How to remove objects from cell phone photos

It’s no secret that I love sharing photos of my life on Facebook and Instagram. Connecting with friends and family from all over the country and the world is so much fun! I share a ton of my professional work but I also enjoy sharing photos from my personal life as well. However, sometimes I snap a photo that has something distracting our eyes that takes away from this awesome memory. So here is my quick fix, no computer or photoshop required!

Invest in the TouchRetouch app! It’s on of my favorites and is only $1.99 in the App Store!

Step 1: Open the app and click “Albums” Select the photo you want to use.

Step 2: Once the photo has been loaded, select the “Object Removal” in the bottom left corner.

Step 3: Select “lasso tool” and zoom in on the part of the image that has the eyesore. Use your finger to draw a circle all the way around the object until the circle is closed.

Step 4: Once the circle is connected, it will automatically fill it in and turn it green. That’s when you select the “Go” button and let the program work its magic! Boom! Goodbye, eyesore!

Step: Repeat this process as necessary.

No obviously, as with ANY photo editing software, it’s not going to be perfect. You’ll get the best results when trying to remove an object that has clean, unaffected pixels around it.

You can also use the “brush tool” or if you really feel like being fancy, you can use the clone stamping tool (which is in between the play button and the save button) if the lasso tool isn’t cutting it, but lets be real, when you’re trying to post a photo on the go, you want it to be quick.

Hopefully this tip will make posting your cell phone photos on the go a little more fun!

Tune in for my next tip: how to handle lighting in cell phone photos! Until then, join hundreds of people in my exclusive email community and get free tips, giveaways, and be the first to find out about mini sessions and all other Photos by Ariel News!

Avery's First Birthday Photo Session-- Photos by Ariel Studio, Lincoln, Illinois

First Birthday’s are a busy time for momma’s! Trying to plan that first birthday party and then all the emotions that come with your baby turning ONE! I make it my mission as your photographer to make your life easier, not add to your stress! That is why for your first birthday session I provide the cake, the stand, the décor, the outfits, the props…. EVERY. SINGLE. THING. All you have to do is tell me what colors scheme you want and bring your ADORABLE baby! I take care of finding the outfits, ordering the cake, picking up the cake, finding the perfect props, etc. :)

Sweet Avery just turned one and every single image is so beautiful I think I can literally hear my jaw hitting the floor. I am a people-centered photographer. What I mean by that is that I like my subjects to be the focus of all of my images, not the background, not the props, not even the sky (when we are outside). When people look at this image, I want theme to see YOU first. <3 Clean, Crisp, and Timeless is always my motto!

Cake below was made by Emily Jackson out of Mount Pulaski, IL. Enjoy these sneak peeks from Avery’s First Birthday Session!


Uptown Maternity Photo Session in Normal, Illinois

I was ecstatic when I got a phone call from mom-to-be, Brea Wimbley, to see if I could photograph her and her husband, Keenan Wimbley, as they transition from a family of 2 to 3! Of course I said yes because is there anything more beautiful than an expecting mama?

Our session was in Uptown Circle in Normal, Illinois about an hour before sunset and it was absolutely perfect! Brea and Keenan were former Illinois State University athletes so it is only fitting that they are still a part of the Redbird Family. Brea is a professor in the Psychology department at ISU and Keenan is the Senior Academic Coordinator and works directly with Illinois State’s football and gymnastics teams. Brea and Keenan have two of the kindest hearts! We had SO MUCH FUN during out session and I cannot wait to meet their little one whenever he/she arrives. They both gave me the great compliment a photographer could ever imagine, “I wish we would’ve used you for our wedding. You are so friendly and personable and made us feel so comfortable. This session wasn’t at all like pulling teeth…. It was FUN!” You guys…. a MAN actually thought this session was fun! Quick, Painless, and Fun is my motto for EVERYONE involved in the session!

Brea and Keenan… may every child on the planet know the kind of love you’ve already shown your little one. And I hope that these images will serve as a constant and consistent reminder of how much you love him/her and each other.

Enjoy your sneak peeks from our time together!

Why you want a Fresh 48 Session!

From a mother's standpoint. Having a baby is an experience that is ineffable. As mom's, we have spent the last 9-10 months with this baby growing inside of us. A life that completely depends on us. We get to know their wake and sleep patterns, what time of days they move and what time of day they sleep. We know how frequently they get the hiccups and begin to get an idea of whether they are going to be an awesome soccer player 😂😜. But up until this moment. This moment when our body decides that we are ready. That I am ready. That my baby is ready. That the world is ready. Then and only then is our baby brought into the world.

The pains of labor are inexplicable. But the power that the mother displays in these moments is EQUALLY inexplicable. There is no other sensation in the entire human existence like it. The feelings of readiness and excitement are slowly overcome by silence & seriousness. This is followed by feelings of apprehension and then when we believe that we cannot do it any more... this is when it happens. This is the moment that not just a baby is born.... but a mother is born.

This is the moment when that baby inside your tummy becomes more than that.... they have a face, they have a cry, they have an identity... and they become your everything. It is at this moment that this hypothetical glass ceiling, that we didn't know previously existed, is shattered and suddenly we get to know and experience what true, unconditional love is.

It is curious to me as to why we hire a professional photographer to photograph our wedding but not our birth. Just as wedding photos are an investment. Birth photos are also an investment. I promise you, you will not regret it. How do I know this? Because NOTHING can compare to that moment when you and your baby meet for the first time.

I offer both Fresh 48 photos as well as posed newborn photos. To me, each one is as important as the other. Each of them serve completely different purposes. Each of them make you feel two very emotions. Both good. Both necessary. That is why I offer a combination package. When you purchase a newborn posed session, you can add a fresh 48 session on for a discounted price. I believe that both types will serve you greatly now and for years to come.

Enjoy these sneak peeks from Liz Peden's fresh 48 session!