Nate is a gifted fly fisherman. He guided the writer I was working with on this story, Lily Raff, and I down the lower Deschutes River for a story about the river and water in Central Oregon. We were stopped on one of the many islands in the river for a quick fly fishing session. He’s not left handed, but can fish either way. This worked out for me because he was casting around me (and my ever present German shepherd dog, Kate) and hitting a spot upstream.
The colors of the background, the water, and the string flying all over the place made for some amazing pictures. Plus we had and overcast day so the light was nice and even instead of the the usual blast coming out of a blue sky making horrible shadows.
So, is it an action shot or a portrait? I like to think it’s both. While working at newspapers I started thinking of almost every shot of every person as a portrait. Every picture tells a small story of the subject. Every picture can be thought of as a sentence in a person’s life. They have a subject, a verb, and some adjectives thrown around. Sometimes the verb is passive and other times it’s active. They’re all portraits of a person. A sentence in the day.
Weddings are like short stories of two people’s lives together. All the pictures of the day get added together to make the story. Each one is a small portrait of the individual or the couple and a sentence in the story.
Just as we all have our favorite authors because their style appeals to us. Photographers have a visual story telling style. This style shapes the way the story of your wedding gets told, one sentence, one portrait at a time. Some will have action and others will be quiet.
My hope always is that all together the pictures tell a happy story you’ll forever be glad to have in your lives.