A JOURNEY TO 30+ COUNTRIES
IN SEARCH OF 100 COUPLES
TO PHOTOGRAPH + INTERVIEW
AND ANSWER LIFE’S ETERNAL QUESTION
WHAT IS LOVE?
Is a book project by Fashion Photographer Jay Marroquin. A search and discovery about love and the human spirit.
The goal is to find 100 couples that have been together for at least 30 years. Diverse couples of different races, religions and sexual orientations will be featured.
A full-color, 200-300 page book featuring interviews and brilliant photos shot in both color and black and white. Jay Marroquin will also be partnering up with non-profit counseling centers in Houston and New York.
Jay Marroquin will travel to 30+ countries in search of amazing couples to photograph + interview, to answer one of life’s eternal questions…what is love?
WHO IS JAY MARROQUIN?
Jay Marroquin is an American-born, award-winning fashion photographer who celebrates the unique, creative and organic in photography.
He has worked with some of the biggest names in the fashion and luxury industry including AVEDA, Chloe Dao, Christian Siriano, Jean Paul Gaultier, SHANY Cosmetics and Sofitel Luxury Hotels.
His work has also appeared in top publications such as VOGUE, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, New York Magazine, and on networks such as ABC, CNN, Lifetime and FashionTV.
Jay Marroquin specializes in Runway, Fashion, Portraits and Editorial photography and is available for Advertising Campaigns, Fashion Shows, Catalog Work, Lookbooks, Modeling Portfolios, Portraits, Lifestyle, Photojournalism Assignments and more.
Texas | New York | London | Paris | Milan
Represented by Squid Inc.
Member: Fashion Group International
Member: Fractured Atlas
Born to immigrant parents, Jay Marroquin has always had the courage to dream big. He realized that through hard work and dedication, dreams became reality.
He believes that a photograph should be creative, evoke emotion and stir the soul. A result of thought, passion, respect for the craft and a celebration of time-honored photography methods. Simply said, a great photograph that has been captured, not created digitally.
Prior to photography, Jay Marroquin competed in professional motorsports in various categories including karting, sports cars and Formula cars. The same competitive and adventurous spirit carries over into all photography projects undertaken by Jay Marroquin.
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT ‘STORIES OF UNTOLD LOVE’?
All the press refers to a project called Romance of the Photograph, why the rename?
As a photographer, people easily grasp the importance of the photos for me, but this book is much more than that. It’s really about the stories captured within, it’s about these amazing couples and their stories of love. The new name reflects just that.
NERVE (New York) | What does lasting love look like? “Jay Marroquin is an award winning, Houston-based photographer who is on a mission to photograph what real, enduring love looks like – across genders, sexual orientations, and ethnicities. – CLICK HERE
CULTUREMAP (Houston & Austin) | Secrets of a good relationship: “Hopeless romantic” photographer seeks answers from couples in love. “The book is about love, not color, creed, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.” – CLICK HERE
NEW STRAITS TIMES (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) | Love from many angles / “Passion exudes from Marroquin as he talks about his maiden book project titled Romance Of The Photograph” Award-winning photographer Jay Marroquin restores faith in romance through his photos, writes Karen Ho. It’s a heart-warming scene that was captured in a black and white photograph in Milan, a city where it’s not uncommon to see elderly couples walk hand in hand. On my Richter scale of romance, the photo would score a 6, or higher if accompanied by an amazing story about their love. – CLICK HERE
BELLA NTV7 (Malaysia) | Fashion Photographer Jay Marroquin appears on Malaysian talk show Bella Mars hosted by the lovely Daphne Iking to talk about his ‘Romance of the Photograph’ book project. Bella is a prominent talk show featuring a diverse mix of celebrity interviews, audience participation and segments highlighting everyday woman with extraordinary stories and talents. Bella celebrates and support women who are branching out and making a difference in this “man’s world”. VIEW VIDEO BELOW
CNN | Jay Marroquin visited Vietnam as a part of his book project entitled ‘Romance of the Photograph’, in which he travels the world searching for couples who have been together for 30 or more years. Something about Vietnam that he will never forget is ‘the diverse culture and friendliness of everyone I’ve encountered. The general feeling that people are happy here regardless of class in society.’ – CLICK HERE
HOUSTON CHRONICLE | It started when he saw the movie, ”Casablanca” as a child. And it continued well into his adulthood as he watched his parents, Jaime and Eva, celebrate their many years of marriage. – CLICK HERE
FREE PRESS HOUSTON | “People spend their mortality trying to figure out what makes love work. Romance of the Photograph, promises to fill the viewer’s eyes with more than 200 pages of images and stories of love. Marroquin will interview more than 100 couples from more than 30 different countries.” – CLICK HERE
CHLOE DAO (Designer & Project Runway Winner) | “I think it’s kind of wonderful that he thinks of projects and goals and he somehow makes it happen. This a gift worth giving, big or small. If you cannot give, word of mouth about this project is priceless!” – CLICK HERE
RICE UNIVERSITY | ‘Pursuing the Passion’ A documentary about Fashion Photographer Jay Marroquin wins BEST FILM at Rice University CelebrateART 2013. A film by Mary Anderson and Gloria Quintanilla. VIEW VIDEO BELOW
WHAT IS NEEDED:
– In two words, support and money. This project cannot happen without your support.
