Love Project - Kristie

My friend actually told me I should marry him. I should go to church and listen to the speaker with the yellow tie and see if my heart went “pitter patter”. I suppose my first interaction with my husband was similar to Elizabeth Bennet meeting Mr. Darcy. He was kinda a jerk. My friends and I entered a huge cultural hall full of people. We grabbed some snacks and went to sit at the only table available. Actually only half the table was available. After we sat down all the guys already sitting on the other side scooted to the table next to them. Since I only knew Grady, as my friend had pointed out Brother Kerr’s son, I thought he was kinda a jerk. I don’t honestly remember what other friends were also rude, so I guess they are off the hook.

My friend actually told me I should marry him. I should go to church and listen to the speaker with the yellow tie and see if my heart went “pitter patter”. I suppose my first interaction with my husband was similar to Elizabeth Bennet meeting Mr. Darcy. He was kinda a jerk. My friends and I entered a huge cultural hall full of people. We grabbed some snacks and went to sit at the only table available. Actually only half the table was available. After we sat down all the guys already sitting on the other side scooted to the table next to them. Since I only knew Grady, as my friend had pointed out Brother Kerr’s son, I thought he was kinda a jerk. I don’t honestly remember what other friends were also rude, so I guess they are off the hook.

But thanks to a wonderful mutual friend I became acquainted with Grady. I suppose I fancied myself in love before, I’m kinda a romantic. And I love with my whole heart. But he is simple the best. I love his big heart and smile. His willingness to follow The Lord. I love being around despite the fact that he can be a jerk sometimes. I suppose he’s just really good at being snarky. 

But thanks to a wonderful mutual friend I became acquainted with Grady. I suppose I fancied myself in love before, I’m kinda a romantic. And I love with my whole heart. But he is simple the best. I love his big heart and smile. His willingness to follow The Lord. I love being around despite the fact that he can be a jerk sometimes. I suppose he’s just really good at being snarky. 

And the love we share is amazing. We both don’t think it was fate or destiny that we fell in love. It’s a choice. And a choice we choose again and again. I love being around him. We can talk for hours, and sometimes we do. And as we have been married for almost 15 years it’s amazing to see our love grow. I remember the romantic love stage. I mean, he’s a hunk so it was easy to fall for him. And he always makes me laugh. It’s one of my favorite things. But as I have watched him care for our children and our marriage, our love has grown and deepened. It’s truly such a remarkable thing to have someone who knows all your weakness and short comings and yet they love you constantly. He is faithful and kind. And as we strive to come closer to God and thus essential closer together, our love is made stronger.

And the love we share is amazing. We both don’t think it was fate or destiny that we fell in love. It’s a choice. And a choice we choose again and again. I love being around him. We can talk for hours, and sometimes we do. And as we have been married for almost 15 years it’s amazing to see our love grow. I remember the romantic love stage. I mean, he’s a hunk so it was easy to fall for him. And he always makes me laugh. It’s one of my favorite things. But as I have watched him care for our children and our marriage, our love has grown and deepened. It’s truly such a remarkable thing to have someone who knows all your weakness and short comings and yet they love you constantly. He is faithful and kind. And as we strive to come closer to God and thus essential closer together, our love is made stronger.

What a blessing it is to feel so loved by someone. And to love them with your whole soul. I think my favorite thing in the world is when we are in the temple (a sacred place in our faith) and he looks at me with such adoration. And I know our love is forever. He always looks the most handsome in the temple. And second is when he’s serving our family.  Love is such a humbling thing. And it’s an action word, something that I have always strived to work on in our marriage. They say true love is the anxious concern over some one’s well being. And if you are going to be stuck with someone for the rest of your existence I’m glad I picked someone who makes me smile. 

What a blessing it is to feel so loved by someone. And to love them with your whole soul. I think my favorite thing in the world is when we are in the temple (a sacred place in our faith) and he looks at me with such adoration. And I know our love is forever. He always looks the most handsome in the temple. And second is when he’s serving our family. 

Love is such a humbling thing. And it’s an action word, something that I have always strived to work on in our marriage. They say true love is the anxious concern over some one’s well being. And if you are going to be stuck with someone for the rest of your existence I’m glad I picked someone who makes me smile. 

