Welcome Home, Josh! – {Operation: Love Reunited}

A few weeks ago I had the honor of being at the homecoming of Josh, the daddy of Keegan and Killian, who I photographed with their mom, Lauren, last spring.  Josh had been deployed overseas for months and months.  To say that they were excited to see him is an understatement.

It was very exciting, and intense, do be there for the homecoming.  All the families from Josh’s squadron were there, waiting for their husbands, dads, sons and brothers.  We waited in a hangar on the base until the word came that the planes were coming in.  We all came out onto the airstrip and watched the planes fly over the hangar, everyone was waving American flags and yelling, Lauren was pointing up to the planes, telling Keegan and Killian that daddy was in one of them.

The planes landed and lined up, and everyone waited (not so patiently this time!) until the propellers turned off.  Then those plane doors opened, the soldiers started to come out, and then all the kids and wives ran to meet them.  Josh scooped Keegan up in his arms and held on tight, with the biggest smile on his face.  It was so wonderful to see this beautiful family reunited at last.

While we were taking some photos next to one of the planes, out of nowhere, three year old Keegan put his hand on his Josh’s face and just stared at him, as if in disbelief that his daddy was really there.  I will never forget this moment for as long as I live.

Thank you, Josh and Lauren, Keegan and Killian, for granting me the privilege of capturing this special moment for you.

*The photos and other content of this publication do not imply any endorsement or recommendation by the Department of Defense.

  • Jenna - So precious.

  • Tori - What an incredible session. The family is gorgeous and the emotion you captured is wonderful.

  • Michelle - Love those bow ties! I’m sure the family will treasure these photographs!

  • Shawna - Super-fabulous!!! The mom’s outfit makes these :)

  • Jessica Price - Omg these are beautiful! His eyes! And that family shot in front of the plane is to die for!

  • Kerri - Lovely work and gorgeous family! I’m so glad you were able to capture these precious moments for this family.

  • Kimberlee Edwards Photography | Cary, NC Photographer - Love these. The emotion you captured is perfect. And that little man’s tie is too cute.

  • Kelly H - Love the emotion in these photos. Beautiful family. Daddy & his boys. Love mom’s yellow dress and red shoes. Great job

  • Sandy - These are beautiful.

  • Margie Mobley - OMG, these are just fantastic! Love the colors, love the lighting, and love, love, love the emotion!!!
    What a GORGEOUS family, too!

  • Melissa - Just beautiful! Love the colors and the processing. Great family photos that I know they will treasure.

  • Kim - Aw, these are amazing! Such a beautiful family!

  • Jessica - These are amazing! What a beautiful family! And you did an amazing job capturing the moment!

  • Anna - I love all of these, such a happy and special moment! Awesome!!!

  • robin - Beautiful family, I love how you captured a special day!

  • Monica Wilkinson - What a beautiful reunion. :)

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