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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My Family // Stone Harbor, NJ // Family

Stone Harbor, New Jersey, is a magical place. The town is sprinkled with ice cream shops and Five & Dimes, and each day begins with hazy, gentle sunrises and ends with pastel sunsets. Every year, my family and I drive around ten hours to the Shore. We began going in 2008, when all of us lived together in Cleveland. Some of my fondest memories include waking up at 6:30 AM to walk on the shore with my mom, plucking seashells off of the beach to keep as souvenirs, and riding bikes through the small town with my sister, Katy, while we listened to Kings of Leon's Come Around Sundown album on repeat golden hour lit the way. 

Now, almost ten years later, I'd like to believe that the Shore is more than just our traditional family vacation... the town has become a second home, and a place for all of us to come back together as a family. Katy and I no longer live at home with our parents, so the week at the Shore allows for all of us to live under one roof again. This year, Katy brought her boyfriend Kyle, who's humor and carefree nature brought a new mood to the house. It's so cool to see our dynamic shift as our family grows. I'm so thankful that my parents continue to let this tradition live on, and for the sacrifices they make in order to allow us to experience such a magical place! I can't wait to see what the next years at the shore have in store for us.