There is so much that happens behind the scenes for a photographer after the session is over. The desired affect is to get the image s close to perfect within your camera but there are some magical things that are done right here on my computer. Above is my nephew – who of course I feel is perfect in every way – as I think about his parents hanging these images on their wall I want there to be a simplicity in looking at his details at the tiny things that are so precious while he is this itty bitty. Through editing I simply want to remove distractions and create a cohesive image.
If you watched my work and the direction of it over the years I hope you have continued to see what truly matters, connection. I want there to be a connection in every image I deliver so that is what I strive for. When I bring the images home and look at them on my computer screen I want to feel the connection between the subjects or with me and the camera. Once I have that I already have a beautiful image through editing I just hope to enhance what is already there.
Editing is as much of the art form as the time behind my camera. It takes time and passion to create the final photograph that I deliver but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Military Homecomings. The infamous white buses that bring so much sadness as they leave and so much joy when they return. There isn’t a homecoming that doesn’t tug at my heart strings this one was no different.
As the Wilson family waited for their Marine to return momma was running after 3 kiddos all in different stages of excitement. They just wanted their daddy home. As I edited this session I fell in love all over again with the moments I get to capture. From anticipation to pure delight you can see each of these kiddos glow when they are finally able to tell stories face to face and to hug, well actually jump all over, dad. Mom waited patiently in the wings to greet her husband. I love the image with dad and mom, kids hanging off of him, a quick moment to sneak in their very own hello!
Working on catching up on all things photography and couldn’t think of a better peek to post today than this Military Homecoming. There are always so many emotions in the night when you are waiting for your Marine to come home. This was a particularly cold night in our desert as we waited but you could feel the anticipation for the Combs.
Most of the time I have not met the Marine coming home before they arrive so I have to find them in the crowd, their smile as they see their family tells it all. This night was no different so I was excited to capture a shot of dad as he laid eyes on his girls for the first time in a while.
2017 has BIG things coming, I am beyond excited but before we move forward let’s take a moment to look back through this year of awesomeness!
Every year I am amazed at the collection of experiences I have through my lens. The emotions, the connections, the relationships, reunions, new life and existing bonds, the moments captured; I am never quite prepared for all that it is. The images before me never cease to inspire me to want to work harder for this business and for you my clients and friends.
Throughout the years, I have watched your families grow, change, send loved ones off to new adventures and reconnect again and again. I have met so many new people, made new friends, hung out with those visiting our beautiful desert while on vacation, snuggled the newest of babies, so many of my own stories and experiences are because of all of you. Capturing your love stories, your birth stories, your history and your hopes for tomorrow is always my honor and my goal.
In this year, I have shared with you 39 families. 4 weddings, 1 vow renewal, 2 military retirements, 7 life events, 1 birth, 8 mommas & daddies to be, 11 newborns, 6 seniors, 3 military families reunited, 6 cakes smashes, 1 tea party birthday celebration, 1 sunset father/daughter dance session and 8 sessions celebrating childhood milestones. I look at these collages and I am astonished at this year and the beauty that it has held.
Thank you for choosing Memories by Tasha Photography. Can’t wait to see you in 2017!
Welcome home Marine! This is the second time I have been able to be with this family to welcome home their hero. Such a sweet thing as a photographer to work with the same families again and again. One of my greatest blessings.
Homecomings are such a raw event to photograph. There is an anticipation in the air like nothing else you can imagine because while your spouse has been gone everyone has grown, changed; life has continued and paused all at the same time here at home in away that is difficult to understand.
Children play while the waiting is sometimes long, spouses are tuned into their emotions and trying to keep their own feet on the ground while they wait for the first sighting of those white buses. There is so much love and excitement in the air that you can’t help but feel the emotions yourself. As the white buses make their way Lindsay’s excitement began to bubble over, her smiles became those that only her Marine could create, the love of her life was actually somewhere in the sea of uniforms looking for her. That first glance and smile will determine the next moments, Lindsay ran and greeted her hero with a hug that escaped all the months and miles that kept them apart. Her world was silent in the chaos and whole once again.
As a father and husband leaving behind your family for months to serve your country all comes down in the end to these moments of familiar comfort, the smiles that have kept you going and the warmth of being with your family once again.
Welcome home! And thank you Sloan family for your service.
Homecomings are always amazing to me both personally and as a photographer. This one was extra exciting as this was the second time I was to be with this family upon return. Due to some personal things for me and scheduling conflicts it came with stress for the client; Jessica handled it all with grace and understanding for my family and I can’t say thank you to her enough. Some images were taken by a friend and edited by me in order to take care of the scheduling conflict but I was able to get one homecoming photographed and switch my focus to the Neuner family. Just tells us a lot about the people that they are and how lucky I am once again to meet such an amazing set of humans; restoration in faith once again.
Okay onto talking about this awesome family and their homecoming. This little man was born not long ago while his daddy was deployed and once again Jessica held down the home front in wait for her man! Often a bit scary for the youngins when their loved one comes back but these three fit right back together as if Nick had never left! The emotion and happiness felt in these images is exactly why I love what I do.
Thank you once again for allowing me to help capture this amazing time in your life.
Homecomings, homecomings, and more homecomings! What a great way to spend a portion of my April. I love everything about homecomings, well maybe sometimes not the long waits, but since these two waited 7 long months for this kiss I don’t think I have too much to say about that. Jessica contacted me before her hubby even left to make sure she captured her first homecoming as a military spouse. As we waited the excitement grew and grew, as the buses came into view she did everything she could to hold back the happy tears but that was not going to happen. As soon as she spotted her man she was off. Welcome home Marine so glad you are together once again!