Eleven long months ago, a soldier left everything he knew for Afghanistan. A brand new baby girl, his 3 year old son, and his beautiful wife said their goodbyes and they all embarked on a journey that they couldn't possibly prepare for. Yesterday this family was reunited just in time for Christmas, and I had the amazing opportunity to capture that moment. This family isn't just another client to me. Angela and I go waaaaaaay back, and she and Pat are high school sweethearts. We've been through Barbies, bad hair, college, weddings, losses of loved ones, and the births of our babies. This was the shoot of my life, and I was so honored to be involved in not just taking the photographs but witnessing that moment in their lives. Emotional, you bet! But, I wouldn't have imagined it any other way! Below are a handful of my favorite images from that whirlwind moment--I have to say, I learned so much from shooting this event. You have to be flexible. The wait was the longest you have ever felt. I was more nervous for this than any wedding I've ever shot! The lighting was terrible, I do not love using any kind of flash, so I knew the images weren't going to have my usual "look". You know what though, I happen to love these more than anything!
Grab a box of tissues and enjoy!
Welcome home Pat and all members of the 235th MP!! Merry Christmas everyone!
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