Secret SLR

Custard and I have gotten into a nice little morning routine.

During the night he sleeps at the end of the bed. Flat on his back, legs in the air, tongue hanging out… just like me!

At about 7 he starts to wake up. Pads around the bed a bit, comes up to my level and checks if I’m awake (I’m not).

He curls up next to me and goes back to sleep for another half hour.

Then, he eventually decides it’s about time I got up! He snuffles around my head. I open one eye, just a fraction… but it’s a fraction too much. He sees and pounces. Wags his tail furiously and wiggles under my arm.

He gives me the “gedupgedupgedup” look until I cave and take him out.

We march our way to the park and set off on whatever circuit he chooses.

The weather (and light) has been unbelievably beautiful lately. This golden, crisp, cold time of year might just be my favourite of all.

No shutterbug in their right mind could resist snapping a few pics on mornings like this!

But the idea of carrying my camera (how ever dinky it may be) around is not one I relish. Thankfully, I have an ace up my sleeve.

A full on SLR… hidden within my phone.

It’s an app called ProCam.

It does everything you could ask for, from setting exposure levels to full on filters.

But really, it just gives your phone snaps a little more… bite.

So, Custard and I roam around.

Walking, running, jumping, playing hide ‘n’ seek and stop now and then when I just can’t resist a snap or two.

Sneakers // Leggings // Sweatshirt // Scarf (or US/Can) // Sunnies (surprising bargain!)

“Stop looking at me, swan!”

Custard’s never ending failed attempts at making friends with local wildlife.

Heartbreaking to watch!

The app is another winner from American Express Handpickedร‚ยฎ. Remember? It’s the offering that gives Amex Cardmembers cool free iTunes content every season.

They’re one of my sponsors, I’m still working with them on the project, and this is by far my favourite app.

Well ok, it may just be tied with the free Taschen ebook. But it’s up there in the top two!

If you’re a Cardmember pop your details in here, then it’ll link you straight to iTunes.

How could I resist a shot of this majestic little chap?!

We generally stop for a little sustenance on the way. Y’know, just something light and virtuous…

…but it’s ok because we play it all off afterwards!

Happy snapping!

Make sure you tag me on Instagram if you end up loving the app. I wanna see your shots!

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  • Autumn is just gorgeous where you are! Here we either have beachy days or really rainy ones! ๐Ÿ™ Des |

  • Love the app, and the pooch!! What a cutie pie….I wish mine had the discipline to be allowed off the leash haha


  • Custard is so adorable, I can’t handle it! The photo with the swans is too cute ๐Ÿ™‚

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

  • The pictures look amazing! I might have to get that appโ€ฆ like now. Mhm it’s only like 1.50, that’s not too bad. Thanks for sharing!

    x Alex

  • beautiful photos ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • alittlefreckle

    You can’t beat an early morning walk with the dew still on the grass. Fabulous photos, I can’t believe the quality!! Custard is just the cutest!! Really nice photo of the swans forming a heart shape!

    Emma x

  • Esther Mikaelson

    Thanks for sharing the app! Love the pictures especially because where I’m from we don’t have Autumn.
    PS I love the ones of Custard in motion ๐Ÿ™‚ too cute

    • Emily Kalbun

      oh really? where do you come from out of curiosity?? ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Esther Mikaelson

        I’m from Guam in Oceania. So it’s tropical weather here year round. Really wish it snowed here ๐Ÿ™ haha

        • Emily Kalbun

          Wow! That is amazing! You are very lucky. But if you want some snow, come visit Canada! I live here and regardless of where you go the winter will be gorgeous. Northern Ontario is beautiful ๐Ÿ˜€ I have been and it’s a winter wonderland…….

  • I love London this time of year, and your shots are great! Will be sure to check out the app ๐Ÿ™‚

    And Custard and local wildlife… heartbreaking indeed.

