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Posted by ScottJarvie at November 15, 2012

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Countdown to Jarvie Promo + Contest

Many may know that back at the beginning of October together with the help of a lot of friends I attempted something very ambitious.
In one day:
– I traveled 400 miles
– Photographed in 6 different areas in Utah.
– Photographed over 30 photoshoots of over 30 different people
– Most pictures I’ve ever taken in a day.
– Photographing from 5am til midnight


It was all documented by my friend Devin Graham
And will be made into a short artistic video about the awesome day in the life of a “cool” photographer on a fun Photo-roadtrip with friends.
Think: Artistic visual recap of the Photo-Roadtrip along with some happy upbeat music.

There will also be another longer version more in the style of a Promo / Behind the scenes.
Which will have people talking, have behind the scenes clips from the day and include some cool testimonials.
This will be a video I can use to promote myself… aka… make people who’ve never met me understand more about who I am. (The photography, the quirkiness, the sexiness, the randomness, the love of photography … ya know, lay it all out there.)
While we had a lot of my close friends there and there were a few opportunities to say a few things for the camera and though I haven’t heard any of them I’m guessing it may be a little on the spot with the camera in the face and without a lot of time to prepare.

So what I’m saying is: I’m challenging people to make a short quality video answering the question “Why Jarvie?”
Giving the random people out there a glimpse into who I am.
Ya know… Why I can get away with starting a contest about myself and it’s less douchey than if other people did it.
I’m doing PR
… you probably understand that viewing my pictures only go so far… people spend a lot of money to feel confident and secure and to be around someone they can be themselves around and have happy memories of their wedding or whatever they’re hiring me for.

Smart, professional, silly, random, over the top, simple… it can all work because I fit into all those things.
The key is… CREATIVITY
Here’s partly where I got the idea… while at dinner with Angela. We had just spent the day filming something for a Doritos commercial contest.

I’d say no longer than 30 seconds and probably more like 10-20 seconds if you want it to be in the official promo/testimonial.
But doesn’t mean I can’t use longer videos and reward them. I can put them on my youtube channel or share them from your youtube to my website or blog and or social media.


I’ll announce more details as they are determined.
The grand prize winner will probably get “A day with Jarvie” for either a photoshoot of the winner and/or photography training.
They will get a package of a bunch of prints. (Good for those out of state)

If there are multiple awesome videos and we use other clips in the official videos, or my new website which is being designed, I’ll make sure to reward those as well… think discount on photoshoots or prints.
Again more details are forthcoming … as they are decided.

{Update Each Day}

I will be releasing a new picture, from this epic photoshoot, of a different person each day up until the video is released.
Check Gplus ( and Facebook ( as I’ll probably post separate ones on each social network.
Here’s the illustrious famous video guy himself
Check his youtube chanel


TITLE: Jarvie’s Flash Adventure – Portraiture, Flash and Creative Solutions

(AKA… Experimenting with being awesome)

Short and Sweet Recap

I am willing to go Anywhere (in the world) and teach a full day workshop to a minimum of 5 photographers at a price ranging from $350-550 and I’ll include a 100+pg workshop guide/book.

Now if that seems interesting check out the details below.

If you’re at all interested and want to be updated about future details, locations and dates sign up for the Newsletter. Make sure to select “Portrait Workshops”

UPDATE : Purchase a Ticket NOW – Anything listed in the event itself is more final than this post. Florida – Texas – Arizona

Why Start Now?

After 7 years of learning and teaching myself and several years of teaching and training dozens of photographers (many that have gone onto great things in photography) , after more than half a million pictures and consistently spending 12hr+ days working on and improving on photography I’m ready to go on the road teaching and sharing my passion for photography. I’ve taught for a long time now… but never focused on it as a way to pay bills… mostly I taught so that the student could help me with my work such as with interns.

But I have a desire to travel the country and the opportunity to do so during portions of several months next year.



Listen Up Friends

Things should be hopping in 2012

Don’t consider the following post my official official announcements on any of these items but I am presently planning on the following…

Stay tuned for more info and better yet SIGN UP FOR THE NEW JARVIEDIGITAL NEWSLETTER

What I’m Planning – In Chronological-ish Order

1. Several Months of Traveling Everywhere to do a mixture of the following:

a. Presentations

b. Full day Portrait and Flash workshops

c. Travel Photography

d. Open Booking Portrait Sessions

e. Photowalks and Meetups

2. Big Photo Event in Utah which should include

a. Festival of Color / Holi – photoshoot – Check my past pictures

b. Photo Competition – The first Photographic Decathlon

c. Print Competitions

d. Meetups and get togethers and possible classes or workshops

(Held the last week in March… so clear the calendar)

3. Workshop Bootcamp

A 12 day 12hr a day workshop held in Utah early May

Covers pretty much everything.

Which may be combined with an exchange internship-like option.

4. Bolivia Travel Workshop

A 11 day travel and landscape workshop combined with the help of The Colby Brown

Happening the end of May – Beginning of June

5. Wedding Season

Yes I’ll still continue to do weddings and am even leaving a significant amount of space open for the summer season to book weddings.

I will also be willing to book weddings during the time I designate as “Traveling Everywhere”… people just need to jump on it soon.

6. Europe

I will be in Europe for an extended period of time starting at the end of the summer to do a wedding.

I will stick around for more “Traveling Everywhere” based on interest of those in Europe. See #1

7. More Traveling Everywhere and Anywhere

When I get back from europe I’ll continue to be willing to go wherever people want to see my smiling face and do some of the things found in #1

8. Meanwhile the whole time I’ll be working on putting together a super gallery of Fine Art Prints to make your walls happy.

So this should provide at least one awesome reason to sign up for my NewsLetter where I can send updates and more official information on all of these Items.

Any of these things of interest?

  • Portrait/Flash Photography Workshops
  • Travel Photography Workshops
  • Online Photo-Workflow Training
  • Internships and/or Workshop Bootcamps
  • Free SmugMug Presentations
  • Events, Meetups, Photowalks etc
  • Future Photoshoots with Jarvie
  • Deals on Client Prints/Products
  • Updates to and Specials on Fine Art prints

You can specify the areas of News you’re most interested or just get all the info. Here on the signup for the Newsletter


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It makes Jarvie Happy.

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My 3hrs in Death Valley
And the impending trip back there

Take the LONG WAY home

I try to take the Long and Scenic Roads.
Short Cuts mean nothing unless there are a lot of great pictures along the way.
Big Highways are often the enemy. They are what people drive on at night or because they hate photography.


Rethinking Jarvie

I think you underestimate just how many Travel Pictures I take every year. Not just slightly underestimate… but crazy underestimate.
I have driven 31k miles so far this year. I rarely drive at night and I am up at sunrise almost every time and go until sunset.
If I had simply driven straight to my locations I’m guessing the number would be closer to 25k miles this year.
I drive far out of my way to visit places.
And I fancy myself the world most prolific and experience Drive By Shooter to boot.


I can take tons of travel pictures … but paid gigs, like weddings, take first place in the editing.
So that’s what people will continue to mostly see for the time being.

These Pictures

This set of pictures represent my 3hrs I had in Death Valley when driving back from a wedding in California last november.
There is a couple taken just outside of Death Valley on the long and lonely road back to Utah.
My style is pretty different… I push myself to take pictures at all times of the day and in all sorts of less than ideal situations.
I took hundreds in those 3hrs… many of them were crap if you’re talking fine art and highly experimental and documentive in nature.

You’ll notice that when i’m “Driving through” that there will be a decent amount of pictures of the road itself.
Me and the Road bond.




(Aka The Death Trip 😉

These pictures represent a few pictures taken on the drive home from California to Utah. It took just a few hours to drive through the Valley of Death and now one would expect I can get a better assortment if I were to spend a little bit more time.

Well as it turns out I’m gonna head over there for 3 days. That’s about 20 times longer as my last trip.


So since I’m gonna be there so long I’m thinking of what all I could do.
I wish there were a bunch of people there so I could throw in a bunch of portraits while I’m out there.
I wanna call the set the “Deathly Pictures” or “Photographers in Death” or “Barren of Life”… we’ll see.
But where to find people in such a desolate place.

Too bad there isn’t a group of friends out there.
It’s not like I’ve been included in a list or something of like 50 other photographers going from California.


Of course as far as I know it’s just me for now. I’m on a list by myself.
I mean if I were on a big list I wouldn’t want to just be just “a number” and stuff…
I’d need to be a Cool number… Jarvie insists of the coolest number available… a cool looking number full of awesomeness. number 1 Billion is pretty cool.

#1,000,000,000 – SCOTT JARVIE

What I would bring to the table

If there were people willing to come out there for a few days I could probably:

  • Take a small but good set of Portraits of every single person with some cool Off Camera Flash work.
  • I could probably even surprise them with a Jarvie Window picture or two.

