This is a very special blog post. I don’t often shoot events but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to capture our friend Bruce returning home from his second deployment. Bruce works with my husband at the Costa Mesa Fire Department and has been gone for a year. CMFD is so proud of him and happy he is home safely. This homecoming was such an awesome experience for me and I would love to capture other homecomings. Photographing all the friends and families waiting to see their loved ones again, the anticipation, the laughs, the tears and then being reunited. I could see in their eyes how much these families went through over the past year and it really touched my heart. I still get teary eyed when I think about it. It was a great day! We are glad to have you home Bruce!

Welcome Home California National Guard 140th Aviation Regiment Unit! Thank you for your service!

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11 Responses to “Welcome Home Soldiers | Los Alamitos Air Force Base | Orange County Photographer”

  1. Bre says:

    So, so awesome. Tears! What a beautiful day. Welcome home troops!! I love how you captured the mood of everyone there. Totally moving <3

  2. These are amazing, Shanna! Very well done!

  3. Laurie says:

    Fantastic, so happy for their families!!!

  4. Kristin says:

    These are beautiful images and such great coverage! You know you did a fabulous job as a photographer, when a person who does NOT know the soldiers gets the goose bumps. Great job! Thank you troops!

  5. I love the emotion you captured in these images – what a wonderful thing to do – capturing these memories!

  6. Lisa Kelly says:

    You captured this so well, I truly felt like I was there. What an amazing job you did.

  7. Sophie Crew says:

    Oh these make me feel so happy… what AMAZING details you captured… such an emotional time that you truly captured perfectly!

  8. Adriana says:

    Awesome pictures Shanna! I actually cried looking at them and I don’t even know anyone in these pictures. Amazing job! So proud of you and your work.

  9. Claire says:

    Brought tears to my eyes. Priceless images.

  10. I have CHILLS… totally amazing..

  11. lauri says:

    What a truly special moment, and you’ve captured it with such emotion! Many thanks to these soldiers and families for their service.

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