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!

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