Your phone has a couple of duties, but seriously, we all know it’s primary use for taking pictures of our kids. It’s so convenient to pull the device that we just used to text our friends and then, instant photoshoot.

Children, you better work.

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First things first before your start, clean your lens. You don’t need anything fancy but get into the habit of wiping the lens of your phone on your shirt every now and again, otherwise, your images will look “foggy” and not crisp. This is especially true if your child has been on your phone lately, there might be cheerio remanents or boogers.

Once you’ve cleaned your lens, and taken your pictures, here are 3 apps to bring your paparazzi skills to the next level.

Here is the original image. It’s nothing fancy but is a typical kid photo (my daughter at the Devonian Gardens this spring looking for frogs).

Original Picture

Here are 3 different apps and three different looks for this photo.

A Color Story

Free App with paid options, available on iTunes and Google Play

Literally, my favourite app,  I use it daily for brightening images or using filters to make them better or adding colour for a little something different. The free version includes lots of filters and you really don’t need more than what they give you. Color Fog is pretty fun, for this image I’ve added the white fog.

Using the colour fog effect from A Color Story
VSCO

Free in iTunes and Google Play.

If you’re feeling fancy and want to take on something a little more technical, try VSCO. You can take a photo right in this app rather than taking a picture on your camera and then upload it. The filters in this app are more refined than that of A Color Story, and can be modified to suit your “look.” There is also a very active VSCO community of photographers, and if you’re looking for where your teen is posting pictures lately, you might want to check there.

Edited with VSCO
Over

Free but with paid options on iTunes.

Turn your kid into an inspirational quote with this app. Over is an older app that has really upped it’s game and added lots of different combinations. Similar to an app called WordSwag, but if you’ve now seen one WordSwag generated quote, you’ve seen them all. Lots of great functionality and many different modern fonts and combinations, this app get’s a geeky mommy two thumbs up. You can even use this app to create images for birthday invites or thank you cards, and look like a genius.

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