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Meghan and Charles Engagement Portraits in Atlanta Georgia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the photos from the session.

 

 

 

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

30 Days Project: Destination Wedding, Rome

When in Rome: get married and take amazing photos.

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

Music in this video licensed through www.triplescoopmusic.com

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

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

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

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

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

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30 Days Project: Child Life Portraits by Jared Platt

Child Life Portraits are full of personality and life.

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

child portrait by jared platt in aspen grove in arizona

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Music in this video licensed through www.triplescoopmusic.com

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

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

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

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

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30 Days Project: Grand Canyon Destination Weddings

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

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

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

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

 

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

Music in this video licensed through www.triplescoopmusic.com

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

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

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

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

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

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#Animoto @animoto

#weddingPhotography #destinationWeddingPhotography

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Wedding photography at the Grand Canyon by Jared platt

30 Days Project: Here Comes the Bride

Here comes the bride: A collection of wedding images

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

Famous last words.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Music in this video licensed through www.triplescoopmusic.com

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

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

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

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

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

wedding moments in scottsdale arizona by jared platt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10 Rules for Photographing on Location

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

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

My favorite photographs from the wedding

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

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

Wedding dress Tara Keely by Lazaro

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

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

“I love you.”

“I know.”

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

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Getting ready in Wedding dress Tara Keely by Lazaro

The bride and groom choose a “First Look”

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

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

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With me shooting from a distance.

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

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

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

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

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The wedding portrait session

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

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

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Oh, and of course the beautiful couple.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A tender wedding full of powerful moments to photograph

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The battle at the cake table was intense!

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Tim and Brittany are too fun!

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

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

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

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

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Photography by Jared Platt

Wedding location: The Boojum Tree, Phoenix, Arizona

Slideshow music by Hive Riot, courtesy of triple scoop music

Custom Camera Settings – Don’t Miss a Shot

Using custom camera settings can mean the difference between getting the shot at just the right moment, or missing it entirely. One important distinction between a skilled photographer and a person taking snapshots is the ability to rapidly adjust to changing lighting conditions. Pros also develop a second-nature ability to properly adjust their camera. Being prepared to shoot in all sorts of lighting conditions takes planning and practice. One of the ways to ensure that you are ready to shoot when the action is happening is to make use of custom camera settings.

Weddings are especially challenging because of all of the different environments you shoot in. Take for example a church. Inside the church, you may or may not be allowed to use a flash. The stage might be brightly lit where the audience is only dimly lit. There may be windows or not. Certain events happen very quickly and depending on which direction you are facing to get the action, you might need a different exposure mode ie shutter, or aperture priority or manual; you might need flash compensation, or a different iso. Making all of these changes in the heat of shooting, every time you turn around is distracting and time consuming. the distraction might be enough to cause you to miss the first kiss or the bride and groom coming down the aisle.

Custom Camera Settings Prevent Errors

Custom Camera Settings Make setting your camera a snap

Imagine you are shooting a wedding in a church. One great use of custom camera settings in this scenario is to come to the church early and scout your shots. Turned toward the podium, set your camera to the settings that work best for that environment. Using your camera’s menu, set that as custom setting one. On my camera, a Canon 5D Mark III I choose that custom setting using the c1 position on the top left dial. Now, turn back toward where the audience will be seated and set your camera exposure settings for that direction — set this as custom setting two. For setting three you may choose to set your camera for when the bride and groom exit the church with the dark church entrance behind them.

Custom Camera Settings mean fast accurate exposures

Custom Camera Settings Include Pretty Much Every Setting in your Camera

You can set pretty much anything you want including file size, raw or jpeg, focus mode, drive and silent or high-speed shutter mode. Make sure everything is exactly the way you want it when you set your custom setting. Especially the manual, aperture or shutter speed priority modes. These three modes are really the only thing you can’t change within the custom setting after it has been created. Once you have created a custom setting in one of these modes it remains in that mode. That is a manual custom setting an aperture priority custom setting, or a shutter priority custom setting. Once you switch to a custom setting, however, you can change anything else that you want to, like focus point or exposure compensation. The custom setting acts as a starting point and you can adjust for environmental conditions from there.

As with any camera technique practice brings mastery. Spend time creating custom settings and working with them. You will find that you are better prepared to capture those rapidly changing situations. I like to be ready and never miss a shot so custom settings are an important part of my professional tool bag.

Equipment List:

  1. Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Wedding in Phoenix, Arizona.  Photography by Jared Platt.

Brad and Jennifer’s Wedding in Phoenix, Arizona

 

Jennifer and Brad were married in the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix, Arizona and their reception was held at the Paradise Valley Country Club in Paradise Valley, Arizona.  There were a lot of bride’s maids and groomsmen and all of them were lively and fun.  The wedding was great fun.  Here are a few of my favorite images from the day.

One of the bride’s maids was taking little Polaroid shots during the day.  I thought they were cool, so I made my own, but the bride’s maid can pretend she took this Polaroid too.  I won’t tell anyone.

 

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This shot was taken by my second shooter, Ray who was following the groom and groom’s men around during the day.  I love the composition on this shot.

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I love mirrors, moms and that connection of sweet pride.  That has got to be one of the most grand moments in a mother’s life.

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Everyone learned how to tie a real bow tie.  A skill all men should have.  Loose the fake bow ties, always go real!

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Jennifer, the bride, looked like a million bucks.  The dress was perfect, her hair was done just right… what a beautiful sight for Brad at their first look before the wedding.

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I don’t recall what was so funny, but not everyone was amused, which is why love the shot so much.

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While you are in a long wedding ceremony, or church even, smart phones with data packages have made anything entertaining.  There were a lot of football fans at this wedding.  In fact, I recall announcements on scores being issued at the reception.

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The is one of my favorite shots from a recessional in a long time.

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The from door on the church was perfect for a photograph and the sun was on its way down, so we had a perfect moment of light (for about 2 minutes), then it was gone.  If you are the tech type, this was taken with a slow shutter speed to burn in a darkening sky.  The couple is in complete ambient darkness and lit by a Profoto B1 off camera flash with a soft box.

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Jennifer makes the dress look great!

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One of my favorite parts of the day is the reception and particularly the toasts.  Most of the time, a toast looks best in black and white.

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The other side of the toast!

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The bride loved the doors at the Paradise Valley country club.  So we set up a shot at the main entrance.  It was pretty dark out there, but two Profoto B1 lights did the trick.  One was lighting them and the other was filling in a general bounce to give us detail in the shadows.

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This next series was a lot of fun.  They had a cigar box for anyone who wanted to have one.  So all the guys gathered on the back patio of the country club, and we shot away.

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I have to thank Megan, from M.C. Weddings and Events for all of her work on this wedding.  Having a coordinator on a wedding changes everything.

Wedding Photography: Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Wedding Videography: Serendipity

Wedding Location: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Phoenix, Arizona

Wedding Reception Location: Paradise Valley Country Club, Paradise Valley, Arizona