Wednesday, August 15 2012
The assignment was clear.
“I want you to take photos of our family before he deploys at the end of August. I need you to take a picture with him and each of his girls to keep in their rooms while he is gone.”
I was honored and humbled to be asked. I understood the importance and the meaning for these photos and I needed to dig deep to keep it together emotionally while preparing for and photographing this family.
It is the most important work I have ever done with a camera in my hand.
The session was amazing and I tried to make it fun even though it was hard to contain the lump in my throat with every picture I snapped. My job on that day was to stay in the moment, let them do what they do naturally, and keep the camera clicking.
When I left the session I knew what I had on my card. I knew the photos were as they should be; images that conveyed the love, support, and bravery that every member in the family has toward each other and for our country. I was overwhelmed by each one of them. So much so that I cried on the way home. I cried while editing. I cried when pushing “send” on their gallery and I cried when they called me to tell me how much they loved the pictures.
I am humbled by this family and their bravery…his bravery.
They inspire me to be stronger and more brave in my own life. I will never forget the experience.
A special thank you to my CATSH Photography partner Catherine for being an awesome 2nd photographer that day.Learn More