Welcome Home, Marine | Cherry Point Homecoming Photographer | Alicia Q. Photography

Photographers are constantly gushing about how much they love their "job". I mean, it's understandable. We get to witness and document the best days of our clients' lives. Weddings, celebrations, the birth of children, and in military communities, homecomings. It should go without saying that I love being a military homecoming photographer. Military homecomings are experiences I treasure immensely. I approach them like I would when photographing a wedding-- I document the detailed elements that are integral to telling a complete story, but my main objective is to capture every emotion my clients feel. The anticipation and nervousness, the joy, the elation, the relief. The love. The simple, pure, unrelenting love shared between two people who have spent lonely nights staring into the same sky, dreaming of holding each other. Homecomings are made of all the stuff poets write about. And with any luck I am able to translate those poetic emotions into dynamic images that tell a story unique to the people in front of my camera.

This story is one about a girl and a boy from Texas who found themselves in North Carolina thanks to the Marine Corps. I was privileged to be there when they reunited at the culmination of their first deployment as husband and wife. As a Cherry Point Homecoming Photographer, I am honored to have written this chapter of their love story.

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Tim + Janelle | San Diego Wedding Photographer | North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Alicia Q. Photography

You know why I love being a San Diego Wedding Photographer? Because of amazing couples like this.

I met Tim and Janelle just before they eloped and just prior to Tim leaving on his next deployment.  I was completely honored that Tim's sister had set up this session as a gift to them.  She must have known about that enormous soft spot in my heart for military couples :)  Both Tim and Janelle serve in the U.S. Navy and because they spend so much time apart, I know these photos are especially important to them.  I'm always humbled when I get to take part in preserving a small piece of history in the lives of others.  My hope is that these images are a just representation of their love for one another and that Tim and Janelle continue to smile every day as much as they did that afternoon <3

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