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.
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
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.
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.
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/
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Excellent article – gonna cost me a fortune though!
More like that please!
Thank you 🙂 And thank you for adding me as a contact on Flickr, have added you too 🙂
Thank you so much Joanne! So excited and honoured to be in your article!!
As a relative newcomer to iPhone photography, I’ve realized that there is just an incredible body of talent out there… Veevs is certainly one of them! (I’ve been following her work on Facebook and do agree that she is “A Very Talented iPhone Photographer” and most certainly deserving of this feature!)
I’m most appreciative of how you featured her images and listed the apps she used to create them. I’ve recently started documenting my process and realized yesterday that I’m going to have to create a blog for my iPhone photography instead of sprinkling posts into my other blogs here and there alongside my dSLR images. Great article!
Hi Victoria thank you for your lovely comments and am so glad the information of my photos will help you with using apps and documenting them! 🙂
Amazing photos Veevs! I’ve been following your work on flickr. You are amazingly talented. Would love a follow up article on more specifics of how you go about editting your photos. Congrats on being featured here.
Great idea Kathleen, we will ask Veevs if she would like to follow this up.
Thanks so much Kathleen – happy to work on a follow up article as you suggested – best I start documenting my steps lol 🙂
Wonderful article Veevs!! Your art is so beautiful and inspiring! <3
Hiya Catherine, thank you so much, very sweet of you! 🙂
Vivi…. Wow, las fotos son espectaculares! Ni idea que se podia hacer todo eso por el iphone. I’m intrigued, I’ll look into it. Are your photos in Galleries and are they for sale?
Te pasaste! Congrats and great article.
Cynthia hola! Mil gracias!! So many talented mobile photographers about and so much fantastic information on the web, especially here on theappwhisperer.com! I currently have 3 photos on display in an exhibition in Miami. Not ever sold a photo yet, just being doing this as pleasure and relaxation 🙂 Si quieres mas informacion mandame mensaje! xxx
Excellent article Veevs!!! So proud of you. Your images are so beautiful, artful and heartfelt. Also liked your 5 pieces of advice, especially take pictures of everything…anywhere. Really a comprehensive interview.
Hiya Mary, you are awesome, thank you! Glad you liked my advice, it is something that I do the whole time! Best to take lots of photos, then you can delete the unwanted ones 🙂
Fascinating – the photos are stunning. Keep up the good work!
Excellent article Vivi
I said you was great, and you know I love the birds as I was the one throwing the bread up to attract the birds.
They are all wonderful pictures and should be show in photos Galleries you have amazing talented.
Nice one Veevs, awesome images, well deserved recognition
Thank you so much Keith and Gareth 🙂
Wonderful introduction to photo apps. Had no idea they were there. I am off to explore the possibilities. Veevs has wonderful variety of work.
Thank you so much Mary 🙂