bride and groom at wedding in back yard gilbert arizona

30 Days Project: A Beautiful Backyard Wedding in Gilbert, Arizona

Some of the best weddings are at home.

A Backyard Wedding in Gilbert, Arizona.

Some weddings are a big event with grand ballrooms or rented barns with breathtaking views in the background, but sometimes they are just in the backyard.  I have photographed many backyard weddings in my career and some of them were do-it-yourself weddings but sometimes, they are just as elegant and beautiful as the extreme weddings at major locations.  All and Ben were married in Alli’s backyard and it was elegant as could be.  The backyard setting made a decent headcount, seem like a small intimate gathering.  Of course, keeping the guest list to a size that fits in the backyard tends to help as well.  There were no strangers at this wedding.   That is what I love about small intimate weddings… everyone who is there is truly invested in the bride and groom.   I love that feeling.

I love the images from this wedding so much, from the images of the kids at the door, to the moment between the father and the bride when he sees his daughter for the first time in her dress with mom looking on.  There are so many moments to show in this wedding that I didn’t worry about adding too many portraits.  I think it showcases the documentary photography from the wedding quite nicely.  In the end, every wedding photographer makes a mix of portraits, fashion, documentary and still life images.  The slideshow can focus on them all equally or focus on one more heavily.  In this case, I have turned the attention to the documentary images and let the portraits be a small part of the day.  I hope you like it.

The music for this slideshow, “True Love” is by Fisher and can be found on Triple Scoop Music.

Music in this video licensed through www.triplescoopmusic.com

This slideshow was made with Animoto’s online slideshow making tool.  The simplicity of uploading the images and song and letting Animoto do the work is quite appealing when you are as busy as I am.  Each slideshow can have one of a long list of styles.  This style is called “Documentary.”  I was responsible for creating this style.  After years of asking for the style, they came to me and asked, “what would it look like?”  This is what we came up with.  It is actually one of Animoto’s most popular styles.  Go figure… it turns out that photographers like to keep the focus on their images.  I did a little tweaking to the standard style options to make this slideshow the way it is.  Each image can either have a normal emphasis, of you can star a photo.  Adding the emphasis star to an image adds an effect to the image during the slideshow (each slideshow has different effects for emphasized images.  In the Documentary Style, it adds a very uniquely times fade in and out and it lengthens its time on the screen.  In this case, I stared almost all of the images that way, the slideshow has a lot more movement in it and each image hangs on a little longer.  Its a little trick I use on Animoto.  Enjoy the slideshow.

Speaking of music, this whole 30 Days project is possible because of Triple Scoop Music’s new subscription-based service which allows users to pay one monthly fee rather than per song.  If you are producing projects and need music, I highly recommend Triple Scoop Music.  The service is full of great original songs from independent artists.  License one song at a time, or sign up for the subscription service and use as many songs as you need, whenever you need them.  Learn more at www.triplescoopmusic.com

Unlimited music licensing plans are normally $995 per year and up.  However, right now, for a limited time, there is special pricing! Get yours for just $499 per year (annual billing) or $49 per month when you sign up this month.  If you only use one new song each month, you will save $221 this year.  At those prices, I will save $1,301 this month alone!  That’s pretty amazing.  Choose all the music you need all year long. Choose from over 35,000 hand-picked songs and soundtracks.  Click here to learn more: www.triplescoopmusic.com

Use the code “JAREDPLATT18” and save an extra 10% on your music membership!

You can follow this project here, or on my blog at www.jaredplatt.com/blog.  If you are a Vimeo fan, you can watch this project unfold at my Vimeo Album: https://vimeo.com/album/5227999

For a complete list of my equipment, you can go to B&H Photo Video.  https://bhpho.to/2Kx88bl

@Triple Scoop Music @triplscoopmusic #triplescoopmusic #musicLicensing #PhotographyLessons #jaredplatt #photography

#canonUSA @CanonUSA

@animoto

#weddingPhotography #destinationWeddingPhotography

@BHPhoto #BHPHOTOVIDEO

desintation wedding photograph in rome on the spanish steps with wedding couple in the foreground

30 Days Project: Destination Wedding, Rome

When in Rome: get married and take amazing photos.

Planning your destination wedding? I traveled to Rome to meet up with Karen and Thomas.  The photo session in Rome was a fantastic experience, but we had to get up pretty early in the morning to beat the tourists to the best locations.  The early bird gets the photos!  The wedding portrait photo shoot was a perfect combination for me.  Making portraits with beautiful landscapes in the background is very much “my thing,” but add some incredible street photography with a documentary and historical twist and I am in heaven.  Still, it’s not just enough to be in the location, there is so much going on in every photograph.  The photographer has to be aware of every element in the background and how it interacts with the couple in the foreground.

