You know why I love Justin and Garret? Well first - because they introduced me to Soul Bowl (if you haven't been GO RIGHT NOW and order the Caribe Bowl). But ALSO because they are always down for anything - including letting me test a new photography technique on a random Thursday night.
But seriously, I was inspired by the gifs (it's pronounced like jif, period.) Chuy Photo always shares on Instagram and I was dying to try this technique, so I course I texted Justin to see if they'd be up for being my guinea pigs. I've known Justin since college, and we've done this before, so I had a hunch they'd be into it ;)
Plus, it's f***ing Pride month and I'll take any opportunity to scream "love is love" from the literal rooftops.
Fun story: The first tattoo I ever got, and the first election I was eligible to vote in, both revolved around the fight to legalize same-sex marriage. I've got an equals sign on the back of my ankle, and while my equality tattoo represents my belief that ALL are created equal, the 2012 election (where legalizing same-sex marriage was on the ballot in Minnesota) was the tipping point made me finally walk through the tattoo studio as a junior in college. I remember the feeling of pride and excitement I had to cast my first vote after becoming a citizen like two weeks prior - especially one that went toward re-electing our country's first black president and supporting LOVE in all its forms.
When same-sex marriage was officially legalized in Minnesota that following summer, we had no idea the Supreme Court would decide on Obergefell v. Hodges just two years later (the five-year anniversary was just two days ago!). Read this excerpt from the decision SCOTUS handed down and tell me it doesn't give you goosebumps!
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family... In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were... It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves... They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."
And one more quote from June 26, 2015, from someone I miss dearly:
"Today, we can say, in no uncertain terms, that we have made our union a little more perfect." - Barack Obama
Okay, back to the gifs. I'm sooo excited by how these turned out - I'm officially adding them to my packages from now on. I cannot wait to try this on my wedding couples this summer!