Oh, these two. I really, honestly, truly can't describe how incredibly sweet and loving they are. They took the train up from Boston where they live and we met in Portland for the shoot.
At the beginning of the shoot I said my usual words about feeling awkward in front of the camera, and told them just to pretend I'm not even there. Well, these two just settled in with each other immediately. You could tell their comfort with each other was extraordinary. They talked and talked, laughed, kissed, joked, and had a blast. And their photos show it! Their love is so inspiring.
One of my favorite parts of this shoot was a series I took in front of a wall covered in grape vines. They started telling me how they met...a hip-hop bar in Ireland (which Rachel said, "Well, that should tell you how good the hip-hop was!"). Matt said he was there with a friend and in walked Rachel. He turned to his friend said, "I'm going to marry that girl." And he did. That was five years ago and these two haven't lost any of that love.
You two...you ROCK. Big time. Thanks for the amazing afternoon. Enjoy your preview...(bigger here)