The addition of documentary style street photography going on all around us meant that I needed to be watching two stories at the same time.  How does the story in the background interact with the story in the foreground?  It’s not just about composition.. there are stories being told as well, and there are moving elements that can intersect with the subject at any time and then there is exposure and lighting.  It’s no walk in the park, but it’s a whole lot of fun.  I hope you enjoy this look back at a beautiful wedding as much as I do.

Karen and Thomas’ destination wedding starts in Phoenix and ends in Rome. This slideshow is part of my 30 Days Project which includes portfolio slideshows and past and current projects including destination wedding photography, like this.  All music provided and licensed by Triple Scoop Music through their Subscription Service. This particular song, Starts with a Breath is by Willis.  I think it fits perfectly with the images.

Enjoy the slideshow of this beautiful wedding. I had the greatest time making the images and I think it shows in the images themselves. When a client trusts you implicitly, the freedom that provides elevates the art you can make for them. Karen and Thomas are that kind of client. God bless them!

This slideshow was made with Adobe Clip and directly uploaded to Vimeo for distribution. Clip is such a simple way to make slideshows and can be done from your iPad or Smart Phone in just a few short minutes. I can’t say enough good things about Adobe Clip. It even has a few songs for simple projects, but the number is seriously small and they aren’t that great. That’s another reason to use Triple Scoop Music’s subscription service. No matter what program I use to make my videos, I have all the music I could ever want, ready to use anytime I need it. And that is very useful now as I am making 30 Videos in 30 Days…

 

 

This slideshow was made with Adobe Premiere Clip. Clip accesses all of my photos in Lightroom CC and creates beautiful slideshows in seconds right on my iPad or iPhone. The beauty of Clip is that I can either make a super simple and fast slideshow, or I can further edit that slideshow or movie in Adobe Premiere. In this case, I did the entire thing in Adobe Clip and sent it right to the web.  You are seeing fifteen years of photographic work.  The slideshow itself took about 50 seconds to create with another 20 minutes of finessing to get the perfect timing on the gaps.  But every minute of it was fun.  I did it all on my iPad late last night on my living room couch with my headphones blasting away.  It was a nice way to spend the last minutes of my waking day.

Speaking of music, this whole 30 Days project is possible because of Triple Scoop Music’s new subscription-based service which allows users to pay one monthly fee rather than per song.  If you are producing projects and need music, I highly recommend Triple Scoop Music.  The service is full of great original songs from independent artists.  License one song at a time, or sign up for the subscription service and use as many songs as you need, whenever you need them.  Learn more at www.triplescoopmusic.com

Music in this video licensed through www.triplescoopmusic.com

The music for this slideshow is by Krista Youngs and can be found on Triple Scoop Music.

Unlimited music licensing plans are normally $995 per year and up.  However, right now, for a limited time, there is special pricing! Get yours for just $499 per year (annual billing) or $49 per month when you sign up this month.  If you only use one new song each month, you will save $221 this year.  At those prices, I will save $1,301 this month alone!  That’s pretty amazing.  Choose all the music you need all year long. Choose from over 35,000 hand-picked songs and soundtracks.  Click here to learn more: www.triplescoopmusic.com

Use the code “JAREDPLATT18” and save an extra 10% on your music membership!

You can follow this project here, or on my blog at www.jaredplatt.com/blog.  If you are a Vimeo fan, you can watch this project unfold at my Vimeo Album: https://vimeo.com/album/5227999

For a complete list of my equipment, you can go to B&H Photo Video.  https://bhpho.to/2Kx88bl

@Triple Scoop Music @triplscoopmusic #triplescoopmusic #musicLicensing #PhotographyLessons #jaredplatt #photography

#canonUSA @CanonUSA

@Adobe #AdobePremiereClip @AdobePremiere

#weddingPhotography #destinationWeddingPhotography

@BHPhoto #BHPHOTOVIDEO

bride and groom on a cliff overlooking the grand canyon on their destination wedding elopement

30 Days Project: Child Life Portraits by Jared Platt

Child Life Portraits are full of personality and life.

Portrait sessions with children can be a bit of a stress for parents.  They set an arbitrary date for their kids to look great, act sweet, mind their manners and smile!  Then they collect the outfits, rush out the door, put the kids in the car for the long drive to the studio where they will do their best to control their children, coax, threaten, cajole and plead… hoping that their little ones will look beautiful and precious and happy even if they are completely different in real life.  The session results in bribes that get bigger and bigger or threats that become so unrealistic that the children (even the two-year-old) know their parents are bluffing on the threats and lying about the rewards.  And this is what the parents are paying good money for?  Everyone wants a beautiful portrait of their children on the wall and most of us hope that it will show off the very best in our kids.  It has been hard raising kids and parents want to show everyone what amazing little people they have created and trained.

