A Day In The Life Of Lisa Waddell – A Most Inspirational And Talented Flower iPhone Photographer

Welcome to our very exciting new column on theappwhisperer.com, this section is entitled ‘A day in the life of …’ and we’ll be taking a look some hugely influential and interesting people in the mobile app world. Ones that we think you will love to learn more about.

This is our twelfth installment to our new series, you can read the others here, if you have missed them so far. Kicking us off today is Lisa Waddell. A Special Educational Needs Teacher from Houston, Texas in the United States. Lisa lives with her husband, father-in-law and Sam, the cutest Boston Terrier ever created!

Lisa’s work is extraordinary, botanical in a sense and also so mysterious and creative in other ways too. And, it’s not just the way she creates the image, it’s in the titles too. Each title has been so carefully chosen to match the image. When you read the title you learn a little more about the image.

Check out the full interview below…

We have included exif data, in as much as the app or apps that were used to create the final image. As many of the images were cross processed we have listed the apps in the sequential order they were used in the editing process, we have also provided links for each app to the iTunes App Store, just incase you’re inspired enough to try them out for yourself as well as accessories used. You can find all the links at the end of this article.

(If you would like to be interviewed for our new ‘A day in the life of …’ section, just send an email to Joanne@theappwhisperer.com, and we’ll get it set up.

First Things First…


Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Helter Skelter’ – Apps Used – Hipstamatic (Float/Adler9009), Iris Photo Suite (Craquelure filter), Moku Hanga


JC – Let’s start at the beginning of the day, how does your day start?

LW – The first thing I do every morning, before I even get out of bed, is pick up my iPhone and check email, news, Mobitog, Flickr and Instagram.

Magic Hour…


Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Beauty and the Beast’ – Apps Used – Hipstamatic (Float/Adler 9009), Iris Photo Suite


JC – When is your favorite part of the day for taking photographs, do you hanker for the magic hour or shoot whenever the opportunity arises?

LW – I prefer to take photos in the afternoon or early evening although during school holidays I might start earlier.

Photographer vs iPhone Photographer


Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Suspended in Time’ – Apps Used – Hipstamatic (Float/Adler 9009), Iris Photo Suite


JC – How did the transition from traditional photographer to iPhone photographer develop? (pardon the pun).

LW – I have to admit there really wasn’t much of a transition because I didn’t spend much time as a traditional photographer. It was limited to the typical “events” such as vacations and holidays. I became truly serious about photography in the last year so I guess you could say I have always been an iPhone photographer!

New Apps…


Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Botanical’ – Apps Used – Hipstamatic (Float/Adler 9009), Dynamic Light (Overcooked HDR filter)


JC – Do you like to download new iPhone photography apps regularly?

LW – I have been told more than once that I need an intervention because of my app addiction!



Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Uprooted’ – Apps Used – Hipstamatic (Float/John S)


JC – How often do you update your existing apps?

LW – I am one of those people who updates on an almost daily basis.

Location, Location, Location…


Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Hair Bow’ – Apps Used – Hipstamatic (Float/John S), Dynamic Light (Mysterious Light filter), Iris Photo Suite


JC – Where’s your favorite place in the world for a shoot?

LW – Because I take lots of nature photos I like my own backyard. I also take lots of still life photos so I have a favorite spot in my house for those.

Tools Of The Trade…


Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Peeled Away’ – Apps Used – Hipstamatic (Float/John S), Instagram (Heft filter)


JC – Do you also use iPhone photography tool apps, such as The Photographer’s Ephemeris?

LW – No, I really don’t use the tool apps at all.

Favorite Apps…


Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Blown Away’ : Hipstamatic (Float/John S)


JC – What are your favorite, at the moment, iPhone photography apps?

LW – My favorite apps at the moment are: Hipstamatic (fabulous film/lens/flash options); Iris Photo Suite (a nice overall photo editing app); Scratchcam (to grunge things up a bit); Decim8 (to give a photo an abstract look) and Dynamic Light (does just what the name says).



Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Shadow and Light’ – Apps Used – Hipstamatic Rock BW-11/Loftus), Iris Photo Suite


JC – Where do you like to upload your photographs? Flickr, Instagram?

