8 Great Photography Apps for Moms

Say cheese! We’ve rounded up some awesome smartphone and tablet apps that will help take your family photos to the next level


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When is the last time you had a roll of film developed? Can’t remember? We can’t, either. These days, almost everyone has a powerful camera right on their smartphone, making it easier than ever to snap, edit, and share beautiful photos of your little ones.

While the basic camera on your smartphone will take some great shots, there’s no shortage of creative apps to help you take your photos to the next level. Here are eight photography apps worth checking out.

Camera+

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Great for: Taking + editing photos

Availability: iPhone and iPad

Cost: $2 iPhone, $5 iPad, Google Play, Apple Store

Why we like it: The camera that comes standard on your smartphone is admittedly quite powerful, but this app has some lovely bells and whistles that make it worth the upgrade. Different shooting modes let you set a timer for group photos, and a burst setting will help you capture everything from baby’s first steps to your child’s first goal. Advanced editing features and a wide range of effects will help make your snaps even more awesome.

PicsPlay Pro

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Great for: Editing your photos

Availability: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android

Cost: $5, Google Play, Apple Store

Why we like it: PicsPlay Pro boasts 200 professional filters, along with fun photo decorations, and editing tools that you can use regardless of your skill level. Crop, add frames, play with lighting levels—this app will let you do it all. Not sure if you want to spend the five bucks? Try the free (limited tools) version first.

Diptic

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Great for: Creating photo collages

Availability: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android

Cost: $1, Google Play, Apple Store

Why we like it: With 179 different layouts to choose from (for iOS, 61 for Android), Diptic makes it incredibly easy to combine your snaps to make one great collage photo. Play around with filters, borders and text options before saving your new collage to your device. You can also email your collage or share via social media, right from the app.

A Beautiful Mess

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Great for: Adding some fun touches to your photos

Availability: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android

Cost: $1, Google Play, Apple Store

Why we like it: Kids aren’t the only ones who like to embellish their photos with borders, text and doodles! This app is perfect for adding a little extra something to your pics, whether you’re showing off a baby bump or tracking your baby’s growth, month by month. It’s a little bit of grown-up fun, and we just can’t get enough.

Bonus: The duo behind A Beautiful Mess has released a second app, Party Party ($1), which is also worth checking out if you want to experiment with stop-motion effects, making .gifs or turning your iPad into a photo booth at your child’s birthday party.

Instagram

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Great for: Sharing your snaps on social media and getting photo inspiration

Availability: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android

Cost: Free, Google Play, Apple Store

Why we like it: If you don’t have Instagram already, what are you waiting for? According to the app’s iTunes page, “over 200 million users love Instagram!” and we’re not surprised. This app is simple to use and rolls in the social element that we all love so much. Just upload your photo, add a filter, and then share—either publicly or with a list of approved followers only. Follow your friends to see what photos they’re sharing, or follow other users (photographers, brands, celebrities—anyone you like!) to get some photo inspiration.

Little Moments by Fat Mum Slim

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Great for: Followers of the FMS Photo-a-Day Challenge

Availability: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: $2, Google Play, Apple Store

Why we like it: When you’re trying to build your photography skills but aren’t sure where to begin, sometimes it helps to just start snapping. Need some inspiration? That’s where Fat Mum Slim comes in. The Australian mama of two has turned her popular Photo A Day Challenge into a full-blown app that includes daily photo prompts, as well as fun filters and designs.

Life Cake

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Great for: Organizing your photos into a digital baby album

Availability: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android

Cost: Free, Google Play, Apple Store

Why we like it: One of the biggest joys of taking photos of your children is capturing those sweet moments and big milestones. While tucking hard copies away in a baby book is still a great idea, we love this app’s ability to create a timeline of your child’s life with the touch of a finger. This app lets you upload photos and videos to your child’s timeline, add content from friends and family, and share with anyone you choose. Bonus: you can also use this app to turn your pics into a photo book.

First Camera

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Great for: Letting your kids play with your camera

Availability: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: Free, Google Play, Apple Store

Why we like it: Once your kids reach a certain age, they’ll inevitably want to play with your phone, and suddenly you’ve got 85 “artistic” shots of the dog. This app not only lets you restrict the number of photos that can be saved, but it also takes the fun up a notch and lets your kiddos customize their pics with fun features like stickers, speech bubbles and “disguises.”

 

Looking for more great app suggestions? Check these out:

6 Best Apps for New Parents
10 Best Organizational Apps for Moms
5 Best Apps for Pregnancy

One response to “8 Great Photography Apps for Moms”

  1. Dawn Moreno says:

    I love this! What a great idea for getting some great photos of the kids and family and making it fun too without spending a lot of time learning a complicated huge photo editing program. Heck yes! As a work-at-home doing transcription, I like short cuts. I like short cuts in my job, daily life, cooking, and here is another cool shortcut for creating memorable pics quickly. I love it. :)

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