• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 47s

Anchorage photographers show love is love

By Shannon Ballard 8:22 PM February 14, 2014

Love is Love project expanding to Lower 48.

ANCHORAGE - When capturing that perfect moment on camera, you can really see how in love two people are.

That’s when photographers Mitch Kitter and Shalem Mathew know they’re doing their job right.

“You want it for yourself because who doesn’t want to be loved like that?” Shalem said.

Meet Jen and Nicole Theulen.

They’re happily married and the perfect couple, Mitch and Shalem said, to show that love — no matter who it’s between — is love.

“The heart of the project was to show that whether they’re two guys, two girls, or a girl and a guy it is the same,” Shalem said.

Almost two years ago, Shalem and Mitch — a gay couple that are getting married in June — found out that others like them were being discriminated against by some Anchorage photographers. So they started a project to show that LGBT couples are no different from others.

They took and displayed pictures of 28 Alaskan same-sex couples.

It’s not a political statement, they said, just an effort to build community and bring people together.

“When you look at this picture, we’re stronger than we were before this picture was taken,” Nicole said. “We just continue to work on our marriage and now we have a baby on the way.”

The Love is Love project has become bigger than Alaska, so Mitch and Shalem are taking it on a road trip.

“We’re really excited to take the project to states where equality doesn’t seem like it will happen soon,” Mitch said. “If you look at states like Kansas who are looking at legalizing discrimination based on sexual orientation, we want to get to states like that and introduce this project to them.”

Someday they hope to take pictures of LGBT couples in every state.

“It’s nothing to do with us,” Shalem said. “People are sharing it because they’re ready to see a project like this.”

This Valentine’s Day, Mitch and Shalem said the camera isn’t defining love. It’s showing it.

Click here for more information on the project.

Latest Stories

  • Crime

    Hydaburg VPSO saves family from ax attack

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 24, 16:33

    Alaska State Troopers say a Village Public Safety Officer single handedly stopped an ax attack in Hydaburg and took the suspect into custody early Monday morning. The VPSO responded to a home around 6:30 a.m. after receiving a report that an intoxicated 51-year-old Richard Carle had used an ax to break down the front door […]

  • News

    AST suspends Eklutna Lake search for missing kayaker

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 24, 14:44

    After shutting down the pump for the Municipality of Anchorage water supply intake, Alaska State Troopers stated Tuesday they were not able to find any evidence of a kayaker that went missing in Eklutna Lake on May 16, leading to a suspension of the search. The kayaker, 20-year-old Robert Brown of Texas, was reported missing near the […]

  • DayBreak

    Anchorage doctor, son raise awareness for cancer care by climbing Kilimanjaro

    by Daybreak Staff on May 24, 12:11

    An Anchorage cancer doctor and his son are headed to Africa this week to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. The trip is part of a volunteer effort called “Radiating Hope,” which works to improve cancer care in developing countries. Friday, Dr. Larry Daughtery, with Alaska Cancer Treatment Center, and his son, Calvin, will fly to Tanzania with […]

  • On-Air

    Fibromuscular dysplasia: Mysterious disease in women

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on May 24, 7:30

    Fibromuscular dysplasia, or FMD for short, is up to ten times more common in women than in men. But it’s often overlooked because patients and their doctors have a hard time identifying the symptoms. Here’s what you need to know about this rare and mysterious disease. Nurse Mary Lou Lucas has spent her career helping […]

  • Politics

    Special session off to sluggish start: Lawmakers still stuck on oil tax credits

    by Liz Raines on May 23, 23:00

    The first day of the special legislative session came and went, with legislators working less than two hours. The House and Senate gaveled in for brief floor sessions, but neither body held a single hearing. Last week, controversy over oil tax credit reform kept lawmakers from finding a compromise on a state operating budget before […]

  • News

    Wasilla boy wins 3-wheeled bike, new sense of independence

    by Shannon Ballard on May 23, 22:55

    Riding a bike is a treasured childhood experience, but sadly, many children with special needs miss out. An 8-year-old Wasilla boy was one of them until recently. Eric Edwards was born with cocaine in his system and later diagnosed with cerebral palsy and other movement disorders that affect his ability to stand, sit and speak. He went […]

  • News

    Combating heroin on the Kenai: Meet the faces on the front line

    by Sierra Starks on May 23, 22:45

    In an undeveloped cul-de-sac, located just off the main highway between Sterling and Soldotna, lies evidence of a drive-up heroin party. Broken syringes, used baggies and burned aluminum foil line the asphalt and nearby grass. The users are long gone from the area, but Dennis and Anita Merkes say the presence of avid heroin use […]

  • News

    BioBlitz takes scientific snapshot of Arctic wildlife

    by Heather Hintze on May 23, 22:40

    The National Park Service celebrated its 100-year anniversary by holding BioBlitzes around the country. For the community of Anaktuvuk Pass on the North Slope, it was their first chance to hold an event like this in the Gates of the Arctic National Park. A BioBlitz is basically a scavenger hunt for scientists. “One of the main […]