Part of my job as a photographer, is telling the story of the amazing families that step in front of my lens and it isn't something that I take lightly. I get to "grow up" with families, watch their children change, experience a glimpse into the season of life they are in and freeze the very moment we happen to be standing in. Just typing this moves me to tears because it is a huge responsibility that I do not take lightly.
When Tori messaged me to schedule a pre-deployment session, I felt so blessed to be able to capture their family before her husband set out for his deployment with the Marine Corps. We planned a trip to San Diego and visited Windansea beach for their family session. The day fell nothing short of amazing and we laughed together, played in the sand and dodged the waves while I captured their family soaking up the last few moments with daddy before he left.
As we went to ended the session, Tori thanked me and then said "We will cherish these pictures forever." Immediately, I felt tears come to my eyes because as a military spouse myself, I knew just how much she meant that. I love what I do. <3