Famous Photographer Dreams of Using iPhone 5 for Glamour Portraits

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Iman is a photographer who, through her unique process of coaching and photography, can show a woman what other people see when they look at her. She is passionate about teaching other photographers how to live and be a professional and making change in the world. She dreams of changing the way women look at their bodies and how the world defines beauty. She also thinks being an instructor on CreativeLIVE would be incredible. Iman battles Lyme disease and shares her unique view of dreaming while fighting for her health. Her post day is Wednesday. info@imanwoods.com Iman Woods If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

My dream of becoming a famous photographer scares me sometimes.

For a very long time I refused to dream of being a famous photographer. I wanted to be known for changing lives, self-esteem and helping women. I pushed myself to focus on creating an empowering experience.

Recently I realized that I was scared that my work would not warrant fame simply on the merits of being great photography. If I compare myself to famous photographers like Sal Cincotta, Sue Bryce or Jack Reznicki it’s easy to find myself lacking. I was afraid to try to compete with them or even try to follow in their footsteps. I also refuse to call myself a famous photographer no matter how many “fans” I have.

I eschewed my famous photographer dream merely because I didn’t believe in myself.

A few weeks ago I had a serious aha moment courtesy of Catherine Hughes and her relentless faith in me. I am struggling to take my own advice and not compare where I am in my journey to where they are.

In an effort to embrace the journey and goal of becoming a famous photographer I’m trying to challenge myself to create better artwork.

I believe a great artist can create beautiful work regardless of their tools or circumstance.

This week I’m traveling and am without a computer or laptop. I could take a break from working, but I’m a workaholic and photography feeds my soul. So I decided to try and shoot, edit and process a glamour photo shoot completely on my iPhone 5.

I’m not going to lie: I was not sure I could pull this off.

I normally shoot a Canon 1DS Mark ii. That camera is an extension of my heart and soul and is just as valued as an appendage. I hope you can understand why I almost had a panic attack leaving it at our room. I needed the iPhone to be my only option so I would fully immerse myself in the iPhone’s capabilities and work around the limitations.

Here is the result:

taken, edited and processed completely on the iPhone 5

iPhone 5 glamour photo taken, edited and processed completely on the iPhone 5

I used Camera+, Snapseed and Vintique apps. I’m thrilled with how these turned out. I think this series captures her pretty spirit and easy laughter.

I have a favor. She is a stunning woman who has an inner beauty that shines out of her face. She’s an amazing wife and mother who gives back to her community. But she doesn’t see what I can see. Please comment on something you find beautiful about her. Think of this is as my own mini Dove experiment and a way to help one woman see herself more positively.


  • Her smile says I have known both joy and sorrow.

    • ImanWoods

      That’s beautiful, David.

  • Dear Iman
    I totally get where you are coming from. I too do that thing where I copmpare and want to give up on my dream. Thats the flaw in us as women, what we need to do is celebrate every small achievement and stop comparing ourselves to those who have been in industry for 20 years.

    Please never give up on your dream.I’m glad Cath was there to encourage you. She’s good at doing that :)

    Ps. Going to try this with hubby’s iPhone5


    • ImanWoods

      Please share some of the photos, Sue! I hope your baby girl is feeling better today. My Bub is sick too. :(

  • I love that she looks like she adores you and she reminds me of famous US tennis star Chris Everett. She looks healthy, strong, and fun. I can always spot a star, Missy. That’s always been my talent – it’s just getting them (clearing throat) to see it (like the Dove beauty sketches). You have what I call “the fascination factor” — you are fascinating Hell, just look at the comments here.


  • There is a peaceful glow to her. She has THE most beautiful smile (and teeth!!). Young and vibrant! She looks like an honest, trustworthy woman. I bet she is very good and attentive to her hubby and kid(s)! And they must make her day, because even though we women feel down on ourselves many times, it takes much love to lift one up. She looks like she is loved!

    • ImanWoods

      This is beautiful and so true! Thank you for commenting. :)

  • It’s her smile that makes her beautiful. And that’s not about symmetry, or white teeth, or botox. She looks happy. And that makes me happy.

    • ImanWoods

      Absolutely! It’s definitely something that shines out of her soul.

  • These are absolutely gorgeous. (Especially the third – my absolute favorite.) These are images of sweetness and grace. It makes me happy to look at them.

    • ImanWoods

      Sweetness and grace! Love it.

  • She looks like such a sweetheart! Great smile and bright blue eyes. Looks like you both had fun!

    • ImanWoods

      Eyes and smile totally stand out. :) I’m certain I had more fun. But I’m glad it LOOKS like she was having fun!

  • Maya

    To me she looks like she exudes a kind of calm happiness that exists in people who are able to live life with a sense of humor. Especially love the pic to the right – I can almost hear her laughing. Lovely!

    • ImanWoods

      It’s impossible to NOT smile when she’s smiling or laughing. She has a great sense of humor.

  • She has the kindest face.

    • ImanWoods

      She does. And she is.

  • Beautiful smile. Caring eyes. I want her hair! :) Great work!

    • ImanWoods

      I want her hair too! Thanks, Remy!

  • Lyndie

    She looks like a fun, positive person to be around! And I also agree, what a beautiful smile!!

    • ImanWoods

      She totally is! And her smile is contagious.

  • Her eyes are filled with compassion, and she has a very warm and inviting smile.

    • ImanWoods

      All true! Thanks for commenting.

  • Her smile brightens the picture! She projects a carefree happiness, which made me smile while just looking at her three pictures. Very beautiful woman!

    • ImanWoods

      Wow, Allison! You put that better than I could. :) Thank you!!!