inspiration | phoneography

image of sunset take with iPhone
image of sunset take with iPhone
image of sunset take with iPhone
“The Best Camera is the one that’s with you.” – Chase Jarvis

“Gear is good.  Vision is better.” – David duChemin

The other day I borrowed my husband’s iPhone 4S, so that I could listen to a live streaming of a photography class while going for a run at the same time.  Ironically, I hardly listened to the class as I kept stopping to take pictures of the sun setting in the distance.  It made me remember these inspirational words above by Chase Jarvis & David duChemin.  I think it’s so easy to get caught up in the idea that you need the best equipment to take great photos.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have great equipment, but on my own photographic journey, I have learned that what moves you to take the photo in the first place matters so much more.  

Plus, I can’t believe the quality of photos taken from phones nowadays!  I still remember my old nokia phone back in the day and thinking it was the coolest thing ever.  If you’ve had the privilege of capturing an awesome moment with your phone, please share it here — I’d love to see it!


  1. great photos and thanks for the reminder that great photos come from within and not always from the best equipment.

    • Thank you so much, oliviagonz! I often have to remind myself, too, whenever I see someone with a great lens and wish I had the money for it :)

    • Thank you so much, margarita, and thank you for sharing your photos! I especially liked splendour in the park, your sweet dog waiting and the promise — wonderful to return to the same place and see how it has changed!

      • Thank you! We forget that no matter how much stability we search for, nothing ever stands still. Nature is a wonderful reminder that stability is ever changing, not static!

  2. what a beautiful sight! photos like these are an example of how much there is that we must see and appreciate. i agree with you all the way when it comes to photography. it is not so much the equipment but the vision, the hand, behind any camera.

  3. Love love love it!! I just told my husband that I need a better phone — mine takes pretty good pics but not as good as yours!! BEAUTIFUL!! And, phoneography?? LOVE IT!! Thanks for the post!!

  4. Reblogged this on I Spy God and commented:
    Had to laugh… phoneography AND running!! I think God’s telling me to get out there!! :) LOVE IT!!
    My phone is not that good, but check out the picture I took the other day!! file:///C:/Users/Jackson/Desktop/mobile%20uploads/death%20of%20daisy.jpg

    • I actually have 3 cameras and use them equally — a d-slr, a point and shoot, and the one on my phone — you never know what you’ll see :)

  5. It seems to me that there is another element that is equally important – the mindset that you expect to see something interesting enough to capture with one of those cameras. I have not yet developed the habit of carrying my camera with me everywhere I go and unfortunately that means that I am often left thinking – oh, that could have been a wonderful photograph! I guess the expectation that everything is worth seeing in a new way is part of the vision that you have developed. Thanks for sharing your insights and talent with us.

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