Craigslist Listing Calls for a Hipstamatic Wedding Photographer

Would you shoot a wedding professionally with your iPhone and Hipstamatic? If you want to stay in business, probably not. But what if you were asked to do so, and paid for your work?

If you live near West Hartford, Connecticut, this might be an actual gig you can do. There’s a couple there looking for one or two Hipstamatic photographers to document their wedding in mid-September (don’t worry, they also have a primary non-iPhone photographer).

The creative gig request was posted to Craigslist late last month (here’s a copy of the page):

So basically, the couple loves Hipstamatic’s look so much that they want to pay $100 bucks for someone to document their wedding with it.

Would you be interested in this kind of job?


Image credit: Simon & Moira’s Wedding by davesag

  • Samcornwell

    This makes me so angry you have no idea.

    For the millionth time: Hipstagram does NOT make your photos look better.

  • gabe sturdevant

    Why not pay the pro an extra 100 bucks to put crappy filters on the photos they would have otherwise thrown away.

  • Jason

    You have a good point. Although, if it is what the client wants and is willing to pay, and in this case a decent amount, you do what will make them happy. As a professional photographer, you have to keep up with the lastest trends to keep the future clients curious and always looking at your portfolio. Now, would this not be an interested part of your portfolio to show to future clients by saying, “Yes, I have photographed a wedding with only a iPhone and Hipstagram per clients request.” Makes you look more versatile and willing to take on new challenges. Also, this is only a trend that will fade eventually and another trend will come along that will push some buttons. Cheers ~

  • Roy

    This couple obviously disagrees. And I can’t fathom why that would make you angry.

  • Adam Heiden

    Nobody said it makes them look better, it’s just different. Just like
    how digital doesn’t look better than film and vice versa. And if you
    prefer the look, then it would be cheap to find someone to do it for you
    since you are cutting out printing and editing costs. I still think
    they are underpaying though, $50/hr is more reasonable.

  • John Goldsmith

    As much as I am a participant of the Insta-Hip phenomenon, the one thing I will never understand is, as newlyweds (i.e., keying in on the prefix “new”), with a whole future ahead, why would anyone want their wedding photos to look old? It seems to me that this dose of infused nostalgia only clouds such a momentous and recent occasion that includes not only your memories, but that of your family and friends.

    I say this:

    Dear Newlyweds,

    Relax. Have patience. Take these prints and place them in the sun. In 25 years, on your silver anniversary, you’ll have the same effect. For now, carpe diem. If you want to reminisce now, think about the good ole days, just like that time back in the 80s when you wore pinned jeans, listened to Bryan Adams, and had your hair in a mullet. Yes, those were the best days of my life…

    Mazel tov!

  • pro creator

    I strongly defend this lovely new couple’s right to document their nuptials in any manner they choose. Their right to procreate is an entirely different matter…

  • miki

    no! because there’s already a photographer there and the job is underpaid. Competing with another shooter at the wedding is definitively something that as a photographer I’m against. Otherwise don’t see any problems. If they want hipstamatic photos done on iphone, they can have them. I would actually love such a job, with all the challenges. But in the end the couple needs to understand, that an iphone is not a professional camera and that there are good chances of missing some important moments. Otherwise it would give a fresh perspective on a wedding.

  • ennuipoet

    Why not just have all of their friends, notice I avoided using the term “hipster friends” (though I strongly suspect this to be the case) just use their iphones? Save you a hundred bucks and the crappy photos will be just the same.

  • John Goldsmith

    I wouldn’t say that an iphone isn’t professional but as with any gear it has faults and it can get in the way of taking pictures. In particular, these Apps have a long delay before they are ready to take a sequential photograph. That is, you get only one or two chances to photograph the kiss. There are also limited options for lighting (i.e., no flash or at best a limited flash). There are also technological limits such as with exposure control, as least with most smartphones. If a wedding client came to me with this request, I would make it explicitly clear that there are risks. And, I would have it in the contract that if there are any hiccups, there is no liability.

