MCAS Miramar Homecoming
Military homecoming photos are always worth it.
Maybe it’s in a parking lot. Maybe it’s a small group. Maybe they’ll be in civilian clothes. Maybe they’ve only been gone for a few months. Maybe this is your first homecoming and you have no idea what to expect, or your eighth and you’ve done this so many times before. Maybe it’s at night. Maybe it’s supposed to rain.
The value of homecoming photos lies in the emotion photographers are able to capture. We see the tight hugs, the closed-eye sigh of relief from your loved ones, your eyes welling with tears, and we freeze that moment in time.
There is no feeling in the world like a homecoming, and the photos are always magical because we can capture raw, unfiltered emotion.
The Hutson family's homecoming was small - a group of 12 Marines rolling up to the parking lot of their office in minivans - but it didn't matter. Their dad - Fish, as they call him - was returning from a nearly seven-month deployment to the Middle East. Kristina held down the fort with their five kids, making "welcome home" kits for the single Marines who would be heading off to the barracks. It was a gray San Diego afternoon, but it didn't matter. The emotion was palpable.
So, regardless of what your military homecoming will look like - and whether it’s me or one of my incredibly esteemed colleagues - I implore you to hire a photographer. I promise you won’t regret it.