It’s a photo vacation and I don’t want it to seem like work… but I do love taking pictures of people.

So bring a good outfit or two.

Make it Happen

Personally I’ll be there the 18th-20th-ish of November
(I’ll come back when I feel like it) This is like the longest i’ve staying in one area taking pictures for a long time.

Maybe there are some Google Plus people wanting to go. 😉

You can too

So now you all wanna come!
Do it… I think the Valley can accomodate like at least 2-3 dozen people at a time!

I bet my memory card could handle that many portraits as well.

So bring your eye patches, your tutus, your frilly dresses, your Ferraris and your llamas we gonna shoot people to Death.

(One would assume the play on words would be a lot easier than it has been for me)

Let them Eat Cake

So come get your Cake… aka Portraits for all! Jarvie Windows for all… and smiles from yours truly for all.

Update: I figured it out… we should be called *The Death Squad!* — That’s rockin!!

(Below) A near bye city



(Above) This was in the middle of no where in Nevada about 2hrs outside of Death Valley

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    Posted by ScottJarvie at July 4, 2011

    Category: (c) Mainly Pics, (E) Other Events

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    Taken Saturday night at the Stadium of Fire at BYU stadium. In fact from on top of the stadium.

    Taken without a tripod in bulb mode (but braced against something to prevent from shake)

    Basically I had the shutter open for as long as the firework looked cool.

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    This post has been created and written by attendees of the 10 day JarvieDigital Bootcamp 2011 – (Interns for summer 2011)
    Each post that we will release in the coming days will be about what they learned on that day.

    Photo of a girl with an umbrella in an orchard.

    (Photos by Laurel Scott)

    INTERN 1

    Day 3  – “Know when to hold them… know when to fold them.”

    This morning we worked on practicing workflow – rejecting images that are blurry, timing each other, and helping each other learn. It is important to help each other because Scott doesn’t have all the time in the world (obviously), and if someone catches onto something faster than others, they can help everyone else learn and catch up.

    The teaching experience is a very powerful one. Sometimes when teaching someone else, I end up learning more about what I’m teaching about in the process. To have to explain something to someone else means that I have to be able to put it into words that make sense… which is much harder than simply “knowing” something. Putting the knowledge into words helps reinforce it.

    In the orchard:

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    (Photos by Laurel Scott)

    It was wet and rainy and my shoes got soaked through with cold water – and my pants were wet up to my knees – so that was not so fun, but the day itself was. We took photos of the girls from the Renaissance Hair Academy who had done all their own hair and makeup for our shoot. We took them out to an orchard and practiced assisting each other, using flash, using props, and working with the weather. It rained on and off during the day and it was chilly – so we had to be careful with the equipment and our models.

    The most beneficial thing of the day was learning to work with lots of different kinds of people. Giving the models directions and interacting with them was great experience. Watching how they reacted to different approaches. Some responded well to humor, others to serious directions only, and some didn’t seem to respond to much at all, which just means that maybe I needed to try something else with them.

    (Photos by Laurel Scott)


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    (Photos by Britney Brent)

    INTERN 2

    Don’t judge me, I’ll flash you if I want!

    WOW! What a difference using a flash when taking portraits makes! I’ve been a “natural light” type of photographer. I loved that there were less shadows, and a really soft look to the pictures. But after looking at pictures from our photo shoot with 30 beautiful Renaissance Hair School students, I saw that using a flash can bring their true beauty to life in a picture.

    (Photo by Britney Brent)

    Our eyes are attracted to what is lightest in the picture: when you add a flash you help bring the onlooking eye toward what is important; their beautiful faces. When you add a flash the contrast in the picture becomes much higher and the crispness rises. Their eyes literally come to life more.

    (Photos by Britney Brent)

    I am in LOVE with using a flash now. LOVE IT!!!


    (Photo by Angela Terry)

    INTERN 3

    Posey Pose

    • Today was a super fun day! We were able to photograph the girls from the Renaissance Hair Academy in Provo, Utah in an orchard. They were bubbly and had lots of energy, which made it fun to photograph.
    • Today, in the orchard, I worked on assisting, lighting and working on flashes but I want to focus on what I learned about posing.
    • Working off the client’s energy and personality.
    • Letting them find a natural pose and making small adjustments. Having them look to the light, then away from the light.
    • Just moving the eyes to look at me but keeping their head in the same position.
    • Mixing up the natural poses.
    • Playing little games with them like, making a different pose every 3 seconds, having them switch from a serious look to a funny look and then back to a serious look then a funny look. It really loosens them up and makes it fun.

