Canadian Photographer Shoots the Entire Wedding on iPhone 8 Plus


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Barb Simkova, a professional photographer from Toronto, recently captured a stunning rustic wedding on just her iPhone 8 Plus, showing how having a good eye, a reliable camera, and a little bit of practice can yield some pretty unreal photographs, without the need of any top-of-the-line equipment or editing software (via iMore).

Simkova says she loves how an iPhone lets you capture something quickly, with little technical knowledge and set up. “Portrait mode blows me away”, she added. Some of the images that come out of the iPhone in portrait mode have such a beautiful depth to them that “I find myself exclaiming, ‘THAT was shot on an iPhone?’”. She also praised the low-light capability of the iPhone 8 Plus.

“The portraits of Kristen with her flowers are my favourite. These images were lit from behind, which gives her the beautiful glow. Historically, backlight has been more challenging to capture on phone cameras, and the iPhone 8 Plus’s ability to deal with that type of light – which we wedding photographers spend all day hunting for – is a game changer.

I also find that the low-light capability of the iPhone 8 Plus is quite astounding. The quality of colour that the phone is able to pick up and the quality of the images that you can capture without motion blur or too much grain is really surprising.”

Check out some of her best shots from the wedding and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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  • sukisszoze

    I’m sure it’s exciting and challenging for the photographer to shoot a whole wedding on an iPhone and get publicity for it. As a customer, I would want my photographer to use the best tool for the job and there’s a limit on what a phone camera can do.

  • 3Stacks

    “I’ll do this for you for free if you let me…”


  • sukisszoze

    No kidding. I bet the photographer could have gotten a lot more really good shots with her talent using a DSLR…the client lost out in this case.

  • Heheh I know what you mean.
    If I paid someone, let’s say for sake of argument $2,000 to shoot my entire wedding, and the person showed up with just their phone, I’d be skeptical at first too.

    First thoughts in my head would be, (could have paid my teenage cousin $100) lol

  • Heheh I know what you mean.
    If I paid someone, let’s say for sake of argument $2,000 to shoot my entire wedding, and the person showed up with just their phone, I’d be skeptical at first too.

    First thoughts in my head would be, (could have paid my teenage cousin $100) lol

  • Tim

    How did the client lose? People (like myself) who work in photography/videography can tell the difference, sure, but a lot of people would be perfectly happy with these photos, which don’t have the depth of field, or dynamic range of a large sensor high end DSLR, but composition counts for a lot too, and some of the samples are quite nice. I shit on the iphone all the time, but the best camera is the one on you and what you do with it. I run professional gear, but use an iphone as a convincing backup regularly. Lot’s of pros do. In the right conditions, average joes (and janes) often can’t tell the difference…so if they’re happy, that’s all that really matters. Just because better exists, doesn’t mean everything else sucks.

  • sukisszoze

    Those are great shots and many probably can’t take the same shots with a fancy SLR. For more knowledgeable consumers, I am not so sure they would be willing to have their wedding photographed on a camera phone and be told there are couple of phone cameras used for backup.

  • Olivier

    really good results !

  • DJRiful

    A great photographer doesn’t requires super expensive equipment. If you have a professional DSLR to a novice, it still shoot like novice. Tech allows better resolution, controls and details.

    Shooting photo is all about the context, lightning and angles.

  • Pepe

    Boooooo, amature hour ?

  • messenger666

    Nice, and the way he/she shot (angles etc) show this person has the photographers eye, but the photos themselves appear soft. Hope the bride and groom don’t want actual prints (for family and friends), because they will be disappointed in the quality. Photos on the internet is one thing and ANYONE with a good eye can take photos that look good on the internet with a phone and the right software ….

  • El Cockblock

    The photographger’s skills account for a big portion of good photos, however. The teenage cousin most likely end up shooting pure garbage.

  • Alice Martine

    It’s spectacular to watch these pictures, but it’s really top to shoot an entire wedding with an iPhone. It’s only possible as it was shot by a professional. As it’s a wedding ceremony you want to catch every moment of it and I think with a phone it can’t possible every time to capture a large portion of a high-quality resolution. It’s always better to have a DSLR camera or hire a photographer to shoot it completely with its equipment. In my marriage, I have hired a photography service “Jon-Mark Photography” as wedding happens once in life and everyone wants to end the ceremony on a high note without anything sort.