Cameron & Ashley’s Wedding in Phoenix, Arizona

Cameron & Ashley were married at St. Francis Catholic Church in Phoenix, Arizona.  Their reception was held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort.  From start to finish, we had a great time.  I knew it would be a enjoyable day after shooting Cameron and Ashley’s engagement portraits in San Diego.   They are a very casual and fun couple, which always helps to make a wedding day go well.  I don’t think I saw Ashley stressed throughout the day.  Even when the limo had a flat and was late to take her to the wedding, they both seemed to be enjoying themselves and relaxing.  I was impressed.

While the girls were finishing up getting ready, we took photos of Cameron and the guys.  It didn’t take us very long.  In fact, when I let the guys go, they were a bit startled…  “That’s it?” One of them said.

Yep, that’s it.

They were all very happy to be released to relax and probebly grab a drink.  But that’s how we roll.  Weddings are not about photography sessions.  As important as wedding photography is to the wedding, that is not what the day is about.  A wedding is about family, friends, love and commitment.  The photographer’s job is to capture moments and help the couple remember and recall the emotions, events and people who attended without getting in the way.  So that is how my team and I operate.

The Biltmore is a great place for portraits because everywhere you go, there is an opportunity for open shade, no matter what time of day it is.  So I just hunt for open shade and settle the group in that area to take the portraits.

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This portrait was taken inside the Biltmore lobby as we walked to the limousine.  We had a few minutes so I used the window light and got this shot.  I have to take my hat off to Ramon Bacaui (hair) and the makeup artist from M.A.C..  I see a lot of makeup and hair, and Ashley’s crew was truly great.  Thanks to all of them, Ashley looked like a million bucks.  It also helps that she’s a natural at posing for the camera.

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Now she’s hiding behind a wall to make sure Cameron doesn’t see her.

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The St. Francis church is a bit tricky to photograph because there are a lot of rules that restrict the photographer’s movement.  So this is about as close as you get.  So the photo team spends a lot of time shooting and reshooting the same basic shots at different times during the ceremony.  Our shots go from full length shots to wide architectural shots, no closeups.  The church is a very beautiful one, so any shot is a nice one, but you don’t get to capture mom or dad looking on as their daughter gets married, because we are not allowed to get into a position for the shot.  With those restrictions in mind, we got some great shots.  You’ll see a number of them in the slideshow.

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I love this shot.

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This one is another favorite.  The flashes are set up for the family portraits on the alter of the church, but they do a great job as backlight and sidelight for a portrait looking back into the church pews.  There is not one forward light on this at all.  Two backlights and a sidelight.  All the forward light comes from reflected light off the marble alters of the church.

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Such a perfect moment in the back of the limousine.  I love it.  This is the kind of shot I would want printed for my wall if I were the groom.

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I just like the simplicity of the design and colors in this shot.

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We had a good time after the wedding taking portraits.  The Biltmore has an attendant following us around with drinks and fruit and cheese, etc… which was much needed.  Ashley was famished.  So we took a little extra time on the front lawn for  a drink and a snack before we finished the portrait session.  I do love the casual nature of this portrait, so much so, that I made it the cover on the slideshow.

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Do I have to even say that I love this shot?  I love the Biltmore architecture, the bride looks great, the tree has all sorts of great texture on it.  I just love it.

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Ashely, you look amazing.  Cameron, you have a lot of great photos to choose from!

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Everyone goes to the roof of the Biltmore to shoot.  We did as well, but some of the best shots are upstairs, inside, near the windows.  This was all window light, no additional lighting.

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This shot makes me think we are up on the empire states building in New York City.  I love the shot, the stone, the lights in the background…

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This was another window lit shot.  The light from the window is the blue soft light from the twilight sky and the light from the interior lights is warm and soft because it comes from a lot of lights throughout the lobby of the hotel.  The ISO was high, so it has a natural grain to it, which was enhanced by NIK Silver Effects Pro 2.  I knew it was going to be a great shot as I was taking it.  Sometimes, you just know.

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Ashley’s sister makes the blog post because she is an extremely memorable character.  She is the kind of person that owns any room she happens to occupy.  Her toast was completely entertaining.  I partially liked the look on the Bride’s face in this shot though.  I don’t recall what exactly was being said, but I think the sisters may be ganging up on the groom.

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I love the emotion in this way Cameron is holding his bride.

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I love sweet moment like this one as well.

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Nice cake topper.  But Cameron is not allowed to dip kiss Ashley anymore… he almost dropped her.

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And finally, I have to say that the band, The Groove Merchants, was fantastic.  They kept that party going all night long.  I have to think that Ashley and Cameron’s friends would probably party late no matter what, but the energy in that room was clearly five notches higher because of the band.  I enjoyed every single song!

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Thank you Ashley and Cameron for trusting me with your wedding photography.  It was an honor.

Wedding Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Slideshow Music by Jonny Blu, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music.

Wedding Location: St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

Reception Location: The Arizona Biltmore

Flowers by Designs by Jeremiah

The Band: Groove Merchants

Makeup by M.A.C.

Hair by Ramon Bacaui

Post Processing by Shoot Dot Edit

Ilyas & Sheena: A Beautiful Wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona

Sheena and Ilyas were married at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.  They live in New York, but Sheena’s family is here, so the wedding was on a beautiful day in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Sheena and Ilyas were both raised in Hindu homes, but have been living western lives so, both cultures were very important to them, so the wedding included both culture’s wedding rites, which made for fantastic photographic opportunities.  It was like I was shooting two weddings on on day.  My team and I had a great time.  And thanks to the efforts of the many wedding professionals (led by none other than Jennifer Thinnes from Outstanding Occasions) that put the wedding together, we had a beautiful backdrop for some fantastic images.  Here are some of my favorites.

And let me say, if you are planning your wedding how important it is to have a wedding planner on the team for both the pre-wedding planning and for the day of the wedding.  The girls at Outstanding Occasions come up with such great ideas and do such an amazing job executing the wedding plans, they are worth their weight in gold.  And having them there to keep everything moving smoothly is absolutely indispensable.  After a wedding like this, I have to put a little plug in for wedding designers, planner and coordinators.  If you look at this wedding and think, “that’s amazing, I want a wedding like that and photos like that…”, then you need great professionals, with experience and creativity.  They make weddings better in every respect.

So, on to the photos.  Enjoy…

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I absolutely love the henna hand painting in the Hindu culture.  In Sheena’s hand paintings (by Darvina), you can see her and Ilyas in the paintings.

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Even though the couple saw each other before the wedding, the tradition is to place a veil between the couple at the beginning of the ceremony and then there is a reveal, where they see each other for the “first time.”  It was tricky getting my position  correct on this shot to be able to show them both and not be in the way of all the guests, but as I reached the correct vantage point, Ilyas glanced at me with the greatest expression on his face.  I love this shot.

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Oh, and have I mentioned the colors!  I am the kind of photographer who puts a lot of black and white into my weddings and portraits, but almost every photograph in this wedding so full of color that I couldn’t help but show them all in color.

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I love all the rituals.  There are so many opportunities for beautiful and meaningful photographs.

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The yellow rice is fantastic.  I love these shots.

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The runner was fantastic.  I love the printed logo, it was designed by Idieh Design.  The programs, the place cards, everything was perfect.

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I heard it in a the maid of honor’s toast, that Sheena’s laugh is infectious, but really it’s more than that.  it is her natural cheerful nature.  She is constantly full of happiness.  I like photographing her very much because that joy shines through.

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This is one of my favorite images from the day.  The bride is kneeling before her parents (her’s and his).  There is a reverence for family in the Hindu culture and therefore in the wedding rites that is not common enough in America.  And as much as I like a non-traditional wedding that breaks the mold, there is something very special about tradition and lasting culture.  It says a lot when a young couple continues the heritage of their parents.

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The JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort stands on the north edge of Scottsdale, Arizona and it’s back yard are the desert mountains.  It makes for a very beautiful location for a wedding.

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An absolute home run for Avant Garde who designed the Mandap.  You will see more shots of it throughout the this blog post.  They really did a fantastic job designing and building it.  But I have seen their work before and I expect no less than the best from them.

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I will let you in on a little secret.  Although the bride and groom planned to see each other before the wedding, things were running a little behind with getting ready, so we didn’t have much time for portraits before the wedding, and since the wedding had both a traditional Hindu ceremony and a western style ceremony, it ran a bit long.  And after the wedding, the couple needed to change from their wedding attire into their reception attire.  So… that means the sun went down and there was no time for portraits after the wedding with the help of the sun.

No problem.  That’s why I always come prepared.  Boy scout.  As I saw the time slipping away from us, I shifted gears and assigned assistants to get to the vehicle and grab the heavy gear (big flashes).  After the wedding, as the couple was changing, we created a very large studio set outside on the lawn of the Marriott.  I’d say it turned out extremely well.  Wouldn’t you?

