It all started with an email from my fellow homecoming photographer friend, Tricia of Teal Tree Studios. As homecoming photographer, we all know that the date we're initially provided at first contact with a client is not set in stone. Dates in the military are NEVER set in stone! Well, Tricia emailed me asking if I could take on her homecoming client due to the new time and date conflicting with a personal matter. As I have been shooting homecomings for the past six years, I absolutely LOVE shooting them, so I couldn't say no! I then received an email from Sarah to touch bases about the date and tentative time. And of course, as expected, the time changed. Again. But let me tell you, I am glad the time changed! The warmth of the sun setting as the friends and families of the sailors aboard the USS Mitscher provided the perfect backdrop.
Sarah mentioned that this is the first time in 16 years that she will have a photographer present at a homecoming. But this was a special occasion. Baby Mia was born while daddy was deployed. The first meeting between daddy and baby NEEDED to be documented! And boy, the feels. Seeing daddy holding his baby girl for the first time gave me goosebumps. And yes, teary eyes. Thank you Sarah and family for allowing me to capture your special day.
Welcome home to Randy and his fellow Mitscher crew!