There is a lot to be learned from the sea: its enduring complexity, the fearsome strength with which it charges each rocky bluff, but perhaps its truest beauty lies in its abiding communion with the coast. It bears a certain rapport, a togetherness that knows not where one ends and the other begins. It’s persistent. It ebbs and flows, but it never leaves and caresses the shore with an intimacy that speaks of gentleness and power all at once. That is the definition of raw, honest love — and sometimes that love is two souls and the sea and a tide of experience gilded in light!
A word from photographer, Katie Webb:
“One of the best things about this session was that it was during an amazing vacation for me and my husband and also that it was for friends. I have countless memories of laughing together with Emilie during our childhood years, and it’s so special to me to reconnect with her as an adult.
We had a bright, sunny day for their session, and it was wonderfully spent walking around the coast at Point Lobos. These two gracefully ventured onto the rocks while waves crashed around them, which made it even sweeter to see them hold each other close.
As Emilie and Ethan were celebrating 6 years together, including a move across the country together, we wanted their photos to reflect their love set in a beautiful part of their new home in California.”
Love notes from the couple, Ethan & Emilie:
Tell us a funny story relating to your relationship!
“Every Valentine’s Day we make homemade pizza and eat the whole thing. We are always so stuffed we fall asleep immediately after. It’s our favorite tradition.”
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship.
Emilie: “For a period of time we were living apart when Ethan was in San Francisco and I was in St. Louis. It wasn’t for a very long period of time (about 6 months), but keeping up communication, especially on Ethan’s end as he was so busy, was something we had to figure out as we went. Overall we came out on the other end closer than we were before. We encounter hurdles everyday, big or small, and knowing how to work together to get over those is really important.”
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?
“We’ve been together for 7+ years. This is the most important relationship that we have. In many ways we grew up together, and many of the most important things we’ve learned in our 20s have come from this relationship. How to be wrong. How to encourage someone. How to handle relationships that invariably get shaky. And on and on.”
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Emilie: “I love how motivated he is to better himself in everything he does. He also has the goofiest humor and is always making me laugh.”
Ethan: “Emilie is an incredibly intelligent person. Her perspective is deeply valuable to me. She makes my view of myself and my world clearer.”