    (Photos by Angela Terry)

    • When posing a group it is good just to give general directions. Most people have been photographed in a group and know the tall people go in the back and shorter in the front. Also if you tell the group to have the front row knee down, you will find out, by who kneels down, who will be willing to kneel on the front row. Again, you will want to just do minor adjustments, or then the people will just hold still and wait for you to pose them, which takes time to do. Pick your battles in posing.

    (Photos by Angela Terry)

    (Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

    INTERN 4

    Today we did an awesome photoshoot with the Renaissance Hair Academy of Provo. Scott has arranged for a huge group of cosmetology students to get all dressed up, hair done by each other and ready for a photoshoot in the middle of an orchard.

    The best part of this photoshoot aside from the learning is that these girls are all in wonderful bubbly moods and ready to have fun. We first start out with Scott teaching us some methods of getting group shots. He taught something that should be obvious but we as photographer will usually try to control, and this is the fact that these are adults and in general, adults know how to arrange themselves in order of height to get into a group for a photo. After the general grouping is established, we as the photographer can then make adjustments to fill in space. Scott showed us how if we as the photographer were to intervene too quickly, all of the adults will automatically stop forming and sit and wait for us to place each and every one of them. Scott then taught about lighting large groups with a sort of cross lighting. For example, an assistant or a light stand will be placed on the right side of the group and aimed towards the left side of the group to avoid super bright lighting on the side the light is on. This is then done from the other side as well to create… cross light.

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    (Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

    As we go through taking individual shots and small groups, we learned to have fun with our models in order to bring out their personalities. This will get us photos with a true look for each person vs. looking like they were “over posed.”

    (Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

    This post has been created and written by attendees of the 10 day JarvieDigital Bootcamp 2011 – (Interns for summer 2011)
    Each post that we will release in the coming days will be about what they learned on that day.

    (Photos by Laurel Scott)

    INTERN 1

    Bootcamp Day 2 – “Creative Solutions”

    Today we worked on workflow in the morning:

    • Reject blurry photos – “X” in lightroom
    • Pick photos to give to the client “P” in lightroom
    • Start the rating process – 1 star, 2 star, etc.

    In the afternoon we worked on assisting – which involved setting up and breaking down equipment, moving things around, understanding directions, and learning what the different pieces of equipment do.  We used off-camera flash, radio sync, light sync, manual flash settings, ttl, diffusers, reflectors, LED lights, “the sun,” etc.

    Assisting was all about speed and accuracy – both are very important… but if you can “get it wrong fast” that’s ok because you can also fix it fast, and less time is ultimately wasted than if you had spent a long time getting it right the first time.  So following directions, and being able to predict what is wanted, rather than simply stand around waiting for directions, are very important aspects to being a great assistant.
    Knowing how to assist is a very important skill, because then in the future, if I were to ever have an assistant helping me, I would know better what kinds of instructions to give to get the result I wanted… fast.

    Knowing how to assist is a very important skill, because then in the future, if I were to ever have an assistant helping me, I would know better what kinds of instructions to give to get the result I wanted… fast.


    (Photos by Britney Brent)

    INTERN 2

    • Assisting is Prestiging! (Prestigious:)
    • Assisting someone in some eyes may not seem to be a very prestigious job. However, it very much is! A master of photography, such as Scott Jarvie, doesn’t just let anyone assist him BECAUSE of how important an assistant is to a photoshoot.
    • As an assistant it’s so important to KNOW THE EQUIPMENT!!!
    • As an assistant it’s so important to make QUICK ADJUSTMENTS!!!!
    • As an assistant it’s so important to LISTEN CLOSELY to instructions!!!!
    • As an assistant it’s so important to UNDERSTAND THE WORK FLOW of the photographer!!!!
    • As an assistant it’s so important to know GEOMETRY (if you don’t lol he’ll give you a lesson!)
    • As an assistant it’s so important to LOVE WHAT YOU’RE DOING!!!
    • As an assistant it’s so important to KNOW THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S style!!!

    Being an assistant for a mentor you love really is a great honor! Latch on and learn every thing you can. Love every second that you have to help him be great. Assisting is a vital role is is a prestigious one… don’t take advantage of the constant learning opportunities that you will have.