– Commitment to spread the word. It’s as simple as telling your friends about it, sharing it on your Facebook wall, Tweeting about it, or good old fashion email. Like the ‘Stories of Untold Love’ Facebook page or on Twitter:
– Because Jay Marroquin gives back. He regularly works with local charities and organizations. He believes that by giving back to the community, you help other people realize their dream.
– Born to a middle-class blue collar family, Jay Marroquin is an award-winning photographer who, despite all odds and humble beginnings, has worked hard to pursue his dreams and inspires others to do the same.
– By contributing, you’re supporting an artist and making a dream come true.
– Jay Marroquin is a member of Fractured Atlas. ‘Stories of Untold Love’ via fiscal sponsorship has gained a 501(c)(3) tax status.
WHERE DOES YOUR SUPPORT GO:
Your support will help fund the travels and all the associated expenses required to capture the needed images and interviews for the book. There are a multitude of expenses but below are a list of some of primary expenses:
– Travel Cost and Lodging including Visas and Permits
– Printing cost of Books/Art Work/Postage
– Gear, Insurance and Maintenance cost
– PR/Media Exposure
– Art Show/Exhibit
– Website/Blog Hosting
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE
There are many ways you can show your support for ‘Stories of Untold Love’. Pre-order a book below or hire me! Of course I’m a working fashion photographer so I’m always available for hire. If you want to see my photography work, please visit my website at www.jaymarroquin.com. Donations in any amount are also a great way to help. Donate now.
PRE-ORDER A BOOK
The Book – A limited number of first edition books, each signed and numbered. ‘Stories of Untold Love’ will be a full-color, 200-300 page large format art book featuring interviews and brilliant photos shot in both color and black and white. Available in two options, the book for $100 or book +DVD package for $150 which includes a DVD with behind-the-scenes interviews, videos, out-takes and photos shot during the creation of the book. Release Date: 2014
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO GET INVOLVED, PLEASE EMAIL
A couple that’s been together for a really long time and has stood the test of time. If you have a great story and want to nominate someone for my ‘Romance of the Photograph’ project, please get in touch with us on the contact page.
…a submission from Houston, Texas (Joleen Sanborn) |My parents have been married for 51 years! My dad celebrated his 81st birthday last week and my mom will celebrate her 80th birthday next March, and they still are young at heart and enjoying life. Their romance began via phone when my dad called her number and asked for a friend of hers. He played it off like he had called her by mistake, but he had actually been given her number by a mutual friend. Their first date was the movie “Gunfight at the OK Corral” and was soon dating exclusively, as my dad had found the woman he would believe from them until now was the most wholesome, honorable and loving woman ever.
My dad was and is good-looking, and as he tells it, had women, and men, after him on several occasions over the years. He wears red socks every Saturday and has for as long as I can remember. His party socks! He’s the social one – always had lots of friends, involved in projects, golfing with his buddies and helping his friends and neighbors whenever he can. My mom reserved her love and passion for her family and a few close friends. Always there to nurture, listen and encourage us.
