have the normal view from your phone. So, that’s 4 different ways to photograph on your phone now. Endless possibilities.

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3. no need to lug around that heavy gear

We all know that photography gear can get heavy and inconvenient at times. There have been countless times where I left my photography gear at home simply because I didn’t want to carry it around. BUT you always have your phone on you. And the clips are small enough they could fit in your purse! It’s easy to transport and easy to use. I’m seriously in love with them and I am loving the images I’ve gotten with them. Now, wherever my phone goes, you can bet these beautiful lens clips go to. I really think you should just try it (it’s only $12, after all!) and see what images you can get with your new gear.

What are some subjects you love to photograph using your phone? Comment below.

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Letters to My Little One | 32 Weeks In My Belly

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

To my little peanut,

This is crazy. I just wrote May. The next month is your due date month! Daddy and I are super busy getting ready for you to come. We’re preparing for your beautiful birth. We’re preparing for you mentally. All you need to know is that we will be as prepared as we can be when you get here. This morning, daddy and I snuggled you. It was the first time since I’ve been pregnant with you that I really felt like a family. You and daddy are my adorable little family and I am so happy. Daddy’s excited, too. He hugs my stomach and talks to you. It melts my heart!

I haven’t had much physical change, besides you growing and pushing my stomach out more. The main thing is having some hip discomforts. My midwife told me I now needed to sit down when I put my pants on. Take the steps one at a time (that’s more of workout than the normal way to walk up steps!). After taking these precautions, my hips are feeling much better. I’m thankful for a midwife who knows what she is talking about and listens to my needs.

I am excited this week for my next doctor’s appointment. I love listening to your heart beat. It’s so perfect. My midwife always says you’re one happy little baby. I sure like to think you’re happy and smiley just like your daddy! I can’t wait to see what you will be like. Will you smile all the time? Will you have hair? What will your nose look like? Your eyes? Will you have dark hair? Ahh! I just can’t wait to meet you!

My baby app tells me that I will gain about 1 pound from now until you get here, and most of that will go to you! Which means you are growing! And fast! But it makes me so happy. I am so amazed at what my body has done. My body has created a miracle and continues to help it grow. Even after birth, I’ll help you grow. It’s incredible. Motherhood is beautiful and I’m so happy you are my child. I’m so excited to meet you, and so is daddy! We only have about two months left, little one. And you are doing great. Mommy is doing great, too! We still have leaps to jump over together, but soon enough (in just four short bi weekly updates) you’ll be here. I’m so proud of how you are growing and I’m proud to be your mommy.

I love you so much!

Love, mommy

Letters to My Little One | 30 Weeks In My Belly

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

To my little peanut,

This month is the month I start going to the doctor twice. Then May I go twice, and then June is every week. We’re so close, it’s amazing. But can you believe we only have 10 weeks left? I certainly can’t. I’ve enjoyed our 30 weeks together so far. Of course there’s been up and downs, like how I was sick for the first trimester. Or how for the second one I was just plain tired. And now that I’m in the third one, I’m tired and sore! You’re growing so fast, I’m amazed. You also kick harder (gee thanks!) and you also like to move a lot more. I love feeling your little movements in the morning. Sometimes it distracts me from my work. I’m just so proud and happy you are moving so much and getting so big. I absolutely love you so much. I can’t even describe it.

I’m amazed at what my body is doing. You’re a miracle. Last night I was laying in bed and you were moving around so much. When I looked down I could see every movement you made. It was amazing to see. And it made daddy and me smile.

I really can’t complain about my pregnancy. I feel like I got it pretty easy. I was sick for the first trimester, but after that I feel pretty good. I’m tired a lot. But, I tried taking a nap one day last week and was so wired I couldn’t go to sleep that night. So, I try to avoid naps now. Other than being tired and can’t sleep, it’s been a pretty good pregnancy. As far as psychical changes to my body, I almost don’t have a belly button. It’s just flat. But I love it!

Your favorite thing is music. I can tell because anytime I have music on, you are squirming like crazy! It’s so cute. You especially love it when the song has a good beat, when I play the piano, and when I sing along (I’m so sorry!). I hope you love music when you’re born, as well. Other things you enjoy is when I eat (you act like I’m starving you!) and car rides. You also like to keep mommy up at night with your big kicks and movements.

30 weeks down, 10 weeks to go. 10 weeks! In just 10 short weeks, we’ll meet face to face! You’ll meet daddy and your aunts and uncles and your grandparents! In just 10 weeks. So, as always, grow little one. Grow and stay healthy. We’ll see each other soon enough, and then a whole new adventure will begin.

I love you so much!

