David: Hey, sweetie! What’s up?
Chloe: Well, they turned down Max’s gallery shots when they saw them in person. Said, they were too generic for their taste. Whatever the fuck that means!
David: No shit! Told you New Yorkers were assholes…
Chloe: She’s way too good for those fuckers anyway. Max’s art is so good, David. Fuck ’em.
David: Yeah, I know… How about that other gallery she told me about?
Chloe: We’re waiting on a phone call back from them any minute now.
David: Cool! Fingers crossed then.
Chloe: What about you? Don’t you damn die from a heat stroke, stay hydrated.
David: Nah, your old man doesn’t fear the heat.
Chloe: What about that project you were working on, ever get ’em going?
David: Yeah, those solar panels are finally up and running! You’ll see them the next time you come by.
Chloe: This traveling, seeing the country thing is great! Where do you think we should go next?
David: Uhhh, I don’t know. Maybe if you drive down to Louisiana, or Texas. That’d be cool.
Chloe: Oh shit, it’s the gallery calling.
David: Yeah, gotcha. All right, take care then. Wish Max luck for me, okay?
Chloe: Will do, David. Thanks.
David: Bye, bye, love ya!
After hanging up with David, then chatting with her contact at the High Museum of Art in downtown Atlanta, Chloe needed to tell her partner the good news. Max had stepped out of the hotel room to answer a phone call of her own. When the two girls converged inside, they both started talking at the same time, stopped immediately, looked into each other’s eyes, then laughed and went in for a hug.
“You go first, babe,” the photographer told her fiancé.
“I just got off the phone with the High Museum and they love your work! Looks like we’ll be taking a trip to Atlanta, Maxtreme Maxine.”
“You get more and more creative every day with my pet names… and I love it! Please never stop, Chlo. Atlanta sounds great, I’ve never been to the peach state.”
“Mmmmm, peaches…” Chloe bounced her eyebrows up and down and began edging towards the photographer with a mischievous grin on her face.
“I know that look, Chlo. Don’t even think about it. We have the Reddit AMA in five minutes, we don’t have time for that.”
“Fine, I guess we shouldn’t keep your fans waiting,” the disappointed girl huffed. “Oh, by the way, David wished you good luck. I can’t wait to go back to Away, that place is chill as fuck.”
“Aww, he’s been great the last couple of years. I’m looking forward to getting back out there too. And you know I’m not comfortable with calling them ‘fans.’ They’re just photography aficionados who happen to enjoy the art and the travel blog.”
“Whatever, Maxibell. Okay, that wasn’t my best, was channeling my inner Southern belle. Anyway, what about you?” Chloe had no clue who called her partner. Typically, she didn’t get many calls unless it was from her family. Most all business matters were handled through her cellphone or the company email. She thought it was strange that Max went outside to take the call. “Who was that?”
Max sat down on the queen bed in the hotel room and Chloe joined her. “Babe, it was Victoria. She wants to meet and plans to feature my art in her gallery. If this works out, it could be my first long-term residency.”
“Wow, that’s great. But that would take us back to Seattle. Are you ready to go back?”
“We haven’t seen my parents since Christmas. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind us staying there for a bit.” After a brief pause, Max continued, “I was also thinking…” The brunette trailed off and looked down at the ground.
“Whoa, Max. Go ahead, what’s wrong?”
Max held up her hand and touched the one piece of jewelry she had there. “Oh, nothing is wrong, but you did give me this ring over a year ago. I know I said it didn’t matter to me, but nothing would make me happier now than officially calling you my wife.”
“Fuck, is that it? And you want to do it in Seattle?”
“If you’re ready, yeah. I think I’d really love that.”
“Do you remember when I told you all I want to do is create special moments for you? I can’t think of a more special moment than seeing you in a white dress and screaming to the world, ‘I fucking love this girl!’” The pair tightly wrapped their arms around each other and shared a few passionate moments.
Max slid back and, again, reminded Chloe of their live ‘Ask Me Anything’ appointment, which they were suddenly late for. Their two laptops were already set up at the desk, so the girls went over, sat down, and logged in…
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Hey u/TomahawkFotoman, follow the damn rules. Comment to the thread not the stickied comment.
Huge fan, thank you for being here with us! We appreciate your time!
