I love every. single. session that I am privileged enough to shoot. I really, really do. But not as many hold up to the overwhelming JOY a photographer can get when photographing a military homecoming. The anxiousness in the air, the tears of happiness – the tears of realizing “This wait is FINALLY over!”. I’ve been through several homecomings myself – and the emotions come running back to me when I get to attend another. I remember every single detail of our homecomings. The smell of my husband after months apart, nuzzling my nose in his neck, feeling his body actually in my arms. That is the reason I *love* homecomings! I was so blessed to be a part of the homecoming for the E Family recently. Mr. E, thank you for your service and dedication to our country. Mrs. E((and your two kiddos)) – thank you for your dedication to your husband and your country during this time, also!
Fred & Cindy… Bro. Fred & Mrs. Cindy… Dr. & Mrs. Evers…. Yaya & Big Daddy…. Again – I call these two family. Fred & Cindy are my father-in-law and mother-in-law. Just like my sister-in-law, Katie – obviously, I’ve known them since 1996 as well. It’s hard for me not to write a big long ten page essay here about how much these two mean to me. So, I won’t. Fred & Cindy – y’all are so very special to me. Words can’t express that enough. Thank y’all for allowing me to be a part of your great family. Thanks for all the support and encouragement you’ve given to me in this new adventure I’m in and for pushing me along in this direction. Love you both with all of my heart.
Oh, these three are dear and near to my heart. Probably more so than any others I’ve taken pictures of to date – because they are my family! Katie and I have been friends since 1996… I remember many-a-nights spent at the Evers’ household as Katie’s best friend. We were quite a pair, she and I. Always playing baby dolls or Barbie – starting an argument with one another or with another of our friends. There had to be drama… I mean, c’mon… we were sixth graders! And her brother… man, he hated me. I got on his nerves sooooo bad. He told his Daddy one night that he wanted me to go home because Katie and I were being too loud and he (Daniel) was tired after a long night of playing football…. His dad told him to “Shut up”… and then said, “You’re gonna marry that girl one day”. Little did either one of us know…I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m still as crazy in love with that boy now as I was (secretly) in love with him then. I’m so blessed to be a part of this family. I am so grateful that Katie is still a part of my life 16 years later – along with her (hilariously) sweet husband and precious baby boy. I’m blessed to call them my family ….