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Posted on Jul 8, 2016

Just Try To Look At These Nude Photos Of A Couple In Their Seventies Without Getting The Feels

Every body is beautiful.

Photographer Jade Beall deeply believes that all bodies are beautiful — including those of people 60 and older. She recently photographed Gerry, 75, and Darwin, 70, and the results are just as amazing as her philosophy.

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The couple, who have been together for more than 20 years, posed for Beall earlier this summer.

Beall reached out to the couple, who she's known for many years, and asked to capture them for a larger project celebrating older bodies.

"I have been wanting to do a series celebrating older bodies and long-lasting love, and they were simply a perfect match," Beall told BuzzFeed. The project was a continuation of her first book, The Bodies of Mothers, which showcased women's bodies at all stages of pregnancy. "I want to make a beautiful book much like my first one, highlighting beautiful photos of humans or couples over 60 and a little bit of their life story," she said.

Gerry and Darwin's portraits are stunningly vulnerable and intimate, and reflect their overall ease with themselves.

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"Gerry and Darwin are very comfortable with themselves," Beall said. "They are in a place of appreciating life for what it is. Gerry told me that she had had her makeup and hair done for the shoot and that she felt a little unlike her normal self, and I told her she looked beautiful. I took some head shots for them first, then I was ready to make the image I envisioned: bare, vulnerable, and embracing."

Beall posted some of the photos on her Facebook page, where they received more than 19,000 shares and an overwhelming amount of support.

Though other couples Beall has photographed haven't wanted her to share the final work on social media, Gerry and Darwin had no reservations.

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Gerry wrote Beall a letter shortly after the photos went up, expressing her gratitude. "I didn’t think I could EVER be happy or certainly ever enjoy a love like this," she wrote. "And body-shame was a HUGE part of that. I won’t say it’s gone altogether, but I am at home in my body now, and I like myself in the body I’m in. I actually smile at myself in the mirror. We wanted to show that wrinkles and aging, sagging body parts are NOT barriers to love unless you let them be. Like fine wine or good cheese, we are more fully ourselves and more full of Love in our 70’s than we ever were in our 30’s and 40’s.”

Thanks to the success of the photos, more couples and single people over 60 have reached out to Beall hoping to be photographed.

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"I want to photograph hundreds of older bodies," she said. "I need ethnic diversity, I need differently abled bodies, I need all of our voices in a collection of groundbreaking images to reshape the belief around how we see the sacred human body unphotoshopped and free from shame and overflowing with the glory and privilege of a long life well-lived."