"I love you not only for what you are but for what I am when I am with you." Roy Croft
This session was extra special to me. Mike and Ulu are family, (Mike is my husband's cousin-brother). I first met Ulu last year. I had just flown in from San Jose to attend my beloved aunt's funeral in Coppermine, Arizona. Ulu drove me up to Black Canyon City to meet my parents. Even then I could see, how much they loved each other. Mike and Ulu are a remarkable couple. They have a love that extends to the far ends of the universe. A love that can be easily envied. Ulu and Mike are fun and have a wonderful sense of humor. I admire these two kiddos. Ulu is beautiful. She is one-of-a-kind. A diamond in the rough, who happens to write thee funniest text messages! Mike is incredibly kind and so sweet. I truly adore them. And why do I think they are the greatest couple in the whole wide world? Well, Mike is visually impaired. And he was blind when he met Ulu. She is amazing. I'm having a difficult time explaining. The only person who could explain it better is Ulu herself...
"When I first met Mike I didn't know he was visually impaired. He didn't have a white cane stick at the time. I had no idea that he was legally blind. After talking and really getting to know each other, he mentioned it. I remember him telling me, "If you see me out somewhere you're going to have to come up to me. I probably won't be able to see you." That was the first time he ever mentioned about being blind. I was oblivious and as a big headed college freshman thought, "This fool thinks I'm gonna come up to him? He can come up to me." Later on, I finally found out. It didn't bother me. I didn't really think of it as a big deal. And I think because I really didn't see what he could see, or no longer see. I remember my mom asking me, if I see myself with him for a long time because of the condition of his eye sight. I got kind of weirded out that I was even being asked that. I love him a lot.
I think what Mike's been through and what he continues to go through is only making him stronger as an individual. I know he can't see me anymore but sometimes we'll be laying down and he'll somehow make eye contact with me. I think those are the moments that I feel the most sad and the most happy. I would give anything in the world for him to be able to see 20/20 again. I mean who wouldn't? This kid is a gem. He's literally my knight in shining armor. He's the most genuine kind hearted person I've ever met. For someone who has the inability to see...he see's me for who I really am. He's the only person that makes me feel 100% comfortable in my own skin. After four years being together I don't think it's a big deal to be with a person who is visually impaired. We have different obstacles, but we always overcome them together. We've been through a lot and we probably will still go through a lot but I know he's worth it. At the end of the day nothing else matters, when I got this guy by my side. I will always be fine with him by my side.
And thank you so much for photographing us. It means the world to me. You are an amazing photographer and I truly mean that. You're great to work with and you're so funny! You got this skills to pay the bills ;) "
I hope...no, I want the world to know, love is limitless. It's only then, you get to feel it. It hits you like a sonic boom. The incandescent and awe-inspiring love. It'll knock you on your ass. Haha. To know Mike and Ulu is to know true love. Thank you guys for letting me in. You are both an inspiration.