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Vail Colorado Engagement | Michael and Charlie

This past weekend I was working on editing Michael and Charlie’s Vail Colorado Engagement when I heard the news of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.  I was in disbelief.  At the very moment I was celebrating love, commitment, and happiness, I was forced to think of the dozens of people whose love, commitment, and happiness was robbed from them.

I know the news and the political pundits are doing their due diligence and investigating whether they believe this crime was facilitated by radical extremist terrorism groups.  But what I don’t hear enough people talk about is what is starting us in the face.

This was a hate crime.  Against a community of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

No matter where you live, if you’re part of the LGBT community, it feels personal.  In a month where Pride Festivals are held all over the country, when couples and families openly celebrate who they are, and individuals outwardly embrace what makes them special, we are forced to remember that there is still so much hate in the world.  I will never understand how this hate can be so deep-seeded in someone that it compels them to extreme violence against people just like me.

Ever the optimist, whenever I’m faced with something I can’t possibly understand, I tend to turn to hope and love.  This week I found it in the moving performances and tributes at the Tony awards and my engagement session with Michael and Charlie.

I’ll end with this touching sonnet by actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, then leave you with the images of two phenomenal people who will commit their lives to each other in September.  Love is love.

 “We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they’re finished songs and start to play
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day…
…We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger;
We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside…
…Now fill the world with music, love and pride”
~Lin-Manuel Miranda

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  • Michael Sleeper Cheatham


    As a prior resident of Colorado I may be a bit biased but AWESOME PICS! May your life together be as beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Goff

    Whoa I love that lake / reflection photo! Simply beautiful photos, great work.ReplyCancel

  • Wow. These are just beautiful! The location is amazing, and Michael and Charlie are SO handsome. Great work.ReplyCancel

  • Love this, the setting is perfect!ReplyCancel

  • what a perfect couple! and I love the light, color and scenery!ReplyCancel

  • Jill Houser

    Beautiufl! I love what they’re wearing and with the beautful landscape these are just perfect. Well done Jennie! <3ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Graham

    Love these portraits! Love conquers all <3ReplyCancel

  • Virginia Stiles

    I just LOVE the LOVE that you captured here. <3ReplyCancel

  • Cara Elizabeth

    These are AWESOME! freeking love them. And their outfits worked perfectly for the location!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Stamm Weitz

    WOW! These are awesome! Such a beautiful connection and gorgeous photography you captured! Lovely work! <3ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Boccolucci Photography + Birth Services

    Really beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Tasker

    Reading that made me want to cry. What you do is so important and this looks like the lovliest couple <3ReplyCancel

  • Kristina Marshall

    Jennie these images are GORGEOUS! Beautiful work. Thanks for bringing something positive and uplifting to this week of sadness and negativity.ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for sharing these beautiful words and images. Keep on filling the darkness with more and more light! You are incredible <3ReplyCancel

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