18 Days

I had the privilege this week of photographing a family during this army dad’s 18 day leave.  He’s been serving our country in Iraq and will soon be there again until March.  What a wonderful way to document a homecoming.

 

“Chopper” promptly stole the show (and see the great smiling expressions from the family?  that’s because I’m practically laying on the ground – making cat noises… I always say, anything for a great picture!)

The girls were so much fun… and I think from the expression on dad’s face, he was just soaking it all in.

I think this look says it all.

My favorite shot of the session.  

Thanks to the Hafer family for being so great to work with, and thanks especially to Josh.  Your sacrifices make life better for us all.

Just a note:  at Scott Photography those serving our country in the armed forces never pay a session fee for photos with their family.  Contact us if you know a military family we can serve.…

When the kids are away…

What does a parent do with three wild days of freedom while the kids are away at “Gramp Camp”?  Why, she blogs about them, of course.  Looking into each sweet sun-kissed face, practically hearing the laughter in their play (conveniently forgetting the messes associated with potty-training and the endless bouts of whining just a few hours ago as we were pushing them out the door).  But then, I guess that’s just the plight of a parent.  Gritting your teeth to get through to the end of the day, holding tightly to your heart while they’re away.

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Summer to me, is a misery.  That happens when you don’t like to sweat.  But to kids, it’s magical.  I remember that.  I know the delight behind these eyes, the joy of discovering this new, bright squirting ball of fun.  _MG_1010

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like playing in dirty bird bath water…._MG_1099And you’re not yet to the age of worrying about your thighs, tan lines, or the funky frizzy way your hair will look when it dries.
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You’re just experiencing the sweet spot in life… and when you get older, it’s so much more difficult to find.  Which is why… we have kids…

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and why I miss mine.…