Cultivating Love

Yuliya Rae Seattle PNW authentic emotional Couples Portrait Outdoor Photographer

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.

Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.”

― Brené Brown

I’ve met Shilpa and Abhi through my local neighborhood Buy Nothing group when on Christmas morning Shilpa posted a desperate plea for ginger for her husband. The stores were all closed, they were taking off on a trip to Yellowstone soon and Abhi was coming down with a cold. Wanting a natural remedy that she’s made for years, Shilpa posted on our Buy Nothing group for help.

I glanced on my countertop and saw fresh ginger there, waiting to help someone in need. So it was through the fiery ginger that the three of us met.

A month or so later, when we met in Discovery park for our couples session, Shilpa and Abhi were just as I remembered them. Vivacious and bubbly, Shilpa’s love for her husband spilled out of her through her expressions and the way she looked at him without any photographic prompts. She giggled and laughed and let him spin her in twirls, hold her close and generally connect, bond, link themselves together in the most authentic and meaningful way.

Abhi was following her step by step. A little reserved at first, he soon bloomed into his own kind of exuberance – a quiet and steady kind. He was grounding us all in our merriment and excitement.

Having eloped to the courthouse to get married many years ago these two never got photos together, so this was no ordinary session. It was a session to claim their love in the passing of time, in the book of history of their own families and lineages.

2 thoughts on “Cultivating Love”

  1. Larissa Koedyker says:

    What an amazing couple and gorgeous pictures!!!

    1. yuliya says:

      Thank you!!

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