CHALLENGE: Wedding flash photography, with a cellphone!

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CHALLENGE: Wedding flash photography, with a cellphone!

A recent thread (now full) prompted an interesting question. That question was simple: can a cellphone be used to create quality images using advanced off camera flash during an actual wedding? Has this been accomplished even once in the history of the world?

I posed a challenge in the thread (but close to the end, so there was little time for anyone to respond) to show even a single image that met the criteria above, but no one was able to. There were some images posted in reply, but they mostly did not use flash (and three of the four weren't of weddings.)

Can anyone post even a single example of this ever occurring? Even once? I'm truly fascinated to see.

For reference:

The first link posted is here: https://petapixel.com/2018/10/13/magazine-covers-shot-with-phones-aint-no-thang/

In this example, the cellphone users used natural light, and the quality is mediocre. Everything is posed, and it's not a wedding.

The second is here:https://petapixel.com/2017/08/07/iphone-studio-portraits-shot-using-godox-a1-flash-system/

In this example, the quality is actually quite good! Unfortunately, it's a heavily posed shoot taken of a model in a studio. It was not captured in the fast paced, often low light situation of a wedding.

Here is the third link that was posted: https://www.boredpanda.com/iphone-wedding-photography-sephi-bergerson-india/

In this example, the quality is terrible, and there is no evidence of off camera flash at all, much less even somewhat advanced lighting.

The last is here: https://fstoppers.com/fashion/using-smartphone-bridal-fashion-photoshoot-217419

Like the first example, the quality isn't very good (which the company admits, saying, "Although they wouldn't use these images for a professional job, such as billboard ads, Vanja and Marko do believe that they would work nicely for something on a smaller scale, such as an Instagram-based campaign." Additionally, there is once again no evidence whatsoever of any off camera flash work.)

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