Taking photos for a family on their loved ones' homecoming day from deployment is an honor for me. It also usually means meeting clients off-base beforehand at a parking lot or their home and riding in with them, as I don't have access to get on base by myself. For the Bujolds, I met momma and her girls at their home before the sun was up, which gave me the opportunity to hang out, take photos as they got ready, and join them for doughnuts. I LOVE my job!
As we pulled onto the base, the sun started to come up, which gave me some GORGEOUS light to play with as I documented their waiting.
Speaking of waiting, these kids were SO cute!! Big sister Riley is an outgoing, nurturing, amazing little leader among the group. Little sister Piper is loved by all, taking cuddles and smiles wherever she can.
As the arrival time drew nearer, the Navy band began playing and it became a dance party for the kiddos, making the last bit of waiting a little easier.
When the ship started to pull in, we got the disappointing news that, while my client and her littles would be allowed down the pier to greet their sailor, I wouldn't be able to join them. So, I snagged a spot right up front to get a great view of the ship as it pulled slowly in.
After it was docked and I had taken as many photos as was possible, I moved over to the entrance to the pier to wait for the Bujolds to reappear as a complete family. When they did, momma was calling to me and waving me over to where they were being interviewed by a TV news crew.
After the news interview, it was finally time to get a couple of quick family photos in front of the ship and head home! Daddy hopped in the backseat with his girls and it was so heartwarming watching him play peekaboo, tickle, and proudly stare at them after 7 months apart. Welcome home, sailor!