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Robert + Rachel

Photography is an art. It's capturing a little moment, a feeling, a secret glance and giving it a place in history. A memory that would have otherwise been forgotten, will now be passed on, from one generation to the next.

I've had a few moments throughout my photography career where an image or a session has stopped me in my tracks and has moved me to tears. This shoot was one of those moments.

Rob and Rachel have been good friends of mine for many years. When we discussed doing this shoot and I described my vision for how I wanted to photograph them, Rachel just kept saying, "yes, yes, yes!" I knew we were off to a good start. But I don't think either of us realized how powerful these final images would be for both of us.

As we sat on my living room couch clicking through all of their images, we both cried. We know each others' story well, we know what a long and hard fought road it has been for each of us to get to where we are today. I'm beyond excited to share these photos! I could not be happier for these two beautiful individuals that have carved out a little piece of happiness for themselves, in their own little corner of this expansive universe.

A quote that has been running through my mind nonstop the past few days since this shoot – as it so perfectly applies to Rachel and myself – is, "You don't know this new me; I put back my pieces, differently."For me, professionally and as an artist, and for her in her own journey, that pretty much sums things up perfectly.

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