We recently opened up a contest of sorts on our blog in an effort to find the next model couple for our workshop. The contest was open to married couple photographers who have been embracing the fist fight of marriage / business and are embodying the “don’t give up” motto. To be considered, we only asked for submissions of the couples’ stories.
The responses were deeply moving. Dozens of stories came in and we were privileged enough to hear about the places these amazing folks were living in, what some of their hopes were, and some of the trials that they had lived through together.
Lucy and Steven were one of these couples that submitted and their story immediately grabbed us. While not rehashing all of the details here (click here to read their story), suffice it to say that we were deeply moved by where these guys had come from; to hear about their commitment to each other, and their beautiful daughters. We were thrilled that they were the winners because their story was filled with redemption.
While Steven and Lucy have navigated some rough waters in their marriage and their story is not without pain, we were humbled and honored to have the privilege of hearing this story and meeting them in the midst of it while making photographs of the two of them. Hearing hard stories and seeing God’s redemption in their midst makes us come alive and we do not take it lightly. We have lived our own failures and have our own pain throughout our relationship. We have seen God’s redemption first hand, so making photographs of couples that have lived through trials together is an absolute joy. We have the chance to remind couples to not give up, that there is hope, and that we are living in a most gloriously beautiful world.
World, meet Steven and Lucy in the crisp Colorado summer air. We are so thankful to know them both and hope you love these images like we do.