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Owen Drew, MotherhoodHailey Andresen2 Comments

Do you guys remember the age your children really started taking to books? I don't necessarily mean I understanding the full storyline, but really looking at the images and becoming excited as your tone shifted throughout the story? This has just began for Owen and it's unbelievably fun to watch and makes reading stories to him that much more enjoyable. He's learning how to turn the pages and is constantly trying to grab at the different illustrations. It's adorable! We are HUGE book lovers. Aside from our clothing the only items that made their way to New York from Phoenix were our books (thank goodness for media mail), and just a couple super sentimental pieces. Needless to say, we always make room for books in our household and hope that Owen's love for books continues to grow.

This particular book is from Lostmy.name, and their mission is to give parents creative superpowers to make magical and meaningful connections with your child through their personalized books. Lostmy.Name made this process unbelievably simple and easy. You simply visit their site, select the book you want (this is the one we chose), type in your kiddos name, their sex and select the avatar that best represents them. You can even add a dedication if you'd like! While I loved picking this up for Owen I feel like one of these books would be the perfect baby shower gift or birthday gift for any special little ones in your life. 

What have been some of your kids favorite books? We're always looking for more! 

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Photography by Amy Frances

TAKING AND EDITING IPHONE PHOTOS

MotherhoodHailey Andresen2 Comments

I get questions all the time about what camera I use, how I edit my photos, and what apps and filters are my favorite. I always use my Canon EOS M3 or my iphone. Now if you see me in the photos chance are I put down my selfie stick (just kidding, I don't have one of those) and had Amy work her magic. Amy shared a list of photography tips on a previous post you can check out here, but since Amy can't follow us around day in and day out I'm forced to put her tips and my own skills to work. I don't have a whole lot of secrets, but here's my quick and easy checklist for taking and editing iphone photos. Scroll down for a note if you're looking for more information on using your actual camera and feel free to comment with any questions! 

1. First and foremost, make sure your screen and lens are clean. Seems simple? I get so many finger prints on every surface of my phone and that can absolutely affect the quality of the images I get. I used whoosh to get my phone sparkling clean! 

2. Tap the screen where you want to focus and work with whatever natural light when you can. The iphone doesn't allow for a  ton  control so when I'm using the phone I try to find a spot with the best lighting possible. 

2. Tap the screen where you want to focus and work with whatever natural light when you can. The iphone doesn't allow for a ton control so when I'm using the phone I try to find a spot with the best lighting possible. 

3. Set up your shot. This comes in handy a bit more when I'm taking food photos and what not, not necessarily when I'm capturing the naturally occurring expressions on Owen's face, but regardless - if you can step back and see the shot as a whole you will be able to take a few shots rather than 100. ;) 

3. Set up your shot. This comes in handy a bit more when I'm taking food photos and what not, not necessarily when I'm capturing the naturally occurring expressions on Owen's face, but regardless - if you can step back and see the shot as a whole you will be able to take a few shots rather than 100. ;) 

4. Import your photo to  VSCO . I'm sure there are dozens of great editing apps out there, but I've been using this one since the beginning. 

4. Import your photo to VSCO. I'm sure there are dozens of great editing apps out there, but I've been using this one since the beginning. 

5. Select the second icon on the tools bar. This will allow you to adjust your image.       

5. Select the second icon on the tools bar. This will allow you to adjust your image. 

 

 

6. I typically adjust the exposure,  contrast  and         

6. I typically adjust the exposure, contrast and

 

 

 

clarity ! On occasion I will also adjust the temperature, shadows, and highlights, but I didn't here.   

clarity! On occasion I will also adjust the temperature, shadows, and highlights, but I didn't here.

 

7. I try to  avoid cropping  my images because it tends to make them more pixelated than I would like, but for this one my dang finger was in the left corner so today I'm cropping!

7. I try to avoid cropping my images because it tends to make them more pixelated than I would like, but for this one my dang finger was in the left corner so today I'm cropping!

8. Go back to the tool bar and select the first icon for filters. I think I've purchased almost all the  filters  VSCO has to offer, and 99.9% of the time I go with this one..

8. Go back to the tool bar and select the first icon for filters. I think I've purchased almost all the filters VSCO has to offer, and 99.9% of the time I go with this one..

A6!  9. Once the photo is complete I save it to my camera roll before uploading to instagram. 

A6! 9. Once the photo is complete I save it to my camera roll before uploading to instagram. 

10. VSCO used to provide a set up like you see here so you could map out your feed a bit, but they recently updated and redesigned their interface.  Snug  lets you get a little preview before you upload to instagram.

10. VSCO used to provide a set up like you see here so you could map out your feed a bit, but they recently updated and redesigned their interface. Snug lets you get a little preview before you upload to instagram.

And that's that! Now like I said earlier, I am not necessarily a professional - I get lots of help capturing our family and lifestyle from Amy Frances who is truly an invaluable resource. For those of you looking to improve your photography skills in the New York area she will be hosting a workshop on August 27th! Space is super limited so snag a seat while you can. Purchase your ticket and get a little more information here. I hope to meet some of you lovely folks there!

Photos of Owen and I by the one and only, Amy Frances. 

Closet Staples: Everlane Track Pant & Silk Sleeveless

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Anyone else feel like they have a "mom uniform" at times? For me it's jeans and a t-shirt or flannel. I love this look, but day after day it can kind of get boring. I recently discovered Everlane and immediately fell in love with their designs. On top of their garments being on point, they are all about what they call radical transparency. They do their research when it comes to finding the best factories to produce their goods, they make the cost and markup of their items available to the public, and constantly question themselves in every arena of their business and encourage their customers to do the same. They do this because they believe nothing is worse than complacency so they continue to make every effort to improve their designs. 

As I browsed through their online shop these two pieces were no brainers. The Go-Weave Track Pants are incredible - talk about a dressy look with a comfortable feel. They have an elastic waistband (enter praise hands here!) which I appreciate at this stage of post pregnancy where my body still seems to be changing. Will it ever stop changing? Ha! The silk sleeveless top is the perfect balance of feminine and masculine in my opinion. The material and nude color give you those ideal feminine touches while still upholding the functionality of the flannel in my "mom uniform".  I'm really all about that button front closure to come in with the assist while I'm nursing out and about. It's also loose fitting if you choose to not tuck it in to bottoms which I know I will come to appreciate as the temperatures rise through the summer here in NY. & It didn't wrinkle nearly as bad as I thought it would considering I carried Owen in the Beco carrier from our place down to the shoot. All around A+++++! 

Photography by Amy Frances

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