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Tasha and her Boys

Once upon a time, Tasha and I lived in the dorms together at BYU. We had dance parties and other college shenanigans. I was really excited when she reached out to me when she came to Portland to visit family. This was the first time meeting her boys, and I quickly fell in love with their energetic little personalities. We spent the afternoon exploring, laughing, and dancing. It was absolutely an afternoon well spent.

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Love Project - Janae

When I first met Seth, I had just had a brain tumor. It was two weeks after I had the tumor removed. I was on this spiritual high. I felt really close to the Lord. When you come really close to death like that, you feel really connected to the afterlife and to your Creator. I had never really been blessed with a really strong connection to anyone, especially a member of the LDS church.

When I first met Seth, I had just had a brain tumor. It was two weeks after I had the tumor removed. I was on this spiritual high. I felt really close to the Lord. When you come really close to death like that, you feel really connected to the afterlife and to your Creator. I had never really been blessed with a really strong connection to anyone, especially a member of the LDS church.

When I came back to school, my roommate had a friend that had just come back from his mission. She wanted me to be her wingman, so I went with her to meet this guy. I thought I was just going to be a buffer for her and this guy, but I became completely smitten with this guy’s roommate. We went and got Oreo pizza. It was literally the first night I met him, and I knew immediately that I was going to marry him. He was so adorable. He had been home from his mission for 7 days. He was this soft spoken, sweet guy. He was telling me about his niece and nephew, and about teaching little kids how to swim when he was a lifeguard before his mission.

When I came back to school, my roommate had a friend that had just come back from his mission. She wanted me to be her wingman, so I went with her to meet this guy. I thought I was just going to be a buffer for her and this guy, but I became completely smitten with this guy’s roommate. We went and got Oreo pizza. It was literally the first night I met him, and I knew immediately that I was going to marry him. He was so adorable. He had been home from his mission for 7 days. He was this soft spoken, sweet guy. He was telling me about his niece and nephew, and about teaching little kids how to swim when he was a lifeguard before his mission.

I remember walking back from Domino's Pizza thinking, “Oh my gosh! I have to marry this boy! He is the most precious human I have ever met in my life!” Three years later, we finally got married. It was really endearing and sweet, and I was smitten.

I remember walking back from Domino's Pizza thinking, “Oh my gosh! I have to marry this boy! He is the most precious human I have ever met in my life!” Three years later, we finally got married. It was really endearing and sweet, and I was smitten.

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Love Project - Kim

My first love was David Gangi. I met him in first grade. I knew it was love because he chased me around the playground and would tag me. He wouldn’t tag any of the other girls.

My first love was David Gangi. I met him in first grade. I knew it was love because he chased me around the playground and would tag me. He wouldn’t tag any of the other girls.

That is why I knew he was my one and only truest love in first grade. We tried the chasing thing in second grade, also a lot of love.

That is why I knew he was my one and only truest love in first grade. We tried the chasing thing in second grade, also a lot of love.

Then in third grade, tragedy struck. The boundaries of our school district split, so he went to a different school. It was devastating to me. But I always remembered him.

Then in third grade, tragedy struck. The boundaries of our school district split, so he went to a different school. It was devastating to me. But I always remembered him.

In sixth grade, we went to the same school again. His mom taught Spanish class, so of course I took Spanish class to be closer to David Gangi. Alas, he never remembered me.

In sixth grade, we went to the same school again. His mom taught Spanish class, so of course I took Spanish class to be closer to David Gangi. Alas, he never remembered me.

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Love Project - Marisa

I immediately thought of when I was in Jicin, which is a city in the Czech Republic. It was spring, and I had been working in the city for a while. I had been serving there for 4 months.

I immediately thought of when I was in Jicin, which is a city in the Czech Republic. It was spring, and I had been working in the city for a while. I had been serving there for 4 months.

I had just recently been feeling pretty depressed about a letter that I had gotten from home that didn't really make sense - it was vague and not clear. I prayed and felt peace and so much love.

I had just recently been feeling pretty depressed about a letter that I had gotten from home that didn't really make sense - it was vague and not clear. I prayed and felt peace and so much love.

After that, everyday I was in the city, and when I was out in the country, I would feel so much love.

After that, everyday I was in the city, and when I was out in the country, I would feel so much love.

I would go on these buses between Jicin and two other cities and I would look out the window and see fields and fields of sunflowers and I would feel so much love. I would go a different way and see these gigantic, vast fields of poppies and feel so much love.

I would go on these buses between Jicin and two other cities and I would look out the window and see fields and fields of sunflowers and I would feel so much love. I would go a different way and see these gigantic, vast fields of poppies and feel so much love.

