us, kissing on the bus the first week we met (you told me this was your favourite picture of us)

on this day 22 years ago you were born into the world.

there is no simple or easy way to explain just how much i love you. i’ve tried so many times and all i end up doing is crying. the truth is i love you the most any one person can love another. sometimes it feels like more.

the first time we met (after endless years of talking) i thought i could never feel a more aching, all-consuming love. i mourned for those beginning weeks sometimes, and the passion i thought was lost. but then our daughter was born and i saw you hold her close to your heart, i saw that you would die for her. i realised the passion wasn’t lost, it was only softer and calmer now. it had gotten into my blood and become a part of who i was.

i love you both selflessly and unconditionally, for all of time. you have taught me so many magnificent things. happy birthday my favourite boy, my best friend.

blowing out candles at 3am, the hour you were born

the yummiest birthday cake

cuddles by the fire after having your birthday dinner

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  5. I am in complete awe……. Your pictures and words are so lovely and deep. I only hope to channel my inner voice and thoughts like you and share them like you do. I have read many blogs and I must say, yours is the loveliest by far. Your words that explained your love for your husband were very sweet and makes me think of how in love I am too, with mine. Thank you for sharing a part of you that is most special with those who adore your words. Your spirit is as beautiful as you are, and your family is just the same 🙂 I look forward to being a regular and being inspired by you!

    Shio 🙂

  6. The first picture, of you and him. It actully makes me wanna cry. Mostly because he looks so much alike my ex on that picture. And because its so beautiful..

  7. Sometimes I wish to run off and join your in your wild adventures across the world, thank you for such an inspirational gift. If you can continue to keep your beautiful journeys with baby Alba then it gives me strength and hope that I could do it alone or with a friend.

  8. You should make a tumblr. I *love* your pictures. (: And I really want to just reblog them. (x Consider it please? Thanks.

  9. My heart fills with love when I see these photos. I didn’t visit this beautiful blog for a while but I’m glad I’m here now.
    Alba is lovely.
    Love, M.

  10. Happiest, happiest birthday.
    I am lucky enough to have found your beautiful space. I visit often to be carried away in your delicate words and haunting images. It sent a flutter to my heart then, to see that my cake was part of your celebration.
    Thank you for being so real with the world and sharing yourself so whole-heartedly. It touches us all.

    Peace and bless,
    Sarah B

  11. You’re living the life I dream of. You’re extremely blessed and fortunate. Don’t ever take any second of your life for granted, and may you be blessed continuously.

  12. Thank you for all of tender sweet words and for such an enormous love you have inside of beautiful you. There’s an echo inside of me as an answer to your typed feelings. You should know that there’s a happy couple of us being in love and happy (in Saint-Petersburg, Russia) wish you to still be ever as happy as you are today.

  13. I forget how I stumbled upon your blog, but just wanted to say hi and I am now a loyal visitor. Love all the photos, especially the recent Billabong ads. Before I never really thought of Billabong as a very “cool” company; but after seeing those photos it just looks awesome.

  14. I’ve only just found your blog and I’ve gotta say, it’s very inspiring. I love that you have forged your own path and what some would say bad, you say living. And I agree! It’s beautiful to see a young person who knows what they want and who finds a way to have it! Love the images. And you’re child is beautiful!


  15. i guess you have heard this a couple of times, but you are a amazing writer and photographer! god bless you and your family.

  16. I saw this and suddenly felt, that I miss my husband so much. He only left to work and will be back in 3 hours, but… I feel I need to kiss him right now.

  17. Working side by side with a lover is one of the most passionate things you can do in life. Alba is blessed to have such inspiring parents.

  18. How lovely! That is such a nice photo to look back on. Your words and photos are absolutely beautiful. You and your family are so so so lucky. It’s nice to know there is such happiness in the world.

  19. Your writing is amazing! So addictive, you make me want to live and do so much more with my life! I’m happy I found your blog its so inspirational!

  20. In my own humble opinion, your writing is just as powerful as your images (or more so). Both are breathtaking, and I’m very glad I found your site.
    Love, from India.

  21. Hey guys, you both give us; me and my bf ;a huge inspiration about life! I hope it’ll be never ending…
    You deserve the best , thanks for sharing all these beauties with us!
    Looking forward to seing you in our city as well.
    Hugs and loves from Istanbul <3

  22. This is so incredibly sweet. I feel your words, it’s amazing. Beautiful photography as always. You’re a beauty, inside and out.

  23. I just lover your photography. The stories you tell with your work is priceless. I only wish to have an inch of your talent. What kind of birthday cake was that? It looked yummy!

  24. when I read your blog, and how you love your M. and Alba I wonder if i can love someone so deeply. your emotions are incredible.

  25. I am so happy for you guys <3
    people always tell me that love is overrated, that we live as couples only because we don't want to be lonely.
    but i was never like that. i just married my best friend after 10 years of being together and i'm still in love! i still can't get enough of him.
    i can see, that i'm not alone in this feeling, that i'm not weird by loving so hard. i'm sooo inspired by you!

    i wish you all best

  26. Everytime I read your blog, I just want to change my life. I want that kind of love and I have so much respect for you! Having a baby so early !

  27. ofc happy birthday to m 🙂 hihihiihhi

    but also a little questions… with wich lense did you take these pictures from m and alba?

    love your blog and your words!
    best wishes from germany!!!!

  28. your such a lucky girl nirrimi, i dream of the day to find my first love and hope that it would be as true as yours.

    great wishes to the firebrace family. <3 from JAMAICA

  29. at first happy birthday to m !
    and second..: i freakin love your blog soooooo much!
    I’ve been reading it for years and it’s so amazingly inspiring, beautyful and incredibly unique.
    I looooove every single of your pictures, their atmosphere and the life you recognize behind them.
    I could (and sometimes do) spend hours on only watching all your beautyful pictures!
    keep on doing it the same amazing way, please. love, alex

  30. happy birthday m! your love with m is such a precious thing. it is beautiful. <3
    oh, and I really must try making that cake – it looks fantastic! I'm eager to try more raw and organic foods, and I am thankful you provide some wonderful links to recipes on facebook 🙂

  31. Happy birthday Matt. Beautiful post and what a big beautiful girl Alba is growing in to be . thank you for sharing your journey in life for blogging your real words and love. you make the world a better place.
    kisses from ireland xox

  32. You guys are very lucky you met and have each other 🙂 Happy birthday to Matt. And oh goood I can’t stop staring at the second photo. Alba looks so chubby and adorable!!

  33. so much love on this one blog post. i can’t even handle it! i love this blog of yours, and i love your photos, and i love your words, and i love all this love. this is magnificent.

  34. Hello,
    I have been trying to email you or Matt about buying a photoshop action but I have proven unsuccessful. I hope you see this message and return my email..

    btw, this blog makes me feel maybe true love does exist ,and isn’t just a fairytale

  35. Hello Nirrimi!

    This blog post brought me to tears. You have no idea how you and your family has touched my heart several times. I wish you, your husband and Alba a more meaningful and more exciting life ahead of you.

    -Joanna (a fan from the Philippines)

  36. This was so beautiful. The photo of you 2, kissing is the most incredible thing i ever saw.
    Your little baby is so cute.:*
    Ohh, and i almost horgot. Happy birthday!

  37. I always end up a bit speechless after reading your blog post, so simple yet so beautiful. And I love the first picture!
    Hope your favorite boy had the best birthday. xx

  38. That picture of Matt and Alba blowing out the candles together is magical – so gorgeous. And the image of you two kissing on the bus is timeless. Happy birthday, Matt!

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