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Couples Destination Wedding…Shot With A Camera Phone

By Lauren Kermelis on December 9th 2013

Choosing a wedding photographer can be an overwhelming feat, there are so many talented artists and with the generation of the internet, searching at time scan seem endless. Out of the many factors that play into hiring a photographer, one must consider style, pricing, and competency
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When it came to choosing a photographer for their wedding, bride and groom, Christa and Chris, had no hesitation. Joy Maria Smallwood, an accomplished wedding and lifestyle photographer, would be their pick. The one exception… their wedding would be shot on the Nokia Lumia 1020, a camera phone.

Nokia, approached Smallwood asking if she would be willing to “try out” the Lumia 1020 to shoot one of her weddings. Smallwood agreed and booked with a couple who would be willing to take a chance on this offer.


Smallwood, as well as the couple were incredibly impressed with the outcome. The Lumia, features a 41 megapixel sensor, along with included apps to manually adjust iso and white balance, amongst many other options. According to Joy, many of the advanced manual options on the Nokia make it easier to accomplish the shots she desired, especially the wide-angle functions, leaving the result of one happy, and glad to say, beautiful wedding.







[via “WP Central“]

Lauren Kermelis is a freelance photographer wedding, portrait, and event photographer based out of Southern California.


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  1. Joe Fonebone

    Less an article, more an advertisement.

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  2. David + Kara Wedding Imagery

    sure, any image can look fantastic when it’s resized to 500 px wide. but blow them up full size and the difference will be very apparent. I’m sure in time smartphones will come closer to the quality of DSLRs, but not any time soon.

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    • Gogu

      In time smartphones will indeed come closer to DLSRs but of a another times. It’s like saying that the Lumia 1020 takes better pictures than a 2002 DSLR, and it does. Smartphones will NEVER be able to take the same quality photos of ANY DLSR of the same period. Simply because no matter how much the sensors will evolve, they will do the same in the DSLRs too and there’s really no way a very small sensor could outresolve a MUCH BIGGER one.

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  3. George Roberts

    It’s a nice idea, but I’d be concerned with the quality of the images. And it’s definitely true, that it’s not about the equipment. Photos are beautiful.

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  4. Reynardt

    The work is great, the idea is brave. But what if they wanted large prints. You can not EVER match the quality to a DSLR….

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