With my dad’s unabashed gregariousness and a smart mouth, he’s been known to get my usually calm mother riled up occasionally. This usually has the rest of us laughing because it’s out of character. I remember once when we were kids leaving the driveway for church on a Sunday morning, my dad motioned for my mom to roll down her window – that he had something to say. My mother’s response was to flip him off and proceed out the driveway! My brother and I were so surprised and aghast that our “perfect” mother would even know what that was, much less do it to my dad. We giggled and screamed in the car all the way to church! She laughed, but we also knew she didn’t do that lightly, so it meant Dad was in big trouble for something!
Even today, many years later, their teenage grand children who come to visit for a month each summer have now joined us in getting tickled when their grandmother has “had enough” of their grandfather’s teasing. It shows us all that through ups and downs and more than a few spats over the years, they love each other more than life. To live with someone for a half of a century and still respect, like and love each other takes patience, flexibility and a commitment to the journey. They are a wonderful example to our family and friends that it can be done and it’s worth the effort. I love and respect them immensely.
…a submission from Houston, Texas | Jay, Bravissimo! I would like the first copy of your Romance of the Photograph book. My parents, age 83 and 86, 64 years married, have been my role models for what love offers a relationship. Mom and Dad get it. If you need proper subjects let me know. They have no idea of written you.
…from a interview in Dinh Van, Vietnam (Married 48 years) | Do you remember the first time you kissed her? “Yes, it wasn’t until we married”. So you must have been really excited to get married huh? “Yeah, I was really looking forward to that day!”
…from Texas | Hi there! My grandparents have been together for over 40 years. They got married when they were 17 and met in church. Ever since I can remember, my grandfather has told me how he fell in love with my grandma at first site and has had the same feelings ever since! (Actually, I caught them kissing one day in the kitchen!)
…a submission from Vietnam | My parents first met while working on a farm. At first they didn’t talk to each other much, but after some time, they became close friends. At that time, they both came from poor families and had to work long hours and almost every day. As time went on, they fell in love. But because they were from different parts of Vietnam (my mother from the South and my father from the North) they were not allowed to see each other. After some time, my father found work in another city and left. My mother never thought she would see him again…
…a submission from Houston (Peta-gay Chen Ledbetter) | My parents have been married 46 years. They are from Jamaica and Chinese decent. They still hold hands and kiss. They are incredible! Immigrating from Jamaica to the US , first to NY, then FL and now TX, has been a test of their relationship. Thanks for the project! I want a book!
…a submission from Malaysia (Fidza Hamdan) |
Both of my mom and dad are living joyfully, now they are 57 years old, just celebrated their 32nd Wedding Anniversary last April, and still in love!
In the year of 1969, my mom’s dad passed away when she was 13 years old, so she moved with her sister’s family who was taking care of her. That’s how everything started when my mom moved into my dad’s high school. Although they were in the same class, they barely talk since both of them were shy to each other.
Unfortunately, my mom was at the high school for only 7 months before she followed her sister’s family moved to a different state due to her sister & brother in law’s relocation of being in the Police Department.
12 years passed by, but the short time of knowing each other is more than enough to grow the special feelings between them and trusting each other. They write to each other and only got to meet 3 times to keep in touch before they tied the knot on April 18, 1981.
They love each other so much, where me as their first daughter can see the sparks is always in their eyes when their together. Whenever they’re away from each other, Skype will be their way of communication to shorten their distance. Not only by words, my mom always show her love towards my dad by cooking his favorite food while my dad will treat my mom to her favorite restaurant and bring the whole family for a family trip to keep the love between my parents, us 3 sisters and a brother.
Life is rich, even though we didn’t have much, we had what we needed. ;)
…a submission in the US (Amanda Khoo |
My parents are my true inspiration when it comes to finding love and staying love. My dad is 9 years older than my mum and they have been married for 23 years. In that time they have build a family, and taught us that you can stay in love despite many hardships. My dad calls my mum 3 times a day even when at work, they still call each other baby and darling.
