Well as any photographer who has been to a military homecoming knows… you understand you must be ready for an emotional ride. You must be ready at all cost to capture moments and memories that those around you may never fully see. We are there to document our clients day as they express every emotion they have. You have to be ready to tell a story with your camera that shows just what it is like to be in a military family. Because many never will understand the craziness that goes on while our loved ones are deployed and serving our country.
I’ve been blessed to grow up in Virginia Beach where you knew that you lived in a city that was full of military. I remember growing up and going to so many of my friends homecomings. Watching how they stood there holding back tears with their brave faces… Looking through the crowd as they searched for the one they loved. Watching at the moment your could hear them scream because their Father, Mother, Brother, Sister, Loved one was walking towards them. Watching how in the quickest of moments they rushed past all those around them to be able to jump in to the arms they have missed for so long. But the sweetest of moments was watching how a childhood friend of mine ran to her Father and in the moment they reached each others arms, they fell to the ground crying and yes giggling all at the same time.
We take for granted those moments we can’t see those we love. We take for granted the moments we joke about the military, those over seas, other countries, and even the President of The United States of America… And what those jokes mean to those around us. We forget and take for granted the sacrifices our loved ones give up for us all in the name of freedom.
I think that is why I love what I do so much. Maybe it’s because I watched my friends growing up and all their joys, fears, and sorrows all explode at the moment they make eye contact with the ones they love. But no matter the reason I capture these homecomings… I know each family has their own story to tell. That each homecoming is unique and should be treated with love and respect. And I for one am grateful for all our men and woman over seas and on the home front that sacrifice so much for us.
So when I am at each homecoming I make sure to give my all to my clients and their families… But I also remember to capture moments along the way of those I see and hear. Because I just might see or capture something no one else does.
So I wanted to share the other images, stories, emotions I saw along the way. So please if you recognize a face in the crowd, or know of someone personally… PLEASE LET ME KNOW! I would love to get them (good) copies of these images. As you never know if they had time to capture those moments themselves. ❤
(These images may not be perfect… Or perfectly captured… But I am sure they will mean something to someone… Even if it’s just one person.)
THANK YOU TO ALL THE MEN AND WOMAN OVER SEAS AND HOME IN THE STATES FOR ALL YOU DO FOR US, FOR MY FAMILY, AND FOR THOSE I LOVE. YOU ARE HEROES TO ME! NO MATTER HOW LITTLE OR BIG YOUR JOB IS… YOU ALL HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER TO GET THE BIGGER JOB DONE. AND I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR YOU ALL. ❤