We photographed Ellie for her senior portraits a while ago, but I thought I would share this behind the scenes slideshow. Making senior portraits is one of the most enjoyable things I do as a photographer because it is a collaboration between me and an incredible and unique individual who is just bursting out into the world ready to conquer! I love it!
Enjoy the slideshow and watch for more slideshows and photo posts throughout the summer months.
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Slideshow music by It Takes Two to Tango, courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
Mary is one smart and driven girl… and as you can see, quite beautiful as well. I have know Mary and her family since they moved to Arizona from Alaska. The time flew so fast and now she’s graduating (of course graduating in three years makes made the time go by a lot faster). Congratulations Mary.
Here are some of my favorite images from Mary’s senior portrait photography session.
When you take photographs of people, you look for identifying things about them, things that everyone else would notice. One of those things about Mary is her eyes. So lighting was extremely important to make sure her eyes were featured with enough light to show them off.
Mary’s sneior portrait session was photographed with the new Canon Mark 5D Mark III and a set of Canon Speedlight 600ex RT flashes. The RT in the name basically means these flashes have radio transmission capabilities. Which means extremely accurate off camera flash capability right from flash to flash, no additional hardware needed. In this next set of images you will see the beauty of the system.
In this next shot, I have a lot of sun coming down at Mary’s back, which gives her a great glow, but without some kind of forward light, I would have her face in too dark a shadow. So I have two Canon 600 Speedlights on either side the right flash just 2/3 stop higher in power than the other giving her a nice even fill on her face. These flashes are fantastic. Stay tuned for a full review of the flashes.
In this next shot, even though Mary is in the full shade of the house, I am able to give her a nice glow with the use of the Canon 600 Speedlight flashes. I absolutely love this shot.
It took me by surprise, but Mary can be quite the performer. After a little coaxing from her sisters and her mother, Mary opened up and gave us a great show.
Congratulations, Mary. I wish you the best. You’ll do great.
Senior Portrait Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Slideshow Music by Mindy Gledhill, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
Location: Gilbert Arizona and Chandler Arizona
McKay and I took a drive out to the desert to take his senior portraits. I loved his selection of clothing. It wasn’t what I had expected, but after spending some time with him. It all fits him. Here are a few of my favorite images from McKay’s senior portrait session.
I loved the white cowboy hat. But in the blazing Phoenix sun, keeping that hat from over-exposing requires a little extra lighting, which I solved with a Canon Speedlight and a set of Pocket Wizards. Besides, anytime someone is wearing a cowboy hat, something has to be done to light the underside of the brim.
McKay brought a seriously tough lookin’ truck, so we employed it in a number of shots. But when he threw the camo on, I couldn’t resist the tailgate shot. If you follow me at all, you could expect the vacancy in this photo. I had the choice of more truck, more desert or more sky. I chose more sky; it puts some contrasting scale to McKay and his truck.
As we were moving around the desert, we ran into a little building, it looked like a saloon replica, but the door was open, so we went in and got some great portraits with indirect light from the doors and windows.
There’s nothing like a long dirt road! Sometimes I feel like there’s too much pavement. Not to say I want to go back to the horse and buggy, but I do love the simplicity of a graded road, and even better the quaintness of a two track road.
Now that’s a truck!
McKay lives in the shadow of South Mountain. So his back yard is perfect for desert photos in open shade for hours.
And once the sun went down, we did a few formal portraits inside. I love the book shelf.
Senior Portrait Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Slideshow Music by Roy Ashen, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
Location: Awatukee – Phoenix, Arizona
Megan and Caitlin are both wonderfully talented musicians, so when we were planning their senior portraits, I wanted to make sure that we included their musical talents in the photo shoot. For Caitlin, this was as simple as bringing her cello along, but Megan just happens to play the piano. I am used to carrying pianos into strange places from my portraits of Kevin Burdick, but it’s never fun. Fortunately I had some help lifting that thing. All pianos are heavy.
Here are a few of my favorite images from Megan and Caitlin’s senior portrait photo shoot.
I love the line of telephone poles down the right side of the frame, and with all the dirt and such, it needed to be altered to feel much older.
Even though they are both smart and talented, Megan and Caitlin’s personalities are as different as their hair. I love the differences in style and stance… even facial expression. But still there is a solidarity that you expect from twins.
This was the absolute golf light of the evening. Moments before the sun went down. I love what is does to the sky, to the tracks and the way is traces the girls.
This is what I envisioned when I thought of bringing the piano to this location. The Groves is a strange little group of trees. I love it most in black and white. I had no idea what Megan was bringing in the clothing department until we got to the location, but the hat was absolutely perfect.
How’s this for sun flair? Megan has a fantastic smile and while it is very genuine, can be delivered perfectly on demand. How many of you can say that about yourselves?
It was such a pleasure to spend the afternoon with Megan and Caitlin and their parents. I love my job.
We stopped on our way from one location to another and did a few shots of Caitlin in her soccer gear. This was my absolute favorite of those images. She just looks proud and powerful.
And then to compare the above soccer pose to this next image which is as soft as can be. There are two sides to every coin.
Senior Portraits by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Slideshow Music by Fisher, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
Location: The Groves in Gilbert Arizona
High School: Hamilton High
We photographed this Prom Portrait Session in downtown Chandler, Arizona.
Music by Roy Ashen “Never”, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
I spent the afternoon photographing a few seniors going to prom on Saturday. I photograph a lot of senior portraits, but the last time I shot Prom Photos, was in college. I photographed a prom as the “official” prom photographer with the back drops and lights and such. I always though those kind of prom portraits were the worst. Everyone gets the same photo and they are all very lame. So this was a fun way to do prom portraits. If I were in high school, I would get my prom portraits done on location like this. They’re so much cooler.
So here are a few of my favorites from the portrait shoot.
See the entire set here. Contact the studio for a key code.
Photography: Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Subject: Senior Prom Portraits
Location: Downtown, Chandler, Arizona