While we were shooting, I couldn’t see a thing, so Ryan, my assistant would run up to Sheena with his iPhone and hold it near her face so I could focus on the iPhone.  Then he had to run out of frame.  Lots of running…

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With no more light outside, we moved into the hotel (which has a lot of great interior locations).  Sheena turned model on us and we got some great shots of her.  This is my absolute favorite.

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Sheena and Ilyas made their grand entrance through the fog.

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We put up a couple additional flashes in the back of the room to accentuate the fog and the crystal trees.

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Dr. Prakash, Sheena’s father designed and built the cake stand for the wedding.  It’s quite beautiful.

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Event design, floral design, lighting design… compositional design.  Put it all together.  This was simply a beautiful wedding for the greatest couple.  And there are so many people to thank for making it so perfect.

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Thank you Sheena and Ilyas for trusting us with your wedding.  And thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make their wedding such an incredible experience.

Wedding Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Wedding Planning and Design by Outstanding Occasions

Location JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

Floral Design by Avant Garde

Stationary Design by Idieh Design

Officiant: Scott Morgan

Hair: Revive

Makeup: Amanda Osadchuk

Slideshow Music by Kevin Burdick, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music

All That Matters: Tyler and Allie’s Wedding in Phoenix, AZ

I am writing this post conscious of the fact that my wife will read and re-read it and will scold me if I do not do present this one exactly right.  You see, Allie, the bride, was my wife’s high school student a number of years ago.  Allie was one of those 17 year old girls with 30 years of wisdom.  She is one of the most impressive young women we have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  So when she told us of the news, that she and Tyler were getting married, we were thrilled.  We would have been at the wedding anyway, so when Allie asked if I could photograph it… well, how could I not.  Allie is the type of person that gives so much to everyone, personally and professionally, that everyone around her can’t help but want to give back.

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Allie’s wedding, though would be an interesting one.  It was planned for a Monday evening in Pine, AZ (a tiny little town) where the beautiful forests of Northern Arizona would have been the backdrop.  We all had our little hotels and bed & breakfasts staked out and were ready to head up the hill, when I got a text from Allie’s good friend and wedding coordinator.  Everything was on hold, as Allie had been rushed to the hospital back in Phoenix for an appendectomy.  She and Tyler had arrived in Pine, but she began to feel a pain in her side and decided to head to the emergency room in Payson (a slightly bigger small town in Northern, Arizona).  Allie is tough, so when she decides to go to the emergency room, something is wrong.  They then sent her back to Phoenix to have her appendix taken out.

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Having her appendix out, meant that she needed to keep it simple.  So, Allie spent a lot of time sitting down and relaxing, which is what I think brides should do more of anyway.  But with the sitting came this shot, which is one of my favorite images from the day.  The room where she got ready was her friend’s scrapbooking and craft room.  It was perfect for the shot.  For those of you interested in the techniques used to get the photo, it is not as simple as it may seem.  There is no window to the right as you might assume.  I have created the window light by bouncing a Canon 600 EX RT Speedlite off of a a wall.  The exposure was set for the ambient light in the room, which gives her the warm glow and generally lights the room.  Then the large light source (the bounced light coming from a wall) on the right gives her the three volume that makes the shot so successful.  Also, keep in mind that the blue and taupe walls are complimented by the mixture of light between the warm incandescent light in the room and the cool blue light of the flash.  I almost always set the ambient exposure first and use flashes to augment the light that already exists because in most cases, the light we see around us is close to perfect as it is.  It can sometimes just use a little help.

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I can only imagine the roller coaster ride Allie went through.  And I understand there were times when she talked about postponing the wedding until she got better, but it was reported to me that Tyler said “by the end of this week, I will be your husband.”  I’m paraphrasing, of course.  We all waited to see how she would do after surgery and she set the date for a simple backyard ceremony on Wednesday with a small reception for friends and family on Saturday.

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Tyler is a good man, I love this shot of him looking out into the back yard, where the ceremony will take place.  This is another one of those ambient first, and add a little fill flash bounced off the dealing above and to the right to fill in the shadows just a little bit.

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This is one of my ultimate favorites from the day.

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As is this one.  I purposefully added additional film grain to these images.  I thought they felt very classic, so they deserved classic grain to them.  Besides, I love film grain.

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This is one of the most precious moments during the day.  I can’t get enough of the relationships between a father and a bride.  I hope, when my daughter is married, someone finds a moment or twenty like this for me.

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And this.

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One thing I enjoy about an extremely small wedding is the closeness of the ceremony.  Everyone sits or stands very close to each other to witness the marriage.  And that includes me.  I get a lot closer shots during extremely small weddings, and it has been said many times, “if your images are boring, you’re not close enough.”  It’s nice to be in close to the action and small intimate weddings like this one, allow for that to happen in a very non-intrusive way.

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I loved the bride’s bouquet.  It was simple and had a very wild flower feel to it, with a few accents of roses.  It was well done.  I especially loved the broach on the stem wrap.

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Allie, you are a beautiful bride.

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Like almost every little girl, I am sure Allie dreamed of her wedding and had it all planned out (she’s a planning kind of girl), but plans change, sometimes at a moment’s notice.  The wonderful thing about marriage is that no matter what circumstance does to our plans, whether it is rain, or mixups with a vendor or a trip to the ER for an appendectomy, the most important part of a wedding is the commitment, the I Do!  And Allie and Tyler said “I Do.”  And now they have the rest of their lives…  and no doubt, they have a great wedding story to tell.

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The reception on Friday was every bit the party and a party always seems to come with a feathered headdress.

 

I loved this moment between Allie’s mother and father.  Some of these moments happen so fast that I have to take the moment I am given.  I wanted so much to be about 8 feet to the left, but I saw the moment happening and had to take the shot while it was there.  I then moved to the better spot, but it was gone by the time I got into position for the “perfect” shot.  This is what we call stalking the moment.  When we see a moment developing, we take a series of shots and try to improve upon the moments as they build by getting into an even better position, or waiting for the moment to make its crescendo.  Sometimes, the moment falls apart before we get the “decisive moment” we are after, but we still have a  pretty good one.  So the lesson is: when you see something that may be great, start shooting now, and stalk that moment, because if you wait for the vantage point to be perfectly aligned to the moment before you shoot or for the moment to become great, you may miss the very good shots.

This was a brilliant gift for everyone.  Take home a stack of yummy recipe cards for the cookies at the wedding, which I understand were made by Allie…  and they were yummy.

I can’t cook, nor can I bake, but I can eat cookies.  Which reminds me, I should have my sister make some cookies…

It was a wonderful wedding to witness.  Allie and Tyler, thank you for trusting me with your wedding day.

Wedding Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Slideshow music by Cherie Call, Courtesy of Cherie Call

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Simple Style: Details from Ian and Megan’s Wedding

Yesterday, I posted images from Megan and Ian’s wedding at The Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix Arizona.  Today I am posting my favorite details from their wedding.  Enjoy.

Buttons and fabric!  That’s what made up the bride’s bouquet.  Beautiful, don’t you think?

Here is a cool way to carry the rings down the isle.  The ring bearer simply carried the book down the isle.  I loved the idea.

Sections of the long banquet table were identified with a very small chalk board.  Everything was on chalk boards.

This was  a great cake top.  I especially loved the scrabble letters.  Although you don’t get many points for an I a D and an O.

The fans doubled as the program, or should I say that the other way around?  They were cool… in more ways than one.

Nicely played!

No wedding cocktail hour is complete without a game of “Corn Hole.”  I loved all the games they had for people to play during a long enjoyable cocktail hour.

Like I said, everything was on chalk boards.  What a great way to post signs all over that don’t distract from, but add to, the visuals.

In keeping with the overabundance of beards, those who did not have facial hair could don a mustache for the moment by sipping from their straw.

In keeping with the Quaker style wedding theme, the wedding banquet table was one very long table rather than many round tables.

Again, I can’t emphasis how cool the wedding was and how impressed I was with all the little details.  Great job Megan and Ian.  Everyone was having a great time, even your photographers.
Simple and Fun: Ian and Megan’s Wedding in Phoenix, Arizona

Ian and Megan were married at The Farm in Phoenix, Arizona.  The wedding and reception all occurred outdoors on one of the last pleasant days before the heat started picking up here in Phoenix.  It was a beautiful day and the wedding was perfectly simple and full of fun.  Here are a few of my favorite images from the wedding.

Both the flower girl and the ring bearer were as cute as they come, so there were so many great shots of them.  But this is a blog about the wedding, so I will try to keep the shots of the kids to a minimum.  The flower girl was always ready to pose for me.

The guys were all in casual wedding attire.  The whole thing was done with a kind of quaker style, which was so very cool.  I loved everything about it.

The bouquet was made from fabric and buttons and together with the texture of her dress and the 20’s style veil, the bride was absolutely perfect.

The Farm is a great location for this kind of a wedding (any kind really) but this wedding really fit in.  I told Ian and Megan that they couldn’t have chosen a more prefect place in Phoenix to match their wedding style.

