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Meghan and Charles Engagement Portraits in Atlanta Georgia

This engagement portrait session was an absolute joy.  I flew into Atlanta, Georgia and met Meghan and Charles at their family Lake House outside the city at Lake Lanier.  It was mid-January, and it was a fairly cold day and it only got colder.  So we spent a few hours taking advantage of the chilly weather (which looked chilly as well).  But you will see that the chill in the air influenced the way the photographs look and event the treatment of the images.  I did not attempt to “warm them up” in fact they are fairly cool, if not neutral.  We even got a little fog for some of the shots rolling in over the trees on the other side of the lake.

Meghan asked specifically that we photograph with a 1990’s Vanity Fair / GQ style.  So the clothing, the grain, the posing, the muted color, the clean light, etc… all of it was my effort to give a bit of that look to the photoshoot.

I was shooting the engagement portrait with a new Canon EOSR mirrorless camera, which was a great opportunity to really put that camera through its paces.  It is a wonderful little camera, but I look forward to a more professional version of the R series cameras to come out from Canon, hopefully soon.  It is still much easier to shoot with a Canon 5D Mark IV or some other pro body camera.  That being said, the EOSR will be a nice addition to the bag with its small, lightweight body and completely silent shutter (great for the wedding itself) which will be held in a small church in the Bahamas this summer.

We were using the new Profoto B10 off camera flash (two of them) and they are magnificent.  All the power we needed, never ran out of batteries, never missed a shot and always created beautiful light.  One of our lights had a softbox and the other was sporting the OCF Magnum Reflector.  That was the light set up most of the time (especially when we were outside).  It was a bit windy, so the softbox was a challenge, but a little weight on the stand in the form of a log took care of that problem.

Getting to know Meghan and Charles at the lake house and on their engagement portrait shoot was a real joy.  And aside from the photos, that is the major value of doing an engagement shoot of some kind: getting to know the clients, and the clients getting to know the photographer.  It’s like a little test run and an opportunity for a little model training.  Meghan and Charles thought they could use some modeling lessons.  I think they were great right from the start.  But, we talked through some basic rules for being a subject on a photoshoot.  I won’t go through them here, but I will give you one very important rule:

Rule 1: If you’re uncomfortable, you are going to look uncomfortable!  Get comfortable.

Enjoy the photos from the session.

 

 

 

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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

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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

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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

wedding details scottsdale omni montelucia resort by jared platt

The Importance of Photographing Wedding Details

When I am working as a wedding photographer, I make it a priority to capture good images of the wedding details. Those details matter. While every wedding has the obligatory images of the ceremony and reception, the wedding details are what truly make an event unique. They tell the story of the wedding itself. I’d like to share the details from Jessica and Jon’s Scottsdale wedding. Jessica and Jon were married at the Omni Montelucia Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Importance of Photographing Wedding Details

Brides spend so much time and money on the wedding details. Details that are often overlooked. Without capturing these thoughtful, personal touches as a part of their wedding photography, these small touches can be lost and forgotten. Without including these images in the collection, there is no way to fully describe the wedding. With Jessica and Jon’s wedding, there are so many stories in the details. The Montelucia Resort and Spa provided a beautiful backdrop to capture these images.

I created these images to tell the story and preserve the details that made Jessica and Jon’s wedding unique. Instead of just taking a picture of the items, I’ve built vignettes to capture the essence of these details. The graceful delicate lines of the chain to Jessica’s cross contrasted beautifully with Jon’s handsome watch. Nestled into Jessica’s bouquet was a tiny cameo with a picture of her father, so he could be there in spirit. Flowers wilt, cakes get cut up and eaten, but the memories are preserved in these images.

Photographing a couple’s wedding details can also be an artistic way to show the passage of time during the event. The wax running low on the candles and the bride’s gorgeous shoes sitting abandoned on her chair tell stories. These details capture the emotion of the moment, preserving not just a picture of the details themselves but the feelings they evoke.

Some of these details are the work of Michelle Scarzone, owner and event planner of Simply Refined Events. Her artistic touch and keen eye helped to realize the vision Jessica and Jon had for their wedding.

Please enjoy these images of the wedding details from Jessica and Jon’s Omni Montelucia Resort and Spa wedding. And, make sure to check back. I will be sharing more images from this event in a future post.

 

 

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Moments Matter- Jon and Jessica’s Omni Montelucia Resort Wedding

When it comes to wedding photography, two things I am passionate about are moments and details. A wedding is made up of memorable moments. While family portraits and group portraits are important, it’s the candid moments that are often the best images. Moments not only capture the essence of the event, but they can transport you back to that night. I shared some of my favorite wedding details from Jessica and Jon’s Scottsdale wedding at the Omni Montelucia Resort and Spa in a previous post, here.  In this post, I want to showcase some of their wedding moments. Moments matter in wedding photography. Here is a selection from Jon and Jessica’s celebration.

