An Entire Wedding Shot On An iPhone And Processed Using Instagram

An Entire Wedding Shot On An iPhone And Processed Using Instagram

Kim A. Thomas, a photographer out of San Francisco, recently shot an entire wedding using just her iPhone. She processed everything using Instagram as well. The couple, Jonathan and Brandi, wanted her to do so by request. She never used an SLR for any of the shots. Her main camera was the iPhone 4s with an iPhone 4 as a backup. She did use an SLR mount for her lenses and a tripod. Take a look at the shots and let us know what you think of them! 

Here's a shot of the full array of equipment she used during the wedding:

“I photographed the wedding with my iPhone 4s, along with a backup iPhone 4, an SLR Mount and my 50mm f1.4, the Glif Plus and an Olloclip (all from Photojojo). I brought my tripod along for stabilization in what would possibly be a poorly lit City Hall, and I also brought along my phone charger (not pictured). To my surprise, the light in City Hall was perfect.”

Kim writes about the decision,

“I've heard of iPhone weddings before, but I've only heard of 1 (maybe 2, according to Google), and so when Jonathan told me he was looking for a photographer to photograph their wedding with only an iPhone, I was esctastic. While I love my 5D, I'm a huge Instagram user and take more photos with my iPhone than any other camera I have. It's the camera, er, phone, I always have on me, and it's what has documented some of my best memories.”

Be sure to check out the full blog post to read about all the other details from the wedding!

Here are the shots from the wedding below.
























[Via Photojojo via Kim A. Thomas]

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Sharon M's picture


Neat :) I'd process these w/Snapseed and shoot w/King Camera. Instagram is not really a photo editor.

LOL, well the photos are decent, but I doubt with that resolution you'd be able to get any decent size prints out of it. I hope they got a good price on the wedding photography, or free.


You would be surprised. I work in a pro-commercial print lab that also
does pro ink-jet print work for museums around our city. The guy that does the
printing can get a good 1 meter x 1 meter print out of a hipstamatic

Mike Folden's picture

I dig these a lot!

Graham Marley's picture

I guess my complaint is, there's nothing here you can't do stylistically in photoshop, and now they can't decide later that maybe they want something a little cleaner down the road? Oh well, to each their own.

Really well done. A Big High Five. 

David Stephen Kalonick's picture

These are really nice! I love that the couple wanted this. I wish she would have used VSCO Camera app. That app would take these images to another level. 

Per the photographers original post
" I also used PhotoForge2 for straightening and enhancing a few photos, and VSCO cam for a handful of other photos. "

These have way more character than most wedding photo I have seen...Including my own. 

With the limited tools Kim had at hand, no doubt she did a wonderful job. And most of all, she delivered what the client requested. However, I believe that later on, the client will want professionally crafted and edited prints, which a phone camera or a social network photo editor can't deliver. I wouldn't do the job without assuring with a second (and also a third) shooter would take those another pictures, which are really worth the price the client pays in the end. 

Tam Nguyen's picture

Good luck printing those out.

I think she did a good job with these, but what was the couple thinking?  Next they're going to hire a carpenter to add a garage to their house, but instead of having him use his expertise to decide which tools to use for the job, they're only going to let him use his hammer and a hand saw...

Garrett Graham's picture

I think this is actually a cool way for the photographer to have fun doing something different and the client gets unique looking images for a very reasonable price. You would have to make sure they understood the limitations up front for sure. I like the images and think an Instagram wedding was a cool idea.

This is just dumb. Maybe for some shots. I do love Instagram, but man this the overkill! Shoot with a damn camera. If you love the Instagram look so much, have your photog apply the filters after. They're really not that difficult to achieve! As Garrett mentions above, there's just far too many limitations. And moments missed!

Soooo limiting. I don't see one close-up intense moment. No details shots? Boring Hipsters

I'm starting to think that you didn't read the whole article, or research this further before you commented. These are only some, of the 120 photos that the photographer submitted to the couple. So maybe there are some detail shots like you'd like to see but we just didn't get to see them. It's also unfair to assume that the photographer is a "boring hipster" and it's unfair to assume that it's a negative thing when first off, it was the couple's choice to shoot the wedding on an iPhone and iPhone only and ultimately that it yielded unique results. How often do all wedding photos look exactly the same? In this case the photographer faced a new challenge of shooting a wedding in a cropped mode, with a limiting camera and she overcame those challenges and provided some excellent results. If you take a look at her portfolio, she's a very talented photographer and it's unfair to be so rude and dismissive after one quick glance at an except of her work.  

Louis's comment used the plural of the word hipster. Since there were two clients, and only one photographer, I assume he was calling out the clients. It would probably be "unfair to assume that the photographer is a 'boring hipster.'" It's a good thing he didn't do that. It's unfortunate that you didn't read his comment or research further before you were so rude and dismissive after one quick glance at what he wrote.

(by the way, the word is excerpt, not except)

It's an interesting idea, and perhaps fun to do for a portion of the shots at the wedding... But shooting the whole thing on iPhones?! Nah.
If the clients happy with them, and will continue to be happy with them for the rest of their lives then great for them, but in the end they look exactly like what they are... camera phone pictures/snaps at a wedding.

I´m sooo gonna use an Iphone for my next wedding!!

haha,.. it's freakin awesome,.. but still we should provide the backup documentation from SLR. :-) 

Love the idea of departing from the traditional photography ideal of using a regular dslr and experimenting with different media! 

Dan Stone's picture

i want to be all snobby but the pics speak for themselves, really great work, the resolution is usable its a shame for the couple they cant print these out it big sizes, that said i know not everyone wants prints and you can still get decent small prints from these.... overall client got what they asked for - great pictures on iphone :)

Most people who have a court house wedding don't have a photographer at all. I think this is a cool little way to save money and still document your special day for someone who just want something small and low key. I would do it

Art is subjective and people will always have their preferential styles and mediums whether that art was produced by sketching, oil painting, a Linotype process, a Polaroid image, an iPhone, or an 8x10 view camera using black & white film. To me these images have a unique look, great composition, and exude the character and emotion of the day. Kudos to the photographer for taking up the challenge and producing this work. Since it was commissioned by the couple, it is them and only them that truly decide if the photographer did a great job and the value met or exceeded the cost and their expectations. I suspect that they were happy with the results.

N.'s picture

OK, let's see...iPhone 4s costs about $500, right? Canon T2i (550D) also costs about $500. The lens (50mm f1.4) she already had. Now-I wonder-if she shot those SAME photos using Canon T2i and a 50mm f:1.4 what would be the comments? 'Ah-oh', 'great','fantastic', 'amazing', 'awesome'...? I don't think so! All the fuss here is only about using a PHONE to do a job meant to be done by the PROPER tools of the trade, that's all! IMHO, the point is missed by far-pictures are mediocre (at best), and as such I don't think that anybody would publish them, but.the sensation is-the phone! Personally, I would like people to talk about my PHOTOS and not my equipment...

Something else-let's say, some day, you are visiting a doctor because your vision is gone bad an he pulls an iPhone, starts an app. for vision diagnostics and examine your eyes that way? Would you say 'awesome' and 'great' or would you insist that he uses a PROPER equipment? Well, would you??

You are clearly off the mark with that doctor analogy.  The iphone is still a camera and she used camera lenses.  

N.'s picture

 iPhone is a mobile phone. I'll call you on your camera to explain...but wait, I can't, I don't have your Guide number!!

Great images great style, its all about the photographer, not the tool :)

The wedding took place in the 1970s, right?

In 30 or 40 years from now, people will wonder why photographic equipment in 2012 was so bad that photographers couldn't make better pictures.