This is also where I mention again how important post processing style is to a wedding.  The way we treat an image after it is captured changes the way it reads, which should be very much in keeping with the feel of the wedding itself.  And the image treatment on this wedding is a perfect example of how effective that can be.

This is the way group photos were meant to be.  Are there a few where everyone is looking at the camera?  Yes, but this is the one that should be used in the album or printed for the wall.  Too many people and too may photographers see it as an either or situation.  Either it is a portrait or it is documentary.  If it is done well, it is both.

Here’s the ring bearer.  You’ll love every shot of him.

There were more beards at this wedding that I have ever seen in one place.  I have never been to a beard convention, so I don’t have much to compare this to, but there were a lot of beards.  I enjoyed taking portraits of everyone sporting their cool facial hair.

So, when you are shooting family portraits at a quaker style wedding.  You should shoot them in the right way.  There’s no question, this was the right way to treat the family portraits.

Not posed.  These little kids were gold mines all day long!

They look good together.  And I love her shoes.

Seriously.  Can you be any cooler than to have hula-hoops at your wedding cocktail hour?

Well, you can!  Instead of doing a first dance, you could perform a first song together!  That was pretty cool!

Sparklers are always fun too!

I put this last image in here to make a quick comment about this band.  “What Laura Says,” is the name of the band.   They have to be one of the tightest bands I have heard in a very long time.  Every song, original or covered, was fantastic and the covered songs had their own unique spin on them.  If you have a chance, go see What Laura Says, buy their music on iTunes or hire them to play at your wedding.  I stayed an extra hour past our official end time, just to hear their music.

Wedding Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Slideshow Music by Mindy Gledhill, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music

Location: The Farm, Phoenix, Arizona

Band: What Laura Says

Shayna & Beto’s Wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona

Shayna and Beto were married at Troon Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.  It was a  beautiful day for a wedding.  Here are a few of my absolute favorite images from the wedding day.

Shayna did a great job with the dress hanger.  Rarely do I see a bride pay attention to the dress hanger.  It is usually an ugly plastic hanger.  I have never understood dress shops who sell these fantastic dresses for thousands and thousands of dollars, knowing they will be photographed and yet they deliver them on an ugly white plastic hanger.  Well, I have to hand it to Shayna for seeing that issue.  For those brides out there who are peeking in on this wedding and making notes about your own wedding.  Bring along a pretty hanger that says something about you.

So, we took the dress out of the closet and hung it up on this large painting in the bridal dressing room and I was composing the shot when one of the young ushers walked through the shot.  I have two shots that are essentially the same of this dress, one with and one without.  I can hardly look at the one without the boy in it.  He completes the picture.  I suppose it is because this boy took my controlled shot and added a bit of reality to it.  Sometimes I am tempted to stray from reality and control it all, but the chaos always pulls me back where I belong.

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I think the florist was a bit nervous when she saw me with the flowers out in the sun before the wedding.  She even made a little comment about the flowers being prone to wilting in the heat.  But, I’ll bet she’ll love this image of her beautiful flower arrangements.  And I am happy to report the photo only took a few minutes and the flowers were perfect throughout the day.

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This next series is one of my favorite getting ready sets I have taken.  A lot goes into the shot of putting on the dress.  Providing a nice backdrop for the effort is a major part of that.  But also, there is just a lot of fortune that goes into getting the shot as well.  I think all things conspired together for an opportune shot.  And then I have to say that the muted color treatment on the shot really finished it off well.

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This moment made everyone laugh.  There is a whole series from this set, but these are the two crowning moments.  The littlest flower girl got cold feet and was not even going to go down the isle, much less, throw the flower petals.  So the older flower girl went back to get her and was trying to show her how to throw the petals, which upset her, I think she intended to keep them all for herself.  When the older flower girl realized this, she thoughtfully moved on with her duties and the little one stood in the isle and silently pouted over the loss of her flowers.  It was the cutest moment.

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I was taken by the canopy of branches in the background, so I asked Shayna to pose for me as the guests and wedding party chatted.  Often times the un-planned portraits and scenes that catch my attention at the moment are the very best.

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I simply love this image of the bride.  I love the contemplative look, I love the way the hair is blowing.  The veil being set against the dark on the left of the frame is wonderful.  I love this shot.

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I looked at this image in color and thought it looked fine, but when I took it to black and white and started aging it, I felt as though it became what it was meant to be.

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This shot was taken as the sun dropped over the horizon.  There is no better time of day.  I love the reflection on the water, the movement of the dress as she walks.  I am very pleased with this image.  As dress images go, it is a great description of the dress.

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These two little girls were constantly providing opportunities for great photographs.  Here they are waiting to dance with the bride during a dollar dance.   Everyone was dancing with her, and they wanted their chance, but I don’t think they knew how to approach it.  Where to they get the money, how do they get her away from all those other people.  I think they were sufficiently mesmerized with the bride and equally unsure of how to proceed, so they stood on the sidelines for quite a long time, until the maid of honor saw them and gave them some money and explained how to get a dance with the bride.  Even now, thinking about it and about my little girl, I get a little emotional.  You can just see the wonder in their hearts.  The older is thinking thoughts of being a bride someday and the younger is simply awe struck by a princess.  There is an entire thesis in their expressions.

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The joy of sparklers.  You can’t help but be happy.  It was a great wedding and party, people were having a lot of fun.  I was glad to have been there.  Thanks Shayna and Beto for trusting me with your wedding day.  Congratulations.

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Wedding Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Slideshow Music by Justin Hewitt, courtesy of Triple Scoop Music

Wedding Location: Troon Golf Club, Scottsdale, Arizona

A Wedding on Top of the Mountain: Dan and Krissy’s Wedding on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona

We were at Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona at sunrise.  The weather was perfect, a little chilly, but perfect for a serious hike.  It’s a good thing, because that’s what we were in for.  Krissy and Dan planned their wedding on the top of that mountain.  Well, not on the tip top, but pretty high up there.  My associate, Eric Greenhaulgh and I spent a good 15 minutes deciding what gear needed to come and what gear could stay down below.  Any photographer knows exactly what I’m talking about.  Equipment is heavy, so you don’t want to take something you are not going to use, but you would hate to be at the top of a mountain and need something that is in your car at the bottom of the mountain.

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First, we made sure not to duplicate anything.  We did not bring any duplicate lenses.  Between the two of us though, we had a full compliment of lenses.  A Canon 16-35, 28-70, 70-200 and a 50.  I carried my 1D Mark IV, he had his 1D Mark III.  We had one small hand held post with a Canon 580 EX flash and a set of Pocket Wizard TT1 and TT5 radio slaves.  It is important to have your hands free, when hiking up a mountain and shooting others who are hiking up with you, so we couldn’t take reflectors and such with us and not self standing light poles, etc.  Everything strapped nicely onto our one backpack (which we alternated carrying up and down) and we had only the gear that was necessary in the backpack, although Eric was a little over zealous about what he was willing to carry up the mountain.  My backpack was a small one and I was still able to fit a bottle of water in mine.  I had to convince Eric not to take everything he owned up the mountain.  The truth is, I didn’t want to have to take my turn at carrying it.  Maybe I am lazy, but I prefer to call it “smart.”

Opportunities for challenging wedding photography are wonderful.  I enjoy them because they force me and my crew to work and think differently about the job and how to accomplish it.  We still need to get great images, but we have to think differently and sometimes find ways to capture them with less.  Granted, I have done entire weddings with far less gear than we had here, but it was a very bright, sunny day, so we definitely needed some kind of lighting solution to match the sun and shadow sides of faces.  Also, because of the wide variety of opportunities for a great shot up there, and the limited options for the photographer to stand (we were on a mountain with cliffs and cactus etc.), I needed a good compliment of lenses to be able to capture the images on my terms.

A Native American flutist meat us at the top of the mountain.  As we neared the ledge, where he was playing, Dan (for whom this was a surprise) thought it was just great luck that on the day he was getting married, a Native American flutist was up on top his the mountain playing his flute.  Krissy had lots of little surprises like this throughout the day.

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It was a good hike to get to the wedding location, but is was indeed, a beautiful morning.

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Getting ready occurred at the top of the mountain.  The guys took on side of the hill and the girls took the other side.  I did appreciate that the groomsmen all work black hiking shirts and shorts.  Those were their tuxes.  That was cool.  The only two that dressed UP for the wedding were the bride and groom.  Otherwise, dress code was very casual.

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Here is the bride’s room.  And quite frankly, I think it was one of the most beautiful and well decorated bridal rooms I have ever seen.  Most of the time, the bride is getting ready in a hotel room, or a sitting room.  Which, even if decorated nicely, can’t match the grander of the top of a mountain.  They just needed a sheet to sheild Krissy from the onlooking hikers and photographers.  Oh, wait, I was one of those, but I had a press pass.

