I’m not sure if you can tell, but I am pretty passionate about photography. I’m also rarely without my absolute favorite camera: my Fujifilm X100F, aka Frida. I love fujis in general but Frida is cute, easy to use, and fits comfortably in my purse. This is last part is undoubtably the most useful when traveling.

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Normally, I just wait to cull, edit, and post my images until I get back home to my computer. However, knowing I was going to spend about thirty hours in the car this past weekend, I wanted to try something new: culling, editing, and posting from the road. In order to accomplish this task, I brought only my beloved Frida, and my iPad.

After shooting a ton of pictures, I went through all the images on my camera. I shoot in raw, so I had to cull my images on my camera. My iPad doesn’t like raw images. For each image I wanted to edit, I simply converted it to a jpeg on my camera. It didn’t take super long, but just enough extra time to inspire me to be pickier about the images I chose to edit.

I also want to add that I have a matte screen protector on my iPad.  Let me tell you, it is the best. It made editing so much smoother. I didn’t have to strain my eyes or worry as much about where I was sitting, because reflections weren’t not an issue.

Once my chosen images were converted to jpeg, I opened my Fujifilm Camera Remote app on my iPad. Frida has wifi capability, so with the iPad app, I copied them from my camera to my iPad. I imported them into Lightroom CC for some basic edits. When I finished editing the images, I exported and uploaded them to my site. Super simple.

I initially tried to use my WordPress app to write my post, but ultimately decided to log in with Safari. I like the wordpress app for checking stats and quick edits, but I prefer using the admin site in safari to create my post. I’m more familiar with the site layout in safari, and it seemed quicker for me to complete my post that way.

Honestly, it all was a lot easier and quicker than I anticipated. I think it may have even been quicker than when I edit/post from my laptop. Culling in my camera forced me to be more critical about the images I planned on editing, which is important. It can be easy to love all the images you shoot, but it’s important to be selective about your work. And that’s something I need to be better about.

I also ended up really liking the limitations of the Lightroom CC app, more than I expected. It made my editing process much quicker and less painless. Editing is definitely a necessary part of photography, but I prefer to spend more of my time shooting as opposed to editing.

I’m honestly super relieved to know I can successfully, and pretty easily, edit and post from the road without hauling my laptop everywhere. I always prefer to shoot with the least amount of gear and fuss as possible. All in all, I’d label this endeavor a success!

Oh sweet girl, here has the time gone?

You graduated kindergarten, turned six, and even braved the water slide at the pool. You rode a horse, discovered the magnificence of bath bombs, and drew quite the mural on my whiteboard at work. You covered your arms, legs, and back with temporary tattoos, enjoyed fireworks without ear defenders, and finally came to (somewhat) appreciate nap time.

We had so much fun eating ice cream sundaes and building blanket forts. I loved watching the Incredibles with you, and laughing together at the same jokes. It made my heart so happy that you loved reading A Light in the Attic as much as I did. And I will never tire of hearing you say you just want to snuggle with me.

The hardest part of parenting is having to let you go, little by little, as you become your own amazing and interesting person. You are growing up my wee girl, and now, are off to embark on an adventure all your own.

There won’t ever be a day that goes by that I won’t think of you. Be my brave girl. Try new things, and soak everything up. Enjoy broadening your horizons and experiencing a whole new world and culture. I’ll be right here waiting for you when you’re done, ready as ever to enjoy the marvelous human being you are growing up to be.