child portrait by jared platt in aspen grove in arizona

Well, here is the problem as I see it, and I have seen a lot of child portrait sessions.  The problem is that parents are too eager to micromanage the portrait session that they are paying for.  They have hired someone who is skilled at finding those precious moments, who has a talent for interacting with kids, even a gift of connecting with children on a level that the parents may never be able to accomplish on their own, and yet they will stress and threaten and even direct their children during the photo shoot.  If you are a photographer, you know exactly what I am talking about.  If you are a parent reading this post, take my advice and just step back and relax.  Your photographer should take the reigns on this photoshoot, let the photographer drive and you just get out of the way and enjoy the show.  It will be a crazy little show, but your bribes and threats aren’t going to make the photoshoot any better.  In fact, the rising stress levels will break your kids down faster.  Trust your photographer to make the beautiful images you see on their website for you without your help.  And if the photographer needs you to do something, they will ask you to help.  Otherwise, just hang out and enjoy watching the show.  If your kids are a bouncing off the walls that day, resist the urge to discipline… it’s a photo shoot, let it be fun for them.  Better images are made with children who are having fun that with children who are “holding still.”

My portrait sessions are called “Child Life Portraits,” because I want my clients to understand the reason for the images.  They are not an 18th-century oil painted portrait that shows a child as the world or the parent expects or hopes they will be with every flaw removed.  I am making images that express the nature of children AS THEY ARE, which is perfect and energetic and angry and sad and happy and curious and hyper and sleepy and bored and wonderful and silly and cute and yes, even messy.  When I make children’s portraits, they are sessions that go wherever the children take us and my clients are the kind of people who want a portrait of their children that shows who they really are with all their flaws and all of their eccentricities and all of their strengths and perfections.

Child Life Portraits are the real portraits that come from a photographer with a love for reality, they are born in appreciation for documentary photography, landscape photography and stylized editorial portraiture and fashion.  Being real doesn’t mean we never create a set for the portrait session or dress the kids up in great outfits or hand them props to play with, it just simply means that we inspire them to be themselves no matter where they are or what they are doing.  It is my goal as a children’s photographer to capture the essence of the child no matter what environment we are in.  If this idea sounds great to you, you may want to give me a call for your next portrait session.  If you can’t let go of the control… there are plenty of photographers out there for you.  I’m just not that guy.  If you are a photographer and want to create more images like the ones you see in this slideshow, I teach workshops online and across the world.  Contact me to find one near you.

 

This video is an example from my 30 Days Project where I am making the commitment to share more work, more often, in more places.  If you are a photographer, enjoy the inspiration and read on about how I made this slideshow and make sure to tune in for the how-to videos to come in the coming weeks.  If you are a parent and would like images of your children that show who they really are, feel free to contact me anytime.  I travel internationally and have taken children’s portraits from Arizona to China and everywhere in-between.  Contact me here.

The slideshow program I used for this slideshow is called Smart Slides.  Smart Slides is the absolute simplest tool available for making slideshows.  It takes a total of 30 seconds to make a stunning slideshow (not counting the upload of the images and song – that is based on your internet speeds).  It is based on the idea that the most important thing about your slideshow is your images, which I agree with completely.  There are only three steps:  add the images, choose the music, choose the transitions. That’s it.  Here is where the Smart Slides tool shines: Smart Slides produces the cleanest, most perfect slideshows available in any tool on the planet.  I upload 4K or larger images, the system makes the appropriately sized images for every size device and then feeds those images to the slideshow as needed for the device on which the slideshow is being played.  For instance, if you are reading this on your 27-inch Retina display, you have probably noticed that other slideshows are a little pixelated on your screen, things don’t look great in full-screen mode and that is because you have a very high-resolution monitor.  This slideshow will look GREAT on your monitor, on your iPhone, iPad, laptop… it doesn’t matter what you play it on, it will look perfect as long as you feed the slideshow from Smart Slide’s servers.  There is also a 1080P HD download option and I am posting that one on Vimeo.  I suggest you watch it once on Vimeo in HD and once on my blog in 4K to see the true difference between a HD Video File and a 4K HTML Slideshow Feed.  I am in love with the quality of the Smart Slides slideshows for my Blog.  The one shortcoming in the system is that when you post on Facebook, you really need to download the HD video file and post it so that Faceboook sees it as a video rather than a link out (Facebook likes video in the actual feed and they don’t like links out).  They have some music that comes with the service, but as you should know by now, I am a big fan of Triple Scoop Music’s incredible library of music.

