by emily burke


I had a really special newborn shoot today, and having just returned from my honeymoon, I was touched by the conversation I had at the end with my client. I really connected with her about love, life and change. She told me I need to watch Sleepless in Seattle…  that I would really love the scene where Meg Ryan is staring up at the Empire State Building, lost in a pivotal moment where she has just made a decision that has changed her entire life.  Sounds like a moment many of us can relate to… you feel so incredibly raw that part of you wants to throw up and run away, but the other part of you has never felt so alive. I had a few of those this year 😉 Those moments are what life is all about. It is so important to let ourselves evolve when it is time, even if it’s hard. Especially when it’s hard.

My client had this poem beautifully framed on her wall which immediately jumped out at me. I mentioned to her that I had taken some shots of it and she told me it was the vows they used at their wedding. She had been looking for a poem to have their officiant read, and her mom came across an old book of poems from her childhood. As she went through it, this poem was the only one she had starred, and it was exactly what she was looking for. “Crazy how well the childhood me really knew the adult me!” She said. Talk about manifesting… Now here she is married to the love of her life with 2 perfect little humans to share their joy with. I wanted to share the poem because it perfectly resonates with how I’m feeling after a beautiful week in Mexico with Candace, where we read our own vows on the beach to each other… Just the two of us.  Pictures of our honeymoon to come… but for now, some images I took today with this incredibly beautiful family whose love I feel blessed to have been able to capture.

“Love” by Roy Croft

I love you

Not only for what you are,

But for what I am

when I am with you

I love you

Not only for what

You have made of yourself,

But for what you are

Making of me

I love you

For the part of me

that you bring out

I love you

For putting your hand

Into my heaped-up heart

And passing over

All the foolish, weak things

That you can’t help

Dimly seeing there,

And for drawing out

Into the light

All the beautiful belongings

That no one else had looked

quite far enough to find

I love you

Because you are helping me to make

Out of the timber of my life

Not a tavern

But a temple

Out of the works

Of my everyday

Not a reproach

But a song

I love you

Because you have done

More than any creed

Could have done

To make me good

And more than any fate

Could have done

To make me happy

You have done it

Without a touch

Without a word

Without a sign

You have done it

By being yourself

Perhaps that is what

love means,

After all.