November 15th, 2013 — 1:22pm
I am speaking at Mystic Seminars on January 26, 2014. This is a down to earth wedding photography seminar where everyone tells it like it is. Four days of serious creative and business advice from the best in the business.
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I look forward to seeing everyone at Mystic soon.
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November 3rd, 2013 — 7:51am
Jon and Susan were married in the aspen groves of Hidden Meadow Ranch in Greer, Arizona. It was an extremely small, family wedding, which I always love to be a part of. Weddings like this are so intimate and the connection is so immediate. Here are a few of my favorite images from the wedding.
What a perfect window for a portrait.
Sneaking in to see if the Bride was ready.
This massive horse would pulled the carriage with Susan and her children in it. He’s a beautiful creature, more so with the flowers braided into his mane.
It was a beautiful day, albeit a little chilly, but it threatened rain all morning and into the afternoon. Finally, when the ceremony time came, the clouds parted and we had sun.
At one point in the ceremony, I saw this happening and I couldn’t help myself. I am in love with this image.
I love a sand ceremony at a wedding, but they are far more fun with more people involved. They get a little trickier, sometimes provide a little comedy and always produce a more interesting product in the end. The metaphor is great for a couple, but even greater for a merging family. Your separate lives are becoming one, never to be fully separated again.
After the traditional ceremony, Susan and Jon’s marriage was blessed by a Native American medicine man, who then gave the two gifts. A charmed necklace and an arrow. I am amused by this photo. Susan is having such great time, Jon is studying his arrow, as are the boys, and Susan’s daughter, I am sure was caught in a moment by the photo (as we often are) but the look on her face is absolutely priceless. I know, it doesn’t tell the “perfect” story about the blessing, but it tell a great story, whether that story is accurate is completely up to Susan’s daughter. I love the photo.
Jon is a handsome man. He was being teased about this fact as we took his portraits.
Add Susan. What a beautiful woman and a fantastic dress.
I absolutely love this photo. It became such a piece of art in my mind that I had to treat it differently than the other photos. It needed a soft, magical forest feel. I think the treatment of the photo help promote that feeling even more.
This is the first time I have ever been able to accomplish this ring shot and without a saw or a torch.
The cake topper was a heart made of twigs or reeds with a J and an S on either side. Very beautifully done.
It is always an honor to shoot a wedding. It is always a blessing to be involved in small family weddings. And it is always a beautiful experience to spend a little time at Hidden Meadow Ranch. So this wedding was a fantastic experience. Jon and Susan, congratulations and thank you for making me a part of this wonderful time. I wish all the best in the years to come, to you and your family.
Wedding Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Location: Hidden Meadow Ranch, Greer, Arizona
Slideshow music by Will Thomas, courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
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September 3rd, 2013 — 9:29pm
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August 30th, 2013 — 10:18pm
They were married at the Grand Canyon on Shoshone Point in a small, intimate affair in the largest cathedral on the planet. The vast and stark majesty of the canyon must have provided an extreme contrast to New York, their home. Rising cities and blue oceans to rock cliffs that fall thousands of feet into the earth. If you are going to have a destination wedding, you may as well make it somewhere completely different than home… and they did.
Here are a few of my favorite images from the wedding.
I loved this little necklace hanger. It gave me about 15 minutes of entertainment while Megan was getting her makeup done. I ran around the room collecting the items you see in the photo. There are a number of these items that are special family heirlooms. The old and the new, all together.
The rooms at the El Tovar (and all the hotels at the Canyon) are very small, so you take the space you can find and work within it. I suppose we have to remind ourselves when this hotel was built. I know it is young by European standards, but here in America, something that was built in 1905 is pretty old and it seems that people did not need much space back then. Have you noticed the small hard sided suitcases they could carry their entire life’s wardrobe in? I rest my case…
I loved this shot. There was a lot of flare from the window, so the film treatment helped to enhance the mood and feeling of the image. I love how the light wraps around the bride and through the dress.
Both the ring and the handkerchief are old, so we aged the image a bit to work with the age of the items. I love that she chose a dress that has the same antique nature with a little extra sparkle. It all works together quite well.
Late July, early August in the canyon is the monsoon season. So you may get rain any given afternoon. So, if you are getting married there, durring that timeframe, you have to be flexible with your timeframes. I asked Megan to track the rain the day before the wedding and note the times it rained. Armed with that information, a little observation of the clouds positions and movement and with a little prognostication, we made the call that we should move the wedding up an hour to avoid any rain. And it was perfect.
The broken cloud cover was beautiful and it never rained on the wedding. I think it may have rained a little later that evening, but the weather was absolutely perfect throughout the entire wedding and portrait session. And the light, while occasionally harsh as the sun broke through a cloud here and there, was full of drama.
You know, I am usually much more interested in long lenses and shallow depth of field, but when you have skies and vistas like this, wide lenses and small f stops start making a lot of sense.