I’m an event photographer and you inspire me so much, but I’m not really interested in asking photography questions. I follow your blog and love seeing you and Chloe’s adventures coming to life through your words and your photos.
1) How do you decide where you travel? Sometimes you are near galleries, other times you’re in the desert. It just doesn’t seem to have a rhyme or reason.
2) If you were not a successful photographer, what do you think you would be doing with your life?
3) You and Chloe are literally gorgeous. How did two people as beautiful as you find each other?
It’s great to be with you guys! Thank you for the warm reception.
1) I don’t think we have any crazy formula. Sometimes we want to visit family. Sometimes we want to check out a new gallery. Other times, we just go wherever we decide. Besides gallery visits, we don’t plan anything too far in advance. We like being spontaneous. It fits us.
2) Photography is my only passion. I don’t think any other profession was ever an option. But it really doesn’t matter if I never pick up a camera again, as long as Chloe is with me, that’s all that matters.
3) Aww, thank you! I might be the photographer, but I would be nothing without Chloe. She’s my fiancé, my soulmate, and my best friend. We were kids together, and as we grew up, our connection grew stronger. Now we’re hopelessly in love!
Love you, Maximus!
Max! Chloe! Been following for a couple of months, super excited about your work.
I ran a website, A Tribe Called West, before my mother passed. I traveled around living a life on wheels, sort of the way you two are now. If I ever take to the road again, I want to explore new stories in Canada or maybe Mexico. My question: We have witnessed your travels from coast to coast in the US. Have you ever considered taking your adventures to another country? I, for one, would love to see that.
Keep up the great work! Maybe our paths will cross someday.
I am so sorry about your mother passing, Brody. That must be hard. Chloe and I have experienced our fair share of loss too, so we can empathize.
That’s a good question. I’d love to travel outside of the country. I’m reminded daily how goopy I am, but it really doesn’t matter where we go as long as Chloe is with me.
Good luck, Brody. If you hit the road again, make sure to reach out. Also, I’ll check out your website after the AMA. Take care.
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Sorry u/Hedersin, we will not be discussing Arcadia Bay or anything about that time.
Fine Arts student with an emphasis in Photography at Ohio State University here.
Big, big fan!
Everyone knows you began your career using a Polaroid camera. Some of your best gallery pieces come from your INSTANT collection. I am struggling with finding my own path. Your successful transition from instant to digital, and still to travel, is encouraging. What advice do you have for someone like me?
Thank you for the question. Your professors will probably hate my answer, but I believe you can’t find what you’re looking for in a classroom. While studying is obviously important, just remember to stay genuine and be yourself. I’ve met quite a few people in your situation who often forced themselves into an area of our craft that didn’t make sense for them. Whether you’re into photojournalism, lifestyle photography, travel photography, or whatever, just dive in. Don’t worry about making money or making someone else happy. If you truly have a passion for what you do, everything else will fall into place.
Good luck with your classes!
I love you, Max! But I hope it’s fine if I ask Chloe a question.
Chloe, big fan of yours here! A lot of the photos you’re in features you with gorgeous blue hair… sooo hot! The later ones don’t. Ever gonna go blue again?
I guess this is fine since the question does involve Max’s work. Thanks, by the way.
Here’s the thing about the blue, it’s not really me anymore. It was sort of an immature thing to do really. I was trying to shout “fuck you” to the world with two middle fingers in the air. I’ve grown up so much since then, well, we both have. Plus, Max told me she loves my natural hair color best. She’s the damn boss. If she wants Mrs. Blue back, she’ll get her.
I can’t believe you’re here!! Love your work so much!!!! OK OK, question… Easy one… What’s the most amazeballs place you’ve visited so far? (Yes, I took “amazeballs” from your blog!)
PLEASE CHOOSE MY QUESTION TO ANSWER!
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Ask and you shall receive! I love your enthusiasm. It’s very contagious.
We’ve visited many great places. It’s hard to choose just one. You won’t find me taking many stargazing photos, but lying outside in the Arizona desert, you can see every star in the sky. Chloe’s stepdad lives out there, and that place is amazeballs. Seriously, there’s nothing like lying under those stars. We take a blanket and head to the highest cliff we can find, and just spend time together. If there is a heaven, it would be right there with Chloe. Plus, that’s where she proposed! <3
I’m in love with your work, but it’s your travel blog that brings everything to life. Seeing you and Chloe living out your dreams, is damn amazing and inspiring. Where are you headed next? If you don’t mind sharing.
