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Senior Portraits with Alex in Scottsdale, Arizona

April 7th, 2013 — 10:21am

Alex met me at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts for her Senior Portrait.  There is a little park there in the middle of the city and it is very close to old town Scottsdale.  Between the two, we had all sorts of options for backgrounds.  Here are some of my favorite images from the portrait session.

Scottsdale, Arizona Senior Portrait Photography by Jared Platt

Senior Portrait Photography

Senior Portrait Photography

I just realized, I have posted all smiling photos of Alex.  Well, she has a beautiful smile, so…

Senior Portrait Photography

Senior Portrait Photography

I love the rough planks on this building, but this wall of the building is only visible to the back parking lot and alleyway and there really isn’t much room to take the photo.  I would have loved a wider shot of the entire wall, but with all the cars in front of the wall, that wasn’t an option, so we went with a tighter portrait.

Senior Portrait Photography

Senior Portrait Photography

This next set of images remind me of an Anthropology catalog.  When Alex walked out in this dress, I immediately thought of Anthropology, so we went right to this ivy covered wall and my first order of business in post-production was to add the faded warm color treatment you see used on the photo.

Senior Portrait Photography

Senior Portrait Photography

 

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Slideshow Music by Mindy Gledhill, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music.

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

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Lindy’s Senior Portraits in San Diego, California

August 14th, 2012 — 12:34am

Meet Lindy.  Senior, class of 2013.  She’s a all around great girl with a great attitude.  I love to meet high school students who have perspective and can see the big picture.  Sometimes a teenager who is wise beyond their years can be a bit too serious so they aren’t super fun, but Lindy has a lot of energy and spunk, but still sees her world in realistic terms.  That’s important.  Well, I can’t say enough good about her and we wish her the very best during her senior year and out into her future.

We took Lindy’s senior portraits in San Diego at Mission Beach.  We arrived at the beach early in the morning, so the beach was fairly empty which gave us plenty of room to work.  I love the over cast day.  So many clients worry when their photo day or wedding has clouds, but when it comes to photos, I couldn’t ask for anything better.  I love the soft light.  It gives me a nice even exposure to deal with.  Then, if I want to sculpt with light, I can add a little light wherever I want to see it.

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Lindy brought along a hat, which I completely loved, so that stayed with us a lot during the shoot.  While in this next image, it is merely a prop, it finishes the photo in many of the images.

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This is where the hat really makes the image!

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This next image is very important to me as a photographer.  Catching a subtle and important aspect of a senior’s personality in an image is important to me.  And this image, speaks volumes to me about Lindy.  That strong determination is a big part of how I see her.  I suppose I can be wrong in my read of personality, but when I am photographing someone, I think I get a good read on people.  And with Lindy, because she is a good friend to our family, I think I can say with confidence that this one is very accurate.  But, I suppose you’ll have to ask her mom.

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We did a few shots of Lindy looking at the camera next to her 2013 numbers in the sand, but I liked this one the best.

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This is a great example of the process of sculpting in a subdued and flat lighting condition.  I am using the ambient marine layer lighting to get the basic exposure accomplished, then with my Canon Speedlite 600RT flash off camera to the left and behind the subject, I am adding the crest of light on her nose and cheek-bone, etc.  This gives the photo great deal of volume with very little effort.  Normally, the sun would fill in as the backlight, but when the sun is held up behind a thick cloud, you have to create your own sun.  The nice thing about this manufactured sun (a flash), the power is completely controllable.

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Lindy, thanks for trusting us with your Senior Portrait.  May every year ahead of you be a success!

Senior Portrait Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Slideshow Music by Mindy Gledhill, courtesy of Triple Scoop Music

Location: San Diego, California

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Sarah’s Senior Portraits in Chandler, Arizona

May 25th, 2012 — 10:00am

Sarah is my final senior for the class of 2012, graduating from Hamilton High School.  Smart, funny, talented and pretty.  She was fun to work with.  Here are some of my favorite images from her senior portrait session.

Lest you think this is just a bike we grabbed for the senior portraits, that’s not the way I roll.  Props are always extremely personal for my seniors.  This is her bike.  I have seen her ride it on several occasions, though I think that may change now that is it officially five thousand degrees outside.

Sarah was smart and got up very early in the morning for her portrait session.  This meant, we got to shoot in the cool of the morning and got beautiful clean golden light from the sunrise.  There is nothing like photographing in the early morning.  It just takes commitment.

A truck drove by on the dirt road and kicked up some dust so I sent her back out onto the road to get this shot, the dust made for a great change in the lighting scenario.  You can see the difference between this shot and the previous shot.  The difference is dust.  I have been known to have someone do a quick donut in a car to kick up some dust for a photo shoot.

