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Two Guys Are Traveling Across The United States To Photograph LGBT Families And Couples

These photographers are slowly working their way across the country to show that no matter what a family looks like, "Love is Love."

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Photographers Mitch Kitter and Shalem Mathew are traveling across the United States as they photograph, interview, and collect video footage of LGBT couples and families for their Love is Love project.

Jen and Nancy - Edmond, OK
loveisloveproject.org / Via Love Is Love Project

Jen and Nancy - Edmond, OK

After a successful kickstarter campaign, they've completed the first leg of the journey – hitting most of the Midwest and Alaska.

Once the trip is completed, the duo plans to create a photography book filled with the personal stories they collect.

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Mitch and Shalem talked to BuzzFeed about the inspiration behind this truly epic road trip:

"A client of ours relayed a story about how she was turned away by local photographers in our area because they we're uncomfortable with photographing two women in love."

Kathryn and Lenase - Austin, TX
LOVE IS LOVE PROJECT / Via loveisloveproject.org

Kathryn and Lenase - Austin, TX

"Our [...] reaction was compassion, quickly followed by indignation. We wanted to show our community how beautiful love is in it's many forms."

Love Is Love Project / Via Weston and Brandon - Salt Lake City, UT

"The project has grown and evolved organically over time responding to how we can best share love to more people."

Tiffini and Raquel - Los Lunas, NM
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Tiffini and Raquel - Los Lunas, NM

"Currently we're asking people interested to fill out our couples questionnaire, from there we read each couples love story and meet them for a coffee over Skype to get to know them a bit before trying to put their love to picture."

"We want to add to the diversity of our couples and families as well, and include single parents, transgendered persons, co-parenting, and beyond."

Mindy and Heather - Kansas City, MO
LOVE IS LOVE / Via Mindy and Heather - Kansas City, MO

Mindy and Heather - Kansas City, MO

"Taking a stand by showing something so intimate, so publicly takes courage and passion, and those are the people we're looking for."

Eric and Brian - Las Vegas, NV
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Eric and Brian - Las Vegas, NV

"Physically, it is a challenge to travel an average of 400 miles a day, find locations to photograph the couples, and get enough sleep to hit the road the next morning and do it all over again."

Joanna and Vanessa - Dallas, TX
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Joanna and Vanessa - Dallas, TX

"That said, every 5 a.m. wakeup is so worth it!"

Adrian and Savannah - Flagstaff, AZ
Love is Love / Via Adrian and Savannah - Flagstaff, AZ

Adrian and Savannah - Flagstaff, AZ

Their favorite part of the project? Meeting such diverse families along the way.

We have some subjects that are students, some that are established in their careers, some couples have been dating for months, and some for decades. Most compelling are their stories of love, which we are so looking forward to sharing in the finished book.

"We hope this project gives people glimpse of something outside of their experience."

Weston and Brandon - Salt Lake City, UT
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Weston and Brandon - Salt Lake City, UT

Which location has defied expectations? Salt Lake City, Utah.

We we're surprised in Salt Lake City at how warm and inviting the city was to us. From their LGBTQA centers to the beautiful couples and family we photographed there we were pleasantly surprised to feel the love in Utah.

"We have some subjects that are students, some that are established in their careers, some couples have been dating for months, and some for decades."

Courtney and Mia - Wichita, KS
Love is Love project / Via kickstarter.com

Courtney and Mia - Wichita, KS

"Most compelling are their stories of love, which we are so looking forward to sharing in the finished book."

Kevin and Shawndae - Cheyenne, WY
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Kevin and Shawndae - Cheyenne, WY

Get involved in the project and check the upcoming tour dates here.

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