It was kind of indescribable. With every small beauty of the earth around me, I could feel God lifting me up in love to overcome these feelings of confusion, depression, and disappointment that had recently come from reading that letter.

It was kind of indescribable. With every small beauty of the earth around me, I could feel God lifting me up in love to overcome these feelings of confusion, depression, and disappointment that had recently come from reading that letter.

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Love Project - Kymber

I first met my husband in high school, in our junior year. The first time I saw him, I knew there was something special about him. Like any high school girl, I was nervous and totally afraid of the cute boys two rows over.

I first met my husband in high school, in our junior year. The first time I saw him, I knew there was something special about him. Like any high school girl, I was nervous and totally afraid of the cute boys two rows over.

We were in class together a semester and a half, and then it came time for the Sadie Hawkins dance. I had planned on asking another boy in our class, and I put together this big way to ask him during class. My teacher was in on it and it was this big deal.

We were in class together a semester and a half, and then it came time for the Sadie Hawkins dance. I had planned on asking another boy in our class, and I put together this big way to ask him during class. My teacher was in on it and it was this big deal.

The day before I set to ask him, I stayed after class to talk to my teacher to make sure everything was good to go. All of the sudden, I this feeling that maybe I should ask Michael Rudd to the Sadie Hawkins dance instead of Kyler. Before I could even totally think the thought through, the words were coming out of my mouth, and as soon as the words were coming out of my mouth, I was trying to shovel them back in. He was this cute boy that I had a big fat crush on and there was no way he would go to the dance with me.

The day before I set to ask him, I stayed after class to talk to my teacher to make sure everything was good to go. All of the sudden, I this feeling that maybe I should ask Michael Rudd to the Sadie Hawkins dance instead of Kyler. Before I could even totally think the thought through, the words were coming out of my mouth, and as soon as the words were coming out of my mouth, I was trying to shovel them back in. He was this cute boy that I had a big fat crush on and there was no way he would go to the dance with me.

We left it at my teacher was going to put together the whole way I was going to ask Michael Rudd to go to the dance with me and I had no idea how it was going to happen. The thought of asking Michael Rudd to Sadie Hawkins was so stressful. I showed up to class the next day, and like I said, I had no idea how it was going to happen or how it was going to go down, but it happened.

We left it at my teacher was going to put together the whole way I was going to ask Michael Rudd to go to the dance with me and I had no idea how it was going to happen. The thought of asking Michael Rudd to Sadie Hawkins was so stressful. I showed up to class the next day, and like I said, I had no idea how it was going to happen or how it was going to go down, but it happened.

We were doing a PowerPoint to memorize scriptures, it was in Seminary, and the teacher clicked to the next slide and it wasn't scripture mastery. It said, "Michael Rudd, will you go to Sadie Hawkins with me? Love, Your Biggest Fan." I wanted to melt into my seat. This was real life, this was happening, and there was no way backing out now.

We were doing a PowerPoint to memorize scriptures, it was in Seminary, and the teacher clicked to the next slide and it wasn't scripture mastery. It said, "Michael Rudd, will you go to Sadie Hawkins with me? Love, Your Biggest Fan." I wanted to melt into my seat. This was real life, this was happening, and there was no way backing out now.

He ended up finding my name on the ceiling fan above me. We went to the dance and the rest is history. He has loved me better than anyone could ever love me ever since.

He ended up finding my name on the ceiling fan above me. We went to the dance and the rest is history. He has loved me better than anyone could ever love me ever since.

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Love Project - Michael Rudd

I really felt loved, especially by my wife, a few months ago. I was going through a difficult time in my life where I was really struggling health-wise.

I really felt loved, especially by my wife, a few months ago. I was going through a difficult time in my life where I was really struggling health-wise.

I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know what my plans were. We were going to Disneyland. It's 6 hours to Disneyland from Arizona, so for the whole trip there, I was sick to my stomach about how I felt about my self.

I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know what my plans were. We were going to Disneyland. It's 6 hours to Disneyland from Arizona, so for the whole trip there, I was sick to my stomach about how I felt about my self.

And that continued over the next few days, which if you know my wife's love for Disneyland, it could have pretty much ruined the trip for her.

And that continued over the next few days, which if you know my wife's love for Disneyland, it could have pretty much ruined the trip for her.

