Military

Welcome Home VAQ-132 | Oak Harbor Navy Homecoming Photographer | NAS Whidbey Island

Welcome Home VAQ-132 | Oak Harbor Navy Homecoming Photographer | NAS Whidbey Island

Young love, finally reunited after months of separation...what could be sweeter?  After a few setbacks and delays, Casey was finally able to fly home to his beautiful girlfriend Kaityln who traveled from the east coast to be there for his Navy homecoming.

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Together Again | NAS Whidbey Island Reunion | Homecoming Photography

Together Again | NAS Whidbey Island Reunion | Homecoming Photography

The story of the military family is one of strength, resilience, and love.  It's one of unpredictable phone calls, trying to explain to little ones why daddy or mommy can't tuck them in at night, and count downs of days until being reunited.  It's also a story of joy.  The excitement and anticipation of being able to have a conversation face to face, the camaraderie and bond you make with your fellow military families, and the pure elation across both parent and kiddos face when finally in arms reach of each other.

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Columbia College Class of 2017 | NASWI | Oak Harbor Photographer

Columbia College Class of 2017 | NASWI | Oak Harbor Photographer

I get teary at weddings....it's just what I do. The pure joy, the heightened emotions, the candid moments...So who knew I'd also be turning on the water works at a graduation celebration?! Photographing Columbia College's graduating class of 2017 at NAS Whidbey Island was such a moving experience.  I loved hearing the students' personal stories of what their degree meant to them, watching the ceremony unfold, and documenting the pride and sense of accomplishment on not only their faces, but also on the faces of their loved ones. 

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Welcome Home VP-40 | NAS Whidbey Island | Military Homecoming Photography

Welcome Home VP-40 | NAS Whidbey Island | Military Homecoming Photography

One of the realities of military life is facing separation for a period of time from loved ones.  And it's tough.  So after almost 7 months apart, it was bound be a happy reunion when VP-40 came home!  Katie and her wife are dual military, and when she asked me to photograph their homecoming, I couldn't wait. 

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