I’ve shot lots of homecomings, but when Josh contacted me about photographing his wife’s ceremony, I immediately got goosebumps. A female soldier coming home to her husband and baby girl after months apart? There’s nothing better. Melinda’s homecoming was in the middle of the night. Josh and Avah were surround by a group of friends to help welcome their soldier home. There truly are no words to explain the feelings that rush through your heart when you’re just minutes away from being reunited with your soldier after being separated for as long as these deployments are.
When the soldiers marched on the field, I couldn’t help but to get emotional. These moments are my favorite to document. As the announcer released the soldiers, Josh and Avah ran into the parade field to find Melinda. Their reunion is one of the sweetest I’ve ever witnessed. It’s hard to hold back tears when seeing a mom reunited with her child. Take a look: