American and UK-based photographer Lauren Fleishman has created a touching photographic series which documents couples who have been together for over 50 years. Entitled Love Ever After, the charming portraits were inspired by the discovery of love letters Fleishman's grandfather had written to her grandmother during World War II.
She explained: "The letters spoke of a young love, the type filled with expectations of a new life together. They connected me to my grandfather and his 59-year marriage in a way that I had not been able to connect to him in life. The letters inspired me to seek out and record the love stories of other long-married couples."
Each image is accompanied by a hugely touching quote from the people she photographs. In one, it reads: "Little by little we see the changes in a person, but we don't change in our hearts.That's the way I feel, and I believe he feels the same way. We are always together, in good and bad. When we married, I was only 15. My husband was 19, and he was a father at 20. He was my first love and my last."
Born and raised in New York, Fleishman attended the School of Visual Arts and was awarded a full scholarship to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Her professional career began when her first body of work, created during her senior year in college, was published in The New York Times Magazine at the age of 22. Make sure you check out her work.