Lesson 2: Make your phone accessible

It has been said that the best camera is the one you have with you. I’ve certainly found that to be true! It’s one of the (many many) things I love about my iPhone is that it gives me this incredible ability to capture far more moments than I would be able to with my DSLR.

Carrying my DSLR with me everywhere just isn’t desirable to me, nor is it necessary. Instead I save my DSLR for specific occasions, although not just special ones - I like to capture the everyday on my DSLR as well, I’m just not going to do it every day. For that I use my iPhone.

When you have your smartphone accessible and ready at all times, you are more easily and naturally able to integrate photographing your kids into your everyday life.

What does “accessible and ready” mean? 

Well, I like to have my phone at arm’s reach, protected and charged at all times so I don’t have to scramble when I want to take photos.

Here are a few tips:

1) Wear clothes with pockets that can hold your phone

For men, this is rarely a problem, but for women, I’ve become obsessed lately with dresses and skirts that have pockets! I have to say I haven’t had as much success with dresses, but I have recently found some great skirts with pockets that are comfortable, practical, and look good too.

I wish I had done this years ago because let’s face it, even when you aren’t with your kids, it’s really handy to have somewhere on your person to keep your phone.

Your tastes may vary but here are some brands that have good skirts-with-pockets options (and other clothing too, including men’s):

My favorite skirts are from:

Options recommended by others:

Incidentally, the amazing thing about skirts with pockets, when used in conjunction with this amazing Radix One wallet, is that I have taken to leaving the house without carrying any kind of bag or purse at all - it is so freeing! (and also great for my not-so-great back)

2) Get a portable charger

Actually, I’m kind of assuming you have one already as I’m not sure who can make it through the day without needing to recharge. But if you don’t, I recommend you get one right away! I have a small Moiphe Powerstation with this tiny cord that I use almost every day. My husband has the larger one and he swears by it too.

3) Get a protective case

Ok, this is not directly related to making your phone accessible, but protecting your phone means that you don’t have to feel as worried about having it on you all the time. I love my Uncommon phone case - customized, of course, with a photo of my kids. I’ve had them for all my iPhones, and I also have a protective screen installed PLUS insurance.

Confession - I did unfortunately drop my phone once where it happened to hit the sidewalk just exactly where the phone wasn’t protected and the screen cracked. Thanks to the screen protector, I was still able to use the phone until I got a replacement, but no case is 100% foolproof, and there are certainly less pretty cases that provide more protection.

You’ll know best what level of protection you need, but seriously, you are not going to want to hold off on taking photos because you’re worried about damaging your phone. It amazes me when I see parents with phones without cases - I definitely recommend getting a case!

Put this into action:

Think about how accessible your phone is and decide on any changes you need to make so you have your phone at the ready for all the moments you’re going to want to capture.

  • clothing with pockets
  • phone charger
  • phone case
  • phone screen protector
  • phone insurance

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