I took some photos the other day of a Sailor, Pilot, Husband, and new father returning home from tour. Some people thanked me for taking or sharing the images.
Yet I can say with absolute certainty that the honor was mine!
They are as kind, warm, and wonderful a family as they come. I may be a little biased since this solider's wife is my sister-in-law...
But, one of the greatest things to me about being a photographer is the honor of being invited to have a front row seat into some of the most personal, intimate, and special moments in a person's life. When I got to watch the family reunite I forgot I was taking photos, that part just happened naturally. Everything except the beauty and bond that love forges fell away, and the love they shared was in frame.