There are days when I think I must have the most wonderful job in the world. Sunday was one of those days. I traveled to Asheville, NC to photograph the homecoming of one of our North Carolina soldiers, and his reuniting with his family.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t cry. Watching a father come home to his family after deployment is one of the most touching experiences – from the excitement and nerves to the tears and sighs of relief and love, it warms the heart.
I stood out with the family members, as they waited in the cold for the plane to arrive. There were veterans, flags, and family for what seemed like miles. It was amazing.
For military wives, it must seem like days are months and months are years – and that you wait, and wait, and wait. The tear that ran down her face as she waited for the plane and hugged her youngest child spoke volumes.
The water jets were so amazing, and the rainbow that formed was spectacular.
And, then, the men and women that have been gone for so long touched NC ground and started through the crowd to find their family.
They finally hugged their children, spouses, family, and friends, and soaked in the homecoming love…and immediately started catching up on all they’d missed during deployment. For this dad, that included checking to see what new teeth arrived!
But most importantly, just getting to put his arms around his wife and children and hug them close.
These are just a few of the images from that day…I’ll be blogging more as I finish editing but I know that the family is anxious to see some of their images! 🙂
I want to thank them for allowing me to be a part of their life story, and allowing me to document some of the most touching moments I’ve experienced. Please join me in extending a huge WELCOME HOME and a thank you for all the sacrifices made.