I’m such a sucker for these types of photoshoots. Family, love and reunions in general never fail to get me all choked up, but when it’s featuring someone I’ve grown to know and adore myself? Well, let’s just say that my reaction is borderline embarrassing. Jana Morgan has done such a beautiful job capturing the tear-inducing reunion between our very own SMP’er, her curly-haired son, and their much adored husband and father after a seven month long deployment abroad. Don’t miss the rest of the gallery – it’s pretty much guaranteed to give you the warm and fuzzies.


 

From Kari… I was MORE nervous for Brad to come home from deployment than I was for our wedding day. Having my husband home is probably the greatest gift in the world, to say the least.

It was definitely a roller coaster deployment; watching our baby grow into a toddler (with tantrums to match), missing our anniversary, and birthdays… losing my grandmother and one very frantic (albeit totally silly) trip to the ER. But we weathered it with many saving graces. Mainly, the twice daily calls from my sister Katie, my mom and my bestfriend Cherie, along with a stream of cherished friends who flew out to Hawaii to visit.

And of course, my SMP family who sent me lovely cards for my birthday (a surprise request from Brad while he was out to sea) and kept me sane. And the best damn bosses in the world. Abby and Tait letting me participate in the design process for the new site and Michelle letting me call and cry and vent and trouble shoot everything. I would not be whole without all the love from my SMP family!

I knew from the beginning that I wanted a photographer there to capture our first moments back together as a family. Photography has always been important to me. I cherish each one of my wedding photos and the photos we took of our sweet little Boden after he was born. I found Jana Morgan after she had been featured on SMP and she was definitely the right choice! She was so so sweet to work with me and the flexible date schedule (there was the possibility the date would change last minute!) She was also such a trooper since neither of us knew what to expect or how it would all play out.

She is also a film shooter. Something which intrigued me right away. Having a little experience in the dark room myself I loved the idea that these images would be burned into film, with no opportunity to delete. A romantic little touch on such a happy day.

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Photography: Jana Morgan / Lei: Picket Fence Florist /  Shoes: Aldo / Dress: Maya Bella Boutique