" The story behind the Portrait"

I had the opportunity to photograph this couple the other day that came in with his wife of 25 years. as I was creating something special for the two of them , I got to hear their story. 
They met in Asbury park many years back while he was a bartender. They have been through hell and back together . I asked if I could create a portrait of him as I had something in mind. He said"I don't care to smile it's not me" of which I replied, "I do not want you to smile just be yourself." and he was authentic. while I was creating their portraits I was told of a time he was in a terrible motor cycle accident and almost died. the accident caused him to loose his one leg and a steel rod in the other, a collapsed lung, broken, nose , face among other serious injuries, which landed him in ICU then in bed for over a year not able to move. Now it is his turn to be her rock, as his wife is now preparing for lung surgery to remove cancer and he will now be by her side. I chose this portrait of the two of them because this is the sweetness and love they share in this journey of life.....