Moments Matter – Jon and Jessica’s Omni Montelucia Resort Wedding

Images of moments in wedding photography have the ability to capture the emotion and the feel of the event. They are the images that have the power to take you back to that moment. For many brides and grooms, these images also offer a glimpse into a part of the event they didn’t get to see. The raucous laughter during the groomsmen portraits. A mischievous grin from a flower girl or ring bearer. And, of course, the real, beautiful moments during the ceremony. These candid, documentary style moments capture so much of the energy and emotion of the day.

Often, the first time a couple can truly appreciate the moment they became husband and wife is when they see the end result of their wedding photography. With Jon and Jessica’s wedding, so many of these moments are filled with joy. I love how Jessica’s whole face lights up in laughter during one of the speeches. Other moments are quiet and intimate, shared by the bride and groom. Wedding moments truly showcase people and emotions. I find I create a lot of the wedding moments in black and white, because the color distracts from the expression and the emotion of the moment. My goal is always the same: to capture the energy, relationships and emotions without calling too much attention to my presence.

Enjoy these wedding moments from Jon and Jessica’s beautiful wedding.

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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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Reagan and Rusty: Engagement Portraits in Payson Arizona

Reagan and Rusty have been dating for a while. Reagan is my niece, so I have seen Rusty at family dinners for a long time. When they asked if I would shoot their engagement portraits, they originally just wanted to do something in Phoenix. But, it was August. August in Phoenix averages 120 degrees. Not good. When thinking about engagement photography sessions, people don’t always think outside of the box. One of the greatest things about Arizona is that within two hours you can be in an entirely different climate. So that’s exactly what we did.

Payson, Arizona Engagement Session

Reagan, Rusty and I packed up and went an hour and a half north of Phoenix to Payson. It was still warm, I couldn’t do much about it being August, but nothing over 90. Fortunately, I do a lot of location scouting. I have locations logged in China, Budapest, London, Iceland, and a hundred other locations across the world. But, when it comes to Arizona, I have thousands. So, I took them to a great spot with tree cover all day long. I also brought my Profoto B1 and B2 along to make the light absolutely perfect.

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Engagement portraits are best taken in the cool hights of the forests of Northern Arizona, this is one of my favorite spots, just north of Payson, AZ.

The light tree cover is not this dark, but with a little extra light, I can remove the natural ambient light and then fill in exactly what I want, giving the image a more dramatic feel.

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Engagement portraits are best taken in the cool hights of the forests of Northern Arizona, this is one of my favorite spots, just north of Payson, AZ.

 The lush grass and little spots of sunshine filtering through the trees and onto the grass makes for a perfect backdrop. Lighting is critical on this image to make sure my lights all appear to be coming from the sun so it doesn’t appear to be a flash photo. Obviously, on-camera doesn’t work. So, the flash is off to the left of the camera to follow the natural direction of the sunlight.

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Engagement portraits are best taken in the cool hights of the forests of Northern Arizona, this is one of my favorite spots, just north of Payson, AZ.

At the end of the photo shoot, Rusty was skipping rocks like a little kid. He and I finally coaxed Reagan into going into the water. She kept feeling crawdads crawling around her feet, so this was quite a challenging shot for her. But, in the end, I love the drips of water coming off her feet and the reflections coming toward the camera. Without the right lighting, the water droplets would have melded with the background too much. The drips would not show up and neither would the reflections (not that much anyway). You can see in the final shot where that light was that was separating them out.

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Outside or inside the Profoto light is a critical part or my photography.

Rusty helped me test the light by putting his head IN it! Good job, Rusty. He won’t be my assistant anytime soon.

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Engagement portraits are best taken in the cool hights of the forests of Northern Arizona, this is one of my favorite spots, just north of Payson, AZ.

payson engagement session platt photography

Engagement portraits are best taken in the cool hights of the forests of Northern Arizona, this is one of my favorite spots, just north of Payson, AZ.

Bride and groom on the edge of the grand canyon at sunrise.

10 Rules for Photographing on Location

Tim and Brittany’s Wedding at the Boojum Tree in Phoenix, Arizona

I photographed Brittany and Tim’s wedding at The Boojum Tree in Phoenix, Arizona. The wedding was packed full of beautiful ideas, tender moments and wonderful people.

My favorite photographs from the wedding

This first photo was one of my favorite details in the wedding. Later, during the ceremony, the bride and groom will braid and tie the three cords, signifying their partnership with Christ in their union.  I thought it was beautifully done.

