Military Homecoming - Cleveland OH


I had one of the most humbling experiences of my photography career.  I was asked to take photos of a military homecoming of a husband and father who was gone for 9 months.  Of course I was willing to do such an honoring thing.   It's funny how you dream up the moment in your head before the day and time arrives.  The reality of the homecoming was, that this wife had dates and times switched on her numerous of times.  So there were lots of emails back and forth between us trying to set this up.  So finally the date and time was set on a Sunday night at 10:30.  Not the most ideal time for this soldier to meet his daughter for the first time, since he saw her after she was born.  This mom did everything she could think of to keep this little gal happy, and she did a great job, because I know how nervous she was for this moment to happen.  We even snuck out a few smiles for some photos.

Finally the moment came, and the photos below show the reality of the situation.  This baby girl was not so happy because, she was tired, and then suddenly someone she wasn't familiar with was grabbing her away from her mommy.  I don't say any of this to be hurtful, but to shed some light on the sacrifice that our soldiers and their families make.  It was hard knowing the realities of the life of a military family, but I do want to say thank you to this family and every other military family for the sacrifices you make for our country.  It's easy for us, who are disconnected from this type of situation, to take everything for granite, and in reality there are hard situations and sacrifice being made daily on so many levels.  

I know this family will connect in the days to come and this baby will build a bond with her daddy.  Personally in my own life, my husband and I adopted my son at 9 months, and we never held our son till he was our son at 9 months old.  I remember the first couple of days being very hard and difficult with my son, but then after that, it was as if a weight was lifted off of him and he started connecting with us.  So I know this family will work through it, and I want to thank them for letting me share this special moment with them in their life.  

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