This slideshow on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/jaredplatt/child-life-portraits-by-jared-platt

This Slideshow on my Blog: http://www.jaredplatt.com/child-life-portraits-by-photographer-jared-platt

Speaking of tools, this whole 30 Days project is possible because of Triple Scoop Music’s new subscription-based service which allows users to pay one monthly fee rather than per song.  If you are producing projects and need music, I highly recommend Triple Scoop Music.  The service is full of great original songs from independent artists.  License one song at a time, or sign up for the subscription service and use as many songs as you need, whenever you need them.  Learn more at www.triplescoopmusic.com

Music in this video licensed through www.triplescoopmusic.com

Unlimited music licensing plans are normally $995 per year and up.  However, right now, for a limited time, there is special pricing! Get yours for just $499 per year (annual billing) or $49 per month when you sign up this month.  If you only use one new song each month, you will save $221 this year.  At those prices, I will save $1,301 this month alone!  That’s pretty amazing.  Choose all the music you need all year long. Choose from over 35,000 hand-picked songs and soundtracks.  Click here to learn more: www.triplescoopmusic.com

Use the code “JAREDPLATT18” and save an extra 10% on your music membership!

If you are a Vimeo fan, you can watch this project unfold at my Vimeo Album: https://vimeo.com/album/5227999

For a complete list of my equipment, you can go to B&H Photo Video.  https://bhpho.to/2Kx88bl

@Triple Scoop Music @triplscoopmusic #triplescoopmusic #musicLicensing #PhotographyLessons #jaredplatt #photography

#canonUSA @CanonUSA

#SmartSlides @pixellu

#weddingPhotography #destinationWeddingPhotography

@BHPhoto #BHPHOTOVIDEO

bride and groom on a cliff overlooking the grand canyon on their destination wedding elopement

30 Days Project: Grand Canyon Destination Weddings

We’ve been preparing a wedding venue just for you, for the past six million years.  The Grand Canyon.

Planning your destination wedding? What will it be?  We’ve been preparing one venue just for you for the past six million years.  It’s all ready.  Let us help you to document your experience.  www.jaredplatt.com

This video is an example from my 30 Days Project where I am making the commitment to share more work, more often, in more places.  If you are a photographer, enjoy the inspiration and read on about how I made this slideshow and make sure to tune in for the hhow-tovideos to come in the coming weeks.  If you are a bride or a groom and you are planning your wedding, contact me and let me help you navigate through the process of creating the ultimate destination wedding.  No matter where you are planning your wedding, you need experts who know their business.  We know wedding photography and when you create a destination wedding experience, the photography is critical.  Don’t leave it to chance.  Places like the Grand Canyon, Iceland or a Sand Bar in the ocean are tricky places to get great photos, you need more than a typical photographer.  You need a photographer who understands the natural light, location scouting, sun tracking, tide schedules, shadow patterns and location strobe lighting.  So no matter where you are planning to go, contact me at www.jaredplatt.com and let’s talk about your wedding.  Let’s make your destination wedding be the best it can be and I’ll make your wedding photographs the best they can be.

This video was produced using Animoto’s Video Marketing online program.  It’s as simple as uploading a few images and videos, typing in the text and pushing the produce button!  So simple and powerful.  And with my pocket filled with any song from Triple Scoop Musics Subscription service, I can make any project shine!  And each project can have its own unique song!  Stay tuned for the how-to videos where I will teach you how to use my arsenal of video editing tools and services.  By the end of this 30 Days Project, you will know exactly which tool is right for you.  You may decide you want to use a few of them, like I do.

 

Speaking of tools, this whole 30 Days project is possible because of Triple Scoop Music’s new subscription-based service which allows users to pay one monthly fee rather than per song.  If you are producing projects and need music, I highly recommend Triple Scoop Music.  The service is full of great original songs from independent artists.  License one song at a time, or sign up for the subscription service and use as many songs as you need, whenever you need them.  Learn more at www.triplescoopmusic.com

Music in this video licensed through www.triplescoopmusic.com

Unlimited music licensing plans are normally $995 per year and up.  However, right now, for a limited time, there is special pricing! Get yours for just $499 per year (annual billing) or $49 per month when you sign up this month.  If you only use one new song each month, you will save $221 this year.  At those prices, I will save $1,301 this month alone!  That’s pretty amazing.  Choose all the music you need all year long. Choose from over 35,000 hand-picked songs and soundtracks.  Click here to learn more: www.triplescoopmusic.com

Use the code “JAREDPLATT18” and save an extra 10% on your music membership!

You can follow this project here, or on my blog at www.jaredplatt.com/blog.  If you are a Vimeo fan, you can watch this project unfold at my Vimeo Album: https://vimeo.com/album/5227999

For a complete list of my equipment you can go to B&H Photo Video.  https://bhpho.to/2Kx88bl

@Triple Scoop Music @triplscoopmusic #triplescoopmusic #musicLicensing #PhotographyLessons #jaredplatt #photography

#canonUSA @CanonUSA

#Animoto @animoto

#weddingPhotography #destinationWeddingPhotography

@BHPhoto #BHPHOTOVIDEO

Wedding photography at the Grand Canyon by Jared platt

30 Days Project: Here Comes the Bride

Here comes the bride: A collection of wedding images

I have been photographing weddings for a long time now.  I think my first wedding was in 1995.  I remember it well, it was my sister’s wedding.  That’s right, you have to start somewhere.  I was in the photography program at Arizona State University and had a camera, so why not?

