Each one of the homecomings I photograph are special in their own ways and each have a story that each family shares with me. These two lovely ladies were waiting on their hero to return. And like all the other families I photograph, their date and time changed multiple times. The final date that was given happened to land right when I was in DC running the Army 10 Miler... go figure right?
She told me not to worry and that she'd keep me posted, but I could tell she was going to be bummed out if I couldn't make it back in time. But I told her, as long as he arrived the day after the race ... I'd be there. Well, he arrived the day after the race ... at 6 am. Yes. I drove 6 hours to DC with my boys in the back of the car Friday night. Spent the night somewhere in Virginia. Arrived in DC, picked up my mother who flew in from Vegas. Went to the Expo, visited my friends who are laid to rest in Arlington. Got some rest, woke up bright and early Sunday morning ... ran my 10 miles. Met up with my family, took the metro back to hotel. Showered, packed up ... got back in the car and drove the 6 hours back home. Relaxed a few, went to bed and woke up bright and early Monday morning to photograph their special reunion.
Would I do it again? In a heart beat. I mean, look ... he leaned, ever so slightly to smile as his beautiful wife and daughter in formation. <3 Absolutely love.
In the crowded mess of families being reunited, he rushed up to his ladies.
I didn't hear it exactly, but I heard him say to his wife, "You look absolutely beautiful." I mean come on?! How cute are they?!
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