    (Photos by Angela Terry)

    INTERN 3

    “Beep Beep Beep, Beep Beep Beep”

    Being efficient is of great importance. There many ways to up your efficiency rate in photography. Using a timer to test how fast your efficiency is just one great tool to help up your efficiency rate.

    I have learned that the timer is my friend and is a great tool to help train interns, for good reason. To be good and fast one must learn and practice over and over, and how do you know if you are improving? By timing yourself. It shows improvement and it helps teach yourself with repetition and speed. When working with the light boxes, stands, and flashes; first I learned how to set the items up, but then I was pushed to set them up accurately in a short amount of time. Doing it over and over, trying to beat my previous time before truly helped in my efficiency, but also in my knowledge of the equipment as well as the confidence in using the equipment.

    I think the timer has become my new best friend. I now must find a cute timer at Target for my office.


    Day 2 – Basic Lightroom (picking of photos) workflow

    INTERN 4

    As we work on the photos we have taken, we focus on a software program Adobe Lightroom. This software was created to cater specifically to photographers and their workflow process. It is designed with a basic workflow “built in” but allows for individuals to develop their own specific direction and tools to utilized based on that persons style and needs.

    Scott has refined his personal workflow around his editing style and to utilize efficiency as much as possible. As the workflow goes, we progress in layers or steps that narrow down what photos will be worked on and edited. For example: We all get blurry photos for many various reasons. The narrowing down process quickly gets rid of blurry photos and allows the editor to judge to keep or Reject (X Key in Lightroom) ones that might be a little bit softer just in case that particular photo is a unique moment, composition, subject, etc.

    The next step in the workflow is to Pick (P Key in Lightroom) the good photos from the ones that may not be so good. Again, by quickly going through and narrowing down to get rid of photos that the editor would simply not want to keep for reasons that should stand out as obviously not a good photo.

    We then move on to the first step in the rating process (1,2,3,4,5 Keys in Lightroom (star rating)). At this stage, we either don’t rate (also a 0 star) or add a 1 star to the photo if we want to have that photo continue on as a good photo. This will be continued on very similar to a sports team during their playing season. Al of the teams start out, then progress layer by layer or level by level until they reach the top (1 stars are then narrowed to the better 2s, then 3s, etc. until the very best are 5 stars). Keeping in mind that even the 1 star rated photos will be edited because they were picked as good photos but, the ones that made it to 5 stars will get much more attention towards their editing.

    On this day, we also learned how to assist the main photographer. I will discuss this on Day 3 however.

    (Photos by Scott Jarvie)

    (Photo by Laurel Scott)

    This post has been created and written by attendees of the 10 day JarvieDigital Bootcamp 2011 – (Interns for summer 2011)
    Each post that we will release in the coming days will be about what they learned on that day.

    (Photos by Laurel Scott)

    The experiences of four interns with the amazing Scott Jarvie at the first day of the ten day photo bootcamp – Day 1

    INTERN 1

    The mantras and sayings:

    • “Choose your battles”
    • “Efficiency”
    • “Creative Solutions”
    • “Err on the side of leniency”
    • “If it is dark, keep it dark, if it is bright, keep it bright.” (Exposure Compensation)
    • “If it is about (some thing) – commit to it.”
    • “Cast a big net”
    • “The editing process is like a pyramid”

    (Photos by Laurel Scott)

    Photo games:

    Game one: Stand in one place as the photographer and have the model move around you to find different backgrounds.

    Game two: Have the model stay in one place and move around her to find different backgrounds.

    What was great about this game was that it forced me to look around at places that I wouldn’t normally view as good backgrounds. Having to find a certain number of backgrounds in a limited space was challenging and rewarding.

    When picking – make it simple… a yes or no question only. Start with “is the photo in focus,” on the first go-through. The next time you go through the photos ask “is this a photo to give to the client?” And then the next time, you rate the photos with one star (good), and then you look through the one star photos and you pick the two star (great) photos from the good photos. Etc, etc. until you get to the very best top picks.
    Photography is not just about the technical aspect of things, but also about the emotional connection to the subject. No matter how technically deficient a photo is, the friends of the person in the photo are still going to love it. The emotion of the photo, the story that goes with it and the location are all very important aspects to a photo in terms of content.