Famous last words.

The slideshow I made yesterday was all about landscapes!  Go back and read my story if you didn’t already.  To quote myself: I was using “the kind of camera you see in the late 1800s with the guy under a dark cloth, looking into a camera that looks a bit like an accordion.  It was a beast to carry around, but I thought I was going to be Ansel Adams.  Little did I know that I would stray completely from that format and favor documentary imagery and end up photographing people almost exclusively for the next 25 years.”  I am talking about a twenty-pound 4×5 camera.  That’s the camera I chose to use to photograph my sister’s wedding.  I can assure you, it was not documentary style photography.  And let me be clear, I wasn’t as good at making a perfect exposure as I am now.  My sister still hates her wedding photos and I don’t blame her.  But we all have to start somewhere.  I just did my practicing on people I love.

Will I show them to you?  Not in this slideshow!  Maybe someday…

So, as I said, I have been photographing weddings for a long time and I have been blessed to be a part of the most amazing events, I have been in the most beautiful places, I have experienced the most touching moments and I have been able to capture it all with my camera.  I have to admit that I have no idea what to do when I go to a wedding and I am not the photographer.  I am lost.  So this slideshow is a collection of images from many years of wedding photography that spans well over a decade and a half and around the world.  I remember the moment each of these images was created.   That is the effect of imagery on memory and emotion, images are the keys that open the gates that lead into the gardens of emotion in our minds.

While I was making this collection of images, I was listening to an entire list of songs from Triple Scoop Music, which I will talk about in a future video in this series.  This song stuck out to me as perfect for the images.  But it was the cadence of the song that excited me most about pairing it with these images.  As you watch the slideshow, you will see why.  I got to play with the gaps in the song and toy with the viewer a bit by withdrawing the imagery.  It is the law of opposition: the darkness and emptiness make the next image so much more impactful.  Every slideshow and every set of images is different and each deserves its own musical score… that is why it is so great to have a vast collection of licensed music at my fingertips.

 

This slideshow was made with Adobe Premiere Clip. Clip accesses all of my photos in Lightroom CC and creates beautiful slideshows in seconds right on my iPad or iPhone. The beauty of Clip is that I can either make a super simple and fast slideshow, or I can further edit that slideshow or movie in Adobe Premiere. In this case, I did the entire thing in Adobe Clip and sent it right to the web.  You are seeing fifteen years of photographic work.  The slideshow itself took about 50 seconds to create with another 20 minutes of finessing to get the perfect timing on the gaps.  But every minute of it was fun.  I did it all on my iPad late last night on my living room couch with my headphones blasting away.  It was a nice way to spend the last minutes of my waking day.

Speaking of music, this whole 30 Days project is possible because of Triple Scoop Music’s new subscription-based service which allows users to pay one monthly fee rather than per song.  If you are producing projects and need music, I highly recommend Triple Scoop Music.  The service is full of great original songs from independent artists.  License one song at a time, or sign up for the subscription service and use as many songs as you need, whenever you need them.  Learn more at www.triplescoopmusic.com

Music in this video licensed through www.triplescoopmusic.com

The music for this slideshow is by Krista Youngs and can be found on Triple Scoop Music.

Unlimited music licensing plans are normally $995 per year and up.  However, right now, for a limited time, there is special pricing! Get yours for just $499 per year (annual billing) or $49 per month when you sign up this month.  If you only use one new song each month, you will save $221 this year.  At those prices, I will save $1,301 this month alone!  That’s pretty amazing.  Choose all the music you need all year long. Choose from over 35,000 hand-picked songs and soundtracks.  Click here to learn more: www.triplescoopmusic.com

Use the code “JAREDPLATT18” and save an extra 10% on your music membership!

If you are a Vimeo fan, you can watch this project unfold at my Vimeo Album: https://vimeo.com/album/5227999

For a complete list of my equipment you can go to B&H Photo Video.  https://bhpho.to/2Kx88bl

Landscape image of Big Ben in London by international wedding photographer, jared platt

30 Days Project: Dramatic Landscapes and Music

The landscape was my first love in photography.

I started my studies in photography after borrowing a camera from my mother when I was 17 years old.  I spent the day driving around my grandfather’s ranch in Northern Arizona taking black and white images.  It was an experiment really.  I was attempting to prove that photography was easy!  Just point your camera at something beautiful and you will have a beautiful photo.  I think a lot of people with their iPhone think that too and yet, their photos don’t seem to measure up.  That day, I had a bit of beginners luck, but it was followed by a year of pride swallowing failure and it was the failures that firmly planted the passion for this art in my soul.  I knew I could do it, but it was also challenging, and that is what made it interesting.

