I want to celebrate marriage. Not just on the wedding day, but after it, years after it. I want to celebrate marriage because I think that sometimes we forget to. I’m sure fellow married friends will agree that marriage is no walk in the park. There are seasons that come and go. And come. And go. And I’m told, come. And go. Each season bringing with it a different challenge and a new lesson to learn about yourself and about your partner that isn’t always easy. But with the hard are also the good, the moments, small or big, that leave you feeling warm, significant and full. It may be the conversations that you have while washing the dishes, the surprise hug that you give while walking down the aisle of the supermarket, the breakfast in bed that you enjoy together (because you hinted at it the night before) or the family holidays you go on that bring so much rest and joy to your souls. There are the children that you love, whether their your own or someone else’s, the ‘firsts’ that you do together – picking paint for your house, planting a vegie garden, having a baby. Hard or sweet, big or small, if we are awake to them these moments let us know love is truly alive in us, spilling from the decision we have made to love each other. This is the love I want to celebrate.
I’m not an expert on marriage- although I have just marked four years with my husband so I’m not far off! *haha* But I heard someone say that marriages break down for many reasons, one of them being because people forget how important the little things are.
I guess I want to explore the little things, the little things that make such a big difference . I want to do this with my camera. For the next couple of months I have made it my mission to experiment with you married friends. To explore how I can help you celebrate and discover that love that already exists between yourself and your partner, through photographs.
So… this experimental journey will begin with a competition of sorts. Married friends tell me your stories!
I want to know…
Who are you?
How long have you been married?
What is one ‘little-thing’ that you love about your beloved?
(and anything else you would like to share?)
I’m going to select three couples from the entries emailed to me to photograph free of charge. A two hour photo shoot (just the two of you, no kids!) myself and a disc of images for you to take home from your photo-shoot. All I need is your time and openness to a more conversational way of taking photographs.
Just email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org or send your entry via my contact form in the above the menu bar. You must get your entry to me by Friday the 18th of March! Not long! I’d also really love to photograph a couple that has been married for over 30 years… get your parents to send me an email… or do it for them!
This is my beloved.
I love the way he always kisses me on the head before he leaves for work (even if I’m still asleep).