  • Georgia Christakis

    favorite part about this post? The Billy Madison reference. Obviously


    In all seriousness the photos look quite nice. I just wish I had the space on my phone for another app

  • Tania

    I love that picture of the swans and then Custard’s face!!
    Also can’t wait for the holiday posts.. the instagram’s are magical xx

  • Haha! I LOVE the photo of Custard photobombing the swans! Love him :’)

  • Oh, Custard (lovely name btw) is such a character! He always looks so happy! haha And great pics, going to check out the app. Even though I already have way too many photography apps.

  • I haven’t found an app that changes the quality of Iphone pics that much, I’ll have to give this one a try.

  • Beautiful pictures! You and Custard look like the best of pals.

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  • What amazing pictures Rosie! Love the sporty morning look on you and Custard is cute as ever ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh my I can’t wait to see your Bali pictures, you are teasing us so much!


  • Peppermint Dolly

    Beautiful photos – Custard is such a cutie!!


  • custard is the best at photobombing haha!

  • OMG the sixth picture from the back is so cute :’) I need to learn how to take good pictures with my phone. Sometimes it just isn’t practical carrying my camera around all the time! It’s also hard finding a good sized bag that will fit my camera without being TOO big. (I’m on the short end of the scale, so carrying big things just make me look shorter. And it’s also heavier and more tiring haha) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Aw, I love the photo of a happy Custard with the swans making sure he is in the photo! haha

  • The Fashion Horn

    I love Custard; he’s so cute! Beautiful photos! x

  • Kelly

    Shame the promotion code isn’t valid in the States!

  • I’m so glad you’ve mentioned this app, i’ve been wanting something more professional and affordable since I can’t exactly afford anything else at the moment. Thanks a bunch Rosie! ๐Ÿ˜€


  • Alia Hansen

    Oh my gosh! Custard had me laughing out loud a couple of times, how cute!! Looks like a lovely morning routine <3

    xx love

  • GG

    Hi Rose, I’m wondering how you take all the shots of yourself where you’re not holding a camera or anything – do you use a tripod and remote and set your camera or phone up and then use it to take the pictures? Or do you have someone that you pay to take pictures of you from afar? If the latter, how much do you pay someone to take pictures of you? Or is it a good friend or something?

    Just curious!

    • I think it’s someone else, her boyfriend maybe?? Her breakfast shot has two plates of food in it, which I’m assuming one plate is for someone else. No judgements if they’re both for her, I’d be impressed if anything!

  • This is amazing!! Custard looks so excited about the swan couple ๐Ÿ˜€ Did you take all of these photos with the app? xx

  • Custard is too adorable! I love how all of these pictures came out so clean and professional looking xx

  • What a cool app! Love the look of the photos Rosie!

  • Oh my god your dog is so cuteee! I love the dog selfie thats jusy adorable. Looks like you had a good day xxx

  • Emma and Emily

    Gorgeous photos! Love the look of the app!

  • Custard is so adorable when he runs! His little happy face is enough to make me melt <3

    Lauren x

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  • Great post and looks like an amazing app!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tugba Tunalilar

    It’s a shame the app is only on Itunes ๐Ÿ™ cross fingers for googleplay

  • Jessie Stuart

    Those snaps are beautiful Rose! Makes me want to get the app, although I don’t have an Amex Custard is the cutest dog ever!! I’d love to get a dog in the new year, and get back into running. My cat Teddy won’t join me! ;). How does he cope with your runs? He’s so small! X

  • Elyse

    Rosie — was dying to try the app with my AMEX but it only works for those followers in the UK! May still try to give it a download though — is it much different than Afterlight?

    P.S. Custard is the cutest and such a nugget!!

  • Jennifer

    Had to run off and get the app before I’d finished reading the post! Adorable pup ๐Ÿ™‚


  • emmie

    Did you go to Millfield? it was one of the places I was offered both a sports and academic scholarship to. My cousin is there now, and another just left,

  • too cute!! it is such a pain to watch Custard by the lake!

  • Okay that’s crazy! I’ve never seen a phone that has a quick enough shutter to freeze a running person! What?! Very cool app, but what phone are you using with it??

    Long may the lovely weather last!


