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Pap Shirock - Cocoa Beach Shoot II
Photographer: Chuck Shirock
Model: Pap Shirock

My husband Chuck and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary earlier this Summer, in June.  I still can’t believe we’ve been married for 10 years…and have been in each others’ lives for 15.  We are planning a big trip to Ecuador sometime this Winter, but on our actual anniversary we went down to Cocoa Beach, FL for a week.  It was restful, beautiful time together – taking lots of little adventures, chasing sunsets, kayaking in the ocean (navigating through hundreds of jellyfish), picnics on the sand, running on the beach during thunderstorms, finding, making & eating lots of delicious food, remembering so many crazy, wonderful, hard things we’ve come through, and dreaming of the future.  

While there, we also did some shooting with our new camera.  The photos Chuck takes of me are always some of my favorites.  He sees me in a way no one else sees me…sees all of me at once, like he’s seeing me for the first time & also like he knows every part of me… and still, with all of my quirks and flaws, calls me beautiful.  It’s like the way I believe God sees me.

So these are a few of the photos from Cocoa Beach..more coming soon.  

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch.  Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”   — E. E. Cummings