Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Alexandria Mooney Photography Mobile Presets

I shared this on my social media accounts, and again, just like my iPhone course I launched I felt like this deserved its own post too!

As hospitals and birth centers have taken extra precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and in turn have severely limited visitors and support persons to birthing families, a lot of my clients (for births and fresh 48s) are faced with not having their photographer able to be present to capture their new babe.  I absolutely understand these regulations and hope and pray we get past this virus faster than they’re calling for, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it.  My heart aches for my clients coming up that are probably not going to be able to get their birth and/or fresh 48 snaps.

Many families will be relying on their own devices to capture their new babe…and I thought this was the perfect time (and motivation!) to finally finish fine-tuning my mobile preset pack and launch it for families to purchase!  I’ve worked hard to perfect my mobile presets — these same presets I use to edit all of the photos I take and share on my iPhone.  My snaps have a moody vibe with rich, warm tones and heavy contrast to really bring out the details and emotions in your photos.  I have created three presets for my most common snappin’ situations: indoors, outdoors and hospital settings, and then a black and white preset which looks good anywhere!  I am especially partial to my hospital preset, as I just love what it does for those fresh new baby phone snaps! {swipe through for some before and afters!}

I’ve put my presets on sale on my website if you’d like to check them out...I used some of my own iPhone snaps from Teddy's birth to demo them on!

While I am hoping I am back in hospitals and birth centers oh-so-soon snapping these fresh babes, until then I hope my presets will allow families to take their own pictures and really enhance them using these perfectly crafted presets I’ve created just for them 😌

1SE: March 2020

Just a month ago I posted about how fast February whizzed by and how we were already 1/3rd of the way done with 2020.  And then this last month?  March?  It's felt like it's been a year long.  This has been the longest month EVER.  And COVID-19 is largely to blame for that.  And I'd be lying if I said I could see an end in sight to this quarantine business. UGH.

With that said, March is officially over and I'm hopeful April will bring a turn of events (in a good way!) with COVID-19.  I'm hoping and praying for that to happen this next month.  1/4th of the way done with 2020 and I'm PRAYING it's starting to swing up again and be an amazing year like 2019 was.

And, keeping with tradition, while I've got you here, here's my #MooneyGrateful366 uppy-date for you (91 days in!) too.

That's it friends!  Hopeful and excited to say goodbye to this month and hello to April and hopefully a whole bunch of positivities and upswings from this scary virus.  Fingers crossed. 

iPhone Course 2020

I posted this same post on my social media pages and felt like it deserved a home here on my blog too!

Thanks to COVID-19, I’ve had some down time from snapping lately. And not by choice: I miss my clients sooooo much! And honestly I’m trying hard not to think about all that I’m missing capturing because it truly does make me just want to cry.

I’ve obviously been snapping my kiddos like crazy, but I’ve also had some more time to work on a few projects I’ve had brewing for what seems like forever that I just never had enough hours in the day to finish. Welp, one perk of this “stay at home” order is it’s given me some much needed time to work on a few of those...and even finish one! 🎉

Today I am SO EXCITED to launch my iPhone course! In this course you’ll receive three different pieces for your iPhone snappin’ needs: a toolbox with tips and tricks all about how to use your phone to capture the perfect photo, an arsenal of editing tips and videos for taking that photo and using Lightroom Mobile to enhance your image and give it that post-production perfected look, and finally a few of my very own presets I have created for you to use (just like I do!) on your images.

All of the course content will be delivered via email after purchase and you can work through it at your own pace. And obviously I’m always here for questions and help if needed too!

While this course is geared towards iPhone users, it still works on Android phones as well. You’ll just have to take the iPhone content I provide and apply it to your Android device. The presets work across all mobile phone platforms.

I’ve worked super hard to create this course (after oodles of requests over past year too it seems 😉) and am so excited to have it go live today! And what a better excuse than now to perfect some of your iPhone snappin’ skills! 📱

I cannot wait to hear how you like your course if you purchase it! -- and please tag me (@alexandriamooneyphotography on Instagram or hashtag #AMPiPhoneCourse2020) in any of your pics you start snapping and editing!  I cannot wait to see them!  As always, thank you for the love and support my friends!

Driveway Chalk Art

We had such a fun day yesterday -- minimal screaming (haha, SUPER huge win) and actually cooperation and effort for our morning school work!  We had some rough mornings last week so I'm hoping that the kids settle into a routine (especially when it's just me solo and Mike is sleeping) and we have happy, productive school work mornings.  Fingers crossed.

Anyways, yesterday after we got our schoolwork done we went outside (GORGEOUS MORNING) and did some chalk art on the driveway!  I had been seeing some posts on social media about using tape to 'tape off' chalk blocks before you colored them and it went perfectly.  All of the kiddos participated -- but Patrick really did most of the work. haha.

They were SUPER impressed with their work and we even sent in some of these pics to the big kids' teachers!

Later in the day it was overcast (PERFECT!) and I got all of the kiddos out for some more snaps ON our chalk art!  THIS WAS SO MESSY.  They all were covered in chalk afterwards but SO WORTH IT, amiright?!  These might be some of my favorite snaps EVER!

Anyways, I'm sure we'll be doing oodles and oodles of more art projects in the weeks to come...so stay tuned my friends.  Hope everyone is staying healthy and staying home!  It's almost April! WOOT!  Hopefully better days are ahead of us soon...

