As a photographer, it is always my goal to tell a story with photos, to capture emotion, to put love into a frame. And I feel fairly confident that I do this well. I’m proud of that. But when a couple shows up in front of my camera and they are SO ready to love, SO ready to show affection, SO ready to tell their love story, SO ready to be authentically themselves, I cannot take credit for it at all. I stand back, I set my camera settings, I click click click, and I watch while love happens in front of my camera. This was one of those sessions. In the East Village, Des Moines, a place I’d never shot before, two beautiful women showed up, completely in love, and they made my job super easy. Here are just a handful of my favorites.