The love with no limits
As a photographer who shoots engagements and weddings quite often, I am constantly surrounded by many beautiful love stories.
I get to see what love is for each couple I photograph. I get to read all the different love languages. I get to witness the physical touch of love.
And I don't see love in just couples, but families as well.
The way a father looks proudly at his daughter.
The way a mom kisses her newborn baby on the cheek for the very first time.
These are all things that move me and fill me up with so much life as a photographer. Love in whatever form it so happens to be in is one of the most precious things to capture and be a part of.
One of my favorite pictures showing love is shown above. This photograph is from a couple's 60 year anniversary, which was celebrated by their close family in Nashville a few months ago.
I had not known the couple prior to the day this photo was taken, and still I know very little about them today.
What I do know is that the wife was a victim of the heartbreaking alzheimer's disease. But still, the husband held onto her the entire night they spent in celebration, and she looked up to him as he led her in the right direction.
The second I saw him reach his hand to her knee I glanced over and slowly brought my camera up to make the shot without being intrusive or distracting.
That very second gave me complete chills.
When I returned from their celebration, I went straight to my computer to copy that single photo.
The way their hands held close together reminded me a lot of the way Jesus loves his children.
God shows us His Mercy and Grace through all circumstances. Even when we are not completely faithful to Him, He is completely faithful to us.
I consider this a beautiful illustration of His unconditional love for us, which is the exact kind of love I see in the couples and families I get capture.
1 John 3:16 says, "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we out to lay down our lives for our brother."
Because Jesus modeled true love to us, we have the opportunity to model true love to others.
We have so many opportunities.
To be love.
To give love.
As a photographer who seeks to tell stories of love, I look not for a certain pose, smile or gaze, but instead I search for the special way every couple or family shows their love for one another.
I have decided to share some of my favorite moments of capturing love below. Some make me want to cry. Some make me giddy. And some are just so so sweet I can't stand it. But all of them are illustrations of love in the lives of others.
What does love look like in your life? I would love to hear your love story. Comment to share a piece of yours, or share a photo of yourself and those you love.