  • Never would have guessed these were taken by a phone! Truly gorgeous. The lighting is spectacular!

  • Custard is such a cutie! This time of year is usually my favorite for morning walks, but it’s been so cold lately. Either way, it’s a great way to relax, reflect, and think of your day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    XO, Chekara |

  • Thank you!! I have been wanting to get a nice camera but I know I wouldn’t use it as much as I use my phone. I’ve been looking for the perfect app. Thank you!! Totally downloading this right now.

  • Daynna Shannon

    Proper photographers never refer to themselves or other photogs as “shutterbugs”.

  • Emily Kalbun

    what an adorable dog you have. He is so sweet. And wow, I would never have guessed that those photos came from an iPhone, they are excellent!

  • Stop it! Custard is just too adorable. Gorgeous photos. There is nothing quite like a London park stroll.

  • Leanne

    Such a beautiful post, and Custard looks like the happiest dog in the world! xxx

  • Custard looks like he’s loving life! My dog would be right in there with the swans.


    Water Painted Dreams xo

  • Custard is too freakin’ cute! It really makes me miss my pets at home ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Nadine

    What a handsome little chap!



  • Amazing snaps!
    every time i visit your blog it makes me miss london more and more.
    Ques i just need to book a trip as soon as possible!x

  • Absolutely love this post – your photos are incredible (and thanks for letting us know about that app!), you dog is ridiculously cute, and you have an amazing style of writing. Can’t wait to see more! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • What a greta app! I love the photos! x

  • the app sounds great, and love your scarf! but grrr now I’m in the mood for a full english breakfast but i’m in Shanghai and it’s almost 10 pm haha xx

  • Custard, what a cutie!

    Rosie, do you know if this app is also available for Android? would be sad to miss out on it!


  • Kelsey Wilburn

    these photos are too cute! that pup has personality!

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  • Sabrien Dennaoui

    Has anyone tried to sign up for the offer of American express? I’m scared i’ll be charged for stuff:/

  • Custard definitely stole the show in this post! Such a great app!

  • Lottie

    That app looks amazing – the photos are really good quality compared to what I can take with my phone normally (which are usually blurred and/ or with terrible lighting!) – thanks for the tip!

  • Kristy

    Custards face is priceless :’)

  • Kendall Lynne

    These photos are amazing and I absolutely LOVE your scarf!

    Kendall Lynne ||

  • Oh my godoness, he is so cute!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • I wish my dogs were as disciplined as Custard, he’s absolutely adorable.

  • Amber Rhodes
  • gorgeous post and Custard is fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚ xXx

  • Becki Explorer

    I just love Custard! He is such a little gent, look at his little face!

    B x

  • Zoe

    My DSLR is huge and clunky, and even if I think I might be taking photos at an event or dinner, I usually opt to leave it at home. Although I know iPhones have amazing snapping abilities, I’m never pleased with the result! I’ll have to look into downloading that app! Perfect for the lazy blogger in me. Custard is the cutest! He looks so happy on his walk!!

    The What’s In Between

  • Ahh I’ve been searching for a great photo app forever! This is perfect and just in time for the holidays!

  • Lovely photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  • klpark

    Custard is just the cutest thing ever! Love those action shots, lol

  • I LOVE CUSTARD! ahh this just makes me want a pooch so badly! Beautiful pics x

  • Iva Quint

    Love the scarf! Where’s it from?

  • Sheer Glamor

    I am always looking for a new photo editing app. I believe the android app is alittle bit different! I wish I could have pets where I live! not anytime soon! Thanks for sharing!

  • Samantha

    What a neat app! Love your little pup and your blog!

  • Vanessa

    Such a cool app! Thanks for sharing this with us! I will try it straight away! Lovely pics of the Park! I just love Hyde Park, when the sun is out I always go there for a walk. It it amazing, especially around the Serpentine!

    Cheers Vanessa

  • Great little app! I might have to purchase it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Custard is so cute! Love his facial expressions in the pics – he’s so photogenic!

  • You look so perfect together ๐Ÿ˜‰