Photo Tools Every Busy Mom Needs with Photojojo

iPhone photography seems to go hand-in-hand with motherhood. Having a camera phone handy is perfect for capturing moments we want to remember. I'm sharing photo tools to help you get the most out of your most used camera, your phone, with Photojojo. Plus a simple + fun DIY project.

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We can just grab our phone + go. Sometimes we really need a few things to keep our phone happy. The Photojojo Everything Everyday Kit can really help us take our photos to the next level. Honestly, it's been difficult for me to find a phone cable that works, doesn't get tangled + holds up. I've been using the Photojojo cable to charge my phone overnight + I absolutely love it. My phone is no good if its not charged, and this cable works so well + the material keeps it from tangling. 

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Something every mom needs in her purse? A personal power bank. I'm so serious. You just never know what's going to happen, and we really do need our phones. Sometimes we need them for super fun things (read this great list here.) And, sometimes we need a portable charging block for times when we make an emergency trip to the hospital with the kids + the phone battery is almost empty. It's really a great thing all moms should carry around in their bag 'o tricks, I mean diaper bags.

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Photojojo is the sister company of Parabo Press, a photo printing company I just love. I told you I had a DIY project for you + I totally do. When you order prints from Parabo Press, they come with these adorable printed thick card-stock sheets. I've kept mine, and I was waiting for an idea of how to use them. Well, I came up with a fun + super easy DIY project for them. Hand print + foot print keepsakes. 

Footprint DIY project

Hand Print Keepsake DIY

How To:

This simple project is quick + easy, but the key to success lies in the prep-work + clean-up. The story of motherhood, right?

Do this project in your bathroom, you'll thank me later! Get the bath water ready. Have baby wipes ready + you can even place newspaper on your floor so the ink doesn't stain your bathroom grout. 

To make the clean + easy hand + foot prints, get your little one undressed just in their diaper or underwear. Place their hand or foot onto the ink pad, then press onto the cardboard. Make sure to evenly apply weight for a clear print. Then wipe off their hand or foot with some baby wipes + then place them directly in the bath!

Oh, and make sure you aren't wearing nice clothes! We don't want any ink stains!

Let the prints dry over night. Then, write the name + year on the back with a permanent marker. Display on a shelf or store in a photo box with other keepsakes.

Printed Photo DIY project

I know you have a lot of pictures sitting on your phone waiting to be printed. Just download the Parabo App + order a free 5" photo book! You'll love it! Also, I know you could totally use this Photojojo Everything Everyday Kit, so just head on over to Instagram to enter to win your own kit!

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This post was created in partnership with Photojojo. I honestly do love + use the products + I only share what I think you will love, too!

Now, tell me in the comments below... How many hundreds or thousands of photos do you have on your phone that you need to print? And, how many times have you desperately needed that power bank?  

Photo Tools Every Busy Mom Needs. Tech tools for your phone
Square photo prints with Parabo Press
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10 Tips for Hiring a Family Photographer + a Giveaway with Kathleen Peachey

I'm sharing 10 tips for hiring a family photographer. It is so important to document childhood memories, tiny moments, family milestones + everything in-between through photography. The moments + stages slip by + they can't be re-lived but they can be captured in a photograph. Kathleen Peachey of Kathleen Peachey Photography has captured many special moments of my family. I'm sharing what to look for in a family photographer here. 

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lifestyle family photography tips with Kathleen Peachey

1. Hire a family photographer that is a story teller. I love that Kathleen is a passionate story teller. She is an artist that tells stories through photographs. She captures emotions + lived-in moments. If these photos don't capture the true magic of childhood, I don't know what does. This is exactly how I will remember my children when they are taller than me + the small-ness of childhood passes by. 

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2. Hire a family photographer that documents timeless memories. The little moments are the ones that will matter the most in the years to come. I love the candid portraits that Kathleen is able to capture. Photos like this one of Bridger at 9 months are memories that I am proud to display on my walls + in my baby books. The way his eyes are captured make me feel like my baby boy really is looking right back at me. His little calm yet vibrant personality is shining right through this image. This timeless portrait is something I will always treasure because this single capture encompasses so much about  a period of time in Bridger's life. 

