I grew up in a one horse town where entertainment was scarce, so I spent my time developing my talents in music and photography. I thought then, that I wanted to be a rock star, perhaps a war photographer, or something equally fantastic. But as I grew older I recognized that what I really wanted was family.

An ordinary moment with my wife and children is more extraordinary than any life I had imagined in my youth. So I am not a rock star… but my two boys still dance to my music and my daughter loves to take pictures with her daddy.

Love, commitment, relationship, character… these are the things which inspire me. These are the things I look for through the camera.

Whether it is a wedding or a portrait, the goal is still the same: I capture the feelings, emotions, relationships and energy without calling too much attention to fact that I am there. What I capture is real and beautiful.

I earned an undergraduate degree in photography and a masters degree in the history of the medium. As a masters student I grew very fond of teaching and as a recovering rock star wanna-be, I am addicted to performing. So I get my fix by teaching workshops and lecturing to professional photographers and photo enthusiasts throughout the US and across the globe.

And when I am not teaching other photographers, I practice the art of telling stories by documenting your most important moment in life and it is my greatest honor to do so.

You can find more info about Jared at www.jaredplatt.com.

Jared is known for his expertise in Lightroom.  You can learn more about what Jared teaches in photography education at jaredplatt.com/photography-education.