Lifestyle Photography | Life on the River

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Altmar is a sleepy little central NY town. And I use the word ‘town’ loosely…there really isn’t much to it, other than a gas station and a hand full of fly shops and fish processing camps.

I really love it though. It awakens in the fall to become a bustling hot-spot, bringing a lot of commerce with the people who flock to the river for the salmon and steelhead runs. For a couple months out of the year traffic is nuts, parking limited, boarding hard to find and restaurants busy-busy-busy. I love the way the town transforms with the changing season.

And for a photographer…the people watching is spectacular 😉

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There are so many different ways people fish the river, and I’m not just talking about drift boats, spinning reels or fly rods…

People come to the river solo, and despite being surrounded by other strangers, still look as though they have let all of the people, sounds, worries fade away and are in a world all their own.

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They come with their friends, enjoying the camaraderie and laughs as they battle their river foes.

They come with their children, bonding with them in a world void of televisions and video games, teaching them life skills not found in schools and books, building memories together that will transcend lifetimes.

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“Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after”

Henry David Thoreau

Make sure you take time to slip away from it all. Time to surround yourself with those that make you laugh. Time to build memories that transcend lifetimes.

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P.S. If you are a guide/outfitter/lodge interested in commissioning photography for your business, contact me, I’d love to help. 

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