This was a special one. Dad was headed to Afghanistan for a year, leaving behind his three beautiful children and loving wife. We met after his deployment ceremony in Rock Hill, two days before he was leaving. It was so hot outside that we had to shoot in their hotel. The images are bittersweet - such sadness but also so much love between them. I hope these photographs help make the distance feel a little shorter and the time go a little faster.
This sweet little girl's sad face just broke my heart.
The children are given dolls that have their Daddy's picture on them,
so when they need a hug from Daddy, they have something to hold on to.
Disclaimer: The photos and other content of this publication do not imply any endorsement or recommendation by the Department of Defense. (FYI: It is a requirement that the name on the soldier's uniform be obscured so I Photoshopped it out.)