I turned up to a professional model photo shoot armed only with an iPhone. I was surprised at how she reacted

professional model photo shoot with an iPhone
Shooting on location gave me much more visual variety than I’d get in a studio. Mia the model added variety by using accessories such as a straw hat. (Image credit: George Cairns)

For the last 8 years or so I’ve been a regular writer for MacLife and MacFormat magazines, so I’ve written a lot about iPhone photography (or iphoneography as we like to hashtag!). To generate images for various iPhone tutorials and features I tended to shoot friends and family. More recently I realized I needed to ‘up my game’ and shoot a professional model (plus the novelty of appearing in print had long worn off for my relations). So I popped over to Purpleport.com to find a model who was available for a paid shoot.  

A few days later I headed to London to meet Mia, a full-time model from Australia who was touring Europe. Mia was a highly experienced model and had many shoots booked in advance throughout her European trip. Before we met I warned her via that I was going to be shooting on an iPhone for MacFormat magazine, rather than using a DSLR. I didn’t want her to think I was a pervy middle-aged man with an iPhone, playing at being photographer! In an attempt to make my iPhone 13 Pro Max look a bit more like a ‘proper’ camera I popped it into a ShiftCam ProGrip. This bulked up the shape of my iPhone and enabled me to tap a physical shutter button to snap a shot via Bluetooth (as well as wirelessly charging the iPhone during the shoot). 

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.