Friday, November 9, 2012

Homecoming. {Operation: Love Reunited}

I got an email via Op Love a few days ago from a young woman who was welcoming her soldier home after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.  She hoped I could meet her at the airport to photograph their reunion.  Homecomings are tricky because they are usually up in the air until the last minute as far as an exact arrival date and time.  As luck would have it, I was free this morning so I headed over to Charlotte Douglas Airport to meet Heather.

She caused a stir with her awesome sign.  Several people asked who she was waiting for and waited around to see the reunion.


As soon as she saw him on the escalator, she dropped the sign and sprinted to meet him.




Welcome home soldier!  Just in time for Veterans Day weekend.  They were so gracious, thanking me for being there.  It was an honor and a privilege to capture these moments for them. I hope I get to do many more homecoming sessions.  And soon.

Disclaimer:  The photos and other content of this publication do not imply any endorsement or recommendation by the Department of Defense.


  1. This is beautiful! I teared up a little. Great job with the pictures and so happy for this couple!

  2. These pictures got to me too. Hope he gets to STAY home.

  3. I know both Heather and Mason and these pictures are so amazing for the two of them. I know this year has been a long one for her and these pictures made me cry just knowing how happy she is to have him safe and sound at home! Awesome pictures!!

  4. Great one! I love that she had on ruby red slippers for his homecoming! There's no place like home!