They are affectionate and are never short of hugs and kisses. Always walking hand in hand, making each other laugh and supporting each other. I’ve never been more sure that it is possible to keep the love, passion and flame alive despite many years of marriage and many hardships. My dad is a true testament to his name ‘valentine’ after the patron saint of love, saint valentine.
IF YOU HAVE A GREAT STORY, DROP US A EMAIL ON THE CONTACT PAGE.
Frequently Asked Questions about my Project
WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT?
The book is a search and discovery about love and the human spirit. Jay Marroquin will travel to 30+ countries in search of amazing couples to photograph and interview, to answer one of life’s eternal questions…what is love? The goal is to find couples that have been together for at least 30 years. Diverse couples from different races; religions and even sexual orientations will be featured.
WHY A BOOK ABOUT LOVE?
Because this is something that relates to me personally and I believe the same question so many others have. Everyone still wants to believe in true love and I deeply believe it still exist. How do I know this? Because I see it every day with my parents and they’re my inspiration.
WHEN WILL THE BOOK BE AVAILABLE?
The book will be available in late 2014.
HEY, YOU JUST GOT BACK FROM <insert misc country here>, ARE YOU FINISHED WITH THE BOOK?
No, this project is just in it’s infancy and will be a year or longer project. The goal is to find really special couples to be featured in the book so only the best stories and interviews are going to make the cut!
WHAT KIND OF COUPLES ARE GOING TO BE FEATURED IN THE BOOK?
I’m a hopeless romantic at heart so naturally, I think older couples made up of a man and woman will attract my eye. Mainly because they remind me of my parents, but also what I’ve always envisioned when thinking of an old couple in love. I state in the project that I’m looking for diverse couples from different races, religions, faiths and even sexual orientations. This doesn’t mean the book is going to be an alternative lifestyle book, but I believe people from all different backgrounds should be featured. If I come across a couple who hasn’t been together quite 30 years but obviously in love they’ll be featured. If I come across a gay couple that has been together for a long time I think they’d have a great deal to contribute to the book as well.
HOW ARE YOU FINDING THE COUPLES TO INTERVIEW AND PHOTOGRAPH?
There are two ways in which I’m finding our special couples. The first way is simply ‘old school scouting’. I’m scouting for couples in everyday situations all around the world who you can simply look at and say “wow, those two are definitely in love”. Similar to how I would scout for a potential model. This style would be considered photo journalistic.
The second way is by readers and viewers just like you who might know of a couple with a really special or magical story. You’ll be able to submit their story by CLICKING HERE. Every story and lead is going to be researched, and if the couple has a great story, we’re going to be talking to them.
I KNOW A COUPLE THAT WOULD BE PERFECT FOR THIS BOOK! CAN I REFER THEM?
YES – This has probably been the most asked question since I launched the project and told people about it. Everyone from friends to perfect strangers told me they had a perfect couple in mind that I should interview and feature in my book. Before actually starting the project however, I didn’t know how to go about this. NOW I’m launching a new section called ‘SUBMIT YOUR STORY’. If a story sounds like something that’s perfect for the book, we’re going to make it happen. So if you have a romantic couple who’s totally in love and been together at least 20+ years, submit their story by CLICKING HERE.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED AND SUPPORT YOUR PROJECT
Pre-order one of the books, available for either $100 or with a behind-the-scenes DVD for $150. Of course I’m a working fashion photographer so I’m always available for hire. If you want to see my photography work, please visit my website at www.jaymarroquin.com.
ARE YOU TRYING TO RAISE FUNDS TO SIMPLY PUBLISH THE BOOK?
No, the goal is to help fund everything required to shoot the book. That includes traveling costs, lodging, and of course, printing costs which accounts for nearly 75% of the total project cost. With your support, amazing stories of love have been discovered and documented in South America and SE Asia. This is just the start, and your continued support will make this project a reality.
HOW’S THE PROGRESS OF THE BOOK COMING ALONG?
I can tell you that I’ve traveled to 4 countries so far and have interviewed 6 amazing couples so far. This is just the beginning and I can’t wait to bring more amazing couples to you from all around the world.
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