I had to have a talk with the twins (age 6) today. We went to the park and took a friend with us. When it was time to go and we were all walking to the car, I noticed the little ones weren’t behind me anymore.
I looked back to find them hiding behind a wall. Thoroughly confused, I called to them and reluctantly they came along, but I noticed this friend of ours coaxing them back behind the wall.
She didn’t want to go home yet and neither did my girls. But something in her said to stall, hide, defy. My girls, battling their own desires, thought they’d try things her way.
I didn’t say anything right away but when we got home and dropped friend off, we had the talk. About trust (which they momentarily lost), honoring mom and dad (which they weren’t), and general obedience, which they learn now when they’re little so it comes easy when they’re grown ups.
I took them through our Obedience song again and they stammered a bit when we came to the line, “…even when I wanna play, I’ll do what my parents say…”
They both admitted they knew hiding was wrong, but also that they really didn’t want to come home yet. I validated that, because I was a kid once a LONG time ago, but now I’m the mom and it’s my job to train you up in the ways of The Lord. It’s your job to learn, and to follow. Even when you’d rather be on the monkey bars.
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I have a handful of apps I use all the time. Although phone cameras are improving, most of the time they aren’t quite getting the reality that I’m seeing behind the lense. The colors is washed out and the lighting is always a little darker than what I’m seeing myself.
Snapseed: for general shots and landscapes
Snapseed has my basic settings to lighten a photo, crop it, change contrast and saturation, etc. It has lots of other neat options too, but mostly I use it for very basic (and FAST) edits.
In this photo I lightened things up and changed the tone just slightly to reflect the real green I was seeing. The original was too blue. If I had time I might have used Facetune (below) to put back some of the blue in the sky that was blown out by my light adjustment.
VSCOcam: for artsy stuff
Sometimes I just want a different sort of look to a photo, and for this I love VSCOcam. Most of the default presets are great, but there are specific settings for fine-tuning these to fit each individual photo. It works fast too so I don’t spend too much time looking for the right settings.
Facetune: for selfies and other faces (also for DOF blur)
I don’t know about you, but I’m particularly not photogenic. I’d swear I take 50 pictures to get one good one! So when the lighting isn’t right, you’ve got bags under your eyes this afternoon, or the kids have chocolate on their face, there’s Facetune for that.
In this left before photo, there’s a shadow over my face and you can see all the junk behind me. So, I kill two birds. I use the blur feature to fuzz out the background and give more of what real photographers call depth of field.
Then, I lighten just myself a bit (you can do that!) and maybe I use a little of the smoothing tool, but it’s easy to go overboard getting rid of wrinkles and freckles so I try to leave that one alone as much as possible. :)
Another thing I use here is the details to highlight hair and eyes, and whitening for the teeth (I drink way too much coffee).
Fuzel: for collages!
I think I’ve now tried every collage app there is for iPhone and I keep deleting them all in favor of Fuzel. And after their latest major update, I probably won’t bother with another one. It’s the simplest and fastest for a basic collage, and although there are a ton of shapes and sizes to offer, I don’t have to wade through them to get a basic block of photos together.
iPhone Pano Mode: for wide or group shots
This isn’t actually an app, but I thought it was worth mentioning because panoramic mode is a feature now built into the iPhone (5s) that I use a lot. I have three girls and it’s rare I can get a photo of all of them together. It’s usually 1 here and 2 there. Finally, with pano mode I can pan across the girls and get the all at once, like so!
It’s also great fun for the kids when they discover they can jump to the left and get in the same shot a second time.
Then of course, there’s Instagram which I use every day, either to post or browse and say hello to others. Follow me @nataliejost!