Occasionally I have clients who tell me they want to use a friend as their photographer. I'm usually less than thrilled about this. "Greg's got a really nice camera," they say, "and he's going to give us a discount!"
Yeah, okay. But is Greg a photographer, or is he just a guy with a camera? 'Cause there's a whole world of difference.
A good photographer is one who understands how to frame a shot and how to work with the light they have available. They know how to wait for just the right moment before they press the shutter button. They can get great shots with anything, even an iPhone. Yes, a freaking iPHONE.
I present to you now three weddings shot with the common iPhone. They're stunning. Could your friend Greg get the same results?
Kim A. Thomas photographed a wedding at San Francisco City Hall. It's a beautiful old building, and a historic one. It was the site of Marilyn Monroe's second marriage, Harvey Milk's last moments, and the first of California's same-sex weddings to take place after the recent demise of Prop 8. (Yay, by the way!) Thomas manages to capture the grandeur of the place through a tiny little iPhone lens.
Colin Feldhaus of Matchless Photography was just waiting for the opportunity to do an entire wedding with an iPhone. Every photo is in black and white, making the contrast of light and dark in each image incredibly important. Not only did Feldhaus take every photo with an iPhone, but he used the phone to do all the editing as well. Say WHAT?! The results are jaw-droppingly beautiful and romantic.
Kenny Kim is one of Chicago's top wedding photographers. When Salma Hayek married billionaire (yes, with a "b") Francois-Henri Pinault, Kenny Kim was there to capture it. When a billionaire spends money on you for his wedding day, you're probably pretty good. Last year Kim got permission to photograph a couple's wedding with nothing but an iPhone, and the results were just beautiful.
What do you think, readers? Would you ever trust a photographer (even world-class) to capture your wedding on an iPhone? Do these iPhone wedding shoots change your feelings about amateur photographers?