{At last} Ventura Family Photographer

This session is close to my heart because we’ve become friends with this beautiful family.  My son Ryan and their oldest, R.C., are in the same preschool class.  At the kid’s Christmas open house I started chatting with R.C.’s mom (who was then super cute and pregnant!) and she told me that her husband was deployed and that his squadron had been extended, which meant that he would be missing the birth of his second son.  As the mother of two rambunctious little ones myself I could instantly sympathize.  Not only did she fly solo with parenting duty for 8 month’s while her husband was deployed–and remember, she was pregnant!–now she would be giving birth without her husband there to hold her hand.  Since that first conversation we’ve had many more talks about the subject and never once have I heard her utter the slightest complaint about the situation.  I find her to be incredibly strong, undoubtedly brave, and unconditionally loving to her two sons.  I could go on and on, but lets get to the pictures:)

This was the second opportunity that I’ve had to document a home-coming for a family (see the first one here).  The energy of the day was, as it was the last time, emotional and joyful.  I’m guessing that such an important day in some one’s life (like meeting your son for the first time!) would be kind of a blur, kind of like a wedding day, so I tried to document all the little details that went in to making the day so special.  I hope that this will enable them to remember what their big day felt like when they look back at these images years from now. 

Lots of preparation and details…

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 Lots of play time with friends…

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Lots of chatting with reporters who are interested in your remarkable story…

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And getting a little choked up…

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 Lots of snuggling with mom…

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And kisses from your big brother…

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Lots of chit-chatting to help pass the time…

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Simple guestures of kindness, and a quick snack (don’t worry R.C., I eat when I’m anxious too!)…

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Lots of excitement when the big moment finally arrives…

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And lots of waiting patiently for Dad’s plane to land…

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The biggest of smiles when you finally see it…

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And lots of emotion when you realize that in just moments your family will be together for the very first time…

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Lots of checking to make sure that mom is really paying attention…

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Lots of stillness when the engines finally stop turning…

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 Lots of practicing your best parade rest…

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And lots of steps as you sprint across the tarmac and into your dads arms…

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Lots of relief as you hold your son for the first time in months…

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Lots of joy as you kiss your lovely wife and meet your new son…

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And lots of elation when your family is at last complete…

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To the *T* family…I am so incredibly happy for you.  I hope that you are enjoying your time together as a family and I wish you all the best!

If you would like to see more from this fly-in session please check out the slide show.  And if you or someone you know is a current military service member and is interested in complimentary custom portraiture check out www.OpLove.org to find a professional photographer in your area.

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I'm Daniele Rose, your custom portrait photographer. You'll find me capturing emotive and timeless images of newborns, babies, children and families. I would love to chat with you about documenting your most special family moments!

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  1. staci

    April 26th, 2010 at 12:52 am

    This is wonderful!!! Great photos and great stories…still wiping tears! You captured it perfectly!

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