Ricky, Jaime and their two adorable kids, came to me a few years ago for a family session, referred by my good friend and fellow photographer Thereasa Gwinn Photography. Ricky is a huge Star Wars fan, so naturally their son it too. We had so much fun incorporating a light saber fight scene in to their session!
When it came time to finding a photographer to document Ricky’s homecoming, Jaime called me months ago to make sure I’d be available. On May 25th, 2012, Ricky was finally reunited with his wife and kids, after his 7 month deployment to Afghanistan.
As we waited for everyone to exit the buses, we didn’t notice him until he was right in front of us! The kids got the first hugs, but then Jaime’s arms found her husband’s and their hug almost made me cry! I had a job to do, so I choked back the tears and went about documenting those first moments back together. After a few minutes, Jaime pointed to me and told Ricky to see who was actually taking the pictures. His smile, as he realized it was me, warmed my heart! He gave me the biggest hug and said he was so glad it was me who was taking their reunion pictures!
I am posting this entry at the end of Memorial Day, as a THANK YOU to those who have served, continue to serve, and to those who paid the ultimate price.
Ricky and Jaime, thank you for allowing me to witness this special time in your lives!