It’s the last official weekend of Summer and I’m hardcore celebrating. And by hardcore celebrating, I mean lighting my @raedunn fall scented candles, binge watching Netflix and going to bed before 10pm. 🙌🏻 Remember when our nights didn’t even start until 10pm? I would dance all night, get back home with just enough time to shower and change before heading out to work. AND I could work a full 8 hours without ever feeling the fact that I hadn’t slept in more than 24 hours... Now I’m unable to function if someone wakes me up 15 minutes early. Getting old is awesome. .
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It’s the last official weekend...

I read something the other day on Facebook that said that the song that was number 1 on your 14th birthday, defines your life. I googled it, excited to find a message, a sign (I’m a sucker for that sort of thing). Instead, I found it was “Cream” by Prince. 😐 Cream? What does that mean? Ice cream? Coffee creamer? 
So I looked it up... and read the lyrics. "Cream" was meant to mean “cream of the crop”. There are lyrics like “everything you do is success” and my favorite part... “Do your dance
Why should you wait any longer?
Take a chance
It could only make you stronger”  Message received, Prince. Message received. 
What song was number one on your 14th birthday?
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This girl lost another tooth last week. I’ve been waiting for this toothless smile since she knocked her other one out last year. Unfortunately, it’s not going to last long because her adult tooth is already growing in 😭. (Zoom in to see) Yesterday I noticed both of her front-bottom teeth are peeking out behind her baby teeth too. Does anyone know how to slow down time. A button? A phone call? Maybe a time machine? My baby isn’t a baby anymore. Cue the tears. Have you celebrated any milestones with your kids recently?
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This girl lost another tooth...

I don’t get bouquets of flowers for no reason…. But I do appreciate the flowers that grow by our mailbox, like this one. And it made me realize something this morning.  I’m over it. 
I’m over comparing my life to other people’s lives on social media.
My house might not be as fancy. 
My wardrobe is not as expensive. 
I don't apply makeup as well or even at all most days.
I don’t have beautiful, long flowing hair.
I don’t drive a car that’s worth bragging about. 
We don’t go on lavish trips around the world. 
I don’t carry loads of money in designer handbags. 
Does that make me less of a person? 
Does that make me less of an influencer? 
No. It makes me a regular 40-something Mom who has chosen to open up and share our lives on social media.  It makes me someone who has built this hobby of photography and writing into a business that has solely supported my family for a year and a half. 
I’m proud of that. 
I’m proud that I’m not a follower.
I’m proud that I have worked hard for what I’ve achieved.
I’m proud of influencers like me who are unapologetically themselves.  What are you proud of? .
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F O U R T E E N. 
What do you give your oldest daughter when she turns 14? Well, when you’re me, you write her a poem and post it on the blog for the world to see. Head over to read it and let me know what you think. Then, help me wish Lucia the best 14th birthday ever 👇🏻👇🏻
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It was just after Iyla's third birthday. She seemed to be on track, at least according to the pediatrician's checklist. She could follow instructions, name most familiar things, knew her first name, spoke in sentences and could carry a conversation, though she was hard to understand most of the time. We enrolled her in preschool that year and she was a little social butterfly. But as that school year went on, her teachers started to notice that she was struggling to get her words out. Most people that know Iyla today, have no idea that she was in speech therapy classes for two years. They have no idea that I fought it for almost 6 months and that I felt a tremendous guilt about it, because I thought it was my fault that she was stuttering as badly as she was. Today on the blog, I’m sharing the mistakes I made, in hopes that if you are ever in this situation, you take advantage of early intervention. .
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It was just after Iyla's...