    The next “step” past the subject of the photo is the background of the photo. It is important to avoid distractions in the background, so no posts coming out of heads, etc.
    Looking at the background and not becoming too focused on the subject is important. Looking at the whole frame while shooting and not just getting caught up in looking just at the center of the frame or just at the face of the subject – is very important.

    The expectations for different kinds of photoshoots are very different. If you are photographing for an individual, say their wedding, versus for a fashion magazine, the expectations for what the photos will look like are different. The photos will be used in different ways and their purposes are very different, so the way the photo is taken and edited will be drastically different – and it is important to keep this in mind when taking the photos for differing clients.


    (Photos by Angela Terry)

    INTERN 2

    “Just because there is a war doesn’t mean you have to fight all the little battles.”
    In photography we have to choose our battles. You don’t want to use your energy on all the battles, “choose the battles that will make the most impact.”
    You want to find the beauty or even the awesome that is all around you, but you still must pick your battle. It might take more time for the awesome shot, is it worth it? Is there time? Is the client wanting it or even getting the idea? Is it worth the battle or can the shot be done easier and in less time with almost the same amount awesomeness.
    Choose your battle and make impact

    (Photo by Angela Terry)

    (Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

    INTERN 3

    Scott Jarvie’s Photography Bootcamp
    Day 1 –

    We started out the day with introductions to get to know each other, and for Scott to give us his story of where he started on his path of photography. This also gave Scott the chance to get a bit of a baseline to what level each of us are currently at in our photography learning curve.

    Once this was accomplished, we transitioned into what Scott has as his basic foundations not only in photography but in viewing the world around us so that it may help us to translate that view in our own photos. One of the ways we can do this is by finding Creative Solutions to solve problems that occur within photography. For example, you may have an outdoor photoshoot where the natural lighting is not what you had hoped it would be such as rainy, dark clouds, harsh sun, etc. and you need to find ways of overcoming these conditions and turning it into something that maybe even works to your advantage. We as photographers and photographer assistants need to learn this by either experimentation or by seeking out the experiences of other photograhers who have already learned how to overcome these situations.

    Scott then worked on teaching us two concepts that go hand-in-hand; Choosing your battles, and efficiency. This for me could be a huge life lesson that I need to strive to incorporate with many different aspects. There are many times when you think something is important but it may take too long or it may not be impactful enough to make it worth even doing. If you have to stop and decide if you should do it or not, by the time you had to even think about it, you have already spent too much time on it. If I have to run back to the car to get another light or another reflector, by the time I get back to my shooting location, I might realize that I spent too much time doing so an the extra item will not really add enough of an impact to the photo to have made it worth your time.

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    (Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

    That evening, Scott did a full presentation on what he calls “Attractions and Distractions”. In photography, there is obviously a subject that you are photographing. As the photographer, our goal is to make that subject the item that photo conveys and the eye is drawn to. When you strive to Create Attractions “the subject” and Remove Distractions “anything that can draw the eye away from the subject” you have then sent the message you wanted in your photo. Some of the methods or points Scott taught us to create the attractions are:
    – Create a visual connection to the subject. Whether it be a location, person, story, or subject matter.
    – Convey emotional impact. Such as romance, joy, sadness, coldness/warmth, etc.
    – Knowing that our eyes and thoughts will typically be drawn to subjects that are brighter and in-focus.
    – Elements that can also create attraction are: Color, Light/dark, Point of View, texture, framing lines, leading lines, patterns, balance.
    Some things that create distractions:
    – Subjects that compete with each other. For example: A romantic situation but something funny is happening off to the side.
    – Non-essentials. For example: A beautiful building but there is a bunch of cars in the foreground.
    – Obstructive elements. For example: A head-shoot portrait but there is hair in front of an eye.
    – Non-Satus Quo. For example: Awkward position, clothing problems, messy hair, unflattering proportions.
    All in all, Scott teaches us that we want to create a photo that draws us in and feels like we are there in the scene without it looking like and “edited/changed photo/situation”

    And so Day 1 comes to an end…


    (Photo by Britney Brent)

    INTERN 4

    Day 1

    • Learning what NOT to do is very good at times…
    • Do NOT focus on the wrong object of the picture…
    • (Insert out of focus picture)
    • Do NOT cut off peoples limbs…
    • (Insert limb picture here)
    • Do NOT have huge distractions from what you are focusing on…
    • (insert distraction picture)
    • And last but DEFINITELY not least:
    • Do NOT put dish soap in the dish washer!!!!
    • (insert pic of dishwasher disaster)
    • And now a few DO’s:
    • DO sit at a computer in a chair to edit and not on the couch with a laptop…
    • DO figure out a short code for filing pictures for easy access….
    • DO create emotional connections with your pictures…
    • DO understand people expectations…
    • And a most common sense DO:


    (This baby shouts out in joy and exuberance… “JAG is amazing and JAG will bring world peace”)


    The event of the year? The event of the decade? The event of the century? Or… the Event of your lifetime? – Good questions.