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Lifestyle Family Photography Tips
10 tips for hiring a family photographer
10 tips for hiring a family photographer with Kathleen Peachey

3. Hire a family photographer that loves kids, makes them laugh + genuinely has fun with kids. My kids are used to being in front of my camera + I sneak it out when I can. But, something magical happens when someone else can capture your children from their perspective. Kathleen has the sweetest spirit + the kindest heart. She tells the kids funny jokes, knows their favorite animals + surely knows about their passion for all things trash trucks, trash cans + recycling. They love to take photos with her camera + they genuinely feel comfortable around Kathleen. 

10 tips for lifestyle family photography
10 tips for hiring a family photographer
10 tips for hiring a family photographer with Kathleen Peachey

4. Hire a family photographer that helps you feel calm + beautiful in front of the camera. Of course I am so self critical of myself. Probably no one else could be as hard on myself as I am. But, I value photos of my children with me in them. Because, I was here. I was in all these small moments with my children, day in + day out. I value this documentation of my of my motherhood journey + the memories I hope my children will grow to cherish + look back on. Kathleen is such an encouraging person, it's part of her nature. I don't think she even realizes how many compliments + sweet words that she gives out. I sure am thankful for them, her kindness helps give me the confidence to capture treasured moments with my children. 

10 tips for hiring a family photographer
10 tips for family photography
10 tips for lifestyle family photography

5. Hire a family photographer that creates art with black & white photos. Personally, I completely love a good black + white photo. I love to hang black + white photos on the walls in my house. I love the timeless look of black + white. I love how black + white photos can compliment each other when put together. I love how bringing a photo down to black + white strips some things down + brings out more raw emotion. I feel like black + white helps you to peek into someone's soul a little deeper. Clearly, Kathleen is a magician with black + white. She creates one of a kind miracle works of art through black + white. 

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6. Hire a family photographer that loves to capture all of the family milestones. Kathleen is able to capture details + emotions from an event or time that help you travel back. She has preserved memories of my pregnancy, early days as a family of 5 + moments of my children growing. Her wedding videos make me feel like I know the couple. Her birth photos bring me right into the room. Details of milestones are so important to capture + she does so beautifully. 

10 tips for hiring a family photographer
lifestyle family photography tips

7. Hire a family photographer with an artistic eye. They say a photo isn't created by a camera, its created by the person behind it. I completely agree. Top of the line cameras can only do so much. The person behind the camera uses the light to create the image, chooses how to compose the images + ultimately has their own style of editing. I love that Kathleen has a clear artistic style that you know you will get so beautifully when you work with her. 

10 tips for family lifestyle photography
10 tips for hiring a family photographer
10 tips on lifestyle family photography
10 tips for lifestyle family photography

8. Hire a family photographer that is very patient. Patience is a virtue + it surely is when it comes to family photography. Especially when photographing families like mine- 5 people + all boys! Here you can see Kathleen patiently captured my boys starting a sucker war + playfully poking each other. Also, Bowan got a sliver + Breck was lovingly looking at his finger + trying to help. These are not the posed photos of everyone looking at the camera, but they are true reflections of their childhood. Kathleen has  been so patient with my boys as they've run around the house (sometimes naked), made furniture into garbage trucks, jumped off of things + eaten sticky suckers. Special moments can be captured when the photographer is patient + waits for the moments to come to them. 

10 tips for lifestyle family photography

9. Hire a family photographer that can gently direct + encourage you. Kathleen has a clear style + a clear goal to capture grace. She loves feedback + guidance on photos that you'd love to have. Yet, she is able to gently direct a photo session to a time where  moments can be captured even  if it's in a way you might not have expected. 

10 tips for hiring a family photographer
10 tips for family lifestyle photography

10. Hire a family photographer that believes in spreading the word of grace.  This is what Kathleen believes in: I believe in spreading the word of Grace. I believe in the truth of kindness. I believe in the depth of love. I believe that a single photograph gives our hearts and souls the purest gift we could ask for. A memory of this beautiful life we live. Her words are so true + I can see her words inside of each of her photos. 

I've loved working with Kathleen to capture moments with my family. I will always treasure them. Kathleen is based in Colorado , but can travel worldwide. If you would like to book her, she can surely come to you to capture your story with grace + kindness. You can contact her at Peacheyphoto@gmail.com if you would like to book her to capture your current milestones. 

You can also enter to win a free 1 hour session with Kathleen here. If you'd love the opportunity to win the session please tell us why below in the comments. 

