Samsung Galaxy S8 Photos – My Only Camera in London

Samsung Galaxy S8 Phone Photos – My No-Camera Vacation to London

My (awesome) husband surprised me by purchasing tickets to London, where we went mid-October for a week on Fall Break. Oh man, is that an awesome city! I guess it’s a stereotype that Americans love London, but whatever, it’s true in my case.

A few of my favorite things about London:

1.       The accents. I just find them so charming! We’d walk into a pub, and eventually just stop talking to each other so we could listen to the people around us. I know that sounds kind of creepy, and maybe it is, but it was truly about appreciating the accents and not about eavesdropping!

The Porcupine, where I had some delish fish and chips, and may or may not have heard some amazing accents. The Porcupine, where I had some delish fish and chips, and may or may not have heard some amazing accents.

2.       The sense of history. Dang, the US is a baby! The country of the USA (not to be mistaken for the amount of time people have been here) has existed for 1/10th of the time London has. And you can tell when you’re there! The architecture and the tradition is just striking, despite how modern and cutting edge London is in some ways.

View from the South Bank.  View from the South Bank.

3.       The double decker buses. We took these guys everywhere, and it was still fun at the end of the week. I always tried to sit in the front row up top – awesome views of the logic-defying maneuvers these buses took through the traffic.

Our preferred mode of transportation. Our preferred mode of transportation.

4.       The cider. We found some delicious cider that wasn’t too sweet, wasn’t too dry. We got some pints to go, and sipped on it all day, like a couple of hoodlums. But it was a blast.

A park where we may or may not have consumed said cider. A park where we may or may not have consumed said cider.

5.       The markets. Honestly visiting markets is one of my favorite things to do on vacation. You just get such a real sense of a place! We loved the Borough Market and Camden Market.

Just a little bit of seafood paella at the Borough Market. Just a little bit of seafood paella at the Borough Market. Camden Market/Cranes In The Sky. Yes, that was a Solange reference.  Camden Market/Cranes In The Sky. Yes, that was a Solange reference.

To tell you the truth, I could go on and on, but I’ll just share the photos. Speaking of…

Flat white at Louie Louie in Southwalk. AMAZING. They know how to do coffee in the UK, and I was SO glad.  Flat white at Louie Louie in Southwalk. AMAZING. They know how to do coffee in the UK, and I was SO glad.

I’m not sure if you’ve ever heard this, but London can be a little rainy, and pickpocketing can be an issue. Luckily, we didn’t run into issues associated with either of these risks, but they contributed to a very weird thing. A thing I’ve never done before.

Street art in Camden. Street art in Camden.

I didn’t bring my camera out of our AirBnb. NOT EVEN ONCE.

That’s right, all these photos were taken with my phone. Amazing, right? Let me just say, it was SO liberating.

Dock on the South Bank. Dock on the South Bank.

Even though I love photography so much, and there’s nothing like my very favorite gear (you can read about my favorite gear HERE), even photographers sometimes need a break. It’s important to take time away to refresh and see things in a new way, and vacationing camera-free was just what I needed.

Inside the King Cross tube station. Inside the King Cross tube station. Chinatown at night in London. We ate some amazing dumplings there that night! Chinatown at night in London. We ate some amazing dumplings there that night! Dutch pancakes at the Camden Market. So good! Dutch pancakes at the Camden Market. So good! London Eye. You have to! London Eye. You have to! My very last meal in London, and it FINALLY lived up to its reputation of having gross food. This carrot cake with custard was truly awful. But you know, if that's the only unappetizing meal in a week, that's doing pretty darn good! My very last meal in London, and it FINALLY lived up to its reputation of having gross food. This carrot cake with custard was truly awful. But you know, if that’s the only unappetizing meal in a week, that’s doing pretty darn good!

Well, I guess it wasn’t totally camera free 😉

Melissa Hirsch Photography is a wedding photographer specializing in unique, artistc wedding photos in Denver and worldwide.

21 Comments

  1. Hannah Gunnell

    Sometimes it’s so nice to put down the camera and just relax. These are lovely travel photos! Now I want to go to London haha.

  2. Lilli

    What a fun way to document your trip! Definitely a different sense from carrying around camera equipment to just having your phone

  3. Andrea

    Ah sweet freedom from the gear!!!! Glad you got to enjoy London out from under the shackles of photo gear. Yes its lovely and we can take some killer shots but sometimes you just gotta break free and enjoy the world from your own perspective, not through a big ole lens!

  4. Laurie Louis

    What a great trip to you had. These photos are amazing to have only used one camera. I love London so I am definitely jealous. I love how the photos make you feel like you are there.

  5. Amy

    Your husband sounds like a keeper, I absolutely adore London, the parks, the history and i even love the food!

  6. Jess

    It is truly incredible to go other places and realize how young the United States is. I would also probably be the one not talking in the restaurants so that I could listen to people speaking!

  7. jiyeon

    bringing no camera is the best part of vacation right? as a photographer I totally understand the feeling of not wanting to bring the "work gear" when traveling! these are all lovely and London looks like such a fun place to visit!

  8. Maria Newman

    I love that you didn’t take your camera! I have done that a few times and it really is a freeing feeling, but of course you got some wonderful pictures and memories even without it. I already had the itch, but you’ve made me want to go to London even more now!

  9. Sarah Holladay

    Ok girl, mad props to the S8 and the artist behind it!! 😉 Love reliving your vacation through your pictures. That market Paella looks AMAZING!! London for the win.

  10. Emily Moore

    London is such a wonderful place, I’m so glad that you got to experience it! It looks like you had a lot of fun 🙂 All of these pictures of food are making me so hungry — they look amazing! Also — maybe I need to consider changing phones because these pictures are really great quality! I can’t believe they were all taken on your phone!!

  11. sarah

    wow! Your vacation looks like it was such a fun time. I have always dreamed of traveling to London, just hasnt happened yet. These photos are pretty great quality for coming from a phone

  12. Elizabeth

    Wow! This looks you had an amazing time! And that dessert…omg I want it! So happy you got to go on an adventure and get some very much needed r and r!

  13. Whitney Milton Films

    Melissa, I love how you are traveling the world! I love your photography work in Denver, but your recent travel work makes me long to backpack again! Beautiful photos and beautiful spirit 🙂

  14. Lacey Fincer

    This phone camera photography is absolutely mesmerizing. The street food, history, and architecture is beautifully captured by your phone! This London photography makes me want to visit!

  15. Cori

    That is amazing it’s all with a phone! I absolutely despise taking phone photos but that is just me, I love taking my camera around with me. What a beautiful adventure

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