Have you ever watched a commercial and you just can’t contain your emotions? AD: That’s how I felt when I saw @crest’s new TV commercial, featuring 86 year old Bertha Nunn! To celebrate the season of giving, Crest partnered with Wish of a Lifetime and made Berth’s wish come true by casting her alongside Santa in its latest holiday spot. What an incredible way for Crest to give people a lot to smile about (and in my case, cry). It made me think about our beautiful Nana, who would have been 95 last week, and her lifelong dream of visiting Hawaii. Sadly, she wasn’t able to fulfill her dream before she passed in 2016, but we are determined to go to Hawaii and bring a picture of her with us wherever we go. While she won’t physically be there, she will be there in spirit and that will make us all so happy. Now, grab your tissues and check out Bertha’s debut (click on the link in my bio or check out my stories for a sneak peek). Then, look for Bertha, with Santa and Crest, this holiday season. After watching her story, be sure to share her journey and  share a smile. If you could have any wish granted this holiday season, what would it be? #CrestSmiles .
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So your kid spends all of their time watching other kids open toys, play video games or walk around aimlessly, talking about nothing? Sounds exactly like this girl. Every time I turn around, she is watching someone else’s family on YouTube. This year, I asked Falynn to create a gift guide with what she wants most for the holidays. I was NOT surprised that her list was full of things that she's seen or heard about on her favorite YouTube channels. She even used the word "merch" which totally cracked me up! MERCH! What 7 year old says that?! She has also asked that I figure out how to create a toy line with her face on the box. Those videos have her convinced that it's the natural next step for us and she's confused as to why it's taking me so long to get it done. 😒 Those YouTube families make it look so easy, don't they?! Anyway, instead of sharing a holiday gift guide for 7 year olds, I figured I would share the perfect holiday gift guide for all of you parents out there who have kids that are just as obsessed with @ryansworld, @tictactoyfamily,  @funnelvisionfam and all those other fun youtubers who are living our dream lives right now. Head to the blog and check it out! .
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So your kid spends all...

Last month I wrote a “favorite things” blog post on a whim. It was fun to share the book I was reading, my favorite movie, podcast and tv series and other things I am currently loving. The response was great and I got so many messages from readers asking for more. So, I’m excited to announce the Super Mom’s Favorite Things will become a monthly series! AND volume 2 is up today. I even included our new favorite snack from @artisantropic! Sooooo yummy! Click on the link in my bio or swipe up in stories and let me know what categories you’d like to see me add in January!
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This week has been hard. Sunday would have been my Nana’s 95th birthday and it was also the first anniversary of the passing of one of my best friends, Brooke. 
This was the photo that hung in my Nana’s living room. She would show it to everyone that visited her.  She told me she would stare at it and smile every single day. She was so proud of all of her great-granddaughters. 🥰 I’m so grateful that my girls were able to know what an amazing woman she really was, even if she was taken from us a little earlier than expected. So while I try to reflect on the good times, I’m still trying to accept that she and my friend are both gone, too soon. It’s been a hard week, but I will get past this and keep living my best life... that’s what they would have wanted. How do you deal with grief?
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Happy National Cookie Day! Where are my caramel macchiato fans at?! Super Dad and I will rarely order anything else when visiting our favorite local coffee shops. So when we were trying to come up with the perfect cookie flavor to celebrate today, I had to try these caramel stuffed macchiato chocolate chip cookies. And let me tell you, they came out SO good. Head to the blog for the full recipe (link is in my bio or swipe up in stories). What kind of cookies are you celebrating with today?
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Let’s play a fun game, inspired by my cousin, Jenn… Guess what’s in the box. The funnier, the better... Let’s hear your guesses!
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I say it all the time. We may have rescued Elle from @bigdogranchrescue, but we needed her just as much, if not more, than she needed us. I can’t imagine our family without her. Does your family have any pets? I’d love to hear about them and how they changed your life. .
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We visited @treasurecoastsq last week to remind our girls that the true spirit of the holidays is about giving. #sponsored With their lists in hand, they went to their favorite stores (Claires, Spencer Gifts, Forever 21 and Justice), picking out the perfect gifts for their favorite people.They did such a great job of choosing each present without going over their budget and the only thing they got for themselves was hot cocoa and a snack from Starbucks! On our way out, we took some pictures by the Santa Photo Experience, located in the Old Navy Court and someone special snuck up behind them to get in the pictures. They had no idea that Santa was standing just a couple of feet behind them!  There’s something about the holiday decor at Treasure Coast Square that always gets us in the Christmas spirit. Our next trip will be to drop off some donated toys at The Salvation Army Angel Tree table! What is your favorite part of the holidays? #holidayatsimon

We visited @treasurecoastsq last week...

Where are my Frozen fans at?! #ad My girls have been fans since day 1, so it’s not a shock that most of their Christmas wish list is Frozen themed. When we found this @HuffyBicycles Disney Frozen EZ Build Bike at Walmart, Falynn couldn’t "let it go" and she received a Christmas gift early! This bike has so many fun features! It even plays Frozen sounds! It’s available in 12” or 16” and features Elsa, Anna and Olaf. It’s perfect for young riders! Head to Walmart to purchase a Huffy bike for your little one this holiday season. They make the best big reveal gifts for the holidays and you’re sure to get tons of nice "warm hugs!" This bike is ON SALE now -- link in bio and stories to shop.  #GiveTheRide #LiveTheRide #AvailableAtWalmart .
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Traditions are a big part of our holiday season. We are so grateful to be working with @minted this year on one of the traditions I love the most, our annual holiday cards. Our daily lives can be hectic, but it’s a great way for us to stay connected to our family and friends. Minted made the process incredibly easy. They have a card template for everyone and they are completely customizable (greeting, colors, fonts, and more). And if you need help, Minted offers free card styling service. Just Text Your Photo to 22737 and a Minted stylist will text you back five holiday card designs, selected especially for and styled with your photo—for FREE. Import your address book and Minted will address the envelopes for you! Do you know how much time that saved me?! They even have the option to create your own stamps to match your cards! I can’t believe how easy it was and more importantly, how beautiful they turned out. We can’t wait to send them off to family and friends this week! Now through 11/29, Minted is offering 20% off all orders $150+ or 15% off all orders, plus free shipping with code BF2019. Have you ordered your holiday cards yet?
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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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