10 Reasons Why I Love My Camera Phone As Much As My DSLR

I have an awesome DSLR camera. I (my husband) paid lots of money for it. It takes high quality photos. My DSLR supports me. It lets me create beautiful images of my family and yours. It is in my top 10 favorite physical possessions.  If my house were on fire I would probably grab my camera bag before bothering to put pants on.. In fact, I think the order would go kids, lap top, camera, pants…. so yeah, it makes the top 3!   But all that said… it is big.  It’s heavy and at time inconvenient. It takes time to get settings right. It would be silly for me to have it on me at all times. My cell phone however is always with me. My phone fits in my purse without needing extra protection. Heck, it fits in my pocket! If I brake it, I just take it back to Best Buy and they give me a new one! This makes it the perfect camera when you don’t have or have time for your real camera. Sure the image quality isn’t near as good as my DLSR but it’s better than not having any pictures! Facebook and Instagram make it so easy to share my spur of the moment photo pictures with my friends.

The other day when looking back through my Instagram at my family and our little city life captured in cute little squares I was filled with emotion. . #LifeIsGood 😉

So here  are 10 reason why I love my camera phone as much much as my DSLR… (in no particular order)

1.  Saving my kids creations.

I spoke about this reason the other day on Facebook. Snapping a picture of my kids art gives me the ok to toss it. I don’t need a high quality image of something that would end up in the trash anyway. These pictures wont need editing. A quick snap with my phone allows me to keep it and post it to Facebook for grandma to see!

 5 year old draws dad with rainbow beard 5 year old drawing of self

These two below were taken only 2 weeks apart. Look how much my daughters hand writing changed after 9 days of kindergarten! Without these quick snaps I may not have noticed how much she really was improving.

before kindergarten name writing 5 year old name writing

Glitter is not a good babysitter.. TRUST ME!

gliter is fun a pictures of me

Neither is paint… but how could I keep this artwork without a picture?

green hands artist

2. Street Art

If you couldn’t tell by my Banksy post I LOVE street art! Since I don’t carry my camera with me all the time my phone allows me to capture pieces as I see them around town.

los angeles street art forever is a dream la street art

3. L.A. randomness.

Living in L.A. I would have to carry my camera with me at all times and have it set to auto to get these shots since they are so random. I have a lot of these shots but here are a few…

Sweet bed bro… hahaha who thinks of these things??? Public restrooms anyone???

sweet bed bro la streeet art L.A. toilets on street

This guy hanging in the park tree?? Or unicycle guy juggling down Melrose? No way I could have pulled my DSLR out in time to catch that!

aluminum foil guy in tree l.a. unicycle guy juggleing

4. My kids randomness.

This is probably one of my most cell phone captured images. My kids are totally random. These moments, while plenty, only last a moment. I have attempted to bust out my big camera only to have missed the moment. Sometime reaching for my phone is the best option.

I don’t even know what to say about these two pictures… other than.. I am glad I have them.

back to school urban cowboy

In our house all things are toys. Eggs and toilet paper are no exception.

egg sorting tp tunnel

Your camera phone is great of those moments when you ask your kids to pick up their toys and they just shove them ALL behind the couch or when you are chatting with a friend at the Griffith Park playground and you look over to see your 2 year old is going down the slide pantless….

toy box? playing at the park

5. My hood.

I am in love with my neighborhood. Not just the randomness but its beauty as well. This will not always be our home. When it’s not, I will be happy I have these pictures… all of these images were taken in Park La Brea aka home.

la sunset los angeles sunset june gloom park la brea palm trees park la brea Park la brea

6. Date night!!

I don’t bring my camera on dates.. but doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have pictures!

date night beer and dates night

Oh yeah, we know how to party! Caramel apples and pitchers of beer!!

beer and apples selfies

7. Dates with my kids.

My kids, like all photographers children, are not thrilled with modeling. I sometimes have to fight my urge to turn everything into a pro photoshoot. Going out on a girls day or out for coffee doesn’t need to be a photoshoot. Doesn’t mean I am not going to take pictures 🙂

back to school shopping oganic coffe la girls day out coffee

8. Sleeping beauties

Is there anything more beautiful than your babies sleeping? Trying to get a “perfect” shot risks waking them and then the moment is no longer beautiful.. haha with your phone you are in and out before they ever you were there!

co sleeping co sleeping co sleeping siblings sleeping in a pillow case sleeping play station sleeping hard core gaming hardcore gamer

When they are sleeping in your arms you can’t get up to get your camera. He will only be small enough to sleep in my arms for a little longer.

sleeping on my lap

8. Some moments can’t wait.

These photos I took with my DSLR, but… clearly needed to go of Facebook and Instragram ASAP. #WeddingFun #MyHusbandIsGoingToKillMe haha

sooc sooc

9. FOOD!

Cause, ummm, YUM!

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10. Family

Family movie night. Family wrestling matches.

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Family firework watching. Family story time in the closet.

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Family curtsies and cheers.

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Family vacations.

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and day trips. (both fun and less fun)


and every. day. life.

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Life isn’t perfect. All of my photos don’t need to be either.

All of these images were taken from my Instagram account LittleLAPhoto,  there are plenty more and more to come so follow me and I will follow you back!  While pro photos are great (and you should hire me to take yours)  life is still happening between your sessions. Capture it. Capture it with your DSLR. Capture it with your point and shoot. Or even with your phone! ♥


Christina Hultquist




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