    “And Jarvie said… Let there be JAG”

    “9 out of 10 dentists recommend JAG”

    Queue the Pomp… Queue the circumstance!

    I wanted an epic title to go with the epicness of JAG – but I guess I’ll settle for … well… we’ll see. haha

    Let’s just say this is a big deal.

    What is JAG?

    • JAG is 4 parts Awesomeness
    • JAG is 2 parts Cool factor
    • JAG is 3 parts TigerBlood
    • JAG is 6 parts Jimmer
    • JAG is 10 parts Jarvie-ness
    • JAG is 50% Creativity
    • JAG is 40% Photography
    • JAG is 30% Game Time
    • Double Rainbow = Good
    • Birth of your Child = Better
    • JAG = Best
    • A Dash of Bliss
    • A Tablespoon of Competition
    • A Cup full of stick-to-it-ness
    • And a Gallon of #Winning

    History lesson


    Posted by ScottJarvie at March 24, 2011

    Category: (i) Question & Answer

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    I have some honest questions for past clients, present clients and future clients.
    They brought up a couple of issues I thought I’d ask here.
    If you feel to qualify your response with your photography experience (specially how much you hire photographers and buy images) that’d be great.
    Do you want less pictures to choose from?
    Am I giving too many… is it making your job too hard to pick.
    Would you print more images if I gave you JUST the top 20-40 creations instead of a choice of 200 images with my favorites at the beginning?
    More to think about:
    Think about it… This might be a scary proposition for someone just getting into photography that might not do a good job at that selection process. But as for me. Do I stick with the overwhelming them with tons of choices or limit it down already.
    They say it’s been proven that you will order more and larger prints and actually do things with them if they are selected down more. I want people to USE the images more (like prints) and to value them more.
    Should I share fewer?
    Question 2
    Would you rather me take 20 minutes setting up one dynamic image or use the 20 minutes to take 20 very good but not quite as dynamic images? (Which means more dynamic lighting and more epic staging)
    OK so the numbers can be changed around… but the question remains. I try to document the personality of the whole event. That won’t change… but I can stop (maybe break the flow of the shoot) from time to time and spend the extra time (by both you and me) to make those really impressive images.
    This will lead to less images in the long run but perhaps a few more dynamic works of art to go on the wall.
    Don’t get me wrong I get some pretty dynamic images at each wedding but… hopefully you know what I mean.
    Question 3
    Where are you using these pictures? (or going to?)
    What is it about to you? Are you going to put these images on your walls?
    What I’m getting at is… do I need that one dynamic image for the wall. Or are they about

    I have some honest questions for past clients, present clients and future clients.

    A photography seminar brought up a couple of issues I thought I’d ask here.
    If you feel to qualify your response with your photography experience (specially how much you hire photographers and buy images) that’d be great.


    Do you want less pictures to choose from? (no… seriously)
    Am I giving too many… is it making your job too hard to pick.


    Photography BOOT CAMP

    I’m going to condense everything I did and taught last year as part of JarvieU (To about 10-12 interns)

    AND add some more into one multi-day (over a week) workshop.

    This is to train primarily new Interns (or other interested parties) and have them prepped and ready to work in a very educated and efficient manner throughout the Summer.

    Because of it’s 100% focus to photography and long days it should be called a Photography Boot Camp.

    Boot Camp seems a particularly good term.

    • Long days focused on one thing.
    • Getting prepped and ready to go into “the field” in a very short period of time.
    • All future work done by the attendees will be much more educated and Efficient.
    • Block out the days and focus hard on one thing.
    • Push the person beyond what they originally felt comfortable with.


    • Training over the course of a summer is cool and stuff but I found there to be some difficulties last year.
    • This year I’ll be doing even more traveling, so daily or weekly teaching will be hard if not impossible.
    • It was hard to get everyone to the office at the same time. Things always came up.
    • I have tons of projects that will take a lot of time to finish up. So I still need to train lots.
    • Part time people make it really difficult to teach because often they can’t make it or are limited on time. But if needs be this is one way to train them fast.
    • Also… I like teaching. I like helping people become awesome photographers… it reflects well on me.
    • I need to catch up on my projects.

