Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder... Sneak Peek!

I'm no stranger to that old saying "Absence makes the heart grow fonder..." I have a new saying that goes something like this: "Absence makes the heart grow fonder, sandstorms in Iraq make the heart swell to fill ones chest, airplane mechanical failure and delay after delay will make said heart constrict and tighten until you cannot bare it any longer and the only thing that keeps you getting up in the morning is your children!"

I know first hand how Heather and her family were feeling when they received call after call from their stranded soldier/husband/daddy saying that the plane was delayed. But wonderful things come to those who wait, and wait, and wait, and I was blessed to wait with Heather, her four children and extended family on the eve of that much anticipated arrival. Of course, it was raining cats and dogs here in Fort Hood for days so the traditional parade field arrival I am used to was SWAMPED! The ceremony was held indoors which made my job even trickier than before. A healthy wad of duct tape and a gallon Ziploc bag had my camera and I out in the dreary and freezing cold rain for the arrival and then it was a sprint inside to locate my family in waiting. We all stood hovering around the door Mike was supposed to come in and wouldn't you know, he surprised us all by coming in the door behind us!! I'm still grinning ear to ear for Heather and I hope these images will have you smiling too! Welcome Home Mike, God Bless You for your service and God Bless your family for your sacrifices and hardships during this long deployment. I can't wait to meet you all again for your family session! Enjoy your sneak peek!


Holly said... at March 15, 2009 at 4:28 AM

ooooo, I really love that last one with the young lady looking at her mamma from up on her daddy's hip.

Anonymous said... at March 15, 2009 at 6:20 AM

Thank you for this sneak peak ...you are a truely gifted photographer. GOD has given you an amazing eye for the beautiful found in the ordinary. My family and I are eagerly awaiting the full spread of picures. Thank you so much....Mike Myers and Family.

Julie Rivera Photography said... at March 15, 2009 at 7:52 AM

Despite the difficulties with rain and indoor lighting, you did a fabulous job capturing the excitement and anticipation of the whole family! Beautiful memories.

Ramey and Stephanie said... at March 15, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Thank you for capturing the most beautiful moments of my most dear friend and her family. She was my battle buddy during our deployment and I'm so thankful to see that Mike is home. Heather looks absolutely GORGEOUS!! They are beautiful photographs!

Tracy, mom2many said... at March 17, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Tears....Oh thank you for doing this for my sister and her family. They are GORGEOUS!!!! Do you mind if I post a link to your blog on my blog?

Kathryn said... at March 20, 2009 at 5:54 AM

I love the one with her smiling so big. It's gorgeous!!!!

Prpldy said... at March 23, 2009 at 9:02 PM

Your photography is so special...you really know how to capture the moment, the feeling, the spirit. The bus convoy in the rain really speaks to me.

Life with Kaishon said... at October 13, 2009 at 11:22 AM

I just love it. So beautiful in every way. Except that they make me cry. I am very thankful for the men and women that serve our country! What a blessing.