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The dress (Tara Keely by Lazaro from Destiny’s Bridal) was absolutely beautiful. The bride had the sleeves added by Destiny’s and as you will see later, it was the perfect thing to do, and so well done.

Wedding dress Tara Keely by Lazaro

The entire wedding party was wearing little homages to Star Wars and it all starts with the bride’s R2D2 heels.

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The grooms cufflinks quoted the interchange between Han Solo and Princess Leah just before the empire puts Han into carbon freezing.

“I love you.”

“I know.”

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I love photos through reflections in glass and of course the moment was a perfect one.

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Getting ready in Wedding dress Tara Keely by Lazaro

The bride and groom choose a “First Look”

The first look is always a tender moment. It is such a wonderful way for the bride and groom to see each other for the first time. The traditional “don’t see the bride before the ceremony” is a fine way to do things as well, but I think that there is far more tenderness in the first look.

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Tim and Brittany took a little walk into the green house at the Boojum Tree for a little one on one time.

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With me shooting from a distance.

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Brittany made her own flowers out of cloth and buttons. They were quite impressive and I am told, they took a very long time to make. But they will also last a lot longer!

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There are the Star Wars Storm Trooper socks.  And who can argue with the fashionable and COMFORTABLE shoes. That is a bride who truly cares about her bride’s maids.

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The groomsmen were all a bunch of nuts and very happy with their hosiery as well.

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It’s all about the flowers and the dress. Brittany couldn’t have found a better dress.

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The wedding portrait session

Our portrait session consisted the couple of myself and my assistant (with a Profoto B1 off camera light). We spent about twenty minutes making their official portraits, but the moments between them are the absolute best.

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The Boojum Tree is full of perfect backdrops and locations. Everywhere you turn is another opportunity for a great photograph. It is a full 360 degree visual feast, which is great because that means you will always be able to find the perfect lighting condition. Some great open shade and the addition of one light is all it took.

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Oh, and of course the beautiful couple.

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I absolutely love this portrait of Brittany. She shows off the dress perfectly.

The bride wearing a Tara Keely wedding dress by Lazaro with added lace sleeves.

Tim is great in front of the camera, it was such a great experience photographing him. Many times, the groom is not all that excited about portraits and photos, but Tim loves the camera and it loves him.

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While we were take the couple’s portraits, I spun around to find a number of the bride’s maids watching from the gazebo. I asked the rest to join them to get this shot.

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Seriously cute kids were all over this wedding, all of them dressed to the nines.

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I loved the flower girls’ dresses. Full of texture!

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A tender wedding full of powerful moments to photograph

This is one of my favorite shots from the day. During the ceremony, the bride and groom will be reading love notes to one another, so the bride holds hers in her hands. The “kiss me” detail on her nail is perfect.

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This was another great detail. All down the isle were these texture rich collages with scriptures. I thought it was meaningful and beautiful.

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Here comes the ring. Notice the ear piece in the protective detail.

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The bride’s father lead her to the beginning of the isle and turned to her to read a special note to her before taking her the rest of the way down the isle to her groom. I loved this idea, it was a very tender moment between a father and daughter.

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When the bride and groom read their love notes to each other, it was just to each other, no mics. They were not speaking for the benefit of the crowd. They were speaking only to one another.

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That is the kind of tenderness and intimacy that makes a wedding great.

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The braiding and tying of the three cords was a great idea, but I especially liked the images I was able to capture during the process.

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Both the bride and groom are so expressive. It just makes it fun to photograph them. I could wait patiently, knowing that at one point they would both give me beautiful expressions that were full of life.

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How often do you see the Groom pick up his bride and carry her down the isle after the ceremony? So perfect!

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The tables were set in the green house, but the Tim and Brittany were the first to see the room.

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During the cocktail hour, we shot all the family portraits and a few others, like this cute little shot of the flower girls and the bride.

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It wasn’t visible to the crowd at the wedding, but the little boy in the wagon was carrying the safe to transport the rings.

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Another one of my absolute favorites. That veil was made for her and not by a dress shop. Her mother-in-law made that veil. So delicate.

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The battle at the cake table was intense!

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Tim and Brittany are too fun!

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Tim was a bartender at one time, so I thought this shot would be an appropriate image.

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With minutes to the end, the bride sneaks away to pack up her things for the get away!

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So much energy, expression and love.  It is always my pleasure to be a part of every wedding I photograph. Brittany and Tim, your wedding was an absolute joy as are you both.

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I wish you both the best of everything as you head off into the unknown!

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Photography by Jared Platt

Wedding location: The Boojum Tree, Phoenix, Arizona

Slideshow music by Hive Riot, courtesy of triple scoop music