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The Love Story Project
Okay, I'm going to finally put this out there. A huge part of me is scared, because I don't know if any of you will care, or find this pursuit of mine interesting, or even worthy of paying attention to. BUT....
After thinking about this idea for the better part of a few years, I'm taking the plunge to try and actualize a personal project of mine. For my whole life, I've been fascinated with love and marriage...and how something so beautiful is also so complicated and hard. Much like finding a diamond in the rough, My own personal experience has taught me that marriage isn't easy and that it isn't at all like hollywood portrays, but that it is SO worth it if you fight for it. It takes alot of polishing and shining in the form of hard work, and tears, patience, sacrifice, and a myriad of other things to make it as beautiful as it can be, and even then we are still not perfect or experts. However, my story is just one in probably thousands, millions even. And so, I want to hear those stories. Because we can get so very lost or jaded in today's crazy day and age, where lasting love is rare...or the belief in it is slowly becoming endangered which makes me so sad. So... I'm on the quest to find married couples who have a story to tell...be it yourselves, or your parents, or even your grandparents!!
If you are a married couple, or know of any married couples (of any age, religion, race, culture, duration of marriage ) who have an inspiring story, or have inspired/touched you with their love and marriage, I'd love to :
1) photograph them, and
2) tell their story.
The story doesn't have to be grand or anything. Inspiration comes in all forms... small or big, in simplicity or through challenges.
I'm going to be putting together a book to celebrate love and marriage, and the end result will be a very special surprise that will hopefully touch your hearts and make you believe in love, and that it can last. If you are interested to be part of this, or know of anyone who would be willing to be part of this, please send to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org :
a) your names/the couple's names
b) how long you/the couple have been married for
c) your love story and (THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART:) what you believe makes (your) marriage strong/work/last/stay strong...or if you are submitting for someone else, their love story and ESPECIALLY why they have touched/inspired you/others in the area of love and marriage.
c) video submissions will definitely get some bonus points and are highly welcome so I can get to know you and your beautiful faces over the miles (if you are far away! :D)
I'll be picking one couple a month and hope to pick one for July/August in the next week or so. Couples picked, will of course get a handful of about 20 images, (as well as your story written personally by myself, as a keepsake to maybe share with your future generations) to keep as a token of thanks for your beautiful contribution.
A last PS and SIDE NOTE: for all those wondering, this isn't a quest to give out free photos. I really am passionate about telling a couple's story. So pretty please think about that part of my blog post. I'm looking for married couples with stories to tell Thank you!!
Okay world. This is in your hards now. I'm kinda petrified and a little embarrassed because of the prospect that this may not go anywhere.... and I don't know how many of you will care, BUT if you do, or this has sparked something in you, please do pass the word around. Share it with your friends. Share it with your family. Tell people at work, at church, wherever. It would mean the world to me :)
And because no post is ever complete without a photo, here is one from a wedding I hope to blog soon :)