I’m not sure what it is about these homecomings lately, but all of them have had me in tears. I went to SSG Nussbaumer’s homecoming on a whim. I didn’t have anyone booked for the ceremony, but wanted to go in hopes of getting some beautiful images for a family or two. And let me tell you, I hit the jackpot. I saw Sarah and her sweet baby girl standing by the door when I walked in, and felt so drawn to photograph them. I asked if I could follow them around and take photos of her reunion, only to find out that this would be her husband’s first time holding their week old baby. I was so excited to photograph this for them. They had some family visiting as well, including his mom. I love seeing soldiers reunite with their families, but its’ always a little more special when the soldier’s parents are able to make it to the ceremony too!
As the soldiers marched in, we started looking for Sarah’s husband. As luck would have it, he stopped about four feet from us, the last soldier in the second row of formation. Just feet away, he saw his daughter for the first time. At this point, I’m crying like a baby behind my camera. Holy beautiful moment. They were kind and kept the ceremony short and sweet. Once released, SSG Nussbaumer came over and was able to hold his beautiful daughter for the first time. Oh, the tears. This homecoming is one that I will certainly never forget.
I was also able to catch a few of their friends who reunited right next to them, so be on the look out for that blog post in the coming days! But in the mean time, here is a look at the Nussbaumer reunion:
Welcome home, SSG Nussbaumer.
God Bless ♥︎ Victoria