Annie recommends…… phone apps!

Vintage Mercedes at Brooklands using Instagram


An unusual flowerpot – Instagram

It may surprise to you to learn I’m a big fan of camera apps on my iPhone. Surely that’s cheating I hear you ask.  Well, I don’t think it is. You still need an instinct for what makes a good image and for what effect works best, but the beauty is you can create it quickly.

Nannou Beach, Symi using Nashville

My favourite app is Instagram . It’s free to join and use, and as with Twitter, Facebook and Pintrest, you follow people as well as building your own following, and you can share images.There’s a great choice of 17 filters and you can try out each one to find which works best for the image you’ve just taken. My favourite is Nashville because the image really does look like it’s been taken on film. The both original and each version with a filter effect are saved to your phone’s photo library.


I also love CameraBag. It isn’t a social media tool like Instagram but I love the choice of filters and its flexibility. My favourite is ‘1962’ – a lovely, tonally rich black and white filter. I’m also fond of the nostalgic ‘1974’ and ‘Instant’ which looks like a Polaroid.Unlike Instagram, you don’t need an account. It’s very easy to use and you can try out each filter on the same image and save each version to your photo library. CameraBag costs £1.49 but it’s only available for iOS.

Lancashire countryside using Camerabag 

Same image – different filters


Hipstamatic is great fun and is a bit more random than Instagram and CameraBag – you’re never sure quite what you’ll get which I like. It costs £1.49 for iOS.

Snapseed has a great choice of filters, and as with CameraBag, you can save different versions of the same original. It’s available for iOS and Android, and it’s free.

Take a look at The Independent’s top 10 camera apps here for more inspiration.  Give them a go and have some fun!





Annie Armitage – Photographic Artist

Annie Armitage is a photographer who specialises in producing timeless images.  As one of the top contemporary, family lifestyle photographers in the UK she produces images of pregnancy, newborn, babies of all sizes, families, teenagers (seniors), dogs and also has a commercial side to her business which is predominantly  headshots as well as formal but approachable portraits for annual reports or PR purposes and lifestyle images for SME’s portfolios and website.
Nursery photography is also amongst Annie’s portfolio and if you are interested please contact her on 07711 391919
Annie is based in Kingston upon Thames but is available for commission throughout the UK and Ireland and Internationally. Annie’s main working areas within London and Surrey are:- Kingston, Surbiton, ThamesDitton, NewMalden, Wimbledon, Wandsworth, Clapham, Battersea, Putney, Mayfair, Sloane Square, Holland Park Richmond, Barnes, Fulham, Sheen, Chelsea, Kensington, Hampton,  Twickenham, Teddington, StMargarets and throughout Surrey including Guildford, Godalming, Woking, Cobham, Weybridge, Esher, Claygate, Oxshott and Ottershaw
Annie has a “Annie Armitage Photography” page on Facebook and on Twitter come and follow her – anniegolightly Pinterest – Annie Armitage
To contact Annie about your requirements – please go to the Contact form on her website or alternatively email her at or call her on 07711 391919
All images and text are copyright Annie Armitage 2013.
All rights reserved. Please do not copy.      


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



london and Surrey Mel Larson the Vision coach wearing an orange top and blue trousers sitting having a latte
london and Surrey Mel Larson the Vision coach in the woods wearing a yellow top

SHALL WE be penpals?

Get my latest news & offers straight to your inbox.


I would love for you to contact me to discuss your requirements for a photography session so you can either call or Email me or fill out the form below.

Let’s be Pen Pals! Bi-monthly content created with you in mind and no unwanted junk mail! Let me keep in touch with you will all my latest news, competitions and “Subscriber Only” offers – see the bottom of the page!

Looking forward to speaking to you soon!

PLEASE DO CALL ME ON 07711 391919

Annie Armitage photographer wearing a denim jacket and standing in front of pink mural