 

Photography by: // Kathleen Peachey Photography

 

Related Posts featuring photography by Kathleen Peachey:

Let Them Eat Cake with Allergen Free Bakes

Our First Few Weeks as a Family of 5

Maternity Photos: Treasured Moments

The Heartbreaking Side of Life with Food Allergies

10 Places Bird Rock Baby Moccasins Have Traveled with Us

Motherhood sure is a wild ride. But, there is no other ride I'd rather be on. The days are long, but even the tiniest moments make it all worth it. Oftentimes, the days with no schedule are filled with the most fun + joy. Little Bridger baby has been wearing Bird Rock Baby moccasins since he was a tiny tot + they have traveled many places with us. Here, I'm sharing 10 places Bird Rock Baby moccasins have traveled with us.

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10 places Bird Rock Baby moccasins have traveled with us:

1. Bridger wore BRB moccs to the allergist for skin testing to confirm that he does not have life threatening to food allergies like his older brother, Bowan. It sure is a heart wrenching thing to have a baby skin tested. But, I'm thankful we were able to be proactive in this circumstance, since Bridger was considered high-risk for food allergies. Luckily, Bridger took a pacifier + nursed while at the allergist, so he seemed much more comfortable than Bowan has been at recent visits since he now knows what to expect. Bridger got lots of cuddles + kisses while in his moccs at the allergist. 

2.  The moccs go with us to the grocery store. He rides in our baby carrier, looking out, learning about the world, with the cute little moccs on his feet. Sometimes he falls asleep. Sometimes he reaches for all the new + interesting things he sees in the store. He loves to smile at all the new people he meets. And, of course he loves to giggle at the silly things his brothers do while we are out + about. 

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3. Bridger wears his little moccs while we are at home playing, cuddling + nursing. The moccs are made of the perfect material to stay on while he tries to crawl + pull up onto toys + furniture. His little feet stay cozy + warm. And, Bridger gives us his big, happy smile that just brightens all of our days. 

4. The moccs are on Bridger's feet when we are gardening in our backyard + out at the garden center. They are easy to slip on + off + a fun way to add color to any hand-me down outfit he might be wearing. 

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5. Bridger has worn the moccs many times while eating in his high chair. Lots of food has spilled on the cute little things. Luckily, they wipe clean very easily. He may have many Onesies + bibs with stains, but his moccs are still holding up to the messiness that goes along with baby led weaning. 

6. The moccs have gone with us on hikes out in this beautiful state of Colorado. Bridger has been to Loveland Ski Area, Castlewood Canyon, Rocksborough State Park + many other trails with the little shoes protecting his feet from the sun, wind + snow. 

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7. Of course the moccs have been on Bridger's feet while he's played garbage trucks with his brothers. Big brothers, Breck + Bowan LOVE garbage trucks! They love filling the trucks up with paper scraps, little toys, legos + anything that may come to mind on that particular day. Bridger loves to roll the trucks. Now, he's trying to stand up on them + he loves being right in on the action with his brothers. 

8. The moccs are on little Bridger's feet when he's out + about in the stroller in our neighborhood. He rides to the park. He loves to swing on the big swing with me. And, he loves to slide down the little slide with Breck. Now, he comes along for runs with me. He  loves the fresh air + the sense of adventure. Even the most mundane + average little outing seem so bright + fresh to little Bridger + his brothers. 

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9. The moccs have been on Bridger's little feet while I've held Bridger around our house, doing nothing in particular. One of my most favorite things to do with my little baby is to run my lips over his soft, bald little head while doing my best to be present in the moment. There's always a long list of things to do, but this little boy won't be able to fit in my arms forever. 

10. Bridger has worn theses adorable moccasins while Kathleen Peachey has taken lifestyle photos of our family. She's caught some very real moments I'm so happy to have frozen in time, that I can re-visit when Bridger is bigger + no longer a baby. The days come + go + the messes pile up + often  times I feel like I may not have a chance to come up for air. But, with two older boys, now 3 + 5, I surely know these baby days are fleeting + I'm beyond thankful + forever grateful that someone so talented as Kathleen Peachey has recorded some of my most treasured moments with my little baby has outgrown his moccs.  

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We've loved these little moccs so much that we want you to win a pair! Head on over to Instagram to enter the giveaway. 

 

Photography by: // Kathleen Peachey + Lindsey Lee & Co.

