THE SCARBERRY FAMILY ARMY HOMECOMING | FORT HOOD, TEXAS

It is the hardest thing for a parent to not be there for the birth of their child. But it must be a million times harder for a parent serving their country and knowing there is nothing that they can do in order to be with their loved ones during the most important time of their life. Military life is not easy. But there is no sweeter moment than coming home from a combat deployment. And there is definitely nothing like reuniting with your beautiful wife but most importantly meeting your baby daughter!

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"ALL THAT IS IMPORTANT IS THIS ONE MOMENT" | FINE ART PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER , CENTRAL TEXAS

My model looks like she is about to walk off the screen, hey eyes are piercing through, and I feel like I am right there with her. Neither of these things are achieved with digital (and it has its reasons) without major understanding of what tweaks to make. And don’t get me wrong - I LOVE shooting digital, I just prefer film when it comes to portrait photography - its true magic.

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RODRIGUEZ FAMILY HOMECOMING | FORT HOOD, TEXAS FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER

This past few homecomings I have photographed have brought home hundreds of soldiers and reunited thousands of loved ones separated by 9 long months and many dusty miles. While some families have experience this before, my darling client Danielle was a newbie at this and patiently waited 266 days to see the love of her life. I couldn’t tell who was more excited and emotional about what was about to happen: Danielle or her two beautiful daughter Vivian and Cora (or me).

This time around the homecoming time was changed so many times, even delayed by weeks, that no one had any patience left, but this was the first time when I met someone who remained calm until the last moment, never losing her mind from the constant curve-balls that the Army likes to throw.

With a cool head and a longing heart, Danielle took care of her babies and patiently waited until the buses showed up and we saw them through the glass doors. I think that was the first time it truly hit. It was finally feeling real. They were back! Just minutes away from finally being reunited. This was the moment when the tears started to fill up, and the heart started pounding like crazy.

Vivian held mommy close, while Cora wondered what what the commotion all about. All until the doors opened and the troops started to march towards us. Tears streaming down everyones’ faces (including mine, even now while I write this). It was the sweetest reunion as Danielle and the girls couldn’t hold it anymore and just darted towards their dad to finally hold and kiss him! Welcome back SGT. Rodriguez!

A WEEKEND GETAWAY | SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

Since the first time I came to Texas about 6 years ago, just for a two week visit, I fell in love with the architecture of The beautiful city of San Antonio. The mix of different styles of romanesque revival with American, Spanish and Mexican influences made my eyes wonder and filled my heart with warmth and forever love for this city. It is a multidimensional place with a lot to offer in history of architecture. And this is also a place where I fell in love only to marry the man of my dreams a year later!

And here we are 6 Years later, taking a Labor Day trip with our pups (not pictured as it was too hot for them to be walking around). I had a family photo session in the Tea Garden, and the best day we decided to head out to Sea World as soon as it opened to avoid lines and people. It brought out the child in me, I was giddy and silly and loved every bit of it. But after leaving Sea World we still had time to kill before Ryan and the pups would have to head home (I was staying for work), so we wondered over to one of the Missions. This particular one is the Mission of San Jose - and it is simply magnificent - to imagine a whole community lives there at some point! 

I loved it so much that I want to go back and visit every Mission out there! Who is with me?  

{LAURA & DEREK} MATERNITY | DANA PEAK PARK, TEXAS

When Laura came for her consultation I was blown away but her soft and sweet personality, tiny body frame, and a soul filled with love for her husband Derek. We talked about her session and she asked me to capture more than just maternity photos. She asked me for couples photos - and as she said that tears started pouring down. She has been missing Derek for months as he was away training with the Army. So these photos were extra special to both Laura and Derek.