This weekend I had the great pleasure of attending the wedding of my friend Stu to his lovely wife Kathryn. The wedding and reception took place in Asheboro, about three hours from where I live, which is one of the prettiest areas in North Carolina in the fall second only to the Appalachian Mountains in the western part of the state. On Saturday I drove out to Asheboro and attended the wedding ceremony at the local Presbyterian church and then moved on to the reception – hosted by the bride’s family – where I was seated with several longtime friends who I don’t get to see nearly as much as I would like. What followed was a lovely evening of food, fun and dancing and an opportunity to watch two talented wedding photographers at work.
While at the wedding I was introduced to my friend Brittany’s boyfriend Tanner. What I like about this project is that not only am I meeting new people but that I am learning that I have things in common with people that I wouldn’t have known about had I not been asking for this blog. In Tanner’s case, we’re both Eagle scouts and that is something special. In scouting less than 2% of all scouts in the organization ever reach the top rank so meeting a fellow Eagle is a special thing and something to be cherished. Needless to say, I like the guy.
Come to find out, Tanner isn’t the only Eagle in his family. Both of his brothers have also reached that lofty goal which is extremely impressive. All three brothers also have the initials S.T. which led me to refer to them as the “Three Saints.”
Since Tanner is an outdoorsy sort of fellow I wanted to get some greenery in his portrait so we went over to a wall hanging on a nearby barn that was being lit from underneath by a blinding spot. Now I have to say that this is not my favorite portrait and I feel bad about it because I don’t think I did Tanner justice with it. Everyone was pretty shagged out after the awesome reception and I hurried through framing and lighting ( a single gelled flash at roughly his eye level) which left me with a less than satisfactory portrait. Converting it to black and white and punching up the contrast has redeemed it somewhat by giving it a grittier feel but it’s still far from my best work. Given the chance to reshoot this at the same time of day and location, I would move it inside so I had more available light to play with. However, I’m not going to have that chance anytime soon. C’est la vie!