Several times I have edited photos from a wedding or a photoshoot, and the emotion of the experience — combined with the photos have produced a lump in my throat and a feeling of almost wanting to cry. But I don’t think I’ve ever actually cried — until having the experience of working on the 50-year love story of Alberto and Rosalva Gutierrez. I mean… their love… and their pictures… they made me cry! Real tears! While they were renewing their vows, Rosalva got very emotional and broke down and wept. Then, Alberto instinctively reached out to comfort her and got emotional himself. It was one of my sweetest photographic moments ever!
I knew I felt an instant connection with their daughter, Cynthia, when she contacted me from her home in Indiana about doing this, but I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting my heart to be so overwhelmed with admiration! For the type of parents and grandparents they are — and for the unmistakable “realness” to their 50-year friendship and love! I think if God could give the love-world a model, theirs would be it.
There are so many amazing stories I was told during our day together — and — so many not said things that I still learned about this amazing family during our time together. It was one of the most special events I’ve ever had the pleasure of documenting. So much unbelievable — eternal love in that family! I am blessed to this day by them!The boys insisted on cheerfully carrying my camera gear on our walk from La Villita to Biga on the Banks several blocks up the Riverwalk, and I don’t think I’ve ever had more stunningly beautiful kids be more cooperative as I delightedly snapped picture after picture of the 5 cousins at every stop along the way.
*SIGH* ’nuff said… Here is a very short version of what I experienced with my new and very much in love friends at their 50th year vow renewals and anniversary celebration.