January 23rd, 2015 — 3:39pm
Don’t miss me on Photoshop Week at creativeLIVE.com on February 23 and 24. Then keep watching all week long. There is no better place to get a great education from the greatest instructors. I will be teaching and hosting five segments there:
Making Books in Lightroom
Lightroom Develop Module
Lightroom Local Adjustments
Don’t miss this week of incredible instruction and a lot of fun. See you there!
Category: Photography Workshops, Post-Production | Tags: creativeLIVE, Photoshop and Lightroom Instruction, Photoshop Week, Workshop Comment »
January 14th, 2015 — 10:49am
I am looking out into the new year and looking at my travel and lecture schedule which gets more and more complicated and crowded every day and I wonder what things I will see and who I will meet this year. And more importantly I hope I will be able to able to be a force for change in people’s lives. I love hearing from people who say their lives have changed as a result of the things they have learned from me. That is why I teach. I love to unlock doors for people.
Follow my schedule on the right hand side of my blog here and find a lecture or a workshop near you and come join me. If you can’t make it to a workshop or a convention like WPPI or Imaging USA, join me online at creativeLIVE.com.
For those of you interested in an adventure… join me in Krakow, Poland in August: www.poland.mzed.com
I wish you all the very best this year.
Category: Personal Notes, Photography, Travel Log | Tags: England, jared platt, new year, Photography Workshops, travel, Workshop Comment »
December 24th, 2014 — 7:42am
Merry Christmas. I will be sitting in front of my Christmas tree a lot for the next two days. I love Christmas lights!
Category: Photography, Portrait | Tags: child portrait Comment »
December 19th, 2014 — 2:21pm
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.
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.
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.
Everyone learned how to tie a real bow tie. A skill all men should have. Loose the fake bow ties, always go real!
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.
I don’t recall what was so funny, but not everyone was amused, which is why love the shot so much.
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.
The is one of my favorite shots from a recessional in a long time.
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.
Jennifer makes the dress look great!
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.
The other side of the toast!
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.
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.
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
Category: Phoenix Arizona, Photography, Scottsdale Arizona, Wedding Photography, Weddings | Tags: Arizona Wedding Photographer, cigar bar, jared platt, Phoenix Arizona, Profoto B1 Off Camera Light, Scottsdale Arizona, Wedding Photography, wedding slideshow Comment »
December 11th, 2014 — 1:35pm
I photographed two absolute angels this month. It was a perfect Saturday morning in the most beautiful little grove of trees in Gilbert, Arizona. The trees had lost a few leaves which had turned a wonderful orange-yellow. The weather was perfect and the girls were as cute as they could be. The slide show presents the photos in full color, but I thought I would show my favorite images from this portrait shoot in a muted film style. I was inspired to present them in this style by the first image in the series. It just begged to be shown this way, so who am I to argue with an image’s wishes.
Princess dresses, magic wands and pink cowboy boots. You can’t ask for a better morning than this…
The girls had a lot of fun playing in the leaves and running back and forth in their little princess dresses. There is a lot of joy in those little girls.
This is the moment we live for.
One of my absolute favorites in the entire set. I think it is absolutely beautiful and so peaceful.
But while her sister was falling to sleep, big sister was full of life and energy. I think princess outfits are like sugar to a little girl. Put them on and they become full of life and energy.
Family Portrait Location: Gilbert Arizona
Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Slideshow music by Mindy Gledhill, courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
Category: Childrens Portraits, Family Portrait, Photography | Tags: Arizona, child life photography, child photography, children's portraits, family portrait photography, Gilbert, Slideshow, trees Comment »