Britt's Homecoming Ceremony // Columbus, OH // Event

This is such a special post for me! I've known Sarah for a while... bubbly, extremely friendly, and always smiling, I've always loved the time I get to spend with her and her family. I met Sarah through my best friend's high school best friend, who is Sarah's brother. Over the past year I've grown to know her and we always have a wonderful time working together, which is why I was thrilled when she asked me if I'd be willing to drive down to Columbus to photograph her husband Britt's homecoming ceremony.

Sarah and Britt's story is beautiful; they worked together and, Sarah explained, always caught glances from across the room. Over time, the two fell in love and were married in September of 2015. Britt was deployed in Afghanistan last year on April 1st -- a whole year has passed since that day and I am so excited to have been able to document Britt's homecoming!

When we arrived at the airport base that the soldiers were being dropped off at, you could literally feel the energy and tension in the air. The excitement for brothers, sisters, spouses, and children to arrive back at home safely was overwhelming. Although I had never even met Britt, butterflies flew around in my stomach whenever I heard any small noise that may signify his arrival. After waiting around twenty minutes that felt like hours, the soldiers arrived and the whole room was full of laughter and tears and hugs. It was truly beautiful. 

I am so thankful to have been able to document Britt's homecoming and all of the emotions that went along with it! Absorbing all of that excitement and joy was outstanding and like nothing I'd ever experienced before; it was truly a gift to have been there. 

Congratulations, Sarah and Britt! And thank you to all of those who have served our country.

 

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Pittsburgh // Travel

A FEW DAYS AGO my friends and I decided we wanted to take a day trip to Pittsburgh to see the Andy Warhol museum. The museum is currently showing an exhibit called "My Perfect Body" which showcases Warhol's constant battle with his own body image, especially in juxtaposition with the image of perfection shown in mass media during the time. So, three of my best friends and I convened at 9 AM to tackle a two hour road trip to the city.

We started the day at the museum and spent around two hours roaming the building. I was absolutely shocked by the volume of work that Warhol created during his lifetime; seven floors were flooded with screen prints, photographs, drawings and paintings done by Warhol. My favorite room was an installation piece of various screen tests and videos that Warhol created in black and white film- I couldn't help but feel submersed in the wall-sized projections, and I felt like I was part of the art itself.

After lunch we went to Mount Washington Overlook which was absolutely beautiful and allowed us to really get a good look at the city. We met cute dogs and then headed over to get some coffee before we left.

Cesare Pavese said, "We don't remember days, we remember moments."

I like to keep my writing relatively short on this blog, but I've discovered the importance in documenting the moments that make for memories. I'm going back to school in a couple of days and I know that I won't get to see these friends for a while - friends that have grown me, shaped me, supported me and experienced life with me thus far. I'm incredibly thankful for the countless moments that have become indelible memories with these women, and for the beauty and grace that they've shown me along the way.