My name is Kristen and I a newborn photographer in Calgary, Alberta. These days, I find that my favourite camera is the one on my iPhone. I started I Heart Phoneography as a personal challenge to improve my phoneography.
Phoneography is the art of creating photos with your phone’s camera. This style differs from all other forms of digital photography in that images are shot, processed and shared on the same device. Although my phone camera has several technical limitations, it is my go to camera for capturing daily life.
First off, my iPhone camera makes editing and sharing photographs extremely easy. Editing is easy and only takes a few seconds. This means my photos no longer sit on an external hard drive in isolation. Instead, I enjoy looking at and sharing my snap shots on a regular basis.
Second, they say the best camera is the one you always have with you. For myself, and many others that is the camera built into a cell phone. My iPhone camera is small, lightweight and by my side at all times. As a new mom, I appreciate the compact nature of the phone camera. I cary around so much baby gear that pulling out the DSLR feels like a giant pain in the ass.
Finally, I enjoy the freedom and spontaneity associated with a phone camera. I find, I am less concerned with the technical aspects built into the camera. This allows me to focus more on external factors such as composition, lighting and the subject that I am shooting. Ultimately, the lack of technical capabilities built into a phone camera allow me be more present in the moment.
Don’t Be a Hater
Phoneography sometimes gets a bad rap. I believe that good photography is not about the type of camera you use. It is about how a person sees and captures the world. With this in mind, I believe that shooting with an iPhone is good practice, even for a seasoned professional photographer.
Don’t get me wrong, there is still a place for DSLR cameras. I am grateful to have professional wedding and family portraits. I also enjoy pulling out my DSLR and working on my technical skills from time to time. I find many of these skills are transferable to using a phone camera and have helped improve my iPhoneography.
For the most part, the technical limitations of a phone camera do not matter to me. Many of my photographs are ephemeral. I am not looking to enlarge and display the vast majority of the pictures taken with my phone. I am simply looking to capture joy in everyday moments. It may be a photo of a beach, my baby or a hamburger. My goal is to capture a feeling, not to create a technically perfect masterpiece.
So forget about the expensive cameras and fancy equipment once in a while. I challenge you to get out there and start taking amazing snap shots with your phone. Be present, capture and share the fun and quirky little moments that life brings with iPhoneography!
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I am 31 years old and I have a BA in Art History and an MLIS (Master of Library and Information Studies). Yes, you need a Master’s degree to be a REAL Librarian.
I am married to a wonderful man named Eric. We met in the autumn of 2003 and have been together ever since. Eric and I were married in Canmore, Alberta on top of a mountain. It was a sunny and blustery spring day that we shared with our closest friends and family.
Our sweet baby boy Luca was born in April of 2014. Eric, Luca and I live in snowy Calgary, Alberta in a cute 1912 home. The best thing about living in Calgary is being so close to the Rocky Mountains.