Funny you should ask that, we just got off the phone with the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. I’m not sure of the details, but we’ll be down south in the next month or so. Then, we’re headed back to Seattle afterwards. Wanna hear some breaking news…
Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but Chloe and I are going to finally get married! My heart is bouncing as I type this. We can’t wait!
You’re gonna look so beautiful in a wedding dress, Max – literally can’t wait! <3
Hey Max, I’m just starting to explore photography using a small digital. Sometimes they don’t come out too good except after I edit them a bit in Photoshop. Is that cheating? Thanks! Love your pictures!
Personally, I don’t use Photoshop or any other editing or post-processing software. I’ve always had this passion for capturing a moment in its natural form. I used an instant for years, and you can’t really edit when the photo is ready right away. But that’s not saying you shouldn’t do it. It obviously depends on your goals. Many types of photography pretty much require the ability to edit these days. If you’re into weddings or event photography, or some sort of marketing photography, you’ll want to make sure your clients love what you produce.
To me, that’s the beauty of our art. There is no right or wrong way to do it. Although there are hundreds of authors who have written books telling us what to do and not to do. I say do what your heart desires but never stop pushing the boundaries of what is and is not acceptable.
Like everyone here, HUGE fan! Thank you for all of your work.
When you first started out you took a lot of selfies. Some of my favorite shots are from your INSTANT collection. But I love your newer stuff too. I am obsessed with how beautiful you are! First, have you considered getting back in front of the camera? (You have a large portion of your fanbase that would love that!) And second, have you two ever thought about having kids?
Aww! You guys are so sweet. I’ve always had a hard time with self-image. Chloe has been my rock, though. She tells me I’m beautiful all the time, and even though I struggle to accept it, she makes me feel like I’m the only girl in the world.
My natural place is behind the camera, not in front. But never say never, Chloe thinks I should too. We’ll see!
As far as kids are concerned, right now we’re happy just being together. If I explained what all we had to go through to make it here today, you wouldn’t believe me. We have the luxury of being able to come and go as we please now. Kids would definitely change things. BUT… do you know how damn cute it would be to see Chloe as a mommy? She’d be amazing at it! One day, we might settle down and start a family, who knows. All I know is I love her more than anything, and I know we’re happier than we’ve ever been.
Thanks for the questions!
Fuck, I love you Max!
Okay, I’m taking her back now, she’s all mine! MUAHAHAHA!
Thank you for the questions. If yours wasn’t answered, we may post others on the socials or the website. We’ll be in Georgia soon, so be on the lookout for updates. AND, as she said, we’ll be in Seattle in the coming months for our badass wedding! Max will definitely be in front of the camera then! 😉
“That seemed to go well,” the photographer acknowledged as she and her partner signed off. Both girls closed their laptops and slowly stood from their seated positions at the desk. “I love you,” she whispered, looking up and into Chloe’s mesmerizing sapphire eyes, which were only inches from hers. The silence that followed was thick and lasted for several seconds. The girls just stared deeply into each other’s eyes, into each other’s souls. Their hearts were fixed and locked in tightly. The room and everything else in reality bled from their peripherals. The only thing that existed in the universe was two beautiful girls, one brunette with freckles and silky pale skin, the other strawberry blonde hair with a half-covered tattoo.
“I love you, Max Caulfield. Now kiss me… I dare you, kiss me now.” As her fiancé, leading with her lips, inched closer, Chloe pulled back, teasing the younger girl. Max pushed in, forcing herself through her partner’s taunt. Her lips would not be denied. Like a butterfly’s wings, their mouths gently brushed sending warm tremors of energy through their bodies. Like metal to a magnet the power was too strong to deny. Moisture was exchanged between the girls, from one to the other and back and forth. They clung to one another as the tangible universe swayed from existence. Losing their balance to the dizzying moment, with time slowing to a barely detectable crawl, the lovers landed in a cloud of weightlessness, both knowing if this was their final adventure, they were exactly where they wanted to be.