Beach session at The Hamptons
I have been reflecting lately about what moves my life.
Did you ever asked yourself that?
What motivates you and brings you life?.
I came to the conclusion that telling stories is one of the motors of my life, it is what brings me joy, and I'm always (even unintentionally) telling stories. This is probably why I ended up in the path of photography.
I believe a story can empower and encourage others, and if there is one thing I love more than telling stories, is to encourage people (and my friends can probably agree on that).
I started taking pictures as a way to tell my own story of immigration, and today's story is one of my favorite ones because it is as close as it gets to my own...
Brock + Leyla
18 years ago, Leyla was having drinks with her friends at “pizza street”, in Miraflores Peru. Suddenly, 2 big buses with American dudes pulled over and flooded the area.
Leyla had a date at a nearby bar, but her girl friends begged her to stay and meet the “gringos” instead.
Half intrigued, half bored, she ditched her date and stayed there talking to one of them, his name was Brock who instantly fell in love with this Peruvian girl.
Brock was part of the Operation UNITAS, the sea exercises and in-port training involving several countries in North, South and Central America, conducted by the United States since 1959.
They only spent a few days in Peru before continuing with their training to Chile.
The next stop on the journey was Chile, and on that stop the ship sunk (which led me to meet Nick, my husband).
Today, 20 years later Brock and Leyla are married, live in Ohio with their two kids. Brock wrote a book and owns Gauntlet Development, a thriving business in which he train and encourages people to reach their goals (how cool is that!?).
During my recent trip to Long Island we celebrated their love story with the best way to celebrate, taking some pictures :)