welcome home

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Blog, Portrait | One Comment

welcome home John

This was by far the most emotional session I’ve ever had the honor of photographing. Every time I thought about it in the months leading up to the shoot, I would start bawling. And I feared that while it was happening the tears would flow again. (I managed, somehow, to keep it (mostly) together!) The reason for all the tears? Well, this is the story of my little brother’s return from deployment in the middle east to his beautiful wife and baby girl. Not only that, but it would be the first time he would hold his firstborn. Little Eleanor was born in late February, several months into his deployment, and while he was able to skype almost daily, he had yet to hold her in his arms to feel her baby soft skin or to make her giggle with his tickles. My sister-in-law is one of the strongest, bravest women I know and handled herself with the utmost faith, resiliency, and grace for the duration of their time apart.

I arrived a few days before Jon was supposed to land and relished the time spent soaking in my sweet niece, talking with my sister-in-law, and sharing in the expectation and excitement of Jon’s safe return to the arms of his beloved.

So dear, friends, here is the story of their beautiful reunion. (More family photos from later in my visit to come!)


Someone is ready to meet daddy!
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Here they come!!JWJ_0747

All of the whooping and hollering of the excited families scared the babies – poor Eleanor wasn’t the only one who burst into tears after the 3rd round of screaming…JWJ_0763 JWJ_0768

Can you see him? He’s the one in the black hat underneath the “o” and “u”.JWJ_0769 copy JWJ_0774 JWJ_0789 JWJ_0805 JWJ_0810 JWJ_0813 JWJ_0820 JWJ_0822

No feeling in the world quite like it <3JWJ_0832 JWJ_0841 JWJ_0844 JWJ_0847 JWJ_0853 JWJ_0855 JWJ_0856 JWJ_0857 JWJ_0858 JWJ_0859 JWJ_0865 JWJ_0867 JWJ_0868 JWJ_0871 JWJ_0901 JWJ_0908 JWJ_0914 JWJ_0915 JWJ_0919 JWJ_0923 JWJ_0926 JWJ_0928 JWJ_0931 JWJ_0934 copy JWJ_0942 JWJ_0950 JWJ_0956 copy JWJ_0962 JWJ_0970 JWJ_0972 JWJ_0978 JWJ_0996 JWJ_1002 JWJ_1022 JWJ_1025 JWJ_1058 JWJ_1070 copy JWJ_1073 JWJ_1087 JWJ_1095 JWJ_1097 JWJ_1103 JWJ_1105 JWJ_1111 JWJ_1120 JWJ_1124 JWJ_1129 copy JWJ_1129 JWJ_1143 JWJ_1147 JWJ_1150 JWJ_1153


Pure joy and tenderness…JWJ_1161 JWJ_1169 welcome home jon

1 Comment

  1. Debora Bass
    September 25, 2014

    Great photos!! I bawled and smiled!!!!


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