Like many of you reading this, I suspect (I hope. Don’t make me look like a loser.) I’m pretty attached to my phone. As in, if I don’t know where it is, I might momentarily act like I’ve lost a child.

But that’s what happens when you rely on one piece of technology to run your entire life.

So, with this in mind, I thought I’d share with you 20 apps that I just couldn’t live without.

 

Firstly there are the obvious social media platforms..

Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
Pinterest

Then there is Pages, which allows me to run my social media business page, with ease, straight from my phone.

And I couldn’t be without my emails, of course.

We all know texting it old news and Whatsapp is the new black, so Iove that little app.

And here’s where it gets a bit more interesting…

I store all of my photographs onto a Dropbox and then I have a Dropbox app on my phone. This allows me to easily retrieve high-quality images for social media usage, without any difficulty.

To plan my Instagram feed, I use VSCO. This app displays your content in rows of three, just like on Instagram, so that you can see how they look together. Doing this helps me ensure that I don’t have any images of the same composition on top of one another, and that I post varied and aesthetically pleasing content that flows.

I live my life weather watching, due to the nature of my job, and I know a lot of other equine and country business owners will be the same. I use the Met Office weather app to plan my shoots and have found this to be the most reliable of all of them. None of them every get it spot on, but we can only do what we can do, right?

 

Another app I love, is Bloglovin. I’ve mentioned it before in my online resources post, but I also have it on my phone. I follow all of my favourite blogs on Bloglovin and it allows me to go onto one platform and see who’s posted recently. It means I don’t miss a single blog post from any of my favourite bloggers and scrolling through it in the morning, with a cup of tea, is one of my favourite things to do.

This one is for the equine photographers out there. ‘Horse Sounds‘. I have my lovely makeup artist, Sherrie, to thank for this one. As the name suggests, it’s a free app that plays horse sounds and it’s pretty much fail-safe for getting horses’ ears forward. I don’t know what I ever did without it.

Maps. It’s a simple one, but I would be permanently lost in the countryside if it weren’t for my Maps app! (As it stands, I’m only lost sometimes instead.)

Online banking and Paypal are two other things I couldn’t not have on my phone. The ease in which I can receive and make payments is so convenient.

WordPress is a super useful little app. If I’m out at a shoot or event, but want to publish a blog post, I can set it to schedule from my computer and then make any changes from my WordPress app, whilst I’m out. I can also keep an eye on my stats and engagement, without having to boot up the computer.

Afterlight and Facetune are the two photo editing apps I use, for my phone snaps. Afterlight is great for cropping, colour correction, etc. and Facetune is every blogger’s dream, with it’s skin smoothing and spot removal tools.

And lastly, Audible and Podcasts are two other must have. I’m a big fan of listening to audio books and podcasts, on my long car journeys, so these two are a God-send. Just download my favourites, turn on my Bluetooth and off we go.

 

I’d love to hear from you in the comments, if you have any other apps that make your working life a little bit easier.

Specialist UK equine portrait photographer and country lifestyle blogger & vlogger.