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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photography: Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Slideshow Music: Jared Platt, The Genesis