Beautiful Military Homecoming Photography

This amazing homecoming session comes to us from Jackie Wonders!  I love the emotion the photographs bring, especially the anticipation if the helicopters flying in!  A few words from Jackie…

I get to document the most beautiful, amazing, momentous moments and occasions in human lives.  I was so blessed when Ha emailed me to ask me to document her reunion with her Husband Tin, a Navy Helicopter pilot who had been deployed for 5 months.  I’ve never photographed anything like this, so i felt super challenged and very nervous (eek!) that i was going to miss a moment.  But, I figured, heck, I shoot weddings that go 105398 miles per hour, I can do this!  So, as we arrived on base at 7am, I felt like a little kid walking around with my mouth open in awe at how big and amazing everything was..  The hanger(pic below) was jaw dropping to be in…and the lighting was great as well!  I tried pretty hard to not lose it a couple of times as i get pretty emotional because, well, I get to be a part of the most important moments in people’s lives….like I said. REALLY, I’m blessed.
Advice:  For any event, wedding or homecoming: Just be there for your clients.  Be there to serve them, help them, and just be happy and excited with them.  Be an unobtrusive fly on the wall. Don’t create fake moments, just document the real, beautiful ones.  For homecomings, just try to anticipate what is going to happen next by asking questions or just researching ahead of time(with your client). That way you will be ready, you will have your lighting/camera settings dialed in and be able to capture the raw emotion that is unfolding right before you.

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