LOVE AT DUSK

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Maddie and I met at our mutual part-time job as associates at Madewell here in Lexington, KY. I remember one of our very first conversations was about how much we struggle finding the perfect shoes to wear around our boyfriends who are nearly 1 inch taller than we are — anyone else out there can i see a hand in the ayerrr? After laughing about how much we think about the heel in our shoes, i learned over time that maddie and i might just possibly have been sisters separated at birth. Maddie is passionate about art, creativity, design, and sustainability. Her wardrobe is vastly neutral with some beautiful pops of red, blue, and orange. she sews her own clothes and accessories on the occasion and takes so much joy in a peaceful moment with an interior design book and baking homemade deserts and goodies. We have had heart felt conversations in front of customers (while we are both welling up with tears) about how we are enneagram 4’s and feel so so much so deeply, and how beautiful it is to be known by someone else in that. We have shared awkward moments of me falling in public and planning our dream homes together mutually on Pinterest. So when Maddie told me that her and Oliver were moving to Minnesota in a few short weeks, I immediately felt the pull and desire to photograph the natural and precious love story that her and her beloved share. Oliver is strong and so insanely intelligent (they’re moving to Minnesota for Oliver to pursue his doctorate in shoulder research….yeah. i told you."). At the same time he is soft with maddie, so hilarious, and so easy to get along with. One of my favorite parts of spending this evening with them was when Oliver texted me afterwards and said “Rachel, thank you so much! Coming from someone who never thought I would enjoy something like that, I had the time of my life!” (that is always my goal to get out of my fellas especially)!! I truly feel so emotionally connected to these images and feel such a shift in my creativity and inspiration from them. I am so honored to know both of these people, and so glad a piece of me is traveling with them thousands of miles away, as well as a piece of them is staying with me.

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