Three cities through our iPhones & favorite editing apps

Our bags are unpacked for a bit, laundry is almost caught up on and we’re happy to be back to Sierra and her garden bubbles. You know your pup missed you when they don’t want to leave your side, even when you’re in the shower! Though we were away from Sierra, she was certainly mentioned during all our presentations over our 3 city tour.

Sunset over Texas, no filter 

Over the last 10 days, we’ve been on the road to Seattle, San Antonio and Baltimore. But unlike many of our other work travels, these trips were so personal because we were able to meet some truly amazing people, food bloggers, moms and their kids. Our last 10 days were filled with many hugs, tears, and shared stories of joy and sorrow.

Thank you to everyone who were were so lucky to have met, hugged and cried with! From the crazy karaoke antics, the heartfelt confessions, and the late night pajama talks, you make our travels so much more meaningful.

clouds in Baltimore, MD 

Even in the chaos of conventions, workshops, and traveling rigor, we still managed to photograph some favorite moments. Though our dslr’s were brought along on all of the trips, it was often our phones which we used to capture the special moments.  Moments of spontaneity or ones calling for photographer discretion. The iPhone is our favorite tool to capture life as it happens in front of us, instantly and as real as possible.

Mobile photography is a wonderful creative outlet, whether you are a hobbyist or a full time pro. It is taking photography down to its pure basics; light, composition, and timing. And since we got our iPhones, we’ve been able to witness and share life as it happens in front of us instantly through our love of Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Plus with the help of some favorite editing apps, its fun to capture and share what we witness wherever we travel.

We taught some mobile photography topics at our portrait photography workshops in San Antonio and Baltimore and anytime we talk about iphoneography, so many of us start to geek out on our favorite apps.  So here are some of our favorite iPhone editing apps (we’d love to hear your favorites):

  • Filterstorm
  • Snapseed
  • Bleach Bypass
  • Picture show
  • Noir Photo (for black and white)
  • Dramatic black and white

Seattle, BlogHer Food: 

It started in Seattle at BlogHer Food 2012 where we opened with presenting the morning keynote on finding your voice and storytelling. We shared our process of storytelling, how to find your voice and embracing all your imperfections. Some videos and images of our young kid days were shared for all to see and it certainly was humbling to see our crazy kiddie pictures up on the screen! Thanks everyone for laughing next to us and not at us! 😉  Sometimes ya just gotta open yourself up for all to see to truly appreciate your imperfections.

coffee break at Stumptown, Seattle

morning light at Gig Harbor, Washington 

amazing sausage pizza at Delancey, Seattle 

finished, at Delancey 

San Antonio & Baltimore, Portrait photography workshops:

We taught photography workshop to moms and bloggers. The best part of this was being able to meet so many of them with their kids! Thank you to Invisalign  and Momitforward for inviting us to participate in their luncheon to teach the workshops!

shoeshine at Houston Airport

bbq in San Antonio! 

photo workshop attendee editing her images with her son, San Antonio

Sailors taking a break during Sailathon celebration, Baltimore, MD

Incredible Blue Angels in flight,  in Baltimore sky. 

Thanks to everyone we met on the road. It was so great to meet you!

Follow us on Instagram at @ToddPorter and @DianeCu


{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Sally Cameron via Facebook

    I also like Keeper (security) for managing all logins and passwords.

  2. Sally Cameron via Facebook

    Evernote is great for note taking and document handling across multiple devices. Great little app!

  3. Kent Cameron via Facebook

    When are you getting your iPad?

  4. White On Rice Couple via Facebook

    Cathy Cannon Prothro Karen Milling thank you so much for your rec’s!

  5. White On Rice Couple via Facebook

    Kent Cameron you’re always cool in our book. 🙂

  6. Kent Cameron via Facebook

    What about Palm phones? You told me I was still cool….!

  7. Karen Milling via Facebook

    I like: Filterstorm, Camera Awesome, Spica Super monochrome, Diptic, and Slow Shutter. Though slow shutter is more of a photo “taking” app rather than a photo editing app.

  8. Cathy Cannon Prothro via Facebook

    Pro HDR is the one I use most often. Also like Photo Toaster.

  9. lynn @ the actor's diet

    my husband’s become a snapseed pro! people think he’s a professional beach photographer now.

  10. Yvette ~ Muy Bueno

    I am sooooo happy we finally met you both in Seattle at BlogHer Food! You guys are so darn incredible and such sweet hearts and super inspiring. I look forward to seeing you again very soon.