Just throughout that time I felt her love and support for me. We didn't ride any rides, we just sat down and talked about how I felt.

Just throughout that time I felt her love and support for me. We didn't ride any rides, we just sat down and talked about how I felt.

We where at her happy place, a place where she would spend everyday if she could, and she took the time to care about me and my feeling instead of just enjoying herself.

We where at her happy place, a place where she would spend everyday if she could, and she took the time to care about me and my feeling instead of just enjoying herself.

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Love Project - Matt

When I first fell in love, it was on our first date. We went to Kneaders, got cheesecake, ate by the window, laughed and just had a good time. It was like that saying goes, you know when you know.

When I first fell in love, it was on our first date. We went to Kneaders, got cheesecake, ate by the window, laughed and just had a good time. It was like that saying goes, you know when you know.

From when I first met her, I thought, "She is the one - the one I want to spend the rest of my life with." From then on, it just went uphill and just keeps on going. I really love her.

From when I first met her, I thought, "She is the one - the one I want to spend the rest of my life with." From then on, it just went uphill and just keeps on going. I really love her.

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Love Project - Elise

The first time I felt really loved by my spouse was before we got married. There was one night when I was super busy and we had just started dating.

The first time I felt really loved by my spouse was before we got married. There was one night when I was super busy and we had just started dating.

I told him that we probably couldn't hang out that night and he wanted to hang out with me anyway. He asked, "Can I just come over and watch you eat? Can I just come for 10 minutes? I don't care how long it is. Can I come see you?"

I told him that we probably couldn't hang out that night and he wanted to hang out with me anyway. He asked, "Can I just come over and watch you eat? Can I just come for 10 minutes? I don't care how long it is. Can I come see you?"

In that moment I thought,  "He is different than everyone else. He actually wants to spend time with me. He really, really cares about me."

In that moment I thought,  "He is different than everyone else. He actually wants to spend time with me. He really, really cares about me."

From then on, everything was just as easy as that and I always felt that love.

From then on, everything was just as easy as that and I always felt that love.

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Love Project - Camille

A time I felt really loved was actually the first time Jacob asked me to date him exclusively. I had come from a lot of abuse, past conflict, and issues. I didn't think I believed in love and relationships again.

A time I felt really loved was actually the first time Jacob asked me to date him exclusively. I had come from a lot of abuse, past conflict, and issues. I didn't think I believed in love and relationships again.

He insisted that we go out for frozen yogurt after I got out of a really late class. We had gotten touchy-feely for the first time the night before, and we had been friends for so long that I thought he was going to tell me off. Instead, when we met up, he said "Hey we got touchy-feely last night. I just wanted to talk about it tonight. Are you ready to date exclusively?" I said 'okay,' but it wasn't quite okay.

He insisted that we go out for frozen yogurt after I got out of a really late class. We had gotten touchy-feely for the first time the night before, and we had been friends for so long that I thought he was going to tell me off. Instead, when we met up, he said "Hey we got touchy-feely last night. I just wanted to talk about it tonight. Are you ready to date exclusively?" I said 'okay,' but it wasn't quite okay.

I hadn't opened up about how I had been abused, divorced, really mistreated. I had a lot of baggage and scars and I didn't really know if I believed in love again. I went through all of it (He now refers to this as the 2 hours I tried to talk him out of dating me.). I just sat there crying and sharing all the deep dark secrets. He just sat there, put his arms around me and just listened. When I was done I said "So that's why you don't want to date me."

I hadn't opened up about how I had been abused, divorced, really mistreated. I had a lot of baggage and scars and I didn't really know if I believed in love again. I went through all of it (He now refers to this as the 2 hours I tried to talk him out of dating me.). I just sat there crying and sharing all the deep dark secrets. He just sat there, put his arms around me and just listened. When I was done I said "So that's why you don't want to date me."

He just gave me a hug and said, "Ok. You didn't answer my question. Do you want to date exclusively?" I said, "You don't care about all of that stuff?!"

He just gave me a hug and said, "Ok. You didn't answer my question. Do you want to date exclusively?" I said, "You don't care about all of that stuff?!"

And he said, " My dad's been divorced and remarried. Everyone told my mom not to marry him, and they are so happy and have 10 kids together. My best friend married an older woman with 2 kids, and everyone said that was a bad idea, and they are super happy. I've learned that love isn't defined by past experiences. So there you go. I don't care. Do you want to date exclusively?" Ever since then, I've known what kind of person he is.

