NAS Whidbey Island

Sarah & John | Winter at Rosario Beach | Anacortes Engagement Photographer

Sarah & John | Winter at Rosario Beach | Anacortes Engagement Photographer

It may have felt like winter during this Anacortes engagement session, but you'd never know it from the photos!  The chilly wind gave so much movement and life to the still photographs, and once again Rosario's dynamic background was the perfect spot for photos together.

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Claire & Carl | NAS Whidbey Island Military Wedding | Oak Harbor Photographer

Claire & Carl | NAS Whidbey Island Military Wedding | Oak Harbor Photographer

Joining two lives together in marriage is always the start of an adventure, but when the military is involved, it's taken to a whole other level where flexibility, patience and a good sense of humor is always needed. I was originally scheduled to photograph Claire & Carl's off-island wedding late this October,

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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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Abby & Ryan | Deception Pass Elopement | Whidbey Island Wedding Photographer

Abby & Ryan | Deception Pass Elopement | Whidbey Island Wedding Photographer

Marrying into the military means a life full of unpredictability, flexibility and adventure!  And Ryan and Abby's new life together will be no exception!  Not only is Ryan getting deployed with the Navy, but Abby will soon be joining him to begin their journey as husband and wife stationed in JAPAN!  I met this darling couple Friday morning at Deception Pass where they had a private and beautiful elopement ceremony.  They had an intimate vow exchange married by a family friend, and then walked the beaches through the pacific mist as a newly married couple.

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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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Megan & Bryant | Cliffside NAS Whidbey Island | Oak Harbor Couples Photography

Megan & Bryant | Cliffside NAS Whidbey Island | Oak Harbor Couples Photography

Guys, it's a small, small world. We moved to Whidbey Island from Oklahoma this past summer, and part of the "settling in" process has been finding great people to help out with our twins while Kristopher is away and I have a session or other obligation.  And I'm gonna be honest...finding someone you trust with your kiddos is no easy thing! 

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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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