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Surprise 2: Krissy took all of Dan’s love notes and poems and printed them out on origami style paper and made her own bouquet out of love poems.  I really enjoy an original and personal bridal bouquet.  I love it when brides put more of themselves into their wedding details.  This was a great surprise for Dan.

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I love a good wedding on a cliff.  Up to now, I have only done cliff weddings at the Grand Canyon, which has some magnificent cliffs.  It was nice to witness a cliff wedding closer to home.

For the photographers out there, you can see that the sun is shining very bright now on the bride and groom.  You can see the crest of light on her dress, and on his face.  But you will also notice that the grooms back is not in complete deep shadow, the bride’s face is lit, as is her dress, etc.  But you can still see the direction of light from the sun.  There is a clear direction of light here.  This is the use of the Pocket Wizard TT1 and TT5 with a Canon 580 EX  Speedlight although now you can use the 600 EX.  We set it on a rock and I just turned on and off my TT1 transmitter when I needed or didn’t need the flash.  This was an indispensable part of capturing this wedding.  Without it, we would have extremely dark shadows or blown out highlights.  The light is set to fill in from the left of the frame at one stop less than the ambient.  If we had set it to equal the ambient light, the flash would have attempted to equal the sunlight and thus eliminate all the volume in the shot.

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This is the entire wedding watching the ceremony.  I love a small wedding.  I really do!

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Here are some of my favorite images from the portrait session after the wedding.

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Yes, Krissy is an amazingly gutsy bride!  If that doesn’t look safe, it is because it is not.  I think Dan was a bit worried about her, but Krissy was game for anything.  I wasn’t worried about Dan, he’s a police officer.  He’s a tough guy.

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Dan is also sorting a boutonniere made of his own love poems.

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I was working on this image and my wife came in and commented on it.  How tiny is she?

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I don’t always pre visualize and image at the shot; meaning that I don’t always know exactly what I want to do with an image in post-production before I shoot it, but in this next series of images, I knew what I wanted to do before I even started shooting the photos.  We were stating back down the mountain and the bride and groom were going to be walking by me at any moment.  I knew I wanted this image to be extreme selective focus, I wanted to make it look like it was taken at the end of the 19th century.  So I opened my lens all the way up and made the appropriate exposure adjustments (which can barely be done because at f 1.2, at 100 ISO, you have to expose at 1/8000 of a second).  Anyway, I rattled off a bunch of shots with this concept in mind and I was pleased with the result.  I am always more pleased with the results when I pre-vissualize the end from the beginning.  I suppose it is more satisfying to know I pulled it off, but I also think that if one can see the end from the beginning, it makes every step in the process more valuable to the final result.

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I thought this was just a great comparison/contrast.

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Down the mountain!  At times, Camelback Mountain is a bit steep.  For a girl in a wedding dress, it seems even steeper.

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This is one of my favorite series of shots.  We got a few grumbles from a team of repellers that wanted the cliff all to themselves, but if they only knew what we were accomplishing in the two minutes we were imposing ourselves on their rock, I think they would have been much more supportive.  I really like this shot.

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This is my official wedding attire for all super casual hiking to the top of a mountain weddings.  It’s quite frankly the most comfortable wedding attire I own.

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Krissy and Dan, thanks for letting me be a part of such a wonderful wedding.  It was a pleasure.

Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Location: Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale, Arizona

Slideshow Music by Daniel Ho, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music

Jeff & Rebecca: A Family Wedding in Mesa, Arizona

This is a fairly personal post.  I photographed a wedding for a very dear friend of our family.  Our friend Becky and her children joined a new family and promptly flew away to China.

Jeff and Rebecca were married at the LDS Temple in Mesa Arizona.  Their wedding brought two young families together.  The kids on both sides are as sweet as they come.  Rebecca lived with her children in Chandler, Arizona and Jeff traveled with his children all the way from China, where he works and now they all live in China.  We miss Becky and her children very much, but what a great adventure for their family… we hope to see them soon.

I had hoped, with the sheer number of children and people who would be converging on the bride’s home that there would be chaos in the house, which is always fun to photograph, but true to form, Becky and her children were on top of it all, very organized and no chaos whatsoever.  Lots of laughter and happiness though!

daughter of the bride laughing

Although I don’t think it was the only reason for the happiness, there were a pair of Jimmy Choo magic shoes there, which couldn’t hurt.

jimmy choo shoes

Tying ties.

child getting ready for the wedding

Drying hair.

child getting ready for the wedding

Putting on makeup.  It’s all part of getting ready and I see it all the time, but getting ready is all relative to what you are getting ready for.  Not just a wedding, but the merger of two dynamic sets of children, a great adventure, a new culture, a 15 hour plane flight…

I thought this makeup photo was one of the better I have captured.  The framing was perfect as was the light and with Becky’s striking features, I thought it deserved a little film noir look.  I was already shooting at a very high ISO, so the grain was a natural result, there was no reason to fight it.  So I pushed it even further.  All of this was done in Adobe Lightroom 4 without the help of any plugins or external editors.

bride getting ready for the wedding with black and white film noir look

It was interesting.  When I started to photograph the dress on the hanger, Becky just laughed and said, “good luck.  That dress does not look good on the hanger.”  And she was right, the dress looked like nothing on the hanger, but it was perfect when she put it on.  How she decided to try it on is beyond me, but it was perfect.

Wedding portrait at the arizona mesa temple

Introducing Jeff.  All around great guy.  Jeff and his kids traveled all the way from China the day before the wedding, but only after their flight got canceled on them, so they flew from China to LA and then drove to Phoenix.  What a crazy wedding story.  But they made it in time and in the end, I suppose , in the end, those with the best stories win.

Wedding portrait at the arizona mesa temple

I had so much fun photographing the kids during the wedding.  They are all so expressive and good natured.  Case in point…

Candid photo of child at wedding in mesa arizona

Portrait of child at wedding at mesa LDS temple in mesa arizona

Portrait of children at wedding in mesa arizona

Portrait of child at wedding

Portrait of child at wedding

Portrait of child at wedding

Portrait of child at wedding

Portrait of child at wedding

Portrait of child at wedding

Portrait of child at wedding

Portrait of child at wedding

Child at Wedding Reception

And finally, a photograph of the LDS Temple in Mesa.  If you do not know much about the LDS or Mormon culture, Temples are a very important part of the faith.  They are extremely spiritual places where members of the church are married and make covenants with God.  So, when you are married in a temple, that building often symbolizes the commitment you have made to your spouse and your family.  So anytime I photograph an LDS wedding, I try to make a new and interesting photograph of that temple for the couple.  I am pleased with this one.

Arizona LDS Temple Wedding

Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Slideshow Music by Mindy Gledhill, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music

Wedding Location: Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple

Nick & Caroline: A Southern Wedding with a Second Line

Nick and Caroline were married at the LDS Temple in Dallas, Texas and their wedding reception was at the Lee Hardware Gallery in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Nick and Caroline are a truly vintage couple.  Many people go for the vintage look, but Nick and Caroline really fit the part.  I think you’ll see what I mean.

Dallas LDS Temple

Dallas Texas LDS Temple

I was struck by the architecture of the Temple, but the hedge in front made the situation perfect for a couple’s portrait.

Bride and groom at the LDS Temple in Dallas Texas

I loved this location, which I found in my pre-wedding scouting, but as Caroline walked around the corner, I had to tell her to freeze.  It was the perfect position for her.  Everything around her framed her quite nicely.

Bride at the LDS Temple in Dallas Texas

Her dress, her hair, the necklace, even the lipstick were all perfect vintage.

Bride at the LDS Temple in Dallas Texas

Bride and groom at the LDS Temple in Dallas Texas

At the wedding reception, instead of a guest book, Nick (a designer by trade) created a sign in map.