And he said, " My dad's been divorced and remarried. Everyone told my mom not to marry him, and they are so happy and have 10 kids together. My best friend married an older woman with 2 kids, and everyone said that was a bad idea, and they are super happy. I've learned that love isn't defined by past experiences. So there you go. I don't care. Do you want to date exclusively?" Ever since then, I've known what kind of person he is.

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Love Project - Jacob

We were are at Camille's parents' house. We decided to have a date night there. I think we made dinner, she would probably know better than me because she always remembers those details.

We were are at Camille's parents' house. We decided to have a date night there. I think we made dinner, she would probably know better than me because she always remembers those details.

After that, we built a fort out of couch cushions and blankets. We turned on '500 Days of Summer,' which is a really mushy movie, and watched it in the couch cushion fort.  

After that, we built a fort out of couch cushions and blankets. We turned on '500 Days of Summer,' which is a really mushy movie, and watched it in the couch cushion fort.
 

It was a perfect moment to look her in the eyes and say "I love you."

It was a perfect moment to look her in the eyes and say "I love you."

She looked back at me and said "I love you, too."

She looked back at me and said "I love you, too."

And it just went downhill from there, or uphill, if that is what you think means good.

And it just went downhill from there, or uphill, if that is what you think means good.

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Love Project - EB

Jackie and I met a long time ago when my family made the move from Oregon to Arizona. I don't recall the specifics of our first encounter, but it was obvious she was a hot shot and a force to be reckoned. She had a contagious laugh and a smile to melt your heart. In a subtle way, she lead the pack and rolled through life with ease. 

Jackie and I met a long time ago when my family made the move from Oregon to Arizona. I don't recall the specifics of our first encounter, but it was obvious she was a hot shot and a force to be reckoned. She had a contagious laugh and a smile to melt your heart. In a subtle way, she lead the pack and rolled through life with ease. 

Rumors circled that she liked me and I liked her. It remains a mystery why she picked me over the line of guys at her door. Jackie is a heart breaker and always will be. Lucky for me, she chose to take--instead of break--mine. As the years flew our love grew, and the rest is water under the bridge.

Rumors circled that she liked me and I liked her. It remains a mystery why she picked me over the line of guys at her door. Jackie is a heart breaker and always will be. Lucky for me, she chose to take--instead of break--mine. As the years flew our love grew, and the rest is water under the bridge.

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Love Project - Jacquie

I fell in love with Jake so quickly and so easily. We actually first met in a roundabout way online and spent the first month getting to know each other over the phone, but I kind of knew I already loved him then, before we had even met in person.

I fell in love with Jake so quickly and so easily. We actually first met in a roundabout way online and spent the first month getting to know each other over the phone, but I kind of knew I already loved him then, before we had even met in person.

What solidified that I most definitely did love him though, was when he took me with him on an annual hunting/camping trip that he and his grandpa did every Labor Day.

What solidified that I most definitely did love him though, was when he took me with him on an annual hunting/camping trip that he and his grandpa did every Labor Day.

We were about 2 or 3 months into our relationship, and I think we both already knew we loved each other but neither of us had said it yet. The trip started with an 8-plus hour drive, which was so fun because it gave us hours upon hours to just be together and talk and learn more about each other. We had a good time listening to music and sharing our favorites with each other too.

We were about 2 or 3 months into our relationship, and I think we both already knew we loved each other but neither of us had said it yet. The trip started with an 8-plus hour drive, which was so fun because it gave us hours upon hours to just be together and talk and learn more about each other. We had a good time listening to music and sharing our favorites with each other too.

Camping with him, his grandpa, uncle, and cousin showed a side of him that I hadn't yet seen. He was totally in his element and he knew so much about the mountains and the hunt, and seeing him be so happy and passionate about something was endearing. The fresh air, pretty views, campfires, and watching him chop wood helped too. It was the first time we had had several days without real life, or even cell service, to get in the way of us getting to know each other.

Camping with him, his grandpa, uncle, and cousin showed a side of him that I hadn't yet seen. He was totally in his element and he knew so much about the mountains and the hunt, and seeing him be so happy and passionate about something was endearing. The fresh air, pretty views, campfires, and watching him chop wood helped too. It was the first time we had had several days without real life, or even cell service, to get in the way of us getting to know each other.

After that trip, I had a lot more clarity about where I saw our relationship going. It was only two weeks later that he told me he loved me, and of course I said it back! 8.5 months later, we were married.