LW – I always upload my photos to Mobitog, Flickr and Instagram. I am also in the process of starting a blog so that I can have a portfolio of my work.

Favorite Subjects…


Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Tip Flipped’ – Apps Used – Hipstamatic (Claunch 72 Mono/John S)


JC – What are your favorite subjects?

LW – My favorite subject is flowers. I love to tell a story with the flowers; many times giving them human characteristics as in the photo of the sunflower entitled Remorseful. I also like to create abstracts.



Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Turn to the Back’ – Apps Used – Hipstamatic (Claunch 72 Mono/Chunky), Iris Photo Suite


JC – Do you take photographs with your iPhone every day?

LW – Because I am working on a photo-of-the-day project on Mobitog I do take iPhone photos everyday.

Top Five Tips…


Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Remorseful’ – Apps Used – Hipstamatic (Claunch 72 Mono/Chunky)


JC – What are you top five tips for iPhone photography?

LW –

1 When editing photos preserve your workflow. Write down the steps so you can remember what apps you used and in what order you used them.
2 Speaking of apps, keep them organized so you can easily find them.
3 Give your photo a strong title. It helps tell the story.
4 Join one of the on-line photography communities. I highly recommend Mobitog. It is a fun and very friendly community of like minded individuals. It’s also a great learning environment.
5 Show your pride as an iPhone photographer. This is legitimate photography!!!



Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Turn to the Front’ – Apps Used – Hipstamatic (Claunch 72 Mono/Chunky), Iris Photo Suite


JC – Do you edit images on your iPhone or do you prefer to do that on a desktop/laptop?

LW – Even though I own an iPad I do everything on my iPhone…shoot, edit and share.



Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Rotation’ – Apps Used – Hipstamatic (Claunch 72 Mono/Chunky)


JC – Do you enjoy videography with your iPhone?

LW – I have not embraced videography as yet.

The Future Of iPhone Photography…


Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Last Dance’ – Hipstamatic (Cano Cafenol/Loftus)


JC – Where do you see the future of iPhone photography?

LW – I see iPhoneography maintaining and increasing in popularity and I see the iPhone camera replacing the digital point and shot camera.



Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Youth Before Age’ – Apps Used – Hipstamatic (Rock BW-11/Loftus), Iris Photo Suite


JC – What do you think is the most popular area of iPhone photography?

LW – In terms of the concept of iPhoneography I think the portability and the creativity that is literally at your fingertips are what make it so popular. Geographically, I think the most popular areas are Great Britain, Japan and the United States.

Where In The World…?


Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘A Formal Affair’ – Apps Used – Hipstamatic (Rock BW-11/Loftus), Iris Photo Suite


JC – Do you think it’s country specific, are some nations more clued up?

LW – I think Great Britain, Japan and the United States are leading the way but iPhoneography truly is world wide.

iPhone 5…


Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Final Embrace’ – Hipstamatic (Claunch 72 Mono/Lucifer VI), Iris Photo Suite


JC – What do you hope for in the iPhone 5?

LW – I really don’t have a wish list for the iPhone 5 like I did for some of the earlier iterations but I’m sure I will be one of the first in line to order it when it becomes available.



Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Dianthus’ – Apps Used – Hipstamatic (Claunch 72 Mono/Lucifer VI)


JC – What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com?

LW – Having written a few blogs of my own in the past, I totally appreciate the time and effort Joanne puts into theappwhisperer. She does an outstanding job of keeping up with all things related to iPhoneography.

JC – Thank you so much Lisa, it is hard work but when you do something you love it never feels like it, and I do love theappwhisperer.com.

Complete Links To All The Apps Used And Mentioned In This Article


Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Three Amigos’ – Apps Used – Hipstamatic (Claunch 72 Mono/Lucifer VI), Iris Photo Suite


Apps Used

Iris Photo Suite
Moku Hanga
Dynamic Light

Favorite Apps of Lisa Waddell as well as the above, include:



About Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter is the Founder and Editorial Director of TheAppWhisperer.com. A Professional Photographer and Associate of the British Industry of Professional Photographers, BIPP, as well as a Professional Journalist, specializing in Photography. Joanne is also a Columnist for Vogue Magazine and is Contributing Editor to LensCulture.