Bob and Louise 68 years of love

"To have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part."

These are the vows many people take everyday.  You find the one person whose life and love fits with your own like a glove.  Entering a marriage, committing yourself to the person you want to spend your life with is a more than a declaration of love, it is a partnership.  You choose to live life as a team.  The beginning of every relationship is so full of excitement and passion.  As a wedding photographer, I am very lucky to be part of this special time in people's lives.  My hope for every couple that I photograph and every couple that I know, is that their love lasts a lifetime, that they can get past the stressful times, the times when they want to give up and remember the vows they took on their wedding day.

Bob is 91 and Louise is 84.   When I walked into their home it was very cozy and comfortable.  I was welcomed with big smiles.  They had 2 boards full of pictures that documented the many years of happiness they have lived together.  They were excited to have me over and to tell me their story and I couldn't have been more grateful to be there.

Louise's family was from Italy and Bob was an American.  They met through family members when they were young, but it wasn't until Bob returned from the Navy and saw Louise again that their relationship began.  They fell in love young.  Like many young couple's at the time, because of their age, they snuck over to Kentucky to elope since Ohio's laws were more strict.  Their life together gave the world  3 children,  who then  had children, who then had children, and now their clan is up to over 50 people strong.  Their love and a marriage is a solid foundation for their children and grandchildren to look up to.  I admire that so much.

The love and partnership these two share is beautiful.  It was nice seeing how they balance things out.  Bob is a retired firefighter.  He is a giver by nature.   He likes to stay busy and fix things, he sews, does yard work, he even cuts Louise's hair.   Bob adores his wife,  I could see it every time he looked at her with admiration.  He still surprises her with gifts, and tells her he loves her every night.  Louise is a strong woman with the most beautiful smile and skin.  She spent her life as a caretaker for her family, but also worked different jobs throughout the years.  I imagine Louise was a fun woman in her youth, someone I would like to hang out with.  She used to go to Vegas every year with her girlfriends.   In all of the pictures they showed me, she was laughing and having a good time.  Once the children were grown they spent a lot of time traveling together.  When I asked them what they liked to do for fun they told me how much they loved to dance and spend time on their boat the named the Bob-O-Lou.  Though they can't dance much anymore, they still play cards every Saturday night and try to get out whenever they can.  Louise has some back problems, but Bob is always right there to help her out.

I am a born romantic, I love love more that anything else in the world.  I was lucky to get this amazing opportunity to spend time with and photograph Bob and Louise, a couple who is celebrating 68 years of love and marriage.  I hope their story inspires you as much as it did me.  Their lust for life is what keeps them young and their love for each other is what keeps them strong.

 

Bob holding a picture of his wife on their boat, The Bob-O-Lou. Louise saw this bear she really liked on T.V.  Bob saw the bear while he was out one day and brought it home to surprise his wife.  What a sweetheart.  Guys,  take a lesson from Bob's book.  After 68 years, he still makes sure his wife knows he is thinking of her.  I always say, it's the little things. Here Bob is telling me the reason he doesn't wear a wedding ring because it got caught while he was working.  

Louise was telling me how Bob showers her in gifts.  Here she is showing me a necklace he got for her. I really liked this part of the day.  Like every couple, Bob and Louise went through some rocky times when they were young.  There was a time when Louise got her own apartment for a short time.  Bob was always over visiting, he couldn't stay away from his love and children,  so their split didn't last long.  In the picture below she was saying "we were like, what are we doing?  It was silly, we wanted to be together, we had our family to take care of. "   She made sure I knew it wasn't always roses,  but they stuck it out through the tough times and they couldn't be happier about the life they have had together.    I would like to thank to my friend, Suzanne for introducing me to her these two beautiful souls.  She is very lucky to call them her grandparents.

Katie and Evie's day at the park

Katie is leaving for Afghanistan very soon.  She is going to be away from her daughter Evie for a few months.  We did this photo session just for fun and to give Katie beautiful images of her and Evie together to help her get through these next few months.  I love how sweet and sincere these photos are.

 Please take care of yourself Katie, we'll miss you and make sure to give Evie lots of love while you're away. xx 

I am always thankful for love

Love is my inspiration, and love is my muse.    Love lets me lead and knows when I need to follow.  Love gives me the confidence to be me, a better me than I was yesterday.  I trust love with my heart and all of my dreams.   Love encourages me to push myself farther than I ever thought possible, love encourages me to think.  Love is my smile, when it is most sincere.  Love is all of my senses dancing together at once.  Touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, and hearing.  Love  is an overwhelming emotion that takes over my entire existence, a connection with another person that feels like magic.   The way it happens, the feelings you get, it's a gift.  When it finds you, you won't want to let go.

To me, he is love.

Together I know we can do anything, because we believe in love and we believe in each other.

Amber and Bryan Sun Lovin' Session

You remember Amber and Bryan from their wedding pictures I posted here, right?  Well, I was lucky enough to spend another evening with them a couple of weeks ago for their day after session and it was wonderful! :)  The weather was perfect, the light was AMAZING and Amber and Bryan rocked!   Ahhh, so pretty!Bryan's family has a farm in Silver Grove.  This truck belongs to Brian's Dad.  He uses to sell food at the local Farmer's Markets in Campbell County.  Personal props are the best props. :)My favorite!