Sign in map at wedding reception

And of course, even the microphone fit the vintage theme.  I was very covetous of this mic.  I am a mic enthusiast.

vintage microphone at wedding reception

The reception was held in the Lee’s Hardware Gallery, which is an old building in downtown Shreveport.  The textures on the walls in the interior courtyard were phenomenal.  And yes, that is a wedding cake piñata.  It was fun.

wedding cake piñata wedding reception

The textures and colors in the streets of downtown Shreveport are fantastic for portraits, but you must turn off that auto white balance on your camera!

bride and groom portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

groom portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

bride portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

I love the warm film look on this shot.

bride and groom portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

This is my favorite image from the day.  As we were taking the bride’s portrait, she turned slightly toward the wall and I saw the possibility of this shot.  With a slight adjustment of her hand and head, I shot several variations on this shot and the result was fantastic.

bride portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

If you are going to do a vintage wedding, I suggest taking a stroll in a vintage town.  Shreveport is definitely vintage.  I love this Ridgway’s sign.

bride and groom portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

I also love Nick’s “Ronald Reagan” hairdo.  Of course the back ground is perfect as well.  I shot this at a much higher f-number to make sure I got the groom and the metal door in focus.  I am more often a shallow depth of field kind of guy, but there are times when f8 or higher is called for.  In this case, the greater depth of field give the image a illustrated look, which I thought was very appropriate to the image.

groom portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

The flowers were fantastic. These flowers are called Billy Balls and apparently they look the same when they are dried. The arrangement were done by Patsy Foster in Shreveport. She did a great job.

flowers wedding bouquet

This was the most touching moment of the day.  The bride had been carrying a handkerchief throughout the entire day.  I had not paid much special attention to it and just assumed it was an old vintage handkerchief: something old.  But Caroline knelt down beside he grandmother and showed her the handkerchief and reminded her that she had given it to her when Caroline was a little girl and that she had kept it to this day for this very purpose.  That is something old and something special.

bride and grandmother

I think this will be the groom’s father’s favorite photo of the day.  It would be mine if this were my son.

groom and father walking

Just a couple of great shots on our way down to the “second line”.

bride and groom portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

bride portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

bride and groom portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

A “second line” is an interesting tradition in Louisiana, kind of a parade.  The entire wedding (all the guests) met at the water’s edge and paraded, complete with music, up to the wedding reception.  It was a hot day, but was a great opportunity for photos!  This was my very first “second line.”  I enjoyed it, but it was a lot of running and sweating.

jazz band trio at the head of a Second Line Parade for the Wedding Reception

Two of the children led the way, carrying a banner for the bride and groom.

bride and groom at the head of the Second Line Parade for the Wedding Reception

At the end of the evening, the games began.  The children got a whack at the wedding cake piñata and so did the bride and groom.

child swinging at the wedding cake piñata at the wedding reception

Most of the guests came from the surrounding states, so the signature map was a bit crowded near the gulf, but there were a few people (like myself) who came from quite a distance to join the wedding.  This is one of the coolest guest signature ideas I have seen in a long time.

sign in map

I think the straws are a good indication of the “fun” level of this wedding.  Caroline and Nick put their wedding together on a small budget, but I think they spent their money very well and made every detail count.  It all added up to a very fun event with a lot of cute details.

wedding rings and straws for sodas

The painting is by Nick Eckel and the lamps were made by Caroline Majors (the bride and groom), I love both.  Nick is a talented designer and illustrator.  If you need a graphic designer, I highly recommend him.  He’s a talented, stand up guy.

Paper chandelier and painting by the groom at wedding reception

I was glad to represent Arizona at Nick and Caroline’s wedding.  It was a pleasure to be a part of it.

sign in map at wedding reception

Wedding Details:

Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Special thanks to Jessica Brownell for assisting and second shooting.

Slideshow music by J’Nae, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music

Wedding Location: LDS Temple, Dallas, Texas

Reception Location: Lee’s Hardware Gallery, Shreveport, Louisiana

Heather and Jeremy: A Wedding in Gilbert, Arizona

Heather and Jeremy: A Wedding in Chandler, Arizona from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Jeremy and Heather were married at Noah’s in Chandler, Arizona.  Noah’s is a small even hall south east of Phoenix.  I have photographed a few weddings there and all of them have been in the heat of the summer, so we spent the entire time inside.  When Heather approached me about the idea of not going outside for portraits and photos, I said, “YES!”  Who wants to go out in 107% temperatures and sweat it out.  Plus, it made for an interesting challenge.  So, I put together a portrait studio and with their retro style wedding dress and tux, I thought the portrait studio should feel a bit retro itself.  I was pleased with the outcome.  I love doing something a little different.

chandler arizona wedding photography

I loved the artwork for the programs for the wedding.  Very cool.  Very personal.

Artwork for wedding program

The chandelier was quite beautifully decorated by AZ Wedding Decor. It is not often that a centered “bullet composition” works, but I like this one.

I love the use of the monogram in both the boutonnieres and the bouquet.

And what bride can resist the cute shoes.  It is all about the shoes.  Of course, I know this more because I am married and my wife loves shoes as well.  I don’t know a woman who doesn’t.  But I am always excited to see what the bride has done with her shoe choice.  It says a lot about her more private side.

But the bouquet says even more about the bride and her public side.  And you have to admit that a fruit and vegetable bouquet is something very unique and different.  I loved it.  This was designed by How Appropriate Floral. It, changed the way I felt about the colors in the wedding.  So, a lot of the decisions I made about how to shoot the images and how to effect them in post came from this one detail.  I shot a lot of wide open f1.2 images for their portraits and details and pulled back the colors to make them more muted and soft.  While what I know of the client before the wedding, helps to dictate the direction of the imagery, it is the visuals I see when I get to the wedding that shape the final imagery and how those images will be seen.  I think that being open to changing direction, based on what is in front of me, helps me to truly describe the event and the people I am photographing.

This of course, has to be my favorite image from the wedding.  I love everything about it.  I love the bouquet.  Heather looks fantastic.The lens and aperture choice makes it soft and dreamlike.  The colors are perfect.  Sometimes you have a vision for a photo and you execute it perfectly, but the subject does’t nail the look, but she nailed it!  Way to be Heather.  Way to be.

And these little kids just made me laugh.  What a funny concept.  They loved their little capes and they were certainly fun to photograph in my studio. They were not “ring bearers” but were announcing the coming of the bride. Yet, another way Heather made her wedding a little different from the typical.

Jeremy’s tux was the one other thing that directed me to the style and feel of the final images.  His tux and his beard put me in the right frame of mind for the style.  We shot very high ISO, wide apertures and fixes lenses to create a grainy old school look to the portraits and photographs.  And when we didn’t shoot high ISO, we added the grain in post.  I think we got a great consistent style across the entire photo collection.  I am very happy with it.

The center pieces on the tables were created by Ethereal Events Decor.  They made for great foreground elements.

The tables were all covered with these big glass jewels, so I couldn’t resist putting the rings in the jewels.  This is always an entertaining few minutes of the evening for me.

Thank you Jeremy and Heather for trusting me with your wedding.

Photography Details:

Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Wedding Location: Noah’s, Chandler, Arizona

Slideshow Music: The Genesis by Jared Platt

Flowers by How Appropriate Floral

Decorations by AZ Wedding Decor & Ethereal Events Decor

Nick and Shelby: A Wedding in Mesa, Arizona

Nick & Shelby’s Wedding, Mesa Arizona from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Nick and Shelby were married in the Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple. Some of their portraits are there on the temple grounds. Others are our near Red Mountain and then others are at their home on South Mountain where they had their wedding reception. Here are a few of my favorite images from their wedding.

Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple Wedding Portraits

Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple Wedding Portraits

This is my absolute favorite image from the wedding.  The light coming through the trees is fantastic and the couple looks perfect.  I have another shot with them kissing, but I always prefer the almost kiss to the kiss itself.  There is more anticipation in it.

Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple Wedding Portraits

Arizona Wedding Photography Portraits at Red Mountain

Shelby’s hot rod car.  I love that she brings the hot rod to the relationship.

Arizona Wedding Photography Portraits at Red Mountain

Arizona Wedding Photography Portraits at Red Mountain

I love the tone on this image.  It takes an otherwise, harsh sunny day and softens it up and cools it down quite nicely.

Arizona Wedding Photography Portraits at Red Mountain

Arizona Wedding Photography Portraits at Red Mountain

Arizona Wedding Photography Portraits at Red Mountain

This little flower girl was super cute throughout the entire wedding.  It’s always fun to follow the kids around.

Arizona Wedding Photography Documentary Photos

Bridal wedding Flowers

This was a cute idea.  The kids all drew posters for the bride and groom and then shared them with the couple at the end of the night.

Wedding reception

The boys on the roof were tasked with trowing bird seed or something like that down on the couple as they left, but they completely missed.  The best laid plans…  But I did enjoy the motion in this shot.

Leaving the reception

Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Wedding Location: Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple
Slideshow Music: Kevin Burdick, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music

Pat & Laney: A Wedding at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley, Arizona

Pat and Laney’s Wedding: The Montelucia Resort in Paradise Valley, Arizona from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Pat and Laney were married at the Montelucia Resort in Paradise Valley, Arizona.  Here are a few of my favorite images from the day.

First up of course was a great moment taken by my assistant Ray.  I love the boy’s (Pat’s Son) expressions.  In fact, he turned out to be a great subject for photos all day long.  He was always doing funny things and always had a very expressive face.  I enjoyed having him around very much.

Getting ready for a Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

While we were waiting on something to be found, I asked the bride to step to the sliding glass door of the room to take a quick portrait.  It is one of my favorites of the day.  Which reminds me that the best portraits don’t necessarily take a lot of planning and lighting effort.  Sometimes it is just a matter of seeing a good lighting condition and capturing a natural expression.

Getting ready, bride, Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

The flowers were designed by Amy’s Floral Design, who always does a great job.  I was pleased with the flowers.  They held up all day long (which is unusual for a warm Phoenix day)  and they really do have great colors and a variety of flowers.

Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Scottsdale, Arizona

I love this door at the Montelucia.  They brought it in from Spain or somewhere like that.  The textures are perfect.  The handles are a great place to hang flowers.  But it was a bit of a challenge because people kept walking in and out of these doors setting up for the dinner.  So I was constantly in danger of having the flowers fall on the floor.  Yes, I live a bit on the edge, I know, but we were ready to catch them at any moment and thankfully, I was fast enough to get the shots done and get out of there before I had to drop the camera to catch a bouquet. Amy is reading this thinking, “You’d better drop that camera to catch my bouquets.”  I would Amy, I would.

Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Scottsdale, Arizona

This is the moment Laney stepped out to reveal herself to Pat for the first time.  Rex was positioned inside to watch her exit ad I was on the outside watching Pat.  Rex’s shot was so beautiful, I had to include it in my favorites.  It is framed beautifully.  The Montelucia has a lot of great big doors like this.  It really is a great place for photographs.

First Look: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

The next two photos are are a great series.  We were taking Pat and Laney’s portraits and as often happens, someone stands to the side waiting for us to finish so they can pass.  Sometimes they wait for minutes and we have to urge them to just walk on through.  They hesitate and we again have to almost force them to go through.  They don’t realize that if they wait until we are done, they may be there for five or ten minutes.  This was one of those times.  We finally convinced the worker to go through and Laney took advantage of the opportunity.

Portraits: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

Got it!

Humorous Photo of Bride: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

I love this portrait of the bride and the groom.  I think too much emphasis is placed on cuddly photos of a couple at their wedding.  We don’t live our lives cuddled together.  So why, in all our photos that describe our relationship, should we be constantly interlocked in a passionate embrace.  While those moments should also be captured, I think that a moment like this one captures the relationship even better.  After spending time with Pat and Laney, I think this shot describes them pretty well.  The glance between them IS the embrace and I think it is more accurate than a kiss.

Wedding photography from a wedding at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley, Arizona

This has to be my favorite image from the entire day.  It shouldn’t be all that surprising that sometimes the best image from a wedding for me is not of the bride or groom.  The best shot of the day is the perfect combination of being in the right place, at the right time, framing it just right, and capturing the subject in just way.  This is why I love wedding photography so much.  Unlike street photography and photojournalism, it is an opportunity to have complete access and welcome permission to hunt for the perfect documentary moments.  There are a few in every event, and no one ever knows when or were they will present themselves, but they show up, I capture them and take them home like little souvenirs from Paris.  This is one of those shots.  I love it.  Like I said, Pat’s son was a great subject.

Ring Bearer: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

I love the smile on Laney’s face as they bow their heads in prayer.

Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

Even the flower petals on the edge of the isle were well preserved.  Often times, these are the most neglected and they end up a bit wilted or brown by the time the couple is saying “I Do.”  But they were vivid, crisp and clean.  Good job Amy, as always.

Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

At the Montelucia, the lawn is overlooked by the spa, so during the wedding, I can sneak back and get a bird’s eye view of the wedding.  Usually, there is someone around to let me into the spa to get the best angle, but this time, there was no on there.  So I had to do a little B&E.   I set my cameras on the ground near the gate of the spa and had to scale the gate (which is about 10 feet high).  Once I was over the gate, I then had to hoist my cameras over the gate as well.  Once I had my bird’s eye view shots, I then had to reverse the process to get back over and down the stairs to the wedding lawn.  I think I need a key next time…

Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

After the sand ceremony (all three of them poured sand), Pat’s son saw the dust rising from the vase and leaned in to get a sniff.  It was very funny.  Of all of us, Rex, got the best shot.  You can see the dust rising from the vase very well because it is against the groom’s tux.  I was on the other side, so the dust doesn’t stand out against Laney’s dress.

Sand Ceremony, Humor: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

How cool are these flower balls at the entry to the isle on either side.  I thought it was a nice touch.

Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

The view of Camelback mountain is nice from the Monetlucia.  But the architecture of the buildings really sells the combination.

Portraits: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

Embellish, Design for Entertaining designed and coordinated the wedding.  They always do a fantastic job.  My favorite part of the deign was the incorporation of small, smooth river rocks throughout.  You can see them in the pot for the tree on the table.

Embellish Deign for Entertainment; Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

The rocks were used to enhance the iron work lanterns, vases and serving stands on the tables.

Embellish Deign for Entertainment: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

And they were even used as a signature book at the place card table.  People could write their well wishes on the rocks for the couple and then the rocks were to be kept in a vase for display.  I thought that was a fantastic idea.

Embellish Design for Entertainment: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

Place Cards: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

Place Cards Table: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

The Spin Band was perfect.  They not only sounded great, but they are so entertaining to watch!  They got applause after many of their songs.  The two singers made quite an impression.  I have never seen a cover band with such animated singers.  I have to say that if I were hiring a band for any purpose tomorrow, I would be hiring The Spin Band (and I would specifically request these two lead singers be there together.  The guy is Matthew, but I am afraid I don’t know the girl’s name.

The Band: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

The Band: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

What a great wedding.  It was a pleasure to be there.  Thanks Pat and Laney for trusting us and allowing us to spend the day with you.

-Jared Platt

WEDDING DETAILS:

Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Wedding Designer: Embellish, Design for Entertainment

Slideshow Music: Mindy Gledhill “California”, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music

Flowers: Amy’s Floral Design

Cake: Julia Baker

Makeup & Hair: Kensington Makeup

Entertainment: The Spin Band

Sara & Jay: A Wedding at the Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix, Arizona

Sara and Jay’s Wedding at The Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix, Arizona from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Sara and Jay’s were married at The Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix, Arizona.  The mansion is an old, eclectic building with hallways and doors that lead you around in circles.  Each room is a unique place to shoot.  Which meant we had a number of choices for photographing the dress.  But this room ended up winning.  I loved the portraits hanging on either side and the texture of the translucent drapes.  Generally, I dislike the plastic hangers that come with the dress, but in this case, I was happy with the hanger because the white helped to set it apart from the wood valance.  I would like to know though, why it is that a bride can spend thousands of dollars on a dress and the dress shop only gives her a lame plastic hanger?  That is ridiculous.  They know the dress will be photographed before it goes on, and yet, they give her a white plastic hanger that, in most cases, takes away from the photograph.  I carry a hanger around with me to make up for this oversight, but in this case, the plastic hanger worked in the photo, so I didn’t use my wooden one.

Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

We were on our way up the stair case (where I am shooting from) and I saw this little archway and the light coming down the staircase.  So we had to use it because the light was perfect.

Grooms Portrait at a Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

The bride’s room at the Wrigley Mansion is full of soft feminine colors.  The paintings, wall papers and drapes are perfect for a slightly desaturated photograph.  I love the layers in this photograph.  Sara looks fantastic in it, the veil is coming into the shot, the painting is framing Sara nicely, the left side of the frame, though vacant, is held together by a bride’s maid’s shoulder and hair.  I just enjoy looking at this one.

The Bride getting ready at a Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

This is one of those doorways in the Wrigley Mansion that leads through a series of rooms and hallways that make you feel like you are in a game of Clue.  And, it was a perfect spot for a portrait.  It is not often that you find this much wall without it being interrupted by frames, drapes, light switches, etc.  So I used every inch of vacant wall.  Just to the right and left are elements that would spoil the shot.  It is all about the Bride.  No other distractions are allowed.

Bride Portrait at a Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

Bride and Groom at a Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

This little ring bearer was quite a show.  Here he comes down the long stairway, which serves as the beginning of the isle at the Wrigley Mansion.  But he caught sight of the cameras and all the people watching him.

Flower girl and ring bearer at a Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

So he literally walked the rest of the distance, down the stairs and down the isle with the ring pillow in front of his face to avoid the paparazzi.

Flower girl and ring bearer, Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

The entire way!  He was not interested in the publicity!  Everyone was laughing.  You couldn’t have planned that kind of entertainment.  I think that is why we have little children walk down the isle at weddings, in hopes that we get some comic entertainment.

Woman laughing - Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

Because the mansion is on a mountain, there few flat spots.  Lots of stairs and hills.  But there are also a lot of trees, and because it is on it’s own knoll, you can find great shade somewhere at any point of the day.  I am always photographing, regardless of what is going on.  Whenever the bride and groom are walking, I am snapping a shot here and there and always looking for little moments like this one.  A small glance, a smile, something.  I was happy to find this one.

Bride and Groom walking - Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

I am particularly fond of this shot.  My wife saw it and said, “fantastic lines!”  Yep!  That’s what I was thinking when I was shooting this series.  This is one of those images that has to be seen at the camera.  It doesn’t appear from the contact sheet as a happy accident.  You have to see the lines and square up to them, otherwise they just fall apart in the frame and while you may get an ok shot out of it, you won’t get those “fantastic lines.”  The frame dictates the effectiveness of the lines.

The Mansion - Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

The Wrigley Mansion’s entry way is full of visuals.  It is a rotunda with a staircase or a balcony completely surrounding the room.  You could shoot this room again and again and get something different every time.