Monday, March 30, 2020

Hiking Adventures

alluded to this in my last post...we went on a hiking adventure earlier this week!  The kids and I HAD TO GET OUT.  Mike was snoozing, it was the weekend so no schoolwork to get done and they were so restless so we had to go exploring.  It was a little chilly but sunny and I thought it was the perfect day to go to my favorite snappin' spot (where I do some of my twilight minis) with the kiddos for a little hike and playtime in the creek.

I brought my big camera with my new wide angle lens that we had to take advantage of for some bridge snaps over the creek before we went on our hike.  They clearly were thrilled with me with this request.  Haha!

Teddy then went in my Tula and off we went!

We hiked a bit and played with sticks and logs and truly the kids just had a blast being silly.  It was actually just perfect. 

Patrick grabbed my phone and snapped a few pics of me snapping pics of the girls...

I love those behind the scenes pics!

After our hike we decided to go back and play in the creek.  Everyone (well, except Teddy and I) got completely soaked!  They had a blast though so it was well worth it.

All in all, it was a wonderful day.  The only thing that would have been better would have been if Mike was there to adventure with us!  Hopefully we can take him on our next adventure when he's off next.  Stay tuned... :)

Catching Up

I have SO SLACKED with keeping up with my posts.  I feel like a week (or more! sorry!) goes by and BAM!  I have a crapload of content I need to dump on ya here on the blog.  And then I get super motivated and crank out like 4 posts at once.  Sorry.  Not really.

Okay!  So where did I leave off nearly 10 days ago?!  Killing time and staying home.  And guess what?!  We've been doing the same damn thing since.  The big kids got back from Florida over a week ago and no one has left the house.  I mean, we have -- we've gone on more walks and adventures (and we did go on a hike! more on that later) than we probably ever have, which is awesome and a total silver lining (especially with the nice weather lately and it's not blazing hot or freezing cold) but damn.  I miss the old ways of life.  I miss our busy schedule and routine and school and activites and TAKING PICTURES FOR OTHER PEOPLE!  GAH!  I am hoping and praying so hard that this peaks soon and we can get back to normal life SOON.  It seems like forever and ever now and I'm hoping by the end of 2020 we look back and are like "That really wasn't so bad."  Praying for that.

Anywho, I've got an onslaught of a photo dump for ya.  Sorry.  Not really.  I REALLY need to get back in my bloggity bloggin' habit and not wait until these all pile up for me to unload cause then it just seems super overwhelming and gahhhh no.  Then I don't want to do it and put off blogging.  Ick.  Not ideal.  I do have more time on my hands and I love writing and need to get better and blogging here.  Which, speaking of, I think I'm going to do a 'day in the quarantine life' blog post soon that details our day, start to finish...so maybe someone else out there can feel a bit of solidarity to the chaos they're experiencing too.

OKAY!  So we have spent a ridiculous amount of time outside -- riding bikes and scooters and taking walks and playing and a million other things.  The big kids LOVE it and Ted LOVES getting outside too.  As much as I hate how restricted things are, I am grateful for all of this time with my kiddos.

Hot dang that was a lot of pics wasn't it?! Sorry.  I warned you about the photo dump!  And Teddy got to swing for the first time and he LOVED it!

The kids have been really loving bath time lately too...and I've whipped out my camera a few times too to capture their pics and loving the bubbles we let the blow too!

I'm way jelly of their bath fun btw.

So homeschooling.  Gosh I HATE calling it that.  Because we're not.  It's more like distance learning.  Or schoolwork done at home indefinitely.  Anyways, the kids have been doing decently with it.  Some days it's been a struggleeeeeee.  More days than not, actually.  And since we've got at least a few more weeks of this, hopefully we'll get into a routine and things will go smoother.  But we basically do a solid hour or two of school work in the morning and that's it.  The rest of the day we spend playing, doing art projects, watching movies, reading, having iPad time, cooking and baking, and hopefully lots of learning in those activities.  I'm trying to let me OCD go a bit that we DO NOT have to get every single thing done that Patrick and Rosie's teachers send...easier said than done.

Patrick clearly really misses school.  His school's message board still had a very cheery message so we went to the neighboring school to take pics at with the depressing message to commemorate this time.

Overall I think the kids are starting to settle in and adjust well to our new temporary normal.  They ask every day about when they can go back to school and see their friends and I HATE that I don't have a definite answer for them.  Zoom and FaceTime really has helped a lot.

One of the things Patrick has been enjoying doing is cooking!  We've cooked more home meals than like EVER the past few weeks and Patrick has really been enjoying helping out with the cooking.

He's even started his own "Patrick Cooks" segment that he wants to make more of!  Stay tuned for those!

The girls still had dance class this week -- online through Zoom!  It actually went pretty well and was super cute watching them do their classes in the basement.

I know they're anxious to get back to their regular class SOON...and so am I! 

Oh, the kids have found our old karaoke machine too and they have been OBSESSED with it, especially singing "Shut Up and Dance With Me" over and over again.  Cutest thing ever.

Lastly, I'll end with these silly pics of Annie from our walk this week...golly she cracks me up.  I posted them on social media that Annie is currently ALL OF OUR MOODS.  Amen to that.

Welp friends, that's all I've got for this photodumpy post.  Hope everyone is healthy, staying safe, and staying at home!  Hopefully we'll be able to see the end of this sooner than later.  Fingers crossed.
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