Coming up for air

I want to start this post by thanking everyone for all of the sweet comments and emails.  They really mean a lot to me.  It is amazing how a simple  "I'm thinking about you" note can really lift your spirits. :)

Dave and I have been taking a lot of walks over the past few days.  It is refreshing to get out of the house,  to let loose and to talk.  We talk about Cid, about our life together, about our dreams, our future.   Strangely enough,  I believe this experience has made me a better version of myself.  It has motivated me.  I don't want to waste time on things that don't fulfill my life and make me happy.   I want to spend more time with the people I love and I want  to make those people feel good.  I want to hold Dave's hand a little bit longer,  and stay in bed with him a little bit later.   I am always talking about truly experiencing and appreciating my life.  If I am going appreciate life then I must also respect death.  Death is bitter and it hurts, but it is also forgiving, and it is peaceful.  It is the end of one way of life, but the beginning of another.  I am thankful for all of the wonderful years I had with my dog.  He taught me about love and loyalty, about being enthusiastic and most of all, adaptable.  Yes, there are still going to be some sad days ahead of me.  The happy memories I have out number the sad ones and there have been too many tears on my blog lately.  I am ready to move on and to smile again. :)

Thanks again for all of your support.

These are from one of our recent walks in Ault Park.

My Warrior

Cid aka Sidney McGee, Cidders, Sidney Dean, Big Man, Monster Head, Sweet Pea

I remember it so vividly, I can still smell his puppy breathe.  Dave was in a band and we all lived in a two family house.   We were young and we were wild.  We were not allowed to have pets at our house, but somehow took in a mutt named Evil that Dave's brother found wandering around the neighborhood.  One day while picking up provisions Dave and one of the guys stopped by a house next door and saw they had puppies for sale.  Remember how I said we were not allowed to have pets,  what do you think they did?  They bought another puppy.  Since I was the only girl in the house I always tried to be the "responsible"one,  I made sure the bills were paid, talked to the landlord, blah, blah, blah...  I will admit, I was pissed off.  How was I going o explain not one, but two dogs in a house where we were supposed to have none?  As soon as I saw him everything changed.  I didn't care what the landlord thought(they never came around anyway).  He was the cutest thing I had ever seen and there was no way we were getting rid of him.  He was smaller than my size nine shoe.  He had a fat belly and sharp puppy teeth.  He would chew on everything in sight.  He slept in a laundry basket and ate out of a tiny ashtray.

July 2000

Eventually we all moved out of the house we were living in and got places of our own.  I consider my friends my family. We have been in each other's lives for what seems like forever now.  Cid is part of that family.  Since we all love Cid, we decided the best thing to do was to allow him to split time between our house and our  friends Kevin and Lauren's house.  Yes, we have joint custody of a dog.  He has two houses, two yards, two beds, two dog bowls, two of everything.  We all pool together once a month for dog food and split the vet bills.   It works out great for us financially  and for Cid because he is spoiled rotten, there is always someone to take him for a walk or to play.

With Dave 2003

Cid turned 10 this year. Though his head is much bigger and he takes up more room on the bed, he is still just as sweet as he was the day they brought him home.  To me,  there is nothing in the world like him.   The love I have for this dog is overwhelming.  He fills my heart up with so much happiness.  We speak to each other without words.  He is always glad to see me and I cannot wait to see his tail wag every morning when I wake up.  We look out for each other, he is my buddy.  There is nothing that can turn a bad day or a bad mood around quicker than a sloppy wet kiss from my dog.  If you have a dog, I am sure you know exactly what I am talking about.  It is a special thing. :)

2006

Cid and the City 2008

Yesterday we took Cid to a specialist and found out the lump on his ankle we originally thought was arthritis is cancer.  I cant believe my Cidders has cancer.  Cancer is such a scary word.  It still doesn't feel real.  I have gone so long thinking Cid was invincible, nothing could hurt him, he is as tough as nails.  Well he still is, he just has a little obstacle he needs to get past... The cancer has not spread past his ankle and if we amputate his leg, the vet thinks Cid will be fine.  She said he is very healthy otherwise and that removing the leg will be the best thing to do to ensure him a few more years with us.  He is going in for surgery this week,  I am keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes well.  He is going to need lots of loving in the next few weeks and we will be there to give it to him every step of the way.  Hopefully before we know it I will be posting pictures of the cutest three legged dog you have ever seen. :)

2010 at his favorite park

Kentucky Engagement on a Farm

Remember Scooter from yesterday's post?  Well this is Scooter's nephew,  Austin.  He and Ashley are getting married next year.  These two are a super cute country couple.  They love the outdoors, Austin drives a pick up truck, they  hunt, they dream of someday owning lots of farmland to stretch out on.  Scooter's farm was perfect for a very personalized engagement session that really represents them as a couple.

Two things that stick out in my mind about this session are that  Austin constantly made Ashley crack up laughing, like non stop throughout the entire session, and that he really likes to grab Ashley's butt, a lot!  :) Both things, I believe, make for a great relationship so keep it up Austin. :)

Steamy Love Session

My inspiration for this shoot came from a romance novel I picked up at a used book store.  The cover photo is very dramatic and sexy, full of lust and intrigue.  I thought it would be fun to do a love session that would represent what I think a modern day romance novel should look like.  Leah and Derek were the perfect couple for this shoot, I cannot thank them enough for being such awesome models.  They are both super hot, and they were not shy about getting all steamy in front of my camera.

These photos are Hot! ;)      

Another legend has passed

If you suddenly seeWhat has happened to me You should spread the word around

And tell everyone here That it is perfectly clear They can sail above it all on what they've found It cries for you It's the best that you can do Like a sound that's everywhere I can hear it screaming through the air

Long live rock and roll

-Dio