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Photography tips for capturing everyday memories of family, home, and life

Week in the Life 2016 | Count me in. Thoughts on documenting everyday moments by Julie Love Gagen

That’s so Daily | A Week in the Life Themed Prompt for #HashtagThisWeek

I love the boring parts of our lives. I do. Boring is regular. Boring is typical. Boring is expected, unoriginal, and plain. Boring is also routine, daily, and common. It is not dramatic. Or stressful. Or difficult. It is unsurprising. And it is easy. And I love that. No matter what your life is, right now, in this moment – it has an element of boring. And that boring, that daily stuff, is so typical for you right now. And that’s what makes it so special. Because boring for you 5 years ago was SO DIFFERENT from what boring is for you right now. It’s different this year, compared to last. It’s different this month, compared to the next. Life is always in transition. That much we know. Because even when your job, your routines, your favorite things appear to be consistently the same, something around you, some aspect of your life is changing. And if it’s not you, directly, it’s the world around you. It’s technology. It’s friendships. It’s your relationship with yourself. It’s …

6 Tips to Master your iPhone Photography with composition, lighting techniques, and the right apps

Getting the Most out of Your iPhone Images

This is an update to a post I wrote at this time last year. Basically everything still applies. The one difference? My iPhone Photography is even better than it was then. Honestly, if you’ve seen my Instagram you know I’ve stepped up my game this year, thanks in a large part to understanding more about how Instagram works, and learning some badass iPhone editing tools. Here’s my proccess for creating my iPhone images and, more importantly, getting those images into a layout, an album, and in printed form so we can all enjoy them each as much as we want, whenever we want. Because, after all, that’s why we document life (to celebrate it!). —   It’s December in New England – a very dark, cold, grey time of year. And it’s really hard to get a good picture. Like, AT ALL. There just isn’t enough sun. The days are too short and even when we do see it, it’s a dim, low-set sunlight with harsh angles and WAY too-high contrast. Basically, it’s the worst …

Love Where You Live by Little Paper Projects | A Lesson in Comparison

Loving Where You Live

So, full disclosure, this post came out of a post that I wrote on Little Paper Projects for the class we launched TODAY called Love Where You Live. It’s truly a wonderful class with a lot to offer, and I hope that this story pushes you a little more to see that the $15 class is absolutely worth every penny (and more). Because I’m learning it too. A little more every time I pick up this project. Living a good life is: loving where you live. Photographers know this trick quite well: you can make almost anything look desirable with the right staging, the right lighting, and the right angles. Sure, it’s a little deceiving, but, hey, that’s what beautiful home tours, Pinterest, and marketing are all about, right?! I share these photos of my living room for a very specific reason: it’s SO easy to get caught up in the comparison game and devalue our own lives. No matter what season of life we’re in, or where we want to be, as soon as …

Editing Images on your iPhone | Week in the Life 2015

Editing Images on Your iPhone | Week in the Life 2015 | Monday

This week’s theme is Week in the Life 2015 – a free annual documentation project lead by Ali Edwards that’s all about documenting your every day, one week out of the year. As someone recently said, “next year, you’ll be disappointed you didn’t start this year.” It’s about capturing your regular moments. Or what is regular right now. It’s about getting all of those little things that years from now, will seem anything but regular. It’s a point of reference. And it’s a lot of fun. To follow along on my project, check back here daily, or use my Week in the Life tag. You can also get more tips from on Instagram (@julieloveg) and twitter (@juliegagen). — I did that thing again where I check Instagram on Sunday morning and immediately get worried that I missed the start of Week in the Life. It happens every year. Thankfully, I caught myself early enough in the day that I hadn’t rushed immediately to my computer to start cranking out pages. Instead, I created this graphic, …

Everyday Photography tips for capturing your summer vacation | #EveryDayPhotoTips

Capturing Summer: Photo Tips for Everyday Photography

This week I was invited to participate in another Instagram takeover for The Blog Life. You may remember the post on “My Imaginary Perfect Day” last month, where I shared the photos and the stories – and photos – of a perfect day in the life (you know, the kind that never happen).   My theme this month was about capturing the best moments of summer and the apps and resources I use to get the most out of my summer photos. It’s a subject I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. You may remember my #100HappyDays series from last year. Every 10 days, for 100 days, I posted a selection of photos from our summer wanderings. It wasn’t a perfect daily photo project, but looking back on the selection of captures and reading the short captions brings me joy. And I want that again this year. I’m not sure what this year’s project will look like. There are a few things I’m waiting to fall into place before I commit to something. In the …

