Danielle contacted me last month about photographing her husbands homecoming ceremony. She was very excited about having him home and wanted me to capture the first moments of his arrival. She wasn’t sure exactly when he’d land, so she picked me up at the visitor center and we made our way to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. We spent several hours just hanging out, chatting and anxiously playing with our phones. Yes even I was anxious! The whole room was. Kids ran around laughing and peeking through the curtains, hoping to see a familiar face on the other side. Spouses chewed gum, ate snacks, paced, made phone calls, paced some more… did anything to waste time.
I got a teeny tiny glimpse into how nerve-wracking and stressful a deployment must be. I can’t even imagine the uncertainty of it all. I give a ton of credit to the spouses of military men/women! That’s a tough job to have.
I was brought to tears watching the curtain roll up and feeling all the love pour out. Seeing the kids run up to their daddies and the wives frantically look for their spouses. It was moving and special and I am so glad I was able to be there.
Danielle and Frankie have been married for a little over a year, but Frankie has been deployed for nine months of their marriage, so this is the start of married life for them. During those long nine months, Danielle adopted a dog, set up their new home, worked full time and waited anxiously for Frankie to get home safely. I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult Frankie’s days were during those months, but I can say that I am so grateful for his service and I know everyone else in this room was too. I’m so happy for you both!