Inside the mansion - Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

I loved the graphic quality of this image with half of the frame in complete white and the other half in an textured white with a few darker elements and lines.  And then, of course, the main event, the kiss, happens in the corner of the frame making it more dramatic and full of energy as it battles with the convergence of the bottom and right hand edges.

Bride and groom kiss - Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Wedding Venue: The Wrigley Mansion, Phoenix, Arizona

Manuel and Samirah: A Grand Canyon Wedding

Manuel and Samirah’s Wedding at the Grand Canyon from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Manuel and Samirah were married at the Grand Canyon in front of a small group of family and friends. The small intimate wedding was full of beautiful ceremony and the location was as beautiful as it could be.

Here is a slideshow of images with my thoughts on the wedding, if you’re interested in what I was thinking about the wedding.

Photography Notes: A Wedding at the Grand Canyon from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

No chapel, no cathedral, no resort can match the awe inspiring combination of 17 million years of erosion and unpredictable in-climate weather. The view was breathtaking and the light was ever changing and fantastic. Of course we had to bare some cold weather. But, I’ll take the cold weather in exchange for the storm clouds and perfect light any day.

The Grand Canyon from Shoshone Point

Just a note from the guests, left on a rock on Shoshone Point at the Grand Canyon. “Kiss the Bride”. And he did.

A Wedding at the Grand Canyon on Shoshone Point

This has got to be the coolest way to make a bouquet. These are dried flowers made into a bouquet. They certainly fit in with the natural surroundings. And as a bonus, they were light and never started drooping.

Dried flower bouquet from A Wedding at the Grand Canyon on Shoshone Point

Here comes the bride.

A Wedding at the Grand Canyon on Shoshone Point

This is the longest isle. Samirah was escorted by her father in spirit by the soft beating of a drum. It was probably the most touching procession I have ever experienced.

A Wedding at the Grand Canyon on Shoshone Point

To get a shot like this, you sometimes have to lean a little too far over the edge of a cliff. I was not completely comfortable with my proximity to the edge of the cliff, but we have to push the edge to get the perfect shot.

A Wedding at the Grand Canyon on Shoshone Point

There were many tender moments in the wedding, but this one was difficult for me to shoot. This was a washing of the feet ceremony. This is something Christ did for his apostles before he was crucified. It was an act of complete humility. John the Baptist had told Christ that he was not worthy to lace the savior’s sandals, and yet, years the savior kneeled before his 12 apostles and tenderly washed dust and soil from their feet, to show his love and his purpose to serve them (John 13:5). It was truly the Condescension of God. So when Manuel washed his bride’s feet and she in turn washed his, I was struck by the complete sacred nature of the act. Of course, I am being paid to photograph this, but I felt like an intruder at this moment. It was truly the most religious act I have every photographed at a wedding.

A Wedding at the Grand Canyon on Shoshone Point

Did I mention it was cold! It was May, but it was only 43 degrees out there on that pointe. And yet, Samirah bore the cold to get these great shots.

Bride portrait from A Wedding at the Grand Canyon on Shoshone Point

After the sun had dropped below the horizon, we went to a burned out section of the forest and got a few more portraits. The quality of light that exists after the sun sets is the best light, hands down.

Portrait from A Wedding at the Grand Canyon on Shoshone Point

Both Samirah and Manuel are pilots, so this was an appropriate setting for their wedding dinner. The entire wedding was a small group, so they all fit around this large table. The candles were a nice touch, but to avoid explosions, it was not possible to light the candles. Airplanes are full of fuel, even some of these old planes.

Wedding reception in airplane hanger at the Grand Canyon Air Museum

Portrait at the Wedding reception in airplane hanger at the Grand Canyon Air Museum

And finally, the rings! I wanted to use something that was unique to the wedding to photograph the rings. I think I nailed this one. It says so much about them, about how they came together (they met in a flight school situation) and I even though the dials, words and arrows made a great point. So I am very proud of this shot.

Rings in the cockpit of a plane at the Wedding reception in airplane hanger at the Grand Canyon Air Museum

Photography: Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Slideshow Music Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
Location: Shoshone Point, The Grand Canyon

Lindsay & Travyn: A Wedding at Troon North, Scottsdale, Arizona

Lindsay & Travyn’s Wedding: Troon North, Scottsdale, Arizona from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Lindsay and Travyn were married at Troon North Country Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. We were there to capture them getting ready, the ceremony and a little bit of the reception.

Lindsay’s father got a sneak peak just before the bride and groom would see each other for the first time.  His pride at this moment must have been overflowing.  Two years ago, I may have still captured this image, but would not have fully understood it.  Now with a little girl of my own, I get it… I really get it.

Father admiring the bride at a Wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona

It was a warm day in Scottsdale, Arizona and the sun was high in the sky, so our group portraits were taken in the dappled light of the paloverde trees.  Troon North has a lot of interesting tree covered ravine which work great for non-golfcourse looking shots.  And shade in Arizona is a very important thing to find.

Groomsmen at a Wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona

I always love having the wedding party as a backdrop to the bride and groom.  People are often times the best backdrop to any shot.

bride and groom at a Wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona

Of course, a nice scenic backdrop works too.  I love the huge boulders out at Troon North.  They are all over far north Scottsdale.  The make for some great photographs.  Note: I am always very cautious and walk in front of the bride and groom looking for and listening for snakes!  Rattle snakes.  We didn’t find any snakes during this wedding, but I have almost been bitten four times in one day before (a story for another post), so, it is something to take seriously.

Bride and groom portrait at a Wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona

I loved this lone tree.  I have shot a lot of weddings at Troon North and never saw this tree in this way before.  It just happen to catch my eye this time and I thought it made for a good dramatic portrait of the groom.

groom portrait at a Wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona

I loved this moment.  Most of the time, it is a hand shake or a simple handing off the bride, but occasionally something bigger and more emotional occurs and when it does, it is a little treasure.  I was glad to be in the right position to get the moment between Travyn and his Father in Law, but Lindsay being in the shot makes the shot.

father giving the bride away at a Wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona

I have been shooting weddings at Troon North long enough to see the wedding site change drastically.  It used to occur off the driving range (which had a nice view), but they really did a good job choosing a great backdrop for their current wedding site.  But, you do have to time the wedding just right.  The sun can make things a bit difficult for the photographs and for the guests if it is not timed right.  But if you time it right, it can be perfect.

a Wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona

After the wedding we took a little ride on the golf cart for some more portraits of just the bride and groom.  Lindsay and Travyn got to watch the sunset from a high vantage point.

bride and groom at sunset at a Wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona

But after the sunset, we did a few more shots in the boulders.  I love the soft quality of the light after a sunsets, and thanks to modern digital equipment, I can capture images in this limited light without difficulty.

A Wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona

Photography: Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Slideshow Music: Jared Platt, The Genesis

Location: Troon North Country Club, Scottsdale, Arizona

Shooting with Stuart Thurkill

Stuart Thurkill shooting a wedding at the Montelucia in Scottsdale, Arizona.

I shot a wedding with Stuart Thurkill a few weeks ago at the Montelucia in Scottsdale, Arizona. His assistant was ill and I was free, so I stepped in to help out. We had a great time. The couple was cool and I always enjoy talking with Stuart because he is so passionate about everything, and he’s such a nice guy. This image I shot of Stuart at the wedding was certainly worth showing. I think that look he’s sporting is Zoolander’s patented Blue Steel look.

Enlarging Photographs for Print with Lightroom

Portrait of Bride at a Wedding in Chandler Arizona

I was producing a seriese of 30 inch prints for Hype Parke Jewelers, for a bridal wedding event at the Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona and obviously needed to enlarge the image from about 20 inches to 30.  Shooting with the 5D Mark II, make enlargements a rare thing because the file is so big, but anytime I need to go beyond a 16×20, I need to do a little enlargement work on the image to make it work for the larger print.  In the past, I used Genuine Fractals  to enlarge my images and it did a fine job.  Recently, Genuine Fractals was apparently purchased by OnOne Software and then renamed to Perfect Resize.  I have been playing with it and while it does a god job, and actually does the math a lot faster than its predecessor, the interface is much, much slower.  Which lead me to ask myself, “do I need to use a third party software for standard enlargements?”

So, I decided to do a test.  I do a lot of tests… but I swear I do not have OCD.  But my obsession, turns out to be to your advantage.

First, I enlarged this image in Photoshop with the Perfect Resize 7.1 plug in to 30 inches wide at 300 dpi.  The results were acceptably good for the print.  You will see on the image below, that the process of resizing an image tends to create a painterly texture, but when printed, that texture is generally swallowed up in the texture of the print surface and the grain patterns of the emulsion.  So, I am pleased with the results and they will print nicely.  But, remember, I had to open the image in Photoshop and run it through the Perfect Resize plugin or run it through the Perfect Resize plugin in Lightroom, which has a very slow interface.