    On the plus side:

    The post-processing would be done before you left the wedding! :D

  • John Goldsmith

    Actually, for some people Hipstagram does make photos look better. That’s not to say they ARE better but, with photography, what does better mean anyway?

    Photography, like any art, is highly subjective. Some people just love bad looking photos (read: HDR). But, in truth, there is no true best look. It’s all in the eye of the beholder, right?

    With Instagram, the nostalgia does make photographs look better, or perhaps better said, makes the person feel happy about looking at the pictures. After all, what value does a photograph have if it doesn’t make you feel something?

    Perhaps Insta-Hips are not better looking but, rather, are more effective images.

  • Michael Smithey

    I’d do it.

  • Johanna Wood

    i would say that an iphone isn’t professional.

  • miki

    there is a diference in photographing a wedding and a sport event. On a wedding, you have to capture a particular moment that if missed wouldn’t be repeated. On a sport event there are dozens of moments that are worth being captured and if you miss one or more there will be no problems as long as you bring some representative frames o the event as a whole. In this matter it is harder to shoot a wedding that any other photojournalistic event. There is a great chance that you’ve missed some good shots at the olympics, but if you miss a kiss on the wedding…. that could be trouble. As long as you make it clear to the couple that there are certain risks and limitations your are ok.
    Otherwise I am very aware that the camera is not what makes an usable shot. But a phone is not as reliable as an pro camera. Considering that phone cameras have a big shutter lag (with an unpredictable time) makes them really exposed to missing a shot. With a clasical point and shoot on film there was little lag. You can make pro shots with anything even a pinhole.

  • miki

    agreed on the contract!

  • Spider- Man

    Free dinner, open bar, play with some bridesmaids and a 100 bucks to have fun with your phone. Why not…

  • Chris

    I think it matters more if there’s a professional behind the camera, than the type of device they’re holding.
    Ofcourse it will lack the features of their professional camera, but an experienced photographer can get good photos with an iPhone as well.

    ….but I think $25 is not enough for the time. Half of your lowest wedding rate could be fair.

  • srkeegan

    I have no problem doing whatever my client wants, but I do have a problem working for $25 per hour. LOL!

    Plus, many wedding photographers are already doing this just as an extra to give them a different look. Honestly, who cares? It’s their wedding. It’s their pictures. Put your ego aside and make your client happy. Period.

  • KKDiscussion

    At $25/hr we shouldn’t even be discussing the merits of having a “professional” behind the phone. That pay rate does equate with “professional.” I feel sorry for the primary photographer who will be contending with 2 other photographers over his/her shoulder all day. I wonder if that photographer is aware this is going to happen.

  • John Goldsmith

    @da5595c790625945bcf534c28f785695:disqus says: “On a wedding, you have to capture a particular moment that if missed wouldn’t be repeated. On a sport event there are dozens of moments that are worth being captured and if you miss one or more there will be no problems as long as you bring some representative frames o the event as a whole.”

    I hear you and I agree to a certain extent. But what you’ve concluded with (i.e, the event as a whole being more important than individual moments) is pretty much my philosophy when it comes to wedding photography. Not to blow my own horn but I’ve yet to disappoint. That said, I’ve never missed the all important kiss. But, then, I would argue that these same moments exist in Olympic sports. That is: the winning moment in the 100M dash. So, again, I’m not so sure wedding photography (that arguably moves at a much slower pace than the Olympics), is any more challenging to photograph than the Olympics – not that I would entertain doing, particularly for $100 measly bucks…

  • miki

    if it wouldn’t be for the client and the standard, that you shouldn’t miss the kiss, I think a wedding shoot, could well be representative without those particular moments. It can still be expressive, actually could be more expressive if you center on the feeling not, the events. If the client understands this, than you are golden and there is no problem doing a job on an iphone ;) As I see it, i would love to see more creativi in the way a wedding story is told.

  • Dean W. Thompson

    If they asked for instagram… Maybe. But hipstamatic? never.

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