Monday, January 31, 2011

Carrying my Love with Me

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This family first asked me to take maternity photos before he left off to war.  It was one of the most touching and rewarding things I have ever done.  I am a lucky mom of 3 with a wonderful father that is here every night to help give them baths and tuck them into bed.  I can't imagine having my husband, the father of my children, off in such a scary situation.  Military families have my heart.  They all sacrifice so much for me and my family.  My family is safe at home tonight because of them.  I am forever grateful for all of you!  Jesse was able to come home for the birth of his little girl.  She was the cutest little thing.  They called and wanted photos done before he left.  I was ecstatic!  I was so happy to see him home with his family.  The baby had been a little fussy and it started off as a joke about her being small enough to fit in his pocket.  Soon, it became reality.  The funny thing was, she quit fussing when we put her in!  It was so sweet.  This family has forever touched my heart.  Jesse was here for 2 short weeks and will get to come back home in 9 months.  He will be carrying her love for him in his heart and his pocket.  Every time he puts on his pants, I am sure he will picture her being there.  Can't wait to see you Jesse when you get back.  I will pray for you and your family daily!  If you would like to see more of this session, or the maternity photos, you can visit my facebook page or my website.  Thank you iheartfaces for a chance to share this with everyone!  Make sure and vote for photo #507 :)

I also have this photo in a contest with Owen's Originals.  Will you please click the "like" link under the photo?  I have a chance to win new lighting :)  Thank you for your help.  Just click this link to go to the photo.








62 comments:

  1. oh goodness that is so adorable. i love it.

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  2. Lovely pictures and how priceless it is. :)

    Marla @ www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

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  3. Love this picture and the story!

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  4. That is just perfect!!! So creative and special!

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  5. What a beautiful story and portrait. I just dropped off my loved one at the airport this morning...thank you so much for sharing. It means more then you know.

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  6. that is absolutely heart-capturing!! and the perfect caption too! I LOVE this picture, I just went "ooh" from the moment I saw it.

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  7. This photo is awe inspiring! What a fantastic shot and story to go with it.

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  8. Absolutely LOVE this! I am a Marine Mom and I'm a sucker for this one. Very creative and SWEET!

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  9. I love this photo and the story behind it so much. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. That is an Awesome shot! Great work!

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  11. Amazing. Creative. Touching. Love everything about it!

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  12. Thanks for sharing, very touching!!

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  13. What a fantastic idea. Beautifully done!

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  14. {gulp} that brings tears to my eyes. What a beautiful (and adorable!) picture! :)

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  15. I am a very proud military wife and though my husband is home now I know what it feels like when he leaves. This is such a great photo! I think it's my favorite photo EVER!

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  16. wonderful concept...such a sweet keepsake.

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  17. beautiful, touching, wonderful.

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  18. That is the sweetest thing ever!

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  19. We are a military family, too - my husband recently returned home from a year in Afghanistan. Thank you for doing this for military families, believe me when I say this is priceless! Are you familiar with Operation Love Reunited? http://www.oplove.org/ I'm sure they could use your talent and passion :)

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  20. This is honestly one of the best newborn shots ever. So creative and so moving. Amazing how much you can say in just one picture. Well done.

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  21. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!!!!!!! My hubby is in the air force. I so wish I would have thought to do this 2 years ago when we had our last little one!!!

    AMAZING job!

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  22. This made me teary! I love love love it!

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  23. Gives me goose bumps; I love it!

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  24. adorable! shared and exposed on
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Exposure/167442219956558

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  25. As a war veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan and a professional photographer, this image really touched me. I have often wished I could bring my family with me so I could hug and kiss them each and every night. I have, however, carried them in my heart in such a real way that they may as well be stuck right in my cargo pocket. To be part of an organization of warriors is an honor, but to be married to a wife that picks up the pieces of family life that a deployment leaves behind is beyond rewarding. She doesn't complain. She doesn't gripe. She just holds her head up high and says, "I'll see you when you get back. I will take care of everything while your gone." Sometimes she doesn't know how she summons the strength to worry about my safety and take care of 5 kids, but God's grace is always enough. What a great image for that Soldier to take into battle with him as he carries his family forward with him in his heart. Blessings! Jason- RLP

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  26. Nice work, Pam. Your love of family really comes through in your pictures and words.

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  27. My husband will be home for his two weeks leave soon to see the birth of our new baby and I think I'll copy your picture! What a sweet memory, thanks for sharing!

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  28. This tugged at my heart strings. What a precious and beautiful photo.

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  29. awesome! fantastic! Greetings from Poland:)

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  30. What an amazing photo!! I have NEVER seen a photo that means so much to so many!!
    Thank you for sharing it with us!!

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  31. This is just lovely! As another military wife, it's so amazing to see photographers who treasure our families as we do. Thank you! I want to second the posted who suggested OpLove.org. I just discovered it this week from the iheartfaces challenge! Blessings to you and yours!

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  32. i just love this photo. My husband is in the military and this just touched my heart.

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  33. Thank you all! I have checked out the opLove.org and will more than likely sign up. Don't forget to vote on iheartfaces.com for #507 :)

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  34. This has to be the cutest and most creative photo I've EVER seen!!!!

    I definitely voted for this picture. (*if it doesn't win, people are crazy*)

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  35. I love this photo, and I didn't see it until after I placed my 10 votes today. :( My husband was in the army and was deployed for 14-months. It was so sad saying good-bye, especially for my almost 3-year old son. He returned when he was 4 and we were so happy to have him back home! Our daughter was born that year and we were (and are) all together now as a family! Thankfully my husband is now a middle school teacher! Thank you for sharing this wonderful photo and kind words! :)

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  36. Amazing! Please post when he comes home so we who pray will know he's home safe. What a memory you captured!

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  37. I am now just seeing this too and it is heart-warming and beautiful. As a Marine wife I know the up-tempo and sporadic lifestyle. This is something they can cherish. LOVE it.

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  38. This made me cry. So sweet! Congratulations on being a winner this week!

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  39. A very precious and sweet image. Beautifully done.

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  40. Just wanted to say FABULOUS and I showed my family and they LOVED it. Awesome!!!

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  41. This is an incredible poignant shot. I love it. Thank you for submitting. It made all of us the better for it!

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  42. I love this! The BEST newborn shot I've ever seen. Wonderful inspiration!

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  43. Amazing shot that tells a powerful story. Brilliant!

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  44. This is such an awesome picture! I think it should be famous... I hope it will be.

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  45. Congrats! We loved your photo so much that we choose it as one of our Top 10 Most Memorable Photos of 2011!! Congrats and thanks for being such an inspiration:-)

    -Amy & Angie
    http://www.iheartfaces.com/2012/01/top-photos-best/

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  46. absolutely adorable and powerful photo!

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