I ended up changing my major (from theatrical performance) to photography and started carrying around a large format, 4×5 camera.  This is the kind of camera you see in the late 1800s with the guy under a dark cloth, looking into a camera that looks a bit like an accordion.  It was a beast to carry around, but I thought I was going to be Ansel Adams.  Little did I know that I would stray completely from that format and favor documentary imagery and end up photographing people almost exclusively for the next 25 years.  But my heart still loves the vast, open horizons of my youth and while I don’t miss the weight of that old camera, I do miss the slow, methodical act of landscape photography.  So, I have married the two into one art form.  You will probably notice if you follow my work, that most of my portrait work and even my documentary work is a little bit portrait/documentary and a lot of landscape.  We all have our past.  Mine just doesn’t include skeletons and closets.  It includes a lot of hours riding on a horse looking at a vast, empty landscape.

This slideshow is a collection of landscape work I have made over the past eight years.  Many of the images come from jobs like weddings and portraits, others from my travels as I go around the world teaching workshops.  I have an endless supply of them, so you may see more of them throughout the next 30 days.

This slideshow was made with Adobe Premiere Clip. Clip accesses all of my photos in Lightroom CC and creates beautiful slideshows in seconds right on my iPad or iPhone. The beauty of Clip is that I can either make a super simple and fast slideshow, or I can further edit that slideshow or movie in Adobe Premiere. In this case, I did the entire thing in Adobe Clip and sent it right to the web.  You are seeing eight years of photographic work.  The slideshow itself took about 50 seconds to create with another 5 minutes of little tweaks to the timing.  The hardest part of making this slideshow was choosing the images and the music to go with it.

Speaking of music, this whole 30 Days project is possible because of Triple Scoop Music’s new subscription-based service which allows users to pay one monthly fee rather than per song.  If you are producing projects and need music, I highly recommend Triple Scoop Music.  The service is full of great original songs from independent artists.  License one song at a time, or sign up for the subscription service and use as many songs as you need, whenever you need them.  Learn more at www.triplescoopmusic.com

Music in this video licensed through www.triplescoopmusic.com

The music for this slideshow is called “Dark is Easier” by Stephanie Schneiderman

Unlimited music licensing plans are normally $995 per year and up.  However, right now, for a limited time, there is special pricing! Get yours for just $499 per year (annual billing) or $49 per month when you sign up this month.  If you only use one new song each month, you will save $221 this year.  At those prices, I will save $1,301 this month alone!  That’s pretty amazing.  Choose all the music you need all year long. Choose from over 35,000 hand-picked songs and soundtracks.  Click here to learn more: www.triplescoopmusic.com

Use the code “JAREDPLATT18” and save an extra 10% on your music membership!

If you are a Vimeo fan, you can watch this project unfold at my Vimeo Album

The following photo is me, traveling back in time to work with a 4×5 field camera. Funny how no matter how far back in time I go, I still have no hair…

For a complete list of my equipment, you can go to BHPHOTO HERE.

 

Jared Platt, portrait photographer, with a large format camera dressed in 1800s cloathing

Portrait of international photographer, Jared Platt in Pompeii next to the ruins.

30 Days Project: Music and Photos

Making a commitment to share more work, more often, in more places.

I am starting a new project today called “Music and Photos”. I will be creating one slideshow every day for the next 30 days. This is all in an effort to show more work more often and in more places. But that is a tall order, so I have signed up for Triple Scoop Music’s subscription membership which allows me to use any music I like anytime for one monthly or yearly subscription fee. This will allow me to use a wide variety of music and match my projects to the music exactly. So tune in each day for music and photos (and some video too) and as a bonus, I will be showing you how to use various programs to make these slideshows and videos during the course of the month: Adobe Clip and Premiere, Smart Slides and Animoto.

If you are producing projects and need music, I highly recommend Triple Scoop Music.  The service is full of great original songs from independent artists.  License one song at a time, or sign up for the subscription service and use as many songs as you need, whenever you need them.  Learn more at www.triplescoopmusic.com

Unlimited music licensing plans are normally $995 per year and up. However, right now, for a limited time, there is special pricing! Get yours for just $499 per year (annual billing) or $49 per month when you sign up this month. If you only use one new song each month, you will save $221 this year. At those prices, I will save $1,301 this month alone! That’s pretty amazing. Choose all the music you need all year long. Choose from over 35,000 hand-picked songs and soundtracks.  Click here to learn more: www.triplescoopmusic.com

If you are a Vimeo fan, you can watch this project unfold at my Vimeo Album

Use the code JAREDPLATT18 and save an extra 10% on your music membership!