Love, mommy

3 Tips to Get Started in Macro Photography

3 Tips to Get Started in Macro Photography

I don’t claim to be an expert in macro photography. But it is definitely one of my favorite genre’s of photography. It’s very soothing and relaxing. I also love the beauty of nature and I love capturing that. I am that crazy person that is always outside scouting out beauty in my own backyard. I am that lady that asks for flowers when someone asks me what gift they should get me. And I am that lady that steals your flowers (sorry mom!). But I don’t only find beauty in flowers. I love buds, grass, leaves, anything nature. Just give me my camera, macro lens, and nature and I’m good to go.

check out my 5 Easy Steps to Getting a Blurry Background post

3 Tips for Getting Started in Macro Photography

So first and most important is your equipment. Sure, you can take pictures of nature with a normal 50mm 1.8. But you won’t be able to get that detail and that texture you so crave with just a simple lens. You’ll need a macro lens. The one I have is an older version, Nikon 105mm 2.8, it doesn’t have the nice vibration reduction (VR) like the newer lenses have. I will one day upgrade to a lens that does have VR. I’ve heard that they are so much easier and nicer to use. Now, if you’re not sure you’ll like macro photography (like me) and don’t want to spend a ton of money on a macro lens only to find out you really don’t like it, I would suggest buying macro extensions first. I bought them first and decided, yes, I really do enjoy macro photography and then moved on to buy my Nikon 105mm 2.8 lens. I will point out that macro extensions do not work as well as macro lenses. They don’t get you the clarity a macro lens would. But they do allow you to see if you really want to splurge on a macro lens.

not sure what lenses to use? check out my Macro Photography: What Lenses to Use post

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1. don’t be afraid to change your aperture

I’ll be first to admit that I love wide open images. Even in macro photography. But just like in your normal everyday photography, I would suggest experimenting with different apertures. The image above is shot at an f stop of 8. That is quite a bit higher than what I would normally do. But as you can see, since it’s a macro lens and the compression is greater than a normal lens, the background is still blurry. Experiment and see what type of aperture you like best. I do a variety of apertures to get different effects. If you have a wider aperture (lower f stop number) you’ll come to find it a little challenging to get what you want in focus, but it can create a beautiful effect that I sometimes go for.

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2. add water droplets

I have a spray bottle that my husband got me as a gift (us photographers ask for the weirdest things!). And I love using it for my macro photography. I also love going out in my backyard right after a rainfall to capture the beautiful natural water droplets. I love adding water because it gives you something else to focus on. It adds texture and dimension to your macro work.

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3. use a third hand

If you don’t have one already, I highly recommend going out and buying a third hand. I use it when I get flowers and for when I just want to isolate one flower. It is so great. Plus you can move your flower to any background you want, it doesn’t have to be the bouquet of flowers that came with it. Like the image above, I used a third hand to isolate the flower and get it with a plain background to really exaggerate the flower and water droplets.

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Macro photography, once you start, is very addicting. It’s one of my favorites things to photograph. So, I dare you to start. You’ll be forever grateful that you found such a beautiful genre of photography.

HEY! Pssst!!

I am working on a macro ebook! This ebook will include tons of pages on how I go about taking macro pictures. It will also include editing videos and cheat sheets! You do not want to miss out on this! The ebook will be released early 2018! If you’d like to be the first below, leave your name and email! I’ll be sure to let you know the moment this becomes available!

A Guide to Macro Photography Ebook Coming soon!



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Letters to My Little One | 28 Weeks In My Belly

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

To my little peanut,

Did I really just write April? Your due date is approaching so fast. This week was mommy’s birthday (daddy’s was last week!). I woke up on my birthday with a ton of kicks from you. I could even see you move. It was a great birthday present and I will cherish it forever. Thank you, little one, for that nice wake up call! Daddy felt and saw you move, too. He’s so proud of how big you are getting and how strong you are getting. I was recently looking at a phone picture I took of myself when you were just 13 weeks along…my how we both have changed! But I love it so much, little one. You truly are a miracle.

My next doctor’s appointment is the glucose test. I am not looking forward to it at all. But I sure hope I pass. I am excited to once again hear your heartbeat and see how you’re doing. Since this week marks 28 weeks, we now officially only have 12 weeks left. That’s 3 months. I can’t believe how fast it’s going. I cherish the little moments we spend together on a daily basis. I know that once you get here, time will go by so quickly. That’s one of the main reasons I started photography. I wanted to be able to capture my kids and hold on to memories that way. I hope I don’t annoy you with always having the camera in your face!

Your daddy and I are (finally) going to IKEA this weekend to pick up your crib and dresser. I’m so excited! I received some baby clothes from my wonderful cousin and don’t have a good place to put them yet. Come Saturday, we will! Everything is starting to fall into place and I am so excited.

Up until this next doctor’s appointment, I was having them every 4 weeks. Now it’s going to be every 2 weeks. I really can’t believe I am already to that point in my pregnancy. I also can’t believe it’s the fourth month of the year and you come the end of the sixth month!

As I am typing this right now you are hiccuping like crazy! It’s really cute. I love that you are developing and getting bigger. I can tell you are growing. You are stronger. Your kicks are stronger. Your movements bigger. You love to move in the morning. So much that you make my stomach move and I love that so much. Your aunt gets so annoyed with you because I say you are moving and she tries to feel my stomach to feel you move and you immediately stop. It never fails. It’s so funny, you’re already driving your aunt crazy. I am just extremely happy you don’t do that to your daddy. I honestly think you like it when your daddy talks to you and touches my belly. You always squirm the most when he’s around.

Little one, you are loved. There are so many people helping your mom and dad prepare for you. I hope I never forget the love and help I have received from people already in my pregnancy.

I love you so much!

Love, mommy