Monday, November 03, 2008

Photographing a Hero

If you ask me, any man or woman who serves in our military is a hero - these people give so much, and too often give their lives as well. Overlooked are the heroes that they leave behind when they are deployed - their families. Wives go months without seeing their Husbands, raising children alone. Fathers often miss the birth of their own children and miss major milestones as their children grow up. Sacrifices are made by the whole family, for the good of our country and for the freedom that we all too often take for granted.

However, talk to someone in the military and they will often tell you that they are not heros - that the only true heros are the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives for our country.

Rachelle's Husband Ricky was deployed to Iraq on his second tour of duty on March 8th, and on March 25th Rachelle found out that she was pregnant with their first child. Less than two weeks after getting this wonderful news, Ricky lost his life while serving his country, on a patrol in Iraq.

This story broke our hearts and we jumped at the chance to work with Rachelle in an effort to capture some very special photographs for her, her family and Ricky's family.

I don't know how anyone deals with such a loss, but in my book Ricky, Rachelle and baby Richard are all true heros. Here are some of the photos from a very special photo shoot.

San Diego military maternity photography

San Diego military maternity photography

San Diego military maternity photographer

San Diego military maternity photographer

San Diego military maternity photographer

San Diego military maternity photographer

San Diego military pregnancy photography

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