I have a story, one that has been with me so long I forget it’s there. It’s so much a part of me I forget it. Stories make us who we are. This is who I am.
I’m a story listener more than a storyteller. I have to be a part of them to see them. Stories are important to me, in my life and in others. Stories can be both uplifting or cathartic and everything in between. Stories cures what ails us.
Here is a small piece of my story.
Growing up I couldn’t see. Everything was out of focus for me, my vision was terrible and it wasn’t corrected to 20/20 until I was about 15. The funny thing about not being able to see is that it makes you want to see more. It might even make you see more.
My Grandfather had given me a blue Polaroid camera when I was about six years old. I still have it and it still works. It sits on the shelf behind my desk. I used it to see things in focus. If I wanted to know what those hills in the distance looked like I would take a picture and hold it close to my face. I would take it in and want more.
When I first was able to see everything around me it was overwhelming. The details of leaves, the texture of clouds or how I could see the ocean from a stretch of highway. All this had existed before but I couldn’t see it. Now I could see it. This left an impression on me.
The details and the small things…they matter. This is what I want.
I want the details of the story.
When I photograph a wedding for me it’s like photographing a movie in still frames. Each frame an interpretation. It’s never exactly how it happen but it’s how you remember it.
I want the small things. I want to know how the sky looked, how the trees looked below that sky that sat next to the window where your Mom helped you put on your dress while her hands looked as if they where holding you up in the light of the that window next to the creek.
The small things are actually very big things.
These wedding stories take place in vinyards, school gymnasiums and everything in between.
I don’t see a difference.
For this reason I’m including a part of every wedding I photographed last year along with some personal work. So this is more of a chronicle than it is a best of or retrospective.
It’s the people that make the stories not the location. It’s the intentions behind the celebration. It’s fun to watch and be a part of. It’s great to see it.
Here’s to 2015, to seeing new stories, details and possibilities.
Music by Andrew Bird.