We all go through times of struggle in life, but they are often the times of greatest personal growth. We build our muscles through our resistance to those trials. This concept of growth through struggle is also valid in our photographic lives. Doing the hard thing is where photographic depth and skill is obtained. I had the opportunity recently to assign myself such a challenge…

Photography Notes: Doing the Hard Thing from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Special Thanks to:
Shanliegh & Dustin (the bride and groom)
Kimberly Jarman
Triple Scoop Music

About Jared Platt

photographer jared plattJared Platt is a professional photographer and photographic educator. He studied photography at Arizona State University where he earned his undergraduate and masters degrees in Photography. He teaches college photography courses as well as workshops for professional photographers and provides online education for photographers and photo enthusiast throughout the world.

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  • Airika Pope says:

    I loved listening to your experience and looking through all of your images, Jared. You captured some truly beautiful and moving imagery and inspired me to consider taking on a similar project. I really appreciated your comments about how gear can sometimes be a distraction. I’ve found that my body of work is often better when I limit my gear to my camera, my 50mm lens, and my flash when necessary, as the simplicity of my setup allows me to be fully present in the story.

    Do you mind sharing how you were able to get so close to your subjects without them becoming camera-aware? Did you instruct them to do their best to ignore you? Or do you think that it was because you were the third shooter, and someone they were less familiar with? Also, sometimes it seemed like you had the best angle on the image–did Kim give you priority at times, or were you just able to find alternate angles that were just as moving compositionally?

    Thanks again for sharing!

  • Darla Sharp says:

    Beautiful images! I have always been biased to B&W. Curious though, did you do any editing on these images at all? And you mentioned not using any flash until the reception. Usually the presence of a speedlight is recognizable, especially during the dance pictures – but I honestly couldn’t tell. Love love love your use of light in these images. Thanks for sharing!

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