The windows opened and a fresh breeze filled the room. Alex and Jill shared a few intimate moments while soft music played in the background. The mood was set for what would soon become a beautiful bonding experience.
As the photographers entered, Alex and Jill’s focus remained constant. In that moment, no one else existed and there was no discomfort or embarrassment. “We were able to move and act as though there weren't any photographers in the room”, says Jill. “That session was probably by far my favorite, it captures the raw love of us as a couple, just being ourselves without it feeling forced."
Intimacy is the beating heart of a relationship. It exists in communication, touch, and experiences. Those who embark on this adventure of emotional discovery, soon realize that there are infinite levels that can be unearthed as your relationship matures and you cultivate your bond. Moments like these will echo throughout a couple’s relationship. The memories of lazy Sundays, late night talks, and that time you watched the sunrise together… these are the moments we cling onto and hold close to our hearts. When you turn these experiences into something tangible, love becomes art and art becomes a reminder of of the ultimate reward in human relationships.
The process of capturing love is just as rewarding, if not more, than the end result. Alex and Jill agreed that this shoot absolutely brought them closer together. Not surprisingly, the artists that took the photographs, Michael and Carina, were equally moved by the experience. “Love is sensual, love is intimate, but that love is also innocent. It encouraged us to hold on to that innocence no matter what.” Alex and Jill lay under the covers, Jill in Alex’s arms, while each photographer took turns photographing them at bird’s eye view from a ladder. “It was quiet except for the music and the wind, and I helped Carina on the ladder. There are certain inexplicable moments when you just connect with subjects, and that was one of them. Honestly, the emotion we felt that kept striking a cord the entire time was awe.”
The photographers, a husband and wife team, were able to relate to their subjects with a natural ease. Rather than distracting their subjects with long explanations, they often demonstrated their artistic vision together. There are obvious differences between a couple’s session and a single subject boudoir, but what resonated the most with Michael and Carina was the effortlessness of the session. “They always knew what to do with their hands because they had someone to hold and touch. For single subjects, they usually require a bit more direction and feedback to encourage their confidence, as well as a bit more direction in terms of posing, before ‘the walls come down.’” When the walls come down, honesty and beauty combine, and the embodiment of young love comes to life in Michael and Carina’s photos.
We hope this inspires you to take a few minutes out of your day and dedicate them to intimacy. Hide all distractions and just be present. With or without photographic evidence, we guarantee that something beautiful will follow.
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Photography: Michael and Carina Photography // Design & Styling: Ginny Au // Hair and Makeup: Mimi & Taylor // Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab // Venue: Cuffey’s Cove Ranch // Female Model Attire: Zara // Male Model Attire: J.Crew // Bedding: Restoration Hardware // Models: Real couple Jillian Lieber & Alex Michels of Stars Model Management // All images photographed by Michael and Carina Photography at the Erich McVey Workshop in Elk, California