Dawn+Jeff | Phoenix, AZ

One of my favorite sessions to date, I met up with Dawn and Jeff on a particularly sweltering day the last time I was in Phoenix to catch up, talk about marriage and take a couple photos. This awesome pair will have been married for 30 years this September, so, a recent newlywed myself, I spent the majority of our time together asking them tons of questions about marriage, kids, sacrifice, love and commitment through all those years.

And these two know all about commitment. In June of 2009 Jeff was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. While the disease has progressed rapidly and been quite a shock to the family, Dawn and Jeff refuse to let it define who they are as individuals AND together. They both absolutely love hiking (in Phoenix, which is a calling in and of itself) and have an absolutely refreshing sense of humor (they joked about the “upsides of Alzheimer’s”… like not having to drive in Phoenix rush hour traffic any more). In a society where marriages and relationships are ending as quickly and conveniently as a couple of signatures on some paperwork, there is a certain type of joy and solace to be taken, especially as a newly married guy, in two people fighting against all odds, embracing the hands they’re dealt and holding strong to each other for the support they need to face such trials.

Dawn and Jeff, thank you SO much for giving me the opportunity to document your memories. I am so encouraged, blessed and changed for being a part of your lives, especially at these moments, and I hope in these images you see those two crazy kids that fell in love 30 years ago. I know I sure do.//Josh

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2 Comments

  1. Paula
    Posted July 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    J-
    You have given Dawn and Jeff something they are losing every day…memories. Thank you so much for being such a wonderful man with a heart of gold and the gift of communicating the emotions of those who you are shooting. I couldn’t be more proud of you.

  2. Dawn+Jeff
    Posted July 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Josh,
    I look at these photos and I see 30 years of life and love. These photos will be held dear to me forever. When I lose Jeff to this awful disease (long before he’s physically gone) I will be able to look at these pictures and see the love that Jeff still had for me, even though so many of his memories have already been robbed from him. You were able to capture that love on print and this means more to me than words can say. I will cherish them forever. Thank you for taking the time to do these. Thank you for sharing your gift.
    Jeff and Dawn

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