There are two types of kids. 1) The kid who wants to eat the same thing every single day of the week, sometimes more than one time per day and 2) The kid who loves something one day and then hates it the next. #ad Which type of kid do you have? Or, are your kids like mine and bounce back and forth between the two? Either way, there is a way to make lunches more fun for kids. I'll let you in on a little secret... creating fun lunches is more fun for us too! This week, we created our first character, Inspector Caper Eyes. Head to the blog for more details! Plus, learn why we choose @JuicyJuiceUSA new better-for-you options, which are packed with functional benefits with juicy flavor that parents can feel great about serving to their kids.
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Remember I told you guys about our day dates now that the girls are #backtoschool? Well, we’ve really been enjoying them. #sponsored We walk, talk and laugh (a lot). Have you seen our IGTV yet? It’s a cheesy, beautiful video of what our relationship is like. I love that we’re able to connect and that we can make the time in our day to focus on our relationship and our health. Since we have three daughters, it’s even more important to go the extra mile when it comes to taking care of ourselves. These awesome @amazfit watches help us with that. I have the Amazfit Verge and Super Dad has the Amazfit Bip. They are lightweight, have app notifications and track your daily activity, your heart rate and so much more. The Amazfit Bip comes with a 30-day battery life and the Verge comes with Alexa built-in and you can make and receive phone calls through the watch. We can track our activity, sleep and heart rate and hold each other accountable for better decisions, when it comes to fitness and health. Visit rcl.ink/UyB to check them out and make sure to take advantage of the sale they’re currently having. No discount code necessary! What are you doing to get back to you? .
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Take me back to the time when all I had to do was color in the lines, learn my abc’s and take a long nap everyday. Why didn’t we appreciate what we had back then? .
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#AD Our girls love nature, so this weekend, we headed to a local nature preserve for a little animal watching, walking and family time. We always pack the essentials when we're heading out in this Florida heat, including snacks, sunblock and @smartwater, because we know how important it is to stay hydrated. We love smartwater® because it's purified water made using vapor distillation, similar to the way water is purified in nature. It's available in 700mL and 1L bottles. Now through 9/15, you can save $2.75 off at Sam's Club, so stock up! (limit 10 per member) https://lnk2.io/abYC5gD #kidsfitness #fitnessfun #daddyslittlegirl #natureseekers #naturephotos #exercisemotivation #familyfitness #fitnessforlife #qualitytime #bestdad #bestdayever #bestfriendgoals #fatherdaughter #dadofgirls #smartwater #hydrate #hydration #drinkwater #marshalls #marshallsfinds

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Yep, I Edit my Photos on my iPhone

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It’s the first question I get when I meet a new rep Mama…. what do you use to edit your photos?  Well, believe it or not, all of my rep photo editing is done on my iPhone.  And today, I’m sharing my step by step editing process with you!

The key to great brand rep photos is making sure your image is as close to perfect as possible straight out of the camera.  This means you should be aware of your surroundings. Do not take a picture with something in the back with the mindset of “I’ll just photoshop that out”…. make things easy on yourself and make sure there is nothing that needs to be photoshopped out.  I’m not talking about the rude person who walked behind you or the boo boo on your child’s leg, or the tattoo you forgot to wash off… I’m talking about big ol’ items like cars, garbage cans, houses… things that will distract from the subject of your image.  First and foremost, the product you are representing and secondly, your adorable child.

Learn your camera! I was TERRIFIED of manual anything when it came to my camera, until someone was nice enough to sit down and explain the basics to me in non-photographer language (thanks Lindsay)… Once I learned how to set my ISO, aperture and shutter speed, I found that I was doing A LOT less editing.

Let me walk you through my typical editing session.  I take approx. 250 pictures of each outfit.  That may seem crazy, but I have my camera set on continuous shutter so that I can take 2-3 pictures very quickly in a row. That helps with a toddler that will not stand still for longer than 20 seconds.  I have an Eye-Fi memory card in my camera, so once I’m done with the session, I connect my iPhone to my memory card through the phone’s wi-fi and upload all of the images.  Then I sit down and go through each image through their app (it’s called Keenai) and delete any images that are blurry, don’t display the product well, or just don’t WOW me… You all know that Falynn has all kinds of personality, so I’m deleting a lot of tongue out, eyes shut, bootie in my face shots.  And what’s left is usually 20-30 images that I love that I would post on IG (but no, I don’t post them all). I post 3-4 of each outfit max (but I send all of my favorites to the shop)

For tutorial sake, I’ve chosen this image to show you how I edited this one image in approx. 1-2 minutes, just using my iPhone.

This is the image straight out of the camera.  My lighting was a little off, but it was getting dark and I was in a hurry to wrap up the session.  Normally, I would adjust my settings to get it much brighter.  Sometimes when she’s wearing something white, it’s better to go a little darker so that I don’t lose the product in the images (which has happened plenty of times).

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Beanie: Logan M Styles, Tank: Beacon Threads, Cuff: Cuff Baby, Pants: 9TwentyFiveKids, Shoes: FabKids

Next, I upload my 20-30 favorites into my Lightroom App.   The app is really user friendly! I learned how to work with it in a couple of tries.  Once I have added my pictures, I click on the first image and then select “light” from the bottom. There is a nifty little button on the top of that menu that says “AUTO”… if you click that, usually lightroom will get that image pretty close to perfect for you.  There are times where I prefer a little brighter or a little less contrast, so I’ll play with those sliders until I love the brightness of the image.  The more you play around with it, the easier this will all get, I promise!  If you took all of your images in the same lighting, there is a shortcut to use.  See those three dots at the upper right hand corner? Once you have the photo lighting exactly how you like it, click on those three dots, select “Copy Settings” and then you can go onto your next picture by swiping left, click on the dots again, and select “Paste Settings.”

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Once I’ve done that with all 20-30 pictures, I will save them all to my camera roll.  I’ll usually then delete the originals from my phone.  If you leave them there, it will be super confusing and you’ll use up all of your memory very quickly.  Next, I open my Snapseed App.  Then I select “open” at the top and choose my first photo.  I then click on the little circle with the pencil at the bottom right (that’s the edit button).