Music in this video licensed through www.triplescoopmusic.com

Creative engagement portrait in the desert outside of phoenix arizona by wedding photographer, Jared Platt

Israel and Brittany: An Engagement Portrait Session in the Phoenix Arizona Desert

An engagement portrait session is more than just taking pictures. It’s about making art. An engagement session is about connection; capturing the connection a couple shares and building the connection between client and photographer. It’s about understanding who they are as people and connecting with them as individuals. And, of course, it’s about making beautiful images. That’s exactly what I did with Israel and Brittany. I met up with them in the Phoenix, Arizona desert to connect with them and capture their engagement portraits.

Israel and Brittany are a stunning couple. The two of them were so at ease with each other as we wandered through the desert, chasing the light and enjoying one another’s company. I collaborated them in the same way I might collaborate with a model or an art director. Rather than trying to coax poses out of them, the day evolved organically. We let light and conversation guide us around the desert just outside of Phoenix. We captured moments filled with laughter, quiet intimacy, and love. I always aspire to capture real moments, and we did it in every image.

Phoenix Arizona Desert Engagement Portrait Session

The beauty of the Arizona desert is so unique. Within one session, we experienced a wide range of temperatures and backdrops. In the afternoon, the sun beat down warm and golden. When it began to set, both the light and the temperatures cooled, changing the mood and the look of the images. Together, we looked for interesting backdrops and landscapes, hiking high up into the hills for the best vantage points. The desert has so many different personalities that kept the three of us constantly inspired.

I really enjoyed connecting with these two. The conversation flowed easily and we had a great time throughout the session. As we spent more time together, I got to see more of who Brittany and Israel are, and how they interact. They’re a very loving couple, effortlessly connecting in pictures even when they weren’t touching. There’s energy between the two of them and it was easy to document. They’re very much in love. Israel is smitten with Brittany. Natural, easy intimacy like this makes for gorgeous photographs.

I hope you enjoy these portraits. It was a true pleasure collaborating with this couple.

Creative engagement portrait in the desert outside of phoenix arizona by wedding photographer, Jared Platt

Creative engagement portrait in the desert outside of phoenix arizona by wedding photographer, Jared Platt

Creative engagement portrait in the desert outside of phoenix arizona by wedding photographer, Jared Platt

Creative engagement portrait in the desert outside of phoenix arizona by wedding photographer, Jared Platt

Creative engagement portrait in the desert outside of phoenix arizona by wedding photographer, Jared Platt

Creative engagement portrait in the desert outside of phoenix arizona by wedding photographer, Jared Platt

Creative engagement portrait in the desert outside of phoenix arizona by wedding photographer, Jared Platt

Creative engagement portrait in the desert outside of phoenix arizona by wedding photographer, Jared Platt

Creative engagement portrait in the desert outside of phoenix arizona by wedding photographer, Jared Platt

An engagement portrait is an experience and a chance to get to know your photographer and for him to get to know you. Jared Platt takes that to another level and makes an engagement portrait an opportunity for the bride and groom and the photographer to create something special together. It is a collaborative effort with lighting and landscape and love.

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A Family Portrait Session in the Desert of Arizona

I have photographed this family for years. Every time, it’s been an effort to find locations that don’t look like the desert. This time, mom finally embraced the fact that they do, in fact, live in the desert and requested that we go out to get photos in the desert itself. So we met up at the Gold Field State Park Desert just outside of Mesa, Arizona for this family portrait session.

Arizona Desert Family Portraits

Before we shot the family together, we did the children’s photos in the harsher light. It is easier to photograph the group when the light is softer, after sun has gone down a bit.

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A family portrait in the desert outside phoenix-mesa, arizona at Gold Field State Park.

The first test of the light was with their youngest son and his penguin. Penguins are very appropriate for the desert.

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A family portrait in the desert outside phoenix-mesa, arizona at Gold Field State Park.

Mom’s dress is fantastic. The way it flowed in the wind created lots of movement and interest.

Arizona family portrait session platt photography

A family portrait in the desert outside phoenix-mesa, arizona at Gold Field State Park.

Arizona family portrait session platt photography

A family portrait in the desert outside phoenix-mesa, arizona at Gold Field State Park.

Arizona family portrait session platt photography

A family portrait in the desert outside phoenix-mesa, arizona at Gold Field State Park.

It’s important to note, desert light is very harsh. Without the use of a 2’x3′ soft box matching the sun’s harsh cross light, the photos would be extremely dark on the shadow side of the face.  Using the Profoto B1 off-camera flash makes this easy. It is powerful enough to match the sun and portable enough to move when I need to move.

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A family portrait in the desert outside phoenix-mesa, arizona at Gold Field State Park.

More importantly is its extremely accurate TTL which allows kids to move and adjusts for the change in distance. When little kids move, you have to move with them.

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A family portrait in the desert outside phoenix-mesa, arizona at Gold Field State Park.

I love crying baby photos. Especially when there are other kids to react. The brothers’ reaction to their littlest sister really needs no explanation.

Arizona family portrait session platt photography

A family portrait in the desert outside phoenix-mesa, arizona at Gold Field State Park.