Memory Keeping in the palm of your hand text

Memory Keeping in the Palm of Your Hand

Hi Friends! It’s Wednesday and lately that means I’m sharing lots of Project Life inspiration. I know many of you don’t memory-keep to the level that I do – and that’s okay, because it means you’re a normal human. Still, it’s nice to have your memories documented somewhere – like when your kid does something really cute or when you have one of those awesome days or work moments that you want to remember (yes, work moments can be memorable – in a positive way – too!). By now, you know how how much I love bringing photos + words together. I share them regularly on Instagram and through the stories I share with friends and family. But without a place to put them, those memories – photographed or not – eventually get lost. Sure, you can print Chatbooks from your  Instagram feed. And if you use your instagram as a live journal-type of medium, that totally works. But that’s not how most people use it – and I’m not sure that they should use …

Project 52 | Self-Portrait Challenge: A Year of Me

Project 52 / Self -Portrait Project: February

Last month I introduced my Project 52 / Self-Portrait challenge. It’s the project where I take a self portrait (or selfie) every day. For a year. This month, I’m back at it with updated pages and a a twist on the theme. First, it’s amazing that I’ve done this project EVERY day this year. It’s March and I’m still going strong. And I still like it. And I look forward to it. And I’m in love with this project! It’s really pushing me to work with themes and within constraints. I definitely think about it, creatively, more in terms of two-page displays than I do with my other Project Life work. And there are several pictures here that I absolutely LOVE. And they’re pictures of me. And I would never have them if it weren’t for this project. I don’t take pictures of myself – not nearly to the volume that I do of the boys, of Chris, of my friends. And I need to. Because I’m the lead character in my own story. And …

My best and worst moments in parenting have all happened on snow days

The Anatomy of a Snow Day (with kids)

Winter is kicking our butts here in New England. Seriously kicking our butts. In the last 10 school days, our town has had 5 snow days. FIVE. Five days of kids trapped indoors at home. Five days of whining, boredom, and just a little too much lazy time. I haven’t seen the totals yet, but I’m pretty sure mother nature is breaking records here in Massachusetts. Three major storms in three weeks. Three major storms with at least 12 inches of snow. That’s A LOT for us. And we’re just not set up to handle it. Our houses are a little too close. We use our sidewalks (even in the winter). And the young and old alike are straining their backs and wrists with shoveling injuries. Yes. It’s that bad. And I know what you’re thinking: Girl from the mountains of Maine complains about too much snow??! Maine is just SO much better at snow. The roads are wider, the plow trucks are bigger, and there’s less people. It’s our season. We have snowmobiles, cross …

chris and max - 2013

Friday Photo & Words: Max + Daddy

Every Friday I share a photo and a story. A lighter touch. An easier read for the end of the week. Friday Photo + Words is my best way to end the work week. — Yesterday’s post and the start of my #minimize project has taken over my life (in a really awesome way). So rather than a story today, here are some awesome pictures of Max and Chris, taken almost exactly two years ago. As of this week, Chris and I have been together for NINE years. That’s a lot of years! And, in some ways, I feel like he has always been a part of my story. That’s just the way we fit together. But if I were to have guessed all of those years ago what kind of husband and father he would be – even on my most optimistic day, I never would have guessed he would be so caring, attentive, and loving. Never. Honestly, never. It’s wonderful to be surprised. It hasn’t been easy, it hasn’t been smooth, and we …

December Daily 2014| project life app december daily 14

On Finishing Projects & December Daily: Full Digital Album

This is one of those projects I had to force myself to finish. It was certainly not as “inspired” as 30 Days of Thankful or Me: the Abridged Version was. But I LOVE this album. And I think the negative aspects of my experience in making it was a valuable lesson on mindset and how it changes the course of your experience. And before you see all the pretty pictures, let’s discuss – for a moment – what the wrong attitude is when it comes to investing in your creative outlets. First – allow me to set the stage. It’s December in New England – a very dark, cold, grey time of year. Everyone is generally grumpy and unexcited (which is why I wrote this post on battling grey days). This is the time of year when people do a large portion of their complaining. To be fair, there just isn’t enough sun. The days are too short and even when we do see it, it’s a dim, low-set sunlight. Terrible for replenishing your vitamin-D …