Christian is the man behind Create.ph and Therese, the woman behind Jason Magbanua‘s second team, For You Are Mine. Jeff and I have known these two online for a couple of years now, and we have always loved their work. I was actually going to ask them to model for the second Firestarter workshop, but they weren’t engaged yet then and I didn’t want to jump the gun, so I didn’t pursue it. About a week after the workshop, Christian proposed to Therese. Funny that. So when we announced our schedule of destination shoots last September and we got an email from Christian asking if we could shoot them while we were in Hong Kong, I literally whooped with joy.
I get both a huge thrill and tiny little panic attacks from shooting creatives, because these people come in with a particularly defined aesthetic already, and you never really know for sure if you’re on the same page until you’re in the thick of it. With Christian and Therese though, the trust was absolute. They told us from the start to pretty much shoot however we wanted. That kind of trust is an incredible gift for any artist. It wasn’t just trust that we would take great photographs of them, but the kind that let them open up and simply be themselves around us. The experience was honest and raw and pure. And it moved me. Part of what we do is falling in love with every single person we photograph, but sometimes, some people make us fall in love with photography all over again, too.
We always shoot from the heart, but it’s almost never without thought. With this shoot though, I just shut my brain off because it was getting in the way. And all I did was feel. We got to shoot with no other purpose but to show exactly how it felt. We got to see them and shoot them in a way that made my heart ache. I’ve spent the past two days editing for this blog post in between meetings, and I’ve burst into tears somewhere along the way. These two are beautiful together. And I’ve found that the very things that break your heart can be the exact same things that make it whole again.
So here’s to getting lost in a foreign land, wandering aimlessly, and falling in love over and over again.
“And the ghosts that we knew will flicker from view, and we’ll live a long life.”