3 weeks earlier, I had documented Magnolia’s arrival, and her Mama, Charlotte, told me she wanted nobody else but me to photograph Joe’s homecoming! So, at 3 weeks old, Magnolia got to meet her Daddy, and their family was finally reunited! I had never shot a homecoming before so this was very new to me. Luckily, since Magnolia had been born during Joe’s absence, he was able to be one of the first few off the boat, in fact he was #4. Their reunion was very emotional for me too, and I hadn’t realized that this had been his very first deployment.
Thank you, Charlotte and Joe, for allowing me to be part of this incredible experience!