I shot this wedding two summers ago at Canaan Valley Ski Resort, here in WV. I was fairly really happy with the results. The clients loved them. I posted some, but didn’t do much else with them. The couple had found me through a Google ad I was running, and had traveled down to the ski resort for this cool wedding. I feel like it showcased everything great about our state. The landscape blew me away. Anyway, as I was saying, I finished the shots, shared them with the couple, but that was it. Only recently did I dig them back out and re-edit them in my more mature style, and they completely blew me away. Some simple re-editing opened up my mind to some shots that I was just regularly satisfied with before. I know we all “evolve” as photographers, and sometimes our styles change so drastically that we bury our old work for nobody to see (and feel sorry that our clients found us before we had gotten more “evolved”), but some editing really brought these to life. They’re among some of my favorites that I have ever done. Thanks to my friend Jeff Felton for being a second shooter. The two wider angle shots are his.
It was a Friday in November. Turns out to be the same day of the Paris attacks. I got a text that afternoon from Eric Clutter, the bass player from Karma to Burn, asking if I could meet up with the band, soon, to work on an album photo for an upcoming EP. I was pretty excited, as I had been really devoted fan for a long time. I had met Eric at 123 Pleasant a few years before he joined on bass. We talked about being photographers and whatnot. I sent him some photos of his band, Hovel, that I had taken when they were opening for K2B. Anyway, I was pretty excited. The record company was wanting to a nod to the very first EP from the nineties, back when the band was first signed to Roadrunner.
I met up with the guys on a side street in Morgantown in the early evening the next day. It was still warm, even that far into November. Will hopped out of vehicle with a six-pack of Miller High Life cans. He offered me one – I took it. Regardless of how the shoot went, I could at least say that I shared a six-pack with Will Mecum. We hammered out the shoot while we had the light, went inside, Evan made us all some authentic Italian-strength Cafe’ Bustelo, then jetted over to local joint Gene’s Beer Garden to grab a few more shots (Will’s suggestion) under the dingy bar lights. Will grabbed a beer, and Evan and Eric grabbed some hog dogs. The lighting was very direct and harsh. Rock ‘n roll! Those just ended up as outtakes. I used my camera, but Eric’s CF card. I took the shots, and he edited the ones they used. I wouldn’t normally be into that idea, but I know and trust his work, and I’m a massive fan of the band. I did my own edits on a few more of the photos. I included a few outtakes.