my beloved.

In my last post I talked a lot about the images that the beautiful Jesh de Rox took of Michael and I. Up until today, Ive never really showed the images to many people, except a few that I have put up on facebook and scattered around my home. They  were something I wanted to keep to myself because they were so so special to me. I remember the first time I saw them, when I started to watch the little slideshow Jesh made me, the entire world around me froze and my arms were covered in goosebumps. Later that night, when Michael finally came home, witnessing his reaction to the images is one my favourite memories of him.  I have a quote by Jesh on a chalkboard in my living room that says “perhaps the best gift you can give someone is to truly see them, that kind of honest seeing is the root of true love.” These images, the whole beloved experience, is one of the best gifts I have ever received. The best part is that it keeps on giving, a year on, these images are still making a difference to my life. Thank you Jesh :)

While I was in Vegas in March this year for WPPI, as part of his platform speech, Jesh launched the beloved movement, inviting and encouraging other photographers to continue the exploration into beloved sessions. I am so so proud of him for launching the beloved movement and the speech he gave that day (you can listen to it here). The energy in the room that day was out of this world amazing. I still get goosebumps thinking back to it. Jesh showed our beloved images to the packed theatre of about 800 people. My heart almost leapt out of my chest. Being in a room full of that many people looking at images of me on a huge projector is a crazily intense experience. I do not think my heart has ever pumped so hard in my life. After the slideshow finished, Jesh asked Michael and I up the front to ask us a few questions, oh so nervous and so shy we are standing in front of all those people ;) But my wall got smashed into even tinier pieces after that experience. So many people came up to me after the class and the remainder of WPPI to introduce themselves and say nice things to me. Thank you to each of you who did, it meant a lot to me :) While I was in Vegas, I also finally meet the beautiful Jesse from Our Labor of Love. These words she put up on her blog yesterday moved me greatly. Her words resonates with me deeply and inspired me to finally sit down, be brave and put all my thoughts on here. thank you jesse :)

Michael and I…

{images by jesh de rox}

Jesh is coming back to Australia (Perth, Melbourne and Newcastle) this November / December for his {life as an artform} workshops. A few spots are left for the Perth {life as an artform} workshop. I am hosting the workshop again and this time its at my house in the hills, so many exciting things planned for it, I cannot wait for November to arrive :)

  • If they make me feel so much without me having been there, Samm I can only imagine how much you feel when you look back on these. You are both so beautiful x

  • Katie said:

    Thank you SO much for sharing this/these Samm.

  • Naomi Winter said:

    Wow... I'm almost speechless, what a precious collection Samm. Thank you for sharing!

  • I attended Jesh's (amazing) {life as an artform} workshop in canberra last year, on the last night Jesh played us a snippit of this set of pictures.... i remember wanting to watch it over and over again like it was one of my favorite movies.. thanks so much for sharing something so personal samm

  • JulieLim said:

    these are absolutely utterly gorgeous. so touching!

  • Wow Samm, I reallly loved this series, great color! Cheers!

  • Calvina said:

    Dear Samm, thank you for sharing these. :) Thank you for opening up your heart to us.

  • Kate said:

    Im always on your site (as you know!) but couldnt let this post pass without comment. What beautiful pictures of you two. What a gorgeous couple you make. I love number 1,5,7 & 8. Lovely lovely lovely!

  • julie said:

    I was there at WPPI when Jesh showed your slideshow and of course i was moved to tears. I really liked it when you and Michael spoke about your experience with Jesh. How is made you love each other a little more... how it changed you.
    My husband and I are so excited to do our beloved session with Jesh sometime in the next month. I can't wait! Thanks for sharing these again and being brave enough to talk about your experience at WPPI.

  • Anya said:

    Wow! These images are amazing, as is your work. Do you ever make it to the East Coast?