After that trip, I had a lot more clarity about where I saw our relationship going. It was only two weeks later that he told me he loved me, and of course I said it back! 8.5 months later, we were married.

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Love Project - Ryan

One time, I went to my grandfather's funeral, so I was out of town for a few days. When I came home, Beverly, my wife, had put out a big sign or hanging letters, or maybe it was a sign. Now I can't remember, but the important part was that is sad "Welcome Back, Ryan! I missed you! I love you!" 

One time, I went to my grandfather's funeral, so I was out of town for a few days. When I came home, Beverly, my wife, had put out a big sign or hanging letters, or maybe it was a sign. Now I can't remember, but the important part was that is sad "Welcome Back, Ryan! I missed you! I love you!" 

I just remember that is made me really feel loved because I knew she was thinking about me when I was gone. We were still pretty new in terms of being married back then.

I just remember that is made me really feel loved because I knew she was thinking about me when I was gone. We were still pretty new in terms of being married back then.

 It was exciting to come home and realize that she was excited for me to be back rather than what could have been the opposite, as in "Oh, man! I had all this time alone and now it's coming to an end." That was a good thing for me.

 It was exciting to come home and realize that she was excited for me to be back rather than what could have been the opposite, as in "Oh, man! I had all this time alone and now it's coming to an end." That was a good thing for me.

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Welcome to the Love Project. I give someone 3 prompts to choose from (all relating to love), they answer one prompt, and I photograph them (with b&w film) while they answer. Come back every week for a new story of love. If you would like to participate in this project, and I really hope you do, then email me at photographyhill@gmail.com to set something up.

Love Project - Ali

When I fell in love with Andrew, we had been dating for about 6 months. It was before his mission. It was Christmas, which is my favorite. 

When I fell in love with Andrew, we had been dating for about 6 months. It was before his mission. It was Christmas, which is my favorite. 

We were sitting down talking. I had given him a watch and he brought out a Swarovski crystal Forget-Me-Not bouquet. I had been telling him for months that his eyes reminded me of Forget-Me-Not flowers, because they were the same color.

We were sitting down talking. I had given him a watch and he brought out a Swarovski crystal Forget-Me-Not bouquet. I had been telling him for months that his eyes reminded me of Forget-Me-Not flowers, because they were the same color.

And I thought, "Oh my gosh! He remembered that little itty bitty detail that I said." That was when I knew that I was probably done and that he was probably the one. 

And I thought, "Oh my gosh! He remembered that little itty bitty detail that I said." That was when I knew that I was probably done and that he was probably the one. 

He had already said "I love you", and I had never said it before. When he handed me those flowers, I turned to him and said "I love you, too." That was all I said.

He had already said "I love you", and I had never said it before. When he handed me those flowers, I turned to him and said "I love you, too." That was all I said.

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Welcome to the Love Project. I give someone 3 prompts to choose from (all relating to love), they answer one prompt, and I photograph them (with b&w film) while they answer. Come back every week for a new story of love. If you would like to participate in this project, and I really hope you do, then email me at photographyhill@gmail.com to set something up.

Love Project - Holly

Welcome to the Love Project. I give someone 3 prompts to choose from (all relating to love), they answer one prompt, and I photograph them (with b&w film) while they answer. Come back every week for a new story of love.

David & I met at a really unique time in our lives and when we began to date it became so apparent to me that every road & experience in our lives had led us up to that point.

David & I met at a really unique time in our lives and when we began to date it became so apparent to me that every road & experience in our lives had led us up to that point.

It felt like the universe conspired to bring us together at a time when we needed each other. I was suffering from crippling anxiety, he was getting over a bad breakup. 

It felt like the universe conspired to bring us together at a time when we needed each other. I was suffering from crippling anxiety, he was getting over a bad breakup. 

The stories of our lives were so different, yet seemed to fit together as if it had all been planned. As we shared these stories with each other, I felt something I had never experienced with any other person. 

The stories of our lives were so different, yet seemed to fit together as if it had all been planned. As we shared these stories with each other, I felt something I had never experienced with any other person. 

Being with David meant being home. Being with him felt as if all of my fears and anxieties disappeared, and what was left of me was cradled in the arms of someone who loves me unconditionally. There was such a sense of relief. The comfort and ease I felt was indescribable. 