    Photo Boot Camp Objectives

    • To spend all day every day on photography.
    • To do an organized photoshoot every day
    • To teach how to do all post processing
    • To teach how to assist on photoshoots (or use an assistant)
    • To teach the business side
    • Work on the pictures taken during the week.
    • Teach all the projects I am working on so interns can


    Posted by ScottJarvie at January 2, 2011

    Category: (B) Upcoming events and ops

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    This is for my personal enjoyment folks. I’m gonna give away some stuff. You might think it benefits you indirectly but lets not get out of hand… it’s primarily a game for ME. haha

    I want some large awesome prints in people’s houses and I wanna play some games.

    We also need to put the group of you on my JarvieDigital FaceBook page to use.

    So over the next few days I’ll be asking questions to see who gets closest.

    Simply for being the closest I’ll give away stuff – mainly coupons towards a large print. Not some lame-o 8×10 – LARGER

    So head on over there… and stay tuned over the next few days.

    One thing I know is at least I’ll have fun doing it… and really isn’t that all that matters.

    Those who’ve been paying attention on Facebook or Twitter to what I’ve been doing the last couple of weeks will be most benefited.

    Now go to the Fan Page and guess

    Posted by ScottJarvie at November 8, 2010

    Category: (A) Family Photography

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    There’s a little thing I do that many folks out there can attest to.

    Each time I take someone on a photo-shoot with me I ask the question (at the end) “What did you learn”
    Ok I ask it more like “What did you learn, observe, re-learn, figure out etc etc” because I don’t want to tie them down to thinking that what they gained from the experience had to come from me… or that it even had to be something brand new or earth shattering.
    But I do want them to internalize what they took part in so that it’s not just an hour with a fun photographer. I don’t perceive much of what I do, or teach, to be hit you over the head type stuff… more thoughtful and observant… so I don’t want the experience to be lost on them.

    I know that over the years much of what I learned has kinda just been by just seeping in slowly but surely. I spend all day long every day with photography and so it’s OK (for me) but when someone is with me it’s only for a few hours maybe a full day and so I want that time to be more efficient for them so they learn bunches. (I have high expectations)

    More recently (like this year) I’ve been changing the slow and steady approach a bit and I myself have been more observant of what I’m learning and putting it into thoughts and words as well. I do it here often on the blog as well… hopefully for your benefit. (The client and the photographers)

    So this was a fun little experiment tonight as I had a “for fun” sort of shoot.


    This time we get to hear a few words from the Groom talking about how they found me and then sharing what went down on the engagement picture experience… on another day we’ll get a different perspective from the bride and see what pictures she talks about.

    I’m really happy to be doing Robbie and Jesse’s wedding in November they care so much about capturing the character of their personalities and their wedding. And it’s a big plus that they both have developed and dynamic personalities.

    Jarvie Engagment Pictures Experience

    When I first saw Scott Jarvie’s work, it was of the Sego Festival that was held in Provo. The pictures were of my brother’s band Eyes Lips Eyes. As an aspiring photographer, I really liked his style and had kept the name in my mind. The photos that caught my eyes were these:

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    The colors and lighting in these were amazing and really brought the energy that the band had during their performance and that’s something I strive to do when I take concert pictures or pictures in general.

    Right before we were engaged I found his photography page, ‘Jarvie digital’ on facebook and became a fan. After me and Jesse were engaged, our thought was to get a great photographer that was different and took amazing pictures. She being an artist and me loving photography, we both wanted something special. We were ok skimping on other things, but our engagement and wedding pictures we wanted someone that we could trust with the memories of our wedding; someone that could do much more than me taking the pictures myself. While discussing the options, I mentioned that I really like this one photographer that I had recently become a fan of on facebook and that I really liked the Sego pictures that he took a while back. We met him and discussed our options and what we were looking for with him and felt really comfortable. He was open to the ideas that we had and let us know if they were feasible. We were really excited about the possibilities. We wanted somewhere that not many people had been to and that was out of the way a bit. We (me and Jesse) both wanted to do something that was personalized. Me enjoying photography, I wanted to include cameras in my pictures. I brought older cameras to match the older, run down areas we were in.


    Jesse really liked the movie “The Red Ballon” and wanted to include that in the pictures.