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A Day In The Life Of Veevs – A Very Talented iPhone Photographer

Welcome to our 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 second installment to our new series, we previously published ‘A Day In The Life Of Ernesto Diaz’, if you missed that you can read it here.

Kicking us off today is Vivi (Veevs) Hanson, an amateur photographer, born in Lima, Peru. Veevs lived in Peru until she was 19 years old and then moved to London, UK with her family. Veevs currently resides in South West London in a small place called Old Isleworth, just by the river and very close to the beautiful Richmond on Thames.

Veevs discovered photography with the advent of digital cameras and ventured into iPhone photography last year. She started experimenting with Hipstamatic and found some amazing websites, (most notably theappwhisperer.com ;)) and then she was hooked.

Starting out with an iPhone 3GS she has now progressed to the iPhone 4S. Despite the appalling weather in London (yes we know all about that), plus working full-time, Veevs doesn’t get to spend as much time shooting images as she would like but the images that she does capture are exceptional and that’s why we wanted to talk with her, to find out more about her inspiration and natural talent.

We have published some of her great images below, we find them truly inspiring and we think you will too. With each image we have included exif data, in as much as the app or apps that were used. As many of the images have been cross-processed we have listed the apps in the order they were used to edit.

(We have also linked each app to the iTunes App Store, so if an image particularly inspires you, just click on the app or apps that were used and start downloading).

Check out the full interview below…

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


First things first…


Copyright Image ‘Rare Occurrence’ by Veevs, apps used and in sequential order, PowerSketch, PixelWorks, Pixlromatic

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

V – I’m always very busy in the mornings, two of my three cats always wake me up early, wanting to be fed!  Then it’s a rush to get ready and head off to work!

Photographer vs iPhone Photographer


Copyright Image ‘Spiraled Albert‘ by Veevs, apps used and in sequential order, Lomora 2, Tiny Planets, Painteresque, Iris Photo Suite

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

V – It was an easy transition after carrying a heavy DSLR!  Also, I got addicted to Hipstamatic and the different effects it produced so wanted to keep using it all of the time.

Time of day…


Copyright Image ‘High Tide in Old Isleworth‘ by Veevs, apps used and in sequential order, ClassicPan, Camera+, AutoPainter, Painteresque, DynamicLight, 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?

V – I like to take photographs in the morning but mostly I take them in the afternoon, at the weekends.  Once our clock’s go forward I will get my bicycle out when I get back from work and cycle along the river to take photos.

New Apps…


Copyright Image ‘Lucy’s Turn’ by Veevs, apps used and in sequential order, Camera+, CropSuey, Snapseed, Laminar


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

V – Yes, I am an appaholic!   But trying to curb my addiction now as I have way too many apps that I have not used yet!



Copyright Image ‘Walk This Way’ by Veevs, apps used and in sequential order, Lomora 2, CropSuey, BlurFX, Iris Photo Suite


JC – How often do you update your existing apps?

V – Whenever updates are available

Location, location, location…


Copyright Image ‘Feed Us’ by Veevs, apps used and in sequential order, qbro, CropSuey, Retouch, AutoPainter, Iris Photo Suite

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

V – Currently in London but if I had to choose a place to go to shoot, it would be Peru!



Copyright Image ‘A Bunch’ by Veevs, apps used and in sequential order, Lomora 2, Camera+, Painteresque, Iris Photo Suite

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

V – No, I haven’t used The The Photographer’s Ephemeris

Favorite Apps…


Copyright Image ‘See London From Up Here’ by Veevs, apps used and in sequential order, ClassicPan, Camera+, AutoPainter, Iris Photo Suite


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

V – These are my current favorite apps, Hipstamatic, Lomora 2, PhotoToaster, Iris Photo Suite, AutoPainter/II, Snapseed, DynamicLight, Pixlromatic.

Sharing images…


Copyright Image ‘Off The Piste’ by Veevs, apps used and in sequential order, 6×6, Camera+, AutoPainter, AutoPainterII, Iris Photo Suite, PhotoToaster


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

V – I upload and participate in www.mobitog.com also to Flickr, Instagram and Facebook.

Favorite Subjects…


Copyright Image ‘Turin in the Distance‘ by Veevs, apps used and in sequential order, ClassicPan, Camera+, Painteresque, Iris Photo Suite

JC – Do you have specific favorite subjects that you seek out?

V – Yes mainly buildings, landscapes, historical architecture, my cats but they are not very cooperative when I point the iPhone at them 🙂 – they usually give me evil looks!



Copyright Image ‘Leshon’ by Veevs, apps used and in sequential order, Hipstamatic (Watts, Kodot XGrizzled), PhotoToaster


JC – Do you take photographs with your iPhone everyday?

V – If I could I would but when I am at work it is mostly at weekends, when I am not at work then yes nearly every day.

Top tips for mobile photography


Copyright Image ‘The Tube In The Mirror’ by Veevs, apps used and in sequential order, Lomora 2, Snapseed, PhotoToaster

JC – What are you top five tips for iPhoneography?

V – :

1, Don’t just take one photo of a subject, take many, from different angles;

2, Use more than one app if you have time.  I take the same photo and use about five different apps so that I have a varied choice of photos and effects to choose from;

3, Take photos and edit them because you enjoy doing it and do not worry about anyone else’s opinions!  Enjoy your photos because you like them;

4, Take lots of photos of everywhere and anything;

5, Play around with all your apps, learn how to use them and try different styles.



Copyright Image ‘Delightful Riverside by Veevs, apps used and in sequential order, ClassicPan, Filterstorm, Autopainter, AutoPainterII, Iris Photo Suite



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

V – I edit my photos on my iPad – once in a while on my iPhone if I don’t have my iPad.

Future of iPhone Photography


Copyright Image ‘Low Tide by Veevs, apps used and in sequential order, ClassicPan, Camera+, Painteresque, AutoPainter, PhotoToaster, DynamicLight, Iris Photo Suite


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

V – I would like to see iPhone photography more seriously recognized!  It is wonderful that there are so many exhibitions now where iPhoneographers can display their creativity to.  I would like to see more exhibitions and workshops in the UK.



Copyright Image ‘Up The Stairs by Veevs, apps used and in sequential order, Hipstamatic (John S, Kodot XGrizzled), Snapseed, PhotoToaster


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

V – I think the popular area keeps changing with the development of new editing apps.

Where in the world…?


Copyright Image ‘The Little Hut by Veevs, apps used and in sequential order, 6×6, PhotoToaster, Iris Photo Suite


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

V – As iPhone photography grows so do the countries who embrace it. I would like to see more Peruvian iPhone photographers.

iPhone 5 hopes and desires…


Copyright Image ‘Come jump in the Lilypond’ by Veevs, apps used and in sequential order, Snapseed, PhotoToaster, Painteresque, Iris Photo Suite, ModernGrunge

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

V – I would love to be able to pre-define the apps I want to use and when I take a photo it automatically goes from one app to the next! 🙂




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

V – Joanne and theappwhisperer.com are such an amazing source of information.  I spend a lot of time reading up her News, Reviews and App information.



JC – Thanks to Veevs for this great article. If you would like to contact Veevs yourself and find out more about her photography, these are her contact details:

Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/veevs/
Blog : http://veevsiphoneography.blogspot.com/
Instagram      @Veevs
Twitter           @Veevs
Facebook        Vivi Hanson Sacerdote


Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]