ALLISON & COLTON GARDEN INSPIRED ENGAGEMENT | AUSTIN FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

During our initial consultation Allison & Colton told me first hand: we are awkward and not photogenic. We also don’t show emotion - so good luck getting our portraits taken on our wedding day. They must have referred to another couple because I couldn’t believe how easy it was to get these beautiful portraits. They are also the sweetest couple I know and together we explored the botanical gardens, downtown Austin, shared laughs and captured amazing memories! I truly can’t wait for their wedding day this November!

"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!

{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.

{THE HALL FAMILY} ARMY HOMECOMING | FORT HOOD, TEXAS

Every homecoming is different, and yet every homecoming is the same.

A homecoming is like a bare nerve- it is sensitive, it is painful, it is pulsating, and it feel like its about to tear.

And then comes that sweet moment -  a white bus off in the distance - and noise falls ... time stands still, and the atmosphere changes. 

Everything changes in that precious moment - because the wait is finally over. 

SPC Hall - welcome home! Gaby and Payton missed you so much! 

 

{THE ELLIOTT FAMILY} ARMY HOMECOMING | FORT HOOD, TEXAS

It was the longest wait - and the most emotional return. From constant rescheduling to an emotional rollercoaster, to finally a good day - the GREATEST day!

This Friday was the day Taylor and her babies got to welcome their soldier home. 

The air was filled with anticipation, and nervousness, and so much love - and as soon as a glimpse of the white bus was seen, tears started to fill up the eyes. Tears of joy and tears of relief. Tears of happiness. 

Welcome home SGT Elliott!

{THE EKUDI FAMILY} ARMY HOMECOMING | FORT HOOD

I absolutely love photographing homecomings.

There is nothing like it in the world - so full of raw emotion. It even gets me from time to time and I'll notice I need to wipe away the tears.

Families get put through so much during deployments, it is hard to describe to anyone who is not part of that world. The tears, the joy, the hardship and loneliness - and of course the countless days, hours, minutes, that never seem to end  - but they do end and when that moment comes, there is no bigger joy than that experienced by the re-united family.