Being with David meant being home. Being with him felt as if all of my fears and anxieties disappeared, and what was left of me was cradled in the arms of someone who loves me unconditionally. There was such a sense of relief. The comfort and ease I felt was indescribable. 

Looking back to that time in my life, I don't remember details so much as I remember the feeling: I had found someone that not only was adorable & lovable, but he loved and adored me-- every broken & beautiful piece of me, and carefully put me back together in a way I never could have expected.

Looking back to that time in my life, I don't remember details so much as I remember the feeling: I had found someone that not only was adorable & lovable, but he loved and adored me-- every broken & beautiful piece of me, and carefully put me back together in a way I never could have expected.

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Love Project - Chrissy

Welcome to the Love Project. I give someone 3 prompts to choose from (all relating to love), they answer one prompt, and I photograph them (with b&w film) while they answer. Come back every week for a new story of love.

We had been dating for not very long. It was probably our 3rd or 4th date. We went to the fair. I love the fair so, so, so much! We got funnel cake, ate all the things, and played games. It was the best date ever! We talked so much, and he is not a talker, at all. 

We had been dating for not very long. It was probably our 3rd or 4th date. We went to the fair. I love the fair so, so, so much! We got funnel cake, ate all the things, and played games. It was the best date ever! We talked so much, and he is not a talker, at all. 

At the moment that I knew, it was so clear that I was in love with him. 

At the moment that I knew, it was so clear that I was in love with him. 

We were on top of the sky ride, he put his arm around me, the sun was setting, we were above the fair, he squeezed me tight, and it was the best thing in the whole world. 

We were on top of the sky ride, he put his arm around me, the sun was setting, we were above the fair, he squeezed me tight, and it was the best thing in the whole world. 

There wasn't anything significant about the moment, but it was just perfect and wonderful. It was just the feeling of being safe. It was so good. And that is when I knew.

There wasn't anything significant about the moment, but it was just perfect and wonderful. It was just the feeling of being safe. It was so good. And that is when I knew.

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Love Project - Lance

Welcome to the Love Project. I give someone 3 prompts to choose from (all relating to love), they answer one prompt, and I photograph them (with b&w film) while they answer. Come back every week for a new story of love.

I can pinpoint one time that I felt love, which is the day Svea was born.

I can pinpoint one time that I felt love, which is the day Svea was born.

I just knew it was love coming through when I was holding her in my arms, and I was looking down at her, and at that time I thought "I'm her father and she is my daughter." 

I just knew it was love coming through when I was holding her in my arms, and I was looking down at her, and at that time I thought "I'm her father and she is my daughter." 

One time when I knew I was loved was when I asked Siri, right before I proposed to here, "Siri, do you love me?" And she responded, "Yes, why?" And I said, "Ok" and then I got down on one knee and proposed to her.

One time when I knew I was loved was when I asked Siri, right before I proposed to here, "Siri, do you love me?" And she responded, "Yes, why?" And I said, "Ok" and then I got down on one knee and proposed to her.

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Love Project - Siri

Welcome to the Love Project. I give someone 3 prompts to choose from (all relating to love), they answer one prompt, and I photograph them (with b&w film) while they answer. Come back every week for a new story of love.

I would say that I have always felt a lot of love for a lot of people, but the first time I fell in love was when I was 12 years old.

I would say that I have always felt a lot of love for a lot of people, but the first time I fell in love was when I was 12 years old.

I remember being woken up really early in the morning and running downstairs to get in the car with my parents to go to the hospital for my little brother to be born. I knew how babies were born, but I had always been scared of the idea of having a baby.

I remember being woken up really early in the morning and running downstairs to get in the car with my parents to go to the hospital for my little brother to be born. I knew how babies were born, but I had always been scared of the idea of having a baby.

But when the doctor looked at me after my mom had my baby brother and said "I bet you don't want to have any kids now, right?" I said "No, actually, I want to have kids now!" because I fell in love with him the minute that I saw him. 

But when the doctor looked at me after my mom had my baby brother and said "I bet you don't want to have any kids now, right?" I said "No, actually, I want to have kids now!" because I fell in love with him the minute that I saw him. 

I just couldn't believe how strong my mom was for what she had just done and that she had done it for all of us. When I held him, while I had always loved all of my siblings, that was the first time I knew I had fallen in love.

I just couldn't believe how strong my mom was for what she had just done and that she had done it for all of us. When I held him, while I had always loved all of my siblings, that was the first time I knew I had fallen in love.

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