  11. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Thanks for sharing these fun snaps from your travels! Looks like you’ve had a busy spring season!

  12. Susan in the Boonies

    Thank you so much for sharing these! My husband (my blog’s photographer) just got an iPhone, and didn’t know about these.
    Also, I saw on Facebook this morning where Alli Worthington was looking for photo editing apps for her iPhone, so I shared your list with her. Thanks!!!

  13. Amanda@EasyPeasyOrganic

    Thanks – I hadn’t heard about *any* of those apps! 🙂

  14. Shut Up & Cook

    So lovely to meet you at BlogHer!

    Always gotta appreciate a foodie whose dog holds a number #1 place in their heart, and even better given that she’s a bully breed!

    We have a Pit rescue named Duke, and just adopted a Neapolitan Mastiff puppy to be his companion. Bring on the loving!

  15. Alyssa (Everyday Maven)

    You guys kicked out the conference with such heart. It was awesome and great to meet you both 🙂 As soon as I saw the dogwood’s, I knew that was Seattle. They are all over – so beautiful!

  16. Bev @ Bev Cooks

    It was so awesome seeing you guys again!

  17. JulieD

    It was so good to see you both and spend time with you. xoxo miss you guys already! I need to check out the other apps. BTW, so glad you had BBQ in Texas!! I can only imagine Austin next year in June. I’ll be there with bells on!

  18. Jessica

    I met you all in San Antonio at your presentation at the Witte. Your pictures are beautiful and I feel really inspired to capture more of my life through pictures – especially with two little girls. I was wondering about the images you captured of strangers – what is the etiquette for taking/using photos of people you just see around town? It’s something I struggle with…seeing what I think is a beautiful shot….but not wanting to intrude on someone. Any thoughts?

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Jessica- everyone has their own comfort level of how to photograph and how much, so as a photographer you have to gauge what works for you.
      If we do show people, normally it’s those we know and it’s always in a positive context. If we show strangers, it’s normally of a crowd or group without any focus on individual faces. Many times, these strangers know we’re photographing them and they’re acknowledging the situation. And again, it’s always in a positive context, not ever negative or exploitive.

  19. LiztheChef

    Feel like I came along with you – thanks for the “tour”. Am I the last person in the food-writing community who doesn’t have an iPhone – yet?

  20. Lisa

    Your session at Blogher Seattle was one of the most memorable. I have shared Sierra’s garden tour with all my dog loving friends and the concensus is stunning. Stunning music. Stunning editing. Stunning garden. And of course, stunning puppy. Thank you for such a great session. You have changed my perspective of video and blogs!

  21. Karen

    I left my DSLR at home for Blogher food and didn’t regret it. Love the freedom, versatility and editing capabilities of the iPhone- and it fits in my pocket! It was great to talk to you both!

  22. Janae Wise @ Bring Joy

    I heard you guys at BlogHer. You did a fantastic job, & have such a synergy between the two of you. I aspire to your kind of authentic, real, raw style. You guys are so inspiring!

    I have an old school phone (not an iphone). Can I still use my camera for instagram? Are there editing programs for non-iphones? I’m so behind the times, but I don’t think I’ll be getting an iphone anytime soon but I want to hop the camera-photo bandwagon (even though I have a DSLR) because there are so many times when I want to take a pic & all I have is my phone. Great for capturing real-life, in the moment photos.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Janae- thanks for coming to blogher and connecting with us! Instagram is currently available for iPhones and androids. For other phones, you need to google and see if there are photo editing apps available for your specific mobile.

      1. Janae Wise @ Bring-Joy

        Thank you, I guess I need to break down & get an i-phone sometime soon then!

  23. Jaina

    I always try and make an effort to take more photos with my DSLR rather than phone because I want to and need to keep learning. But sometimes it’s just easier with the phone.

    It’s great that Instagram’s finally hit the Android market. Though, much prefer editing using Vignette – fantastic photo editing app. Sharing via Instagram is excellent though.

    Love your photos you’ve shared here. Really paints a great picture of your travels.

  24. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I am kicking myself I didn’t go to BlogHer. I would have loved to see you and hear you speak. I heard you rocked it!

    And good tips about apps. I have pulled back from iphonephotography lately. So much to do and I haven’t been instagramming as much but need to get back into it because I “miss” everyone and their updates!

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