Must Try Apps for iPhoneography Part 1

Let me start by saying that I know I am not a photographer. I enjoy taking photos of pretty things and my skills are getting better all the time! I recently took a photography workshop (for real cameras) and have been practicing.  In the meantime, I will continue to use my iPhone for my blog photos (hopefully it’s not too obvious)! Apps like Afterlight and Snapseed help me elevate the quality of my iPhone photos in the meantime.

Here are some examples to show you the before and after (using either app):

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This second one is more subtle, but the app allowed me to modify the exposure, saturation, and contrast to more accurately depict what I was seeing.

Later this week, I will share a couple more of my favorite apps for elevating iPhone photos and getting them blog and Instagram ready!

The Perfect Moscow Mule

The Perfect Moscow Mule

Earlier this month, we hosted our Olympics Around-the-World party as the host country of Russia. I did all sorts of research for what our signature drink should be and came up with the obvious: Vodka.  Since that was a bit hardcore for the afternoon, we integrated it into the popular Moscow Mule.  Over the past several months, I have been fiddling with the recipe a bit and I think I finally figured out the perfect one!

Moscow Mule

1/2 ounce lime juice – Must be real limes! Key limes are my personal favorite.

2 ounces of Vodka – Pick your favorite!

5 ounces of Ginger Beer – There are a few good brands, but our favorite is Crabbie’s.

Mint – for garnish

Copper Mug – If you don’t have copper mugs, a chilled glass is a fair alternative. Our mugs are from Crate&Barrel. I love how sleek they are!

Ice

Since we were making a big batch, we mixed 12 servings of lime juice and vodka in a pitcher for easy serving (if you do this, just make sure to stir it up before serving). Add the lime juice and vodka mixture to a mug full of ice. Top off with 5 ounces of ginger beer. Stir and garnish with a couple sprigs of mint, a lime wedge, and your favorite straw. Enjoy!