A Family Reunited | Whidbey Island Homecoming Photographer

I can honestly say that I will never forget this day. It was one of a kind, for sure. 

I was scheduled to shoot two homecomings on the same day (Easter, to be exact). Both families (who are also friends) had loved ones returning from different places in the world and landing at different times. But the day got pretty interesting when both planes instead landed within five minutes of each other. 

I'm happy to say that it all worked out, and that I was able to capture the moments that mattered most for both families. Even though time stands still as you wait for the planes to circle, land, and taxi to the hangers, those first few minutes together go so quickly. The way Preston's face lit up when he saw his daddy's plane park in front of the hanger. The quiet sobs from Amy as she melted into Erik's strong embrace. And the way Erik wrapped his arms around his loves, kissing and hugging his wife and his son, and rubbing Amy's belly to say hello to baby.

It's as if life picks right back up where it left off six months ago, although the not-so-baby Preston, and his growing baby brother are a reminder of the time that's passed. There's so much to catch up on, and Erik is ready to stay glued to his best buddy and be there for his amazing wife as they welcome their new son in a few weeks. 

I've been blessed to meet and get to know Amy this year at MOPs, where I fortunately got placed at the BEST table ever with the most amazing tribe of women. Amy is like the soul sister you never knew you needed. She's someone who can command a room, put a smile on a friend's face, or just keep it real until you're laughing so hard you snort a little. 

She is one of the strongest people I've met during our stay on Whidbey Island, and through all the ups and downs she's faced in life, she handles it like the boss-woman she is. Amy can do anything, including thrive as a working mom and solo parent for the past six months. Now, thankfully, her other half is home to lift her up and help carry the load of life. This beautiful life of theirs that is just getting started.