Krista & Cameron | Homecoming

Welcome Them Home

I got connected with Krista through Welcome Them Home which is a great site that connects photographers with soldiers and their families to capture homecomings free of charge. I //love// this idea and see it as a very small way to stay thank you to tour troops.

Meet Krista and Cameron

As we eagerly awaited the arrival of Cameron's ship, I got to talk with Krista and hear their story. They were married last August and then Cameron joined the Navy in September. Since January, he has been stationed in San Diego and was then deployed soon after. As of a few weeks ago, Krista had found a place for them to live, moved from Tennessee to San Diego (with the help of her father), and was eagerly awaiting the return of her sailor!

I cannot describe how excited I am to share these photos with you! The anticipation, the joy, and the raw emotion is enough to make me tear up *again*!  Krista and Cameron have such a special story and I am so honored to have photographed their first (and very special) homecoming!

The minute I saw Krista's sign I knew she was a Pinterest fan just like me! How cute is this?

The minute I saw Krista's sign I knew she was a Pinterest fan just like me! How cute is this?

2014-04-26_0032.jpg
2014-04-26_0033.jpg

It was an overwhelming (in a good way) feeling to stand among so many spouses, family members, and friends as they eagerly awaited their sailors to come home! The buzz of excitement was everywhere!

As Cameron's ship came into port, everyone started snapping photos. I had to capture this moment!

As Cameron's ship came into port, everyone started snapping photos. I had to capture this moment!

I will admit right now and here that I definitely got emotional seeing these brave men and women sail in to port at attention. It was such an overwhelming sight!

I will admit right now and here that I definitely got emotional seeing these brave men and women sail in to port at attention. It was such an overwhelming sight!

Texting Cameron <3

Texting Cameron <3

Beautiful Krista (who I think really resembles Amy Adams) was so excited!!!

Beautiful Krista (who I think really resembles Amy Adams) was so excited!!!

Time to go onto the dock!

Time to go onto the dock!

We had to wait for a while before we spotted him coming across (roses in hand!).

We had to wait for a while before we spotted him coming across (roses in hand!).

The *BEST* reaction :D

The *BEST* reaction :D

Reunited at last!

Reunited at last!

2014-04-26_0044.jpg
2014-04-26_0046.jpg
2014-04-26_0049.jpg
2014-04-26_0050.jpg
2014-04-26_0052.jpg
Just the most beautiful, happy couple <3

Just the most beautiful, happy couple <3

2014-04-26_0056.jpg
They were even willing to let me snap a few shots outside the gate with Cameron's ship in the background!

They were even willing to let me snap a few shots outside the gate with Cameron's ship in the background!

2014-04-26_0058.jpg
2014-04-26_0059.jpg
2014-04-26_0060.jpg
And they lived happily every after...

And they lived happily every after...

Aren't they just the //cutest// couple EVER? I am so happy they are reunited for now! Though I know the life of a sailor (or any soldier for that matter) isn't an easy one, I am so glad they can look back on these photos and remember that, no matter the distance, the sweetness of reunion will always be there.