To be vulnerable is to open yourself up to the prospect of experiencing pain, whether that hurt be physical or emotional. In the case of love and relationships, it means to live in the possibility of one of life’s greatest pains: heartbreak. Opening up to someone, bearing the inner complexities of your soul, is no easy thing. It means giving another person the keys to every door, inviting them into your quietest places, and giving them license to wander even through the darkest corners of your existence. In so doing, you grant them the match to burn your most precious creation to the ground and yet, there is far more beauty in it than one could imagine.
When two people give each other that kind of power they also give themselves permission to live genuinely — to make a home in another’s soul, to be wholly and faultlessly and truly known in this life, and to do so for another in kind. Because that person does exist, the one to whom you give that power and find they never wield it; they are the one worth any heartache. They take that match, they light a candle, and sit awhile with you… and then they make beautiful work of building something new: a life fashioned from love, a place you both call home.
A word from photographer, Amanda Penwarden of Amanda Lane Photography:
“Johanna and Bryson never hesitate to step in front of my camera as a real couple, allowing me to push myself creatively and to capture true love as it really is. I put this shoot together in order to focus on just that – documenting genuine love between two people who show their affection for each other naturally and with hardly any need for promptings. This shoot is suppose to represent the essence of a simple lifestyle shared by two individuals who center their life and relationship on God, who are comfortable in the intimate vulnerability of sitting in the quietness nuzzled up together, and who live harmoniously and organically together enjoying the peaceful tranquility of their life together. There is no elaborate color pallet or floral arrangements – just the beautiful simplicity of two souls continuously forming into one.”