One of my favourite shoots from last year was when I photographed Ste and his partner Joe in Manchester.

I’ve known Ste for around 10 years and he’s a really good friend of mine. We have one of those friendships where we can go months or even years without seeing one another, but when we’re together it’s like no time has passed at all. We have annoying in-jokes. We are loud and we sing karaoke terribly. He makes me laugh until I can’t breathe.

I knew Ste before he came out as gay. and whilst we had some amazing adventures together, it always felt as though there was a little bit of Ste missing. As though there was a part hiding between the laughter and good times. I didn’t really think much of it at the time, but it wasn’t until I met Joe, that I realised what had been missing from Ste’s life: Love.

There’s something so incredible about seeing your friends at their happiest. Seeing all the pieces fit into a place for someone you care a great deal about.. well, it’s hard to put into words. Maybe I want to say I’m proud of him. Maybe I want to say that meeting Joe and getting to capture their love with my camera, was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time.

Maybe I don’t need to say anything at all, and just let the photos do the talking.

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