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Beanie: Logan M Styles, Tank: Beacon Threads, Cuff: Cuff Baby, Pants: 9TwentyFiveKids, Shoes: FabKids

I scroll down to the “FACE” menu and select “enhance”. I should mention that I used to use the smooth tool on Facetune to do this step but it was very time consuming and if I wasn’t careful, her skin looked unnatural.  That’s why I love Snapseed.  It actually does the work for me.

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When I click on Enhance, it brings up the following.  Face Spotlight is automatically selected for me because that’s what I use.  If you are a newbie, it may require you to select that option.  I then drag my finger to the right (you’ll see the blue bar at the top), until I get to +25.  That will make her face brighter and seems to smooth it out a little as well.

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Beanie: Logan M Styles, Tank: Beacon Threads, Cuff: Cuff Baby, Pants: 9TwentyFiveKids, Shoes: FabKids

Next, I click on the check mark and go back to the edit menu.  I scroll up to the Tools menu and click on “Details”.  This is one of those tools that I found by accident and love the effect it has on my images.  I highly recommend playing around with all of the tools and finding what you love.  Photography is art and no one should tell you exactly how your photos should look (aside from the fact that you should make sure the color of the items you are photographing are true to life… that’s a must!)

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Next, I slide my finger to the right and usually select +20 or +25 (depends on my picture). Again, something you can play around with.  I also occasionally will click on the little menu at the bottom center and select “Sharpen” and sharpen my image a bit.  Be careful with this one, too much sharpening will make your photo look over edited.  Once I’m done, I click on the check mark to save my changes.

If you find that the colors are a little off, you can use the “Tune Image” tool to fix it.  Usually I use “warmth” when my picture appears more on the blue side and that seems to fix it!  Another thing that you can play around with until you find the perfect fix.

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Beanie: Logan M Styles, Tank: Beacon Threads, Cuff: Cuff Baby, Pants: 9TwentyFiveKids, Shoes: FabKids

And that’s it for my editing! I save my image (you can choose to save over the image or save a new image).  I choose to modify the one I am working on so that I have less to delete.  Snapseed will ask you if you will allow them to modify the image. I select Modify. And that’s it… then I do it all over again with the 2nd, 3rd….. 30th image.

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My final image looks drastically different but not over edited.  If I have to edit out a boo boo or a bug or her dirty shoes (which I totally missed on this one)…  there is an incredible healing tool on Snapseed that is so easy to use!  All in all, it takes me about 1-2 minutes to edit each photo.   Hopefully this will speed up your process in some way.  I don’t expect everyone to edit exactly the same way, but I did want to show you how it is possible to edit quickly!

What do you think about editing? Is it something you love or something you dread?   Comment below and let me know your thoughts!  Have a topic you want me to talk about? Email us! Make sure to check out the shops featured in this post and follow our daily small shop fashion on Instagram @thesmallfashionista and on our new Facebook page.

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Beanie: Logan M Styles, Tank: Beacon Threads, Cuff: Cuff Baby, Pants: 9TwentyFiveKids, Shoes: FabKids
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  • I think it’s become a different taste with different photography. Lovin your ideas, thanks
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  • Kylie
    February 8, 2019

    Wow it has stunning features & you have explained it very well. For baby pics still I’m using Baby Story app.

  • Danielle
    November 11, 2018

    This is very helpful! I can across your blog because I searched how to be a brand rep and this came up. I want to start my daughter in this, she is two and 1/2 but I have zero idea of how and what to do! I only use pictures I take on my I phone X and edit them with filters. I have photos of her in my account, but am realizing that I need to make her her own account, but I am nervous about doing this. Are these photo apps free or if not how much do they cost? Also is my I phone camera not enough? Should I purchase another camera? Will my go pro be good enough?

  • Marisol bahena
    May 15, 2017

    Omg this is my lifesaver I totally dread editing I have no idea how to do it, you mention layers to me and I’m done it’s just too much to absorb, but this is awesome thank you I will try it for myself ???

  • Sharon Clifford
    May 11, 2017

    Thanks so much for sharing! I just recently discovered Snapseed and haven’t done much with it but this certainly gives me the incentive to try!

    • TheSmallFashionista
      May 11, 2017

      Thank you so much for reading! Snapseed is awesome! Let me know what you think once you’ve tried it out 🙂

  • Natalie Bennett
    May 9, 2017

    Great read?? I was always curious what your editing process was.

  • Renard Moreau
    May 9, 2017

    [ Smiles ] Now, that is pretty impressive. You are doing a marvellous job of editing photos on your iPhone.

    I have to use a laptop computer with a photo editing program in order to do that sort of thing.

    Do keep up the good work!

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