You know, when I was young, I spent time photographing the Grand Canyon (this is when I thought I would be the next Ansel Adams), but I couldn’t make an image of the canyon that was anything but boring. Of course we all know that practice makes a big difference, but I think that I just saw the canyon as a big hole in the ground. It wasn’t until I started photographing weddings at the canyon that I started making interesting photographs of the canyon. I have a few ideas as to why that is:
1. When you are shooting a wedding, you are in the same place for a long time, and you have time to observe things as they change. Being on the edge of the canyon during a wedding is fascinating. In a church, you are looking at the same walls, the same candles, the same pews for the duration of the ceremony. And while you are looking to make interesting vignettes and grand images of the space, the space does not change. In the canyon, every minute brings a new lighting scenario, a new cloud formation, new shadows, new highlights… it is alive with activity. Let’s suppose I had spent that kind of time at the edge of the canyon when I was younger. Perhaps I would have found a moment that was worthy of a photograph.
2. I am shooting for a client who expects to see the beauty they saw during their wedding day. So, I am really “working” on my compositions and my exposures and my ideas. I don’t think I was ever as dedicated to making a great image as when I started having someone pay me to make them. With a fee comes a lot of pressure to perform. Good thing I thrive under pressure.
3. I found meaning in what I was doing. In my youth, I was just taking pictures, with no direction, no purpose. But now, everywhere I go, I have a story to tell, I have a book in my head that I am trying to complete. I know what I need to tell the story. I am often surprised with new sideline stories, events and ideas, but I am always keenly aware of what it takes to tell the story. This internal “shot list” makes the entire experience meaningful and keeps me engaged. To say nothing about how important this event is to my clients… this just serves to amplify and heighten the meaning of my work. I am not just telling A story, I am telling THE story of their life! Knowing that, makes the purpose of telling the story absolutely critical. And knowing what you are doing matters, makes all the difference.
So when you see a beautiful photo of the Grand Canyon, you think, “oh, that looks beautiful,” but then you see a beautiful image of the canyon on the moment two young people said “I do,” it means a lot more to them and maybe even to you.
Daniel is one cool cat. I love this shot. It looks like he is ready to take off backward over the canyon. We had some strong sunlight breaking through the clouds during our portrait session, so we pulled out the large soft box to help wrap the light around the right side of his body a little more. Just filling in the natural shadows a bit is all that needed to be done. The sun was doing the bulk of the work for us.
Eirc Greenhaulgh (my second photographer and assistant) was tasked with hanging that large soft box over the edge to get around the groom and fill in the shadows on this next one. At one point, I had to talk Eric into backing off the edge a little. I’m pretty daring, but he was crazy! I think there is an ancient proverb that says something like, “When a man is holding a 30×40 inch sail, that man should not stand on the edge of a 800 foot cliff.”
If I had ordered the light, just the way I wanted it, I would have asked for the light happening in the background to happen throughout the entire canyon, but once I brought it back into the studio and stared working on the images, I found that I responded to the darkness in the bottom left hand corner of the image. It seems to heighten the drama to see the cliff overlooking not only a deep precipice, but a rich darkness. It almost seems that the light emanates from the bride. Sometimes, we are better off not getting exactly what we want, because the results are better than we might have concocted ourselves. When you photograph in locations like this, you are really in collaboration with the earth itself and its Maker.
Megan had a moment where she needed to sit down for lack of food (she had not eaten enough during the day). So Debra (our stellar GC Coordinator) ran some granola mix and water down to us. Well, Megan had taken a seat right there on that rock and Daniel stood by her side for support. As we talked, I saw the perfect photo. So, we relaxed for about 15 minutes and then, when she was ready to go, I told her to stay where she was and we got this shot. It is one of my absolute favorite shots of the day. So while I would like to remind all brides to make sure to eat throughout the day to avoid getting a little light headed, we would not have ended up with one of my favorite shots had Megan not needed a little break. She kept appologizing, but really Megan, we can’t thank you enough for needing a break.
I suppose the point should be made (and I tell my brides this all the time) that it doesn’t matter what they are doing, I am going to be getting great images of it. Even sitting down because you feel a little light headed… yep, we’ll get a great shot! That’s what is so exciting about the work I do. I am challenged moment to moment to create something great no matter what is going on. That’s a fun kind of pressure.
Thanks again to David & Debra Joaquim, who put together the entire wedding. Debra does such a great job accenting the natural beauty of the canyon and both of them do a great job officiating and watching over their clients.
I love these next two shots of Daniel and Megan. Just candid shots after the wedding.
On our way back to the El Tovar Hotel we had to stop the car for this sunset. I would have preferred to get to higher ground, perhaps a balcony, etc, but those colors only last for seconds. Good night!
Wedding Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Wedding Location: The Grand Canyon, Shoshone Point
Wedding Officiant: David & Debra Joaquim
Post production by Shoot dot Edit
Wedding Slideshow music by Sparrow, courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
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