Real Couples // Spanning A Decade and Thousands of Miles: Soundarya and Anand

Far too often, we are asked to let go off things. But maybe, it is not always a good idea, not in all cases at least! Ours is one of those stories that proves otherwise. Our story spans a decade—a decade of funny, good, bad, and hard times, plenty of roadblocks, and inconveniences. We met each other 10 years ago back in 2007, in college in India, thanks to our friends who set us up. I was a freshman, and Anand was already in his junior year, and we had the most beautiful time in college, holding hands and taking long walks in the valleys, motorbike rides in the woods, watching sunrises on the beaches, sharing memories with friends and going to parties. Two years just flew by, and Anand graduated from college and decided to do his Master’s in the U.S. Living on two different sides of the globe didn’t make it easy, but we became the experts and ‘know-alls’ of video conferencing apps and international calling cards. After three long years, I moved to the U.S. in 2012 to New York to get my Master’s, and I fell in love all over again. However, this time it was with New York City, which I now call my second love. Anand was living in Boston by then. Living in the same country made things a lot easier for our relationship. We had our shares of fights and break-ups, but in the end, we "always found our way back to each other." I recently moved to Philly for a job, so we are still in a long-distance, although a shorter distance, relationship, and we are still counting up those air miles/burning up the highway, and we are happy.

Photos by March 13 Photography

March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement
March 13 Photography Long Distance Engagement

Meet Anna of March 13 Photography: Anna Chana Demidova photographs love stories in New York, Montreal, and California. It's possible that she was born old. She looks young, spends time in Williamsburg and on Etsy, wears minimalist clothes, but then somehow ends up being the youngest-looking person in the orchestra audience and brings home more books by and about Nietzsche than she has time to read. Her photography page, March 13 Photography, is named after her sister's birthday who doubles as her occasional photo editor.