(Warning: gushy love post ahead)
If you follow me on any form of social media, you know one thing: I photograph my girlfriend. A lot.
She's my muse, my inspiration, who I bounce ideas off, my go-to model, and so much more. No one on the planet has been, is, or will ever be as supportive of my creative passion as she is every day. If I have an idea, she's my first critic. If I'm stuck, she talks with me until I'm unstuck. When I need someone to photograph for a concept, she gets in a dress and goes outside to shoot without even asking.
And that makes me love her so damn much.
(Yes, as you can tell, this is a different kind of blog post. Why am I posting this on my photo website? Well, this is photography-related. But this is me, this is my life, and this is something passionate about, so stick with me...)
I am the luckiest man on Earth, and it's all thanks to Tori.
How couldn't I be? To have a girl who is as loving, supportive, inspiring, and helpful as she is is something that doesn't come twice in a lifetime. But no, I found her four years ago in Spanish class, and I didn't know what I had in store. If I never found her, I wouldn't be where I am today on so many levels. Most importantly, I woudn't be the creative, successful photographer I am. If I never had a person to contribute those things you read in the first paragraph, I would be nothing. But that's not the case. Instead, I have her there night and day, and she is more than happy to be the inspiration I need to succeed.
And, of course, it doesn't hurt that she's absolutely gorgeous.
When I take a moment to put my camera down, look over the glass, and see the stunning, sexy, fun-loving woman posing in front of me, my heart skips a beat. I forget I'm supposed to be taking pictures because I am overcome by pure thankfulness that I am able to share my life with her. Her beauty is vibrant, it carries over to her personality, and it overwhelms me. Later, as I flip through the photos as I edit them, my heart races as I see her beauty radiate from every photo. Her smile, her eyes, everything is perfect. I'm overtaken by pure bliss. She's mine, she loves me, she isn't going anywhere. She's everything I ever wanted. How can one man be so lucky?
I will not spend one day of my life complacent. Never will I take for granted what was given to me. This woman is my life. Not only that, but she is largely responsible for all the man I am today. My character, my values, and my career I can partially attribute to her. She motivates me to be a creative, ambitious and powerful man every single day, and I will never stop because of that.
As I post the photos of her into this post, I'm getting those same feelings I described before. Words can never do her justice, but that doesn't mean I can't try. Friends, blog-readers, if you take anything from this sappy post, it should be this: find someone who inspires you. Find someone who motivates you to be the best person you can. Find a person who will stop at nothing to help you with everything you could ever need. Then marry that person and spend the rest of your life with them.