Summer Memories: Pregnant, On The Go, & Ditching The DSLR


Back in July, I was invited to become a Midwest Savvy Mom sponsored by Verizon. I met with them in Chicago with more of my fellow savvy moms and we were introduced to the Samsung Galaxy S III and given devices with service to test. The phone is incredible and seems to be giving the iPhone some serious competition. As one who has never owned an iPhone, but lusted over one, it makes me pretty darn happy to be current for once. In the future, I will be highlighting some of my favorite features, but right now I am so in love with the HD 8 MP camera, I want to share some photos I’ve taken on various occasions. Snapping photos is a huge part of my life and lately, I haven’t the desire to lug around my DSLR. It’s kind of a buzz kill when you’re supposed to be out having fun, but instead you are lugging around camera equipment, belly, and what not. So having the Samsung S III has definitely made my life easier.

Samsung Galaxy S III Camera Specs

Main (Rear): 8 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BSI
Sub (Front): 1.9 Mega pixel camera, HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BSI
Shooting modes: Single, Burst, HDR, Panorama, Beauty, Smile, Cartoon, Share


Here are some shots I took while testing out the camera during the Verizon Midwest Savvy Moms Event. I love the Michigan Ave. shot. Look at the kid photo bombing my walk to the Verizon store.

beachcollage #nofilter

I really loved how these photos turned out during one of our trips to the beach. It was so nice to not have to worry about sand in my cam. The photos in the collage are (un)edited/filtered. Check out the full set of photos at Beach Surreal. The photos on that post were lightly edited in Photoshop.


It felt good heading to the fair with no heavy camera. As much as I like to capture shots at the fair with my DSLR, the Galaxy S III did a good job and cleaned up well in Photoshop. View the entire photo set at Outdoor Party Wristband.

I’m taking a little more time to live in the moment instead of trying to perfectly capture it. I’ll probably continue using the camera on the Galaxy S III for as long as I’m hauling around a baby. I will make exceptions for a few events, but as long as I’m pregnant and on-the-go, I’m ditching the DSLR… for a while.

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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