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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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Matt Chandler's picture

It's all about exploring photography. I shoot a lot of stuff with a Kodak Duaflex II that I taped up to sort of work with 35mm rolls. If someone wanted to pay me to document their wedding day with that thing, I'd love to.

Casey Fatchett's picture

Experimentation for its own sake? While the photographer did a great job with an iPhone and Instagram - what if the couple wants to print photos. The iPhone has a limited range, the pictures show some obvious noise issues online. If they expect to order prints or an album, they may be disappointed with the quality. I don't see anything wrong with doing something different or using this as a supplement to a regular camera - a way for family/friends far away who couldn't be there the day of to share in the wedding online. But, you have to think about the 'big picture'.

Not sure why everyone jumps to the automatic conclusion that the couple is unaware of the limitations.  Enlarging, blah, blah.  Its a courthouse wedding shot with a phone and I'm going to make the assumption that the couple is aware of the situation and are not expecting the same results you would get if the photographer was to use pro equipment.  As long as THIS couple is happy and aware of the situation.......They are doing it to do something original.

Casey Fatchett's picture

As you may see in this post by Jerry Ghionis, he shot his 'favorite' shots on an iPhone. Yes, you can take beautiful pictures with an iPhone - equipment doesn't make the photographer!  However, he also shot with another camera and captured 'select' photos with the iPhone - and had his professional team shooting as well.

RHPhoto's picture

At first I was kinda annoyed at this idea. But lets consider what the situation is. First of all it doesn't look like their first marriage(for at least one of them anyway-kid). Secondly it was done at City Hall. I don't even see any other people besides the two moms. Probably didn't have a reception at all(120 shots from the entire day to me says no). The couple also requested it. In all honesty I do have a deep hatred for instagram, but in the end you get what you pay for and I hope they paid the photographer for her time and not her gear.  

Kelli Deitman's picture

Ugh, these look like crap.  Flat, boring, lifeless garbage.

David Crockett's picture

The photos are ok at best. I notice no detail shots or closeups at all. Just full-body shots. They may look "ok" at this size, but I don't think they'd hold up when printed at 16x20. The photographer looks like they had the mentality of a phone camera shooter, getting everyone centered in the frame and showing their whole body in every shot. This is cute for a friend to do, but for a professional to do it, sacrilege! 

There's an assumption here that this job would be charged less because it's shot on an iPhone. I hope the photographer didn't offer a discount because she was using her (iPhone) camera rather than her (Canon) camera. She still had to do the job and the post. Weddings are hard work, regardless of the pencils you use!

Paul Taverna's picture

A1 love it

Erik Flyg's picture

Ive printed an A2 from an Iphone 4S and it looked actually looked good at viewing distance. 

littlethingsfavors's picture

Being in the wedding industry for years now, I can tell you that these photographs are very in line with the current trends.  People are leaning towards rustic / vintage / retro themes and these fit in perfectly with that using the filters on instagram.  Plus this is a great way to save money on your wedding costs if you know someone who has an artistic eye and is good on a Mac, they can snap the shots and import them into a photo editing software package to edit / clean up anything you need.  Being married for 9 years, I can tell you I only displayed 1 out of hundreds of my wedding photos - the rest stayed in an album, which I hardly look at.  You're there to capture the moment, not pay through the teeth for staged photos, which I think are becoming more and more outdated with the years.

Nico Socha's picture

On the equipment picture you can see that she uses normal lenses, i think it is ok... the image sensor of the iphone is not bad compared to its size. There is an interessting article out there from DxOMark, they measured that the sensors from mobilephones are more powerfull than any other image sensor in releation to its size. But no question when i would shoot the most importand day of a couple i would take my NEX-7 instead of an iPhone for sure. But it is all about the photographer!

Tanya Jacobson-Smith's picture

Actually it is about what the client requested from the photographer...and the photographer in this case delievered...IMO

Nico Socha's picture

You are right, the photographer delivered... I hope that the couple is not asking later for bigger prints from their wedding :D

Nico Socha's picture

Agree, thats true. I only mentioned that I would choose a more versatile camera over the iphone but that would be only my choice.

Matt Creese's picture

Wow the arrogance! To think you could really get decent wedding photo's out of an iphone. They look terrible, out of focus, grainy, distorted, horrid white balance, under saturated and washed out. People who think these shot are any good clearly need new glasses.

Amanda Heironimus's picture

My qualms are with the lack of creativity in composition... I think the idea was a fun one (if not taken *too* seriously), it just left all kinds of room for imagination that wasn't explored. 

I'm sorry but I really think these pictures are kinda crappy. 

Travis Lawton's picture

I think this would be a blast as a photographer. It would really give your creative side a shot in the arm.

mrbinky3000's picture

Thank goodness Grandma was there with her film point-n-shoot so that the lucky couple can have a decent quality image of their big day.  I'm sorry, but using an iPhone is idiotic.  They could of used a real camera, gotten much better image quality, and then applied Instagram-like effects via batch processing or lightroom.   There are tons of free plugins out there for Photoshop.   I hope they didn't pay much for these.

Dexter Chacko's picture

The amount of snobbery in these comments is overwhelming.

The Instagram look obviously isn't for everyone, but there are great shots on here. Notice that the title of the article is "An Entire Wedding Shot on an iPhone and Processed Using Instagram", not "A Collection of Museum-Worthy Photos of the Absolute Highest Quality, Composed Exactly Like They Teach You in Photog 101, Shot By the Greatest Photographer in History."

The achievement is not supposed to be derived entirely from the pictures-- rather, the achievement comes from the fact that photography is evolving, and this is an example.

Darksaga's picture

Yeah man because the one with the bad motion blur and the one where they seem to be staring at another camera look wonderful over the blurry washed out instagram filter.

Adrian Spencer's picture

That must have taken some doing! Wow!

It goes to show that composition and subject are what make an image, and the photographer has done a great job, using the great building and landscape well. I have seen lots of wedding photos shot on 5D's and the like, that are absolutely hideous - poorly lit, badly framed etc. Considering most of these images will be consumed via the internet, and most people will be looking at the subject, the resolution argument is somewhat redundant. Even if the couple were to print their images, some don't necessarily want or need poster sized prints as part of their decor. I was recently in a situation where I stumbled on a fantastic location, did not have my DSLR with me and had to shoot with my iphone 4. I used the shots later in an assignment as backgrounds and on my 17" computer screen at full size they still looked fine - great in fact!

Cheryl Chan's picture

Proved again that the mind behind the camera is more important. 

Andrew Griswold's picture

I keep coming back to this post and it inspires me beyond belief. The simplicity of all the gear and just the know how to get the shot with anything is fantastic! Makes me want to shoot my first wedding with an iPhone and similar gear (maybe even less if I feel daring). 

IGOR Photography's picture

This is great, it shows that you don't need an expensive professional DSLR to get pretty good photos, 50% is the photographer, 30% the light and 20% the equipment, or something like that!

C. Edward Brice's picture

Considering the demographic about to move into marrying age, the rapid demise of anything printed, the continual improvement of camera phones, and the eventual replacement of of the traditional dslr as we know it with the next generation of mirror-less you can bet iphone weddings, as  a less expensive package option will see rapid growth and and adoption in  the 2 years.

The notion of having to have wedding prints, or even having to have a photographer running all over your wedding with big equipment is a 20th century concept that will and is coming under attack.

I think this article goes to prove that it's not all about the camera. The skill of the photographer is the major factor in what your wedding photographs will come out like. Great job!

Ela Golanski's picture

I think this a well done point that you cannot judge by the equipment used.

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