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Five Colorful Ways to Brighten Mom's Day

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Family Photography, Fun, Tidbits, What's In My Bag       Tags Mother's Day Gift Ideas, mefoto roadtrip, MeFOTO DayTrip, MeFOTO SideKick360

Know a dynamic, photo-obsessed Mom? This Mother's Day thrill her with one of these vibrant gift ideas:

1. Give Her an Extra Hand

The SideKick360 SmartPhone Adapter gets Mom's smartphone out of her hands and lets her join the action. With a tripod-friendly base and a rotating 360° ball joint, this handy adapter quickly switches from vertical to horizontal and locks in any position making it ideal for capturing both photo and video. I love it for it's ability to stand alone on any surface. Perfect for my daughter's impromptu Facebook chats with Grandma!

Available in 12 Colors. What's her favorite?

Available in 12 Colors. What's her favorite?

2. Give Her a DayTrip


Our smallest tripod kit weighs less than 2 lb. and folds up shorter than an IPad! Mom can easily pop it into her favorite backpack, messenger or even diaper bag. Perfect for street photography, that special Mother's Day excursion or any time she's on the go.

3. Put a Rainbow in Her Wallet

Mom's who covet color and are never without their IPhones will love Photojojo's Phone-o-Chrome full spectrum color filter for those special IPhone shots. This tiny filter is cleverly housed in an old fashioned, easy-to-transport slide frame. Holding the slide over the IPhone's lens puts a rainbow of color at Mom's disposal. Now changing a scenes mood is as easy as a finger twitch!

4. Sharpen Her Focus

Mom's who care about the sharpness of their photos as much as they care about their families will rejoice when they receive the sturdy RoadTrip Tripod Kit. Supporting up to 17.6 lbs, this tripod will steady even full-frame DSLRs with zoom lenses in a lightweight, colorful package.

5. Give Her Gracie (or Betsy or Georgia)

Induge 2 passions in one! JoTotes offers a nice line of colorful, comfortable bags that don't scream "camera bag".  Their popular Gracie bag offers seven spacious pockets with space for a camera body, multiple lenses and an iPad. Available in 7 colors, it's a pretty, practical bag for both photo shoots and day trips.

So there you have it...a few colorful ways to honor your favorite Mom and bring joy to her day.

Linda Lum DeBono's Jellies: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Family Photography, Giveaway, nature photography, Travel Photography       Tags jellyfish, sea jellies, National Aquarium, Instagram giveaway, MeFOTO Giveaway, SideKick360

Blue Blubber, Leidy's Comb, Lion's Mane, Pacific Sea Nettle, Purple-Striped, Moon - what do all these have in common? They are the 9 varieties of jellyfish making up the "Jellies Invasion" exhibit currently on display in the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Jellyfish or sea jellies are found in every ocean, at every depth - currently over 1,700 species worldwide.

Linda Lum DeBono, SideKick360 winner for 4/18/14 was drawn to these captivating creatures on a recent family trip.

"When the kids and I visited the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD, I was obsessed with the jellyfish. They were graceful and mesmerizing, but my kids wanted to leave. I took out my iPhone 4 and snapped a few shots. Luckily, I got a few good ones. I did a little editing in Snapseed and added a frame."


Linda was quite excited to win a SideKick360. She's now inspired to get a new tripod and says "Yours are perfect for busy moms like me."

Linda is a fabric designer as well as an iphonographer. See her work at:

Jessica Dieckhaus' Heartbreaker: MeFOTO Instagram Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Family Photography, Giveaway, Portrait Photography       Tags family photography, baby photography, Instagram giveaway, MeFOTO SideKick360

Clickin's Moms. They're out there in force - professionals, aspiring professionals and women who are just passionate about capturing the lives of their children. There is even a dedicated website  - What Kendra Okolita started as a safe place for a small group of women to talk photography has grown into an on-line home for more than 16,000 women. Here members find resources for technical knowledge, artistic growth, business development and a supportive community were all are welcome.

Whether she is an official member or not, last Friday's SideKick360 winner, Jessica Dieckhaus, is indeed a clickin' mom. Her winning image was the result of an impromptu spring photo session.

"Imagine perfect 70 degree weather, beautiful lush green grass, and some flowers blooming. That’s exactly what we found when we headed to Cortez Park literally a block away from my house in Jacksonville, FL. This little guy is a very good friend of mine's son. My friend had been wanting Easter and Spring pictures of both of her children. Being a military mom of two little ones under the age of three, we needed: quick, pretty and easy. This was the perfect spot. It also doesn’t hurt that Florida spring starts early here. With the mom's assistance, we tried capturing images of both her kids together, but the almost three-year-old decided she didn’t want very many pictures with her younger brother. That's when we decided to do just the little guy. While mom got him to laugh, I just kept shooting away on my Nikon D5100. That’s when this image happened. "

Juan Menjivar's Mother & Son: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Family Photography, Giveaway       Tags Florida, MeFOTO Giveaway, SideKick360, Instagram giveaway

Ahh...Florida. The Sunshine State. If you live in New York or Chicago, your probably like me...dreaming of a sunny escape from one of the longest, coldest, snowiest winters in recent memory.

Juan Menjivar, our first SideKick360 winner in the new MeFOTO Support Your Phone Giveaway, brings us this happy reminder that winter WILL END...eventually.

Juan's wife and son relaxing in the shade after taking in the sights at a local car show.

Juan's wife and son relaxing in the shade after taking in the sights at a local car show.


Share with Juan at:

Instagram: @Juan_M
Twitter: @s2kOD

MaryAnne Nelson's Wild West: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Family Photography, Giveaway, Travel Photography, Sports photography       Tags skijoring, Instagram giveaway, MeFOTO Backpacker, MeFOTO Giveaway

YeeHaw! The Wild West is still alive in Silverton, Colorado! Final BackPacker Giveaway winner, MaryAnne Nelson, had a blast snapping the fun during the Fifth Annual Silverton Skijoring Festival.

The sport of skijoring began several hundred years ago in Scandinavian countries as a way to travel during the long winters. Today, skijoring competitions are currently taking place in 5 states in the USA and in several countries worldwide. 

"Skijoring is a great spectator sport with horses running full speed down the street and skiers hanging on for their lives behind the horse. The big challenge for the skier is to grab rings on the course, jump over the jumps, and go through the obstacles while still hanging on behind a horse going all out. You never get bored watching!" - MaryAnne

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Ready, set, go!

Ready, set, go!

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