Arizona family portrait session platt photography

A family portrait in the desert outside phoenix-mesa, arizona at Gold Field State Park.

Arizona family portrait session platt photography

A family portrait in the desert outside phoenix-mesa, arizona at Gold Field State Park.

Arizona family portrait session platt photography

A family portrait in the desert outside phoenix-mesa, arizona at Gold Field State Park.

Toward the end, it started getting cold. Yes, it gets very cold in the desert as the sun goes down.

I love when the little ones leaned in to Dad for warmth. And of course, the shot of the family all together really showcases family togetherness at its best.

Arizona family portrait session platt photography

A family portrait in the desert outside phoenix-mesa, arizona at Gold Field State Park.

This image was my favorite because of its documentary nature… and the fact that it just feels like my childhood.

Arizona family portrait session platt photography

A family portrait in the desert outside phoenix-mesa, arizona at Gold Field State Park.

By the end of the session, I think all of the kids were either miserably cold, crying or frowning. So, any questions as to why we did the walking away shot for the final shot of the portrait session?

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A Night at the Phoenix Symphony

One of the things I like about my life and work is the constant variation in what I get to capture. I shoot weddings, portraits, commercial, documentary, and more. One thing I really enjoy is when I have the opportunity to work with other artists, like the musicians of the Phoenix Symphony. From the musicians and conductors, to the marketing staff and the CEO, everyone is extremely talented. 

A few times a year, the symphony presents multimedia performances that include both music and video at the same time. This multimedia performance was a celebration of the work of legendary composer Elmer Bernstein. His iconic music was paired with clips from the movies his scores brought to life. It was conducted by his son, Peter Bernstein, who shared stories about his father and the music during the performance.

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The musical score to the ten commandments by Ernie Beirnstien.

I like to photograph the score because I like to take visual notes. This practice helps me to remember things, like names, details, and more. And I love the way music looks on a page, the way the notes are like their own language. Even though I have played music my whole life, I can’t actually read sheet music.

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Phoenix Symphony CEO Jim Ward Back Stage with Ernie Beirnstien’s son, conductor Peter Beirnstien

Jim Ward is one of my favorite people. This intelligent business genius has been the captain of ships such as Lucas Arts now leads the Phoenix Symphony. His guiding hand has made it one of the few symphonies in the US that are financially sound. This gives great artists a stable benefactor. Who says art and commerce can’t coexist?

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Phoenix Symphony orchestra master violinist Steven Moeckel getting in the zone before performance.

Phoenix Symphony orchestra master violinist Steven Moeckel getting in the zone before the performance. Steven is truly a treasure. Listening to him play is truly mesmerizing.

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Video of Ernie Beirnstien above the Phoenix Symphony performing his film scores.

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The Phoenix Symphony performing socres by Ernie Beirnstien with the films playing above.

Peter Bernstein, son of Elmer Bernstein, conducted the symphony as they played his father’s exemplary film scores. To accompany the music, video clips from the films and clips of his father played overhead. Between the music, Peter also told stories about his father. One of the stories he shared was about his father’s experience in Hollywood during the McCarthy hearings and the Communist black lists that threatened actors, directors and musicians during that time.

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The Phoenix Symphony performing the score for The Ten Commandments by Ernie Beirnstien with the film playing above.

It was filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille who vouched for Elmer Bernstein to keep him off the Hollywood blacklist. He was the one who gave Bernstein his break in the movies, which began his amazing career as a legend in film scoring.

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The Phoenix Symphony

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Guest conductor Bernstein leading the Phoenix Symphony playing his father’s film scores.

phoenix symphony orchestra platt photography

Dirrector of Animal House, John Landis, speaking about the work of Ernie Bernstein.

Director John Landis (of Animal House, Three Amigos, and other ridiculous comedies) was there to discuss his experiences with Elmer as well.

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The Phoenix Symphony playing the music of film score composer Ernie Beirnstien.

phoenix symphony orchestra platt photography

The Phoenix Symphony playing the music of film score composer Ernie Beirnstien.

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Back stage with Ernie Beirnstien’s son Peter, guest conductor at the Phoenix Symphony.

My backstage lighting was critical to the success of these photos. With the Profoto lighting system, I am able to photograph in completely dark situations with complete confidence. With the A1 On Camera Flash (with a focus assist), and the B1 and B2 off camera flashes hanging from various walls and rafters, there is no image I can’t capture. I know where the action is going to happen and set up my lights prior to the event. Because I can control everything from the A1 On Camera Flash, no matter what direction I am facing, I can create light that will make the image work, even in the darkest conditions. Of course, when the symphony starts playing, the lights go off and I slip into stealth mode.

When all is said and done, photography is my opportunity and excuse to go into everyone else’s world. Whether it is photographing a wedding or a symphony, I love my work. And I love working with talented people who are at the very top of their game.