Laura + Landon // Sedona,AZ

Laura + Landon

The space between two people in love holds this beautiful energy and mystery. Friendship mixed with romance, mixed with expectations, doubts, hopes, fears, joy, sorrow, and beauty. There is a hebrew word called Zimzum that is explained as the space God created between two people, in marriage it’s the dynamic energy field between two partners, in which each person contracts to allow the other to flourish. (Rob Bell, The ZimZum of Love) It’s what holds us all together, what gives us space to mess up and give grace.

When I photograph people, especially Landon and Laura the other day, I see this zimzum starting to form. How they talk to each other, how they hold each other, there is this beautiful tension of trust and space between them. It’s quite interesting to watch as I photograph hundreds of couples over the years. It’s like I can feel the struggle of love they have been through together already and how it’s only strengthen who they are and who they will be together.

Laura and Landon’s story goes back 30 years ago when their dads were golf buddies! Whenever I hear these stories I get amazed at how the world can be so connected through a web of conversations, friendships, and random interactions. Laura is sweet, and beautiful, and kind hearted. Landon is funny, and personable, and is a good communicator. They make this good team that you read of in books. Landon proposed to Laura in Sedona on a hike overlooking Red Rocks. So of course we had to shoot by those beautiful rocks!!

I wish you could see these two interact because there is a sweetness between these two that is something special. We climbed up to see the sunset and enjoy a sip of champagne. 

Alexis + Donnie // Santa Barbara, CA

Alexis + Donny

Santa Barbara, California

“ I will give you this, my love, and I will not bargain or barter any longer. I will love you, as sure as He has loved me. I will discover what I can discover and though you remain a mystery, save God’s own knowledge, what I disclose of you I will keep in the warmest chamber of my heart, the very chamber where God has stowed Himself in me. And I will do this to my death, and to death it may bring me.

I will love you like God, because of God, mighted by the power of God. I will stop expecting your love, demanding you love, trading for your love, gaming for your love. I will simply love. I am giving myself to you, and tomorrow I will do it again. I suppose the clock itself will wear thin its time before I am ended at this altar of dying and dying again.

God risked Himself on me. I will risk myself on you. And together, we will learn to love, and perhaps then, and only then, understand this gravity that drew Him, unto us.” – Donald Miller: Blue Like Jazz

The beauty of life that can be created between two people is astonishing to me. It’s what we have fought wars over for generations, created tribes around, giving of ourselves endlessly till what is left is pure and good. Love is the force is unlike anything else this earth has seen. It doesn’t make sense, it messes with our heads but pulls us in like a warm blanket does. The love for a child is what makes this world spin isn’t it? The strength a parent has for their child is as if they could pick up the world and move it if need be. It’s courageous, beautiful, and wild.

My sweet dear friend Alexis will be having a little baby girl at the end of August. I met her while  studying abroad in Italy three years ago. Although, it seem like just yesterday we were taking an evening walk after a late carb heavy dinner on the via del popolo talking about everything under the sun from heartbreak, family, and the future. Who would have known years later I would be able to photograph this very important stage in her life of becoming a mother. Just recently was I able to meet Donny and see the love he has for his two girls. It’s fitting I found this quote by my favorite author, Donald Miller. It’s in the middle of the book that he takes a break and this whole chapter is a short play he wrote. I remember reading this play and weeping by the end recognizing the struggle of love. Yet, the love between two people can be the strongest force in the world if we let it.

 

Audrey + Kevin // Horseshoe Bend, AZ

Kevin + Audrey 

My oh MY did we have a fun time up in Page for this shoot.  I’ve been waiting to meet these two in person for a while and it was well worth the wait to make new friends! After months of engagements over email and facetime we got to meet on a hot mid may evening in Page,Arizona. MANY people think Horseshoe bend is in Utah….but come on people it’s in Norther Arizona!!! Arizona is diverse in ways I never knew existed . From the deserts of Phoenix to , the red rocks of Sedona , to the snowy mountains of Flagstaff, you can reach three different climate zones in the matter of an hour. You could explore all that Page has to offer not in one day but multiple. We just hit the surface of Horseshoe Bend- which is a part of the Grand Canyon and below you can gaze at the slow moving boats grazing along the Colorado River.

Can we talk about that blue skirt though?!! My inner child leaped with joy when she stepped out of the car with that skirt on. I want one.

Kevin and Audrey hugged each other tightly while the sun went to sleep under the painted desert sky. It was windy, as it always is when you are out in the desert, with nothing but cactus to catch the breeze. These two met at in Phoenix between mutual friends over drinks and dinner. They sat in the corner at a bar talking, as if time as stopped and everything was in slow motion. Their love grew and grew to where it is today. The way Kevin looked at Audrey swept me off my own feet!!! Their love is one of those movie kinds of love; sweet, intimate, and romantic. I’m pretty obsessed with these two. Their wedding is not till March of 2018 but after our Mexican dinner late in the evening, I plan on seeing these two many times before than.