Enlargement by Perfect Resize 7.1 by OnOne Software

Then I went back to Lightroom and simply exported the image from Lightroom and told Lightroom to enlarge the file to 30 inches at 300 dpi with a standard print sharpening added to the image on export.  The process was a lot faster than dealing with the Perfect Resize interface and the results were just as good, if not better.  If you look at both images on the dark pupil and iris of the eye, you will see more of a painterly texture with a bit more banding in the Perfect Resize enlargement above than you will in the Lightroom version below.

Lightroom enlargement with print sharpening

So I wanted to see if I could do it even better right our of Lightroom without using any other software or Plugins.  And I promise, I am not OCD, I am just curious!  So I added a bit of grain to the image in Lightroom.  You can certainly see the grain in the image below, but observe what it has done in the pupil and iris area.  No more weird patterns.  I’m going to go with the added grain and no painterly patterns.  It is far more beautiful and takes a fraction of the time to make the enlargement.

Lightroom enlargement with LR sharpening and grain

Now, this was a fairly simple enlargement from 20 to 30 inches.  I am not saying that Perfect Resize is not a good tool for enlargement, it is very good, and indispensable when it comes to extreme enlargements, but for the day to day enlargements, I find that Lightroom does a fantastic job all on its own.  So I will trust Lightroom to make the enlargement and save my time for the more important things in life.

Now, I’m off to help my son solve an particularly hard level on Angry Birds.

For a step by step lesson on what I did to get these results in Lightroom, see the Lightroom Podcast below.

Making Photo Enlargements in Lightroom 3 from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

There are plenty of plugins and photoshop methods for enlarging photographs beyond their native size, but Lightroom 3 can match or beat even Genuine Fractals or Perfect Resize on standard every day enlargements.

In this video you will learn how to use Lightroom to enlarge your digital images without the use of Photoshop or a Plugin.

Photography Details

Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Subject: A Bridal Portrait

Location: The Inspiridor in Chandler, Arizona

Brandon and Lindsey: A Winter Wonderland Wedding at the Montelucia in Scottsdale Arizona

A Winter Wonderland: Lindsey & Brandon’s Wedding Slideshow from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Brandon and Lindsey were married at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona on the first weekend in December. Everything about this wedding was beautiful. Thanks to the the hard work of The Montelucia Staff, Embellish Design for Entertaining, Julia Baker and Amy’s Floral Design.

Brandon and Lindsey’s rehearsal dinner was quite a production on its own.  Everything was white, with a little hint of green.  Everyone wore black and white.  That is, everyone…

Rehearsal dinner at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

…everyone except for the bride!  Lindsey strolled in with Brandon in a red dress that was absolutely stunning.  The band began to play “Lady in Red” and they danced.  It was perfect.

The Montelucia’s Castillo Lucena is an impressive room.  I have shot wedding ceremonies, wedding dinners and receptions in this room and each time, the room is perfect.  The rehearsal dinner was no exception.

Rehearsal Dinner at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Brandon’s tux for the rehearsal dinner reminded me of James Bond.  It was a good looking tux.

Bride and groom at the rehearsal dinner at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

And the bride’s wedding dress was as beautiful as the rehearsal dinner dress.  We actually hung the two dresses side by side to decide which was better.  Couldn’t choose.

Wedding dress Bride and groom at and bride at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

I love a good portrait with activity in the background.

Groom at a Wedding at Bride and groom at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Like I said, the wedding dress did not play second fiddle to the rehearsal dinner dress.  It was very beautiful.

Wedding dress at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Now comes the bath tub.  Lindsey was getting ready in the bathroom and I saw this tub…  How could I leave without putting her in the bath tub for a photograph?  That is one beautiful bath tub.  Only at the Montelucia!

Bride in dress in art bath tub at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

And I have to take my hat off to Amy’s Floral Designs and Embellish Design for Entertaining.  Their work was nothing short of spectacular.  And they were so great to work with.  Everything worked together to create a beautiful winter wonderland.

The flower girl ran out of flowers a little short of half way down the isle.  I think we should give flower girls a lot more flower petals.

Flower girl out of flowers at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Of course you can see where all the flower petals went.  I love the designs on the grass out of flower petals.  That was a perfect touch.  I actually want to know who thought that one up?  Brilliant.  It adds so much to the photo.

Wedding at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

This is a new spin on the Unity Candle.  It is called a Unity Cross.  Although it is a bit too complicated to actually put together during the ceremony.  I think it would take too long, like building a lego set during the wedding.  So they had it mostly put together so that all they had t o do was put in the pins to secure it.  I’m not sure if anyone would sit through a Unity Cross ceremony if they started from scratch.  But the end result is quite nice, don’t you think?

Wedding Unity cross at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

The winter wonderland was even more impressive with little gems hanging off of everything.

Winter trees on table tops at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

And yes, the cake had glowing balls made of little gems.  No one can match Julia Baker’s cakes.  And now she has a little shop at the Montelucia Resort.

Wedding Cake by Julia Baker at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

And of course a few portraits of the wedding couple around the grounds of the Montelucia.

Wedding Portrait at the  Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Wedding portraits at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Wedding Portrait at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Bride and Groom at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

After our portrait session, we made our way back to the wedding dinner and reception.  Of course there is always the pre-reception fussing to get the bride ready for her grande entrance  I always love the shots of bustling the dress and looking in the mirror, etc.  You get the same interesting activities that you get at the beginning of the day, but now the bride is nearly perfect anyway, all made up, hair done, but not perfect.  It is beauty with the added allure of a few hours of life.  I like it better once there is less perfection.  I am always telling other photographers, there is no life in perfection, it is in imperfection that we find life and passion, etc.

Bride and dress at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Bride in mirror at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

The wedding couple had a great first dance.  It was well choreographed.

Wedding first dance at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

I have shown this image before as a teaser to this wedding.  I love it so very much and the most important thing about this wedding is that it is a truly real moment.  It was caught before the bride was aware of me and my camera.  The subsequent photographs when she is aware, are not quite so perfect.  I told the story of capturing the image in my teaser post in which I postulate on her thoughts as the photograph was being made.  I have since learned from Lindsey that I was right about her thoughts.  I am so proud of capturing this moment.  It is my favorite image from the wedding day.

Bride and candles at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

I love the movement.

Wedding Tabletops at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Like I said, it was a winter wonderland.  The frosty flecks of snow on the branches along with the clear gems made every centerpiece sparkle.

Winter wonderland at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Wedding Details:
Photography: Platt Photography
Wedding Location: The Montelucia Resort
Event Design: Embellish, Design for Entertaining
Flowers: Amy’s Floral Design
Wedding Cake: Julia Baker
Makeup and Hair: Holli Christensen
Officiant: Pastor Brian Hommel
Videography: Beautiful Day Films

Andrew and Monica: A Wedding at the Phoenician in Scottsdale Arizona

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Andrew and Monica were married at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was quite an event with a great band, a Rolls Royce, a rowdy bunch of groomsmen and bridesmaids and some fantastic parents.

Congratulations Andrew and Monica!

We spent a few days with Andrew and Monica and their guests photographing the golf game, the afternoon tea, the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.  I especialy enjoyed the golf game, and I think the guys were having a great time as well.  Andrew is in the background sinking his 20 yard chip…

Golfing groomsmen at the phoenician, arizona.

The bride’s waiting room at St Joan of Ark’s Catholic Church is quite large and is a perfect spot for a portrait. Getting the flower girl to stay in one spot for more than a fraction of a second was a challenge.  No, this was not a naturally occurring shot.  The idea was not manufactured, the bride was looking in the mirror and the flower girl did look at her.  But, as is the case with much documentary work, we see something that really happened and then make the best version of that event for the camera.

The bride and flower girl getting ready

It was an extremely bright day!  So why fight it?  Go for the gold and use the sun…

Bride and Groom at St. Joan of Ark Church in Phoenix, Arizona

If you have to travel from place to place on your wedding day, there’s nothing like a Rolls Royce to take you there.

Rolls Royce traveling down the Freeway with Bride and Groom

Rolls Royce at the Phoenician in Phoenix, Arizona

Bride and groom at the Phoenician in Phoenix Arizona with Rolls Royce

I absolutely love this photograph of Monica in the back of the Limo.   The light is perfect and she has such an elegance about her.

Bride in the limo at the Phoenician in Phoenix Arizona

The Phoenician is a fantastic place to photograph the wedding couple.  And of course their service is second to none.

Bride and Groom at the Phoenician in Phoenix Arizona

Sweet moments like these are so perfect.

Mother and Father with baby girl at the Phoenician in Phoenix Arizona

And of course, the event was to well designed.  The tables were beautiful.  The band was great.  And everyone had a great time.

Room shot of the ball room at the Phoenician in Phoenix Arizona

Wedding Info:

Photography: Platt Photography
Wedding Location: St Joan of Ark Catholic Church
Reception Location: The Phoenician Resort