Best iPhone Photo Apps (I’ll Show You Mine, You Show Me Yours)

Psst… I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.

Painted in Waterlogue

Come on. You know you want to. I’ll even go first.

Here are my favorite iPhone photo apps for summer. I’m using them a TON on our vacation. And I’d love to know what your favorites are, too.

1. AVIARY. It’s FREE, and it makes adjusting light and color a snap so the pictures look sharper and more like real life. Although it has a lot of bells and whistles, I primarily use their cropping tool and the adjust tool, which lets me tinker with brightness, contrast, warmth and saturation. Here are some examples of my pictures before and after using Aviary:








2. PICSTITCH. It’s also FREE, and it lets me easily combine photos to create a collage. I know there are fancier collage-making apps out there, but this is basic and the editing software is powered by Aviary, so it’s easy to navigate… no need to learn multiple ways to edit pics, which is a bonus for me. Note: you can also leave one of the collage picture spaces blank so it’s easy to add text (with another free app like Over) later.


3. My newest, SUPER FUN toy, WATERLOGUE, which turns your pictures into watercolors. Now I don’t know what it is about apps, but I just hate paying for them. Hate it. I agonized over the $3 this one cost, but it’s been more than worth it. (Psst… Waterlogue isn’t sponsoring/paying for this post. This is just a really neat find.) Note: Waterlogue works better with scenery and shapes than with faces or portraits. Here are some of mine, before and after Waterlogue:



AFTER WATERLOGUE:Painted in Waterlogue


the view from our ship, departing Seattle:




OK! Now it’s your turn!
What are your favorites apps for family pics?
For platforms other than iPhone, too. We’re a mixed-platform household.

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6 responses to “Best iPhone Photo Apps (I’ll Show You Mine, You Show Me Yours)”

  1. Instagram and Photoshop Express <3 Thanks for the Waterlogue tip … going to download now. We're headed to France for two weeks next month, and I think Waterlogue will be perfect!

  2. Those are two I love too. I can spend hours on waterlogue. My fav editing toy right now is Design studio (icon is blue with a white plus sign). Also like colorful (icon is a girl that’s b&w with a colorful lollipop) and Picfx has lots of filters (icon is black with four layered colored squares)

  3. I followed you on the Instagram for like half a day. But I got bored when you never posted cause I assumed you never post. But…I’m on Instagram! ~LauraLota

  4. O wow…’re on the cruise already…..and the grandparents are with you…that is so great(I always love to have nana backup,even though I should be a professional mama at this stage,given that my two are 11 and 9)
    I am just back from our holidays and because of my stupid panic disorder I kinda dreaded going….to my shame,but I just told myself that it didn’t matter about me,I owed it to the children to put a smile on my face and have fun….and I did.The holiday did me the power of good,I came home with a whole new perspective on things,I realised that I was stagnating inside the four walls my house and that I needed to get out and about more….also that I ventured not only outside of my house but outside of my country and not only did I survive….I had fun!!!
    I know that your post was about apps,and very good apps too…but I just got on a roll….it’s how I roll 🙂
    Have a BRILLIANT cruise with your lovely family and make loads of wonderful memories 🙂

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