I love this photo.  I took great care to make this photo as natural as possible.  Sarah’s grandfather has passed on.  She is wearing her grandfather’s jacket and holding a picture of him.  But the key to photographing someone and having them interact with someone who is no longer here is a tricky one.  If you dismiss the importance of the relationship, you are shortsighted, but if you overplay the visual, then you don’t do the relationship justice.  So when Sarah brought out a photo of her grandfather, I wanted to make sure I got it right.  It’s a simple photo, but I think it feels natural and there’s a softness and comfort level in the photograph that makes me think I got this one right.

I was adjusting the photos in front of another photographer and she remarked how striking Sarah’s eyes were.  I quite agree.

You are thinking, “the outfit couldn’t be any more perfectly matched to the car.”

Until you see the jeans.

Sarah is a very playful girl.  I guess it comes with the Theater background.  She likes to put on a show.

Case in point!

Now, I have to end with this image because I have a connection here with Sarah.  She loves Poe and I have always loved EA Poe.  Each Christmas Eve, my father would read the Christmas story from Luke or sometimes from Jesus the Christ (by James E Talmage), but after the Christmas story, we were then treated to a reading of The Raven, by AE Poe and then an encore reading of The Bells.  Some in my family complained and thought it was bizarre.  I have always enjoyed the tradition.  So I can relate with Sarah’s affinity for Poe.

Senior Portrait Photography by Jared Platt

Location: Chandler Arizona

High School: Hamilton High School

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Mary’s Senior Portraits in Gilbert and Chandler, Arizona

May 18th, 2012 — 9:28am

Mary is one smart and driven girl… and as you can see, quite beautiful as well.  I have know Mary and her family since they moved to Arizona from Alaska.  The time flew so fast and now she’s graduating (of course graduating in three years makes made the time go by a lot faster).  Congratulations Mary.

Here are some of my favorite images from Mary’s senior portrait photography session.

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When you take photographs of people, you look for identifying things about them, things that everyone else would notice.  One of those things about Mary is her eyes.  So lighting was extremely important to make sure her eyes were featured with enough light to show them off.

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A senior portrait session by Jared platt in Gilbert and Chandler Arizona (6)

Mary’s sneior portrait session was photographed with the new Canon Mark 5D Mark III and a set of Canon Speedlight 600ex RT flashes.  The RT in the name basically means these flashes have radio transmission capabilities.  Which means extremely accurate off camera flash capability right from flash to flash, no additional hardware needed.  In this next set of images you will see the beauty of the system.

In this next shot, I have a lot of sun coming down at Mary’s back, which gives her a great glow, but without some kind of forward light, I would have her face in too dark a shadow.  So I have two Canon 600 Speedlights on either side the right flash just 2/3 stop higher in power than the other giving her a nice even fill on her face.  These flashes are fantastic.  Stay tuned for a full review of the flashes.

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In this next shot, even though Mary is in the full shade of the house, I am able to give her a nice glow with the use of the Canon 600 Speedlight flashes.  I absolutely love this shot.

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It took me by surprise, but Mary can be quite the performer.  After a little coaxing from her sisters and her mother, Mary opened up and gave us a great show.

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Congratulations, Mary.  I wish you the best.  You’ll do great.

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Slideshow Music by Mindy Gledhill, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music

Location: Gilbert Arizona and Chandler Arizona

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Felicia’s Senior Portraits in Scottsdale, Arizona

May 2nd, 2012 — 3:07pm

I met Felicia for her senior portrait photography session in downtown Scottsdale, Arizona.  Within a few blocks, there is everything you need for a wide variety of portraits.  Felicia is a fun, down to earth girl.  I had a great time with her and her sister.  Here are a few of my favorite images from the session.

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Jillian has the gravity assisted iCrack app on he iPhone.  But was still using it to snap some cool shots of the photo session.  This is what I think an iPhone war correspondent’s iPhone would look like.

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Both of the following shots were fantastic.  What a fantastic smile on the first one and then a drop dead gorgeous look on the second.  I loved the bright and airy feel to the entire set.

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There are some seriously cramped alleyways in Scottsdale.  I was in there setting up a light and the girls were peaking in.

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This is one of my absolute favorites from the day.  The movement, the shallow depth of field, a great look on her face and the hair!!!!  It all makes for a nice photo.

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The light on this image is great.  It is simply side light from the street down the alleyway.

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And here is our iPhone war correspondent in action documenting the whole thing.

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Then a quick trip to the desert for some twilight photographs.

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I love this time of day for portraits.  It’s only a few minute window, but there’s nothing better than twilight.

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While we were in downtown Scottsdale, we went to the side of the Sugar Bowl ice-cream shop and shot some fun stuff which works really well in a photo booth style display.

Felicia, it was a joy shooting with you.  You are beautiful, smart and funny.  It was a pleasure.

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Senior Portrait Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

Slideshow Music by Fisher, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music.

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