Our first few weeks as a family of 5

Our first few weeks as a family of five were beautiful, loving, chaotic, busy + messy: food + toys + kids, always equals a mess! Kathleen Peachey captured photos of our family in our first few days after Bridger's birth. They are beautiful. They are truthful. They are graceful. And, the photos captured some of our mess, too!

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Let me love you a little more before you're not little anymore. -Michelle Thevenot. Kathleen captured beautiful moments with our brand new baby, Bridger Lee. She also captured some 'behind the scenes' photos when the big brothers decided to create some mischief while Bridger was having precious photos taken.

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Well, big brothers Breck + Bowan are completely obsessed with garbage trucks. And, their imagination was sparked when they decided Bridger's crib was a garbage truck. They decided everything in the nursery was 'trash' that had to be dumped into the hopper of the garbage truck. I mean everything. They are hard workers, they did not want to overlook any trash. They surely did not want to create any pollution. Every book, diaper, decoration + each piece of clothing that was neatly folded + arranged on the shelf by size for our little newborn.... It was all dumped into the crib...

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Newborn photography kathleen peachey

Bridger's swaddle blankets were displayed on a blanket ladder in the nursery. But, those blankets were added to the garbage truck hopper. And, that ladder sure was an important part of the garbage truck operation. Sigh...

Newborn photography Kathleen Peachey

One of the blessings of having a third child, is that I know I must enjoy the moment + treasure it for what it is. Things sure aren't easier with three kids. There's more to do, more to clean, more to remember. But, so much more to love + treasure because I know for sure how fleeting these moments are.

Kathleen Peachy

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. -Henry Ward Beecher.

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So this is love.

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When I found out I was pregnant with a third baby, especially a third baby boy, I couldn't help but think... How will I manage? Can things actually get more chaotic?! Well, yes, yes they can. But, Bridger has been an incredible blessing to our family. He is loved beyond measure + his sweet little soul already shines so brightly.

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Back to reality here. It was like the Grinch that Stole Christmas. Breck + Bowan made sure not to leave one little thing behind. They even took the hanging toys off of the baby gym. Just like how the Grinch even took the Christmas ornaments. They sure are detail-oriented trash guys in training.

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Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we're supposed to be + embracing who we are. -Brene Brown. Back five years ago, when Breck was a newborn baby, I had expectations of what I thought motherhood would feel like. I had expectations about what I thought I would be like as a mother + how I could 'balance' everything. Well, balance is kind of elusive + the more I embrace the reality of my day to day + the limits of what is true in our life, the happier I am. The happier all 5 of us are. We try to have it all together, but honestly this is what our life is really like most days.

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In raising my children, I have lost my mind but found my soul. -Lisa T. Sherperd

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Newborn photography kathleen peachey
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We chose this photo for our Christmas card this year because this so beautifully displayed our family. A little messy, a little chaotic, really tired parents + big smiles. Oh, and can you see the wheels turning in their little heads on the next mischevious thing that they are planning?!

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I love printing our special moments with Minted. Minted is the ultimate source for unique holiday card designs + birth announcements from independent artists. The gold foil brings a special touch to every piece. The unique designs are so memorable. I love printing ornament cards for our family + friends because they are so much fun to hang on the tree. I love it when our family lets us know that they got our ornament out again from last year. One of our little cousins even hangs our cards on her bed so she can see her cousins + it's just the sweetest thing. It warms my heart so much that the cousins are connected even though we are separated by a thousand miles. You can see our previous cards with Minted here. And, our Valentine's ideas with Minted here

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These wild kids sure know how to make anything an adventure. Whether it's an empty nursery or an empty bedroom. There is always an adventure to be had. I'm also convinced that they can't wait to train their youngest little brother. I will surely be outnumbered then. I sure hope my coffee will always be stronger than the will of my toddler. 

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kathleen Peachy

Motherhood is a choice you make everyday to put someone else's happiness + well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you're not sure what the right thing is... and to forgive yourself, over + over again, for doing everything wrong. -Donna Ball

If you're looking for a photographer in the Denver area or worldwide, Kathleen Peachey aims to capture grace + I sure think she captured grace so well for my family. Mention Lee when you contact her for your photo session for 10% off. You can see our Maternity session with Kathleen here.

 

Photography by: // Kathleen Peachy Denver + Worldwide Photographer

Destroyed Crib + Nursery Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co.

Printed Cards: // Minted