Long Distance Love – Carlsbad, CA Family Photographer
Military couples/families go through lots and lots and lots and LOTS of separations. Trainings, work ups, deployments, conferences and the list goes on. These never, ever get easier no matter how many times you’ve gone through them before.
I had the chance last year to photograph 2 very special sessions. One took place on the cusp of a deployment and the other happened at the moment of deployment. I could not have been more honored to photograph both and for these families to trust in my abilities during a time that is so emotional.
This isn’t normally a time that families want to get photos together. We’ve all been inundated with photos and videos of service men and women coming home. You see the happy tears, the overwhelming joy and the relief.
These are rarely the photos that are shown on mainstream media and social media. This is a side to this life that many aren’t privileged to witness. This is a day that has been in preparation for months. And just like a homecoming the dates get moved up. Then moved back. Then moved up again. You’re on an emotional roller coaster preparing for your days without “your person”. And your service member is on that same roller coaster, with the additional stress of preparing for those months away at work.
What I loved about both of these sessions is that both husbands were very open about how much they loved their families and how much they were going to miss them while they were gone.
I love that so much.
There is nothing that makes me more proud for these wives and families than the willingness to share with essentially a complete stranger how much they will miss their loved ones.
Again I can’t thank them enough for not only trusting me, but letting me in to this intimate time for them and giving them memories while they are separated for a time. It means a lot to me.
And for those that are behind at home, I highly, highly encourage you to find your deployment buddy STAT!! It makes those days, weeks and months so much easier and smoother. I remember all my deployment buddies and they made my life so much happier while I waited.