Amanda, Matt, and I met up at the beach parking lot a couple of hours before sunset. Having never done a photo session before, the lovebirds were naturally a bit nervous - maybe skeptical even - but after a few initial frames, the two warmed up to the camera. It helped that we were chatting the whole time about life, work, love, and of course the latest episode of The Walking Dead. Matt and Amanda have a lot in common but the thing that stood out to me the most was their shared desire to help the next generation. They've both focused their separate careers on helping children succeed in life - Matt as a juvenile probation officer and Amanda as a teacher. They know the world is bigger than them and they've promised to stand by each others' side as they work to make it a better place for all.
It's beautiful, admirable even, to devote so much of yourself to helping others navigate life. But on this evening, for these two hours, I wanted them to know it was okay to make it about them. Amanda + Matt. Their love and their commitment to each other. That was all that mattered as we wandered through the moss-covered branches and sandy pathways, chasing the last bit of light over the watery horizon.