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I am often in awe of how the young people I know juggle social media with such ease. They are constantly on their phones (even during class sometimes- grr!!!), and do so many things in such a short time. Texting, sharing photos, googling all sorts of information- it's enough to make an old lady's head spin. Snap chat, Periscope, Vine, Tumblr, and the list goes on.
Seems a waste of time for sure to be checking out all these trendy apps (unless of course you are raising teens, in which case you're probably all over these sites yourself). But today I want to share with you some of my favorite "momtographer" apps. These five apps have helped me be both mom and photographer. They have helped me save time, they help me be a little creative with my simple phone images, and they help me organize my ideas and my days.
Perhaps one or two of these apps can help you in your daily life of momming.
Oh and by the way, none of these are affiliate links. These are just a few of my favorite apps. I am not getting anything out of sharing them with you (other than joy!).
Layout is a free app I discovered through Instagram. It's a simple way for me to take more than one of my images and put them together to create one collage image. Great for sharing to social media when you don't want to send image after image, or create a whole album. There are various kind of layouts, depending on the number of images you want to blend. Super simple, super fun. And FREE!
2. COLOR CAP
I love adding text to my images. But sometimes I'm on the run and I am taking my photos from my phone, so I don't have the time to sit down at my computer, pull up images in Photoshop, and add fancy texts to them there. Enter Color Cap. With this app, I can add the text right on my phone, choose from several fun fonts, and send. Just a few moments, and it's done. And again, this app is free. You have the option to buy upgrades, like colors for your text, or more fonts, but I find that the free stuff works great. Sometimes, you just want to make the point with your words, and this makes it easy.
Sometimes I wonder how I ever survived a day without my Evernote App. A colleague of mine showed me this app one day at our kids' soccer practice. Here we were, sitting on a field in the middle of nowhere, and she was pulling up everything from her meeting minutes to her grocery list. What a way to be productive with time! I went home and checked it out, and with a bit of exploring, I fell in love with it. What I love most about this app (besides it being FREE!) is that I can use it both on my phone and on my computer (which is where I tend to use it most). Evernote allows you to organize your thoughts into "notebooks". You can create endless notebooks for everything from household items, to work meeting notes, to business ideas, to party planning. You can stack notebooks into one large notebook (business, home, kids, etc) and organize within. The organization is endless. And at the end of the day, there are all of your notes, in your phone, so you can take them with you, change them on the fly, even send them to others. There is still a lot I'm learning about this app, but I love that it's given me a place to brainstorm without having to carry endless literal notebooks. This app is a MUST!
OK, so Instagram might not be new to you, but I could not have a list of my favorite apps without having this one on the list! Oh Instagram, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways! First, this is the app for photos. Captions are on the short and sweet side, no need to get chatty, just add your image and send. Love it! But what I love even more about Instagram is the option to share with Facebook as your sharing to Instagram. Two things at once? I'm in! I find so much visual inspiration on Instagram. Everything from photography inspiration, to my favorite Scriptures, to inspiring quotes, to great meal recipes, to workouts, to Bullet Journaling! (what? you don't know what Bullet Journaling is? Oh, stay tuned, my friend! A blog post is definitely coming on that!) Instagram is a great way to inspire and be inspired through photos. Great app for the Momtographer! Oh and don't forget to follow me on Instagram at @jenlebo !
This is an app that I am JUST learning to use, but it's hopefully going to be a time saver, so I thought it would be a good app to close out the list. With Hootsuite, I can take one post, one image, one link, and share it to several social media streams at one time. I can also schedule posts for later dates, which is a huge plus for me. I'm a mom with a lot of things on my plate (perhaps you can relate???) and remembering to share my latest blog posts to Facebook and Instagram and elsewhere is not always on my radar. Hootsuite allows me to designate a time- perhaps on a Sunday afternoon or a Monday morning- and schedule all the blog posts I want to share for the week (and to 3 different social media streams). I can schedule inspirational posts, questions, images, whatever. And Hootsuite is FREE! Yes, I do love free, as I'm sure you do too. Now as is the case with many apps, Hootsuite is free up to a certain point. You can share to 3 streams for free. By upgrading you can share to many many more. But I'm not quite there yet, so I'm just enjoying what I get for free. I think you might too. Check this one out. It can be a huge time saver.
And there you have it- a handful of my favorite apps. All of these apps can be downloaded to your phone, but I love that some of them work from your computer too. This is my time saver. Moving from home computer to back pocket phone is key for me. I can take what I work on at home, and make changes on the fly. I can use my phone for a quick pic, add inspiration and share to multiple sites. I can organize my thoughts at the kids' soccer practice, then make further changes at my desk during work hours. We moms need all the help we can get juggling kids' schedules, work notes, and the awesome photos of our babies that the world MUST see. Hopefully this list will do just that.
(footnote: the links provided will take you to the itunes store for iphones, but you can get each of these apps for android as well!)