As much as I fantasize about getting off the grid, homeschooling, living off the land and putting my family in the infamous “bubble”… I am sincerely grateful for the advances in technology in this hustle bustle world – most meaningful being my iPhone. Although I am not one who believes in always being accessible via text, call or email, I am somebody who almost always has the iPhone close by. I have three young boys, ages 2, 4, and 8 and it makes my heart sing to know I am capturing their daily life using the camera that lives inside my iPhone.
Being a full time professional photographer certainly has its perks. I have (hundreds of) thousands of beautiful photos of my children and I absolutely need to thank my 5D Mark III for that (among other things). But let’s be honest, after talent, passion and a decent understanding of exposure- a good piece of equipment doesn’t hurt! Carrying that 5D around, with my favorite 85mm 1.2L attached, is not very friendly to my wrist and small-ish diaper bag I’ve recently downgraded/upgraded to. It can be cumbersome to safely transport and effectively use while changing diapers, shopping at Target and running to soccer practice. In addition to the obvious fact that the camera is heavy and huge – I have to admit that it often reminds me of work. I shoot professionally at least 4 times a week and it’s nice to have a reprieve from the fancy camera.
Enter the iPhone. Not only can I look up how many ounces of veggies my two year old should be having, check the weather for the afternoon park playdate, review important emails, read about the recipe I’m soon to cook, but (this is a big but) – I can very easily capture my kids in the routine of everyday life. And let me tell you, I just love the everyday routine. I do. While we often do the same “things” everyday, it is forever and always changing. These boys are growing right before my very eyes and I just long to document as much of it as I possibly can. To metaphorically stop time.
I know many will say that the iPhone camera has poor quality/capabilities (or any phone camera for that matter) and to an extent I will agree. However, it is as good or better than many point and shoots (comparable in size) on the market today. It bears repeating – a camera is a camera and the operator is the biggest part of any final piece of imagery. I have learned how to make the convenient iPhone a staple in my daily mission to capture moments of my children – and of life around me.
I’m honored to be blogging with Chic Critique once a month on the topic of iPhoneography/ Phoneography. I have lots of exciting topics planned and I want to hear from you on what you’re interested in learning, in general, and from me specifically. My plans are to take you through before and after edits of iPhone images, go over all the best apps for editing, provide links to several wonderful articles/tutorials on Phoneography, share inspiring photographers who are also passionate about Phoneography, discuss ways to use Phoneography to promote your business as well as branding your Phoneography imagery to remain consistent with your portrait work.