{ welcome home daddy }

Today was a BIG day for a new friend! Not only did Nellie welcome home her hubby from a deployment overseas, she should also be welcoming baby Deacon.:DThat should be one proud, happy, and probably loud household tonight!

I met Nellie through emails a few months ago with my work for OpLove. She was looking for someone to capture the arrival of her husband, but with 2 toddlers and a new baby on the way, she couldn’t do it all herself. That is where I came in. We conversed back and forth numerous times. She decided to bring the boys to me for a session on the farm. (You can see those images HERE.) I immediately fell in love with the little fellas.
When I mentioned that I would like to do a “different” type of maternity shoot, Nellie volunteered. (You can see those images HERE.) I was and still am over the moon with the images we captured that day! I have never seen a more beautiful pregnant woman. Wow! Wouldn’t we all like to look like that?!?

Today was the HOMECOMING!!! I have never witnessed this before. Oh my goodness! It was AWESOME! You could really feel the excitement on the pier. All of these people surrounding you that haven’t seen their loved ones in 6 months. It was pretty emotional. You can’t help but to get caught up in it! (One sailor even asked his girlfriend to marry him as soon as he stepped off the ship.) Nellie’s boys were ecstatic to see Daddy as you can see by the pics below. Nellie was pretty happy, too.;)

On top of  all that, Nellie left a note on my facebook “wall” letting me know that she was having contractions 3 minutes apart. woohoo! I had a feeling that it was going to be today. Last Wednesday, she started having contractions. (Not to be confused with braxton hicks. After all, this is a Mommy to 2. She knows what is what.) We were worried that little Deacon was not going to wait for Daddy. Well, Sunday, the contractions stopped. But, we should have a baby by now or pretty close to it. yay! I look forward to his newborn pics soon! 

Disclaimer: The photos and other content of this publication do not constitute or imply any endorsement or recommendation by the Department of Defense.

***Disclaimer #2 *** Please keep in mind that these images were taken in full sun. This is not the ideal light for my sessions. But, today was all about the love, not perfect pictures.:)

Kelly Johnsen - July 7, 2010 - 10:10 pm

TOTALLY get the disclaimer….but these ARE perfect pictures! What a great opportunity for all of you!

Cicely Augustine - July 7, 2010 - 10:14 pm

Oh, Christy! I love all these beautiful moments you captured for the Baggett family. Surprise, surprise- I am once again in tears. And believe it or not, I’m not normally a crier :) Seeing their homecoming makes me that much more excited for ours. I can’t wait!

Christy - July 7, 2010 - 10:22 pm

Cicely- It was an emotional and beautiful day! I know that you are excited for your sailor’s homecoming, too. So am I. :)

Cathie Lees - July 7, 2010 - 10:40 pm

I sit here in New Jersey, looking at these pictures with tears in my eyes…watching my nephew seeing his family again…Absolutely beautiful and perfect.

Christine - July 7, 2010 - 10:42 pm

I am sitting here in tears. Amazing. The joy and light on my dear friend’s face speaks volumes. I know these months of separation have been very, very tough for their entire family. Nellie has handled everything with such grace – she is my hero! Little T-man looks sooo happy to finally see his daddy again! Fantastic job!!!<3

Robert Lees - July 8, 2010 - 8:57 am

You did a great Job

Dana Sink - July 8, 2010 - 10:16 am

WOW! Sitting here at my desk at work with tears flowing! These are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! You do fabulous work girl! So precious! Thanks to this man for his service and to his family for their sacrifices as well!

Debbie Baggett(Turner,Eli & Deacon,s Jersey grandma) - July 8, 2010 - 11:54 am

As any one of my family members will tell you “I am not” one to respond to internet blogs — but today I find myself so overwhelmed with emotion. Nellie forwarded me this site to view all the pictures you have taken of my family — they are BEAUTIFUL!! Seeing the pictures of John’s homecoming with his boys and Nellie is just…. I can’t seem to find the words. The shots you captured will be treasured for what I hope are years to come. It has been one eventful 24 hours.
Thank you.

adrienne - July 9, 2010 - 10:28 pm

Love these! This is an incredible tribute to the family. I wish all our servicemen and women could have professional shots of their homecoming. They deserve it. Well done!

natasha - April 18, 2011 - 7:31 pm

I love these, too!! It’s so very rewarding being an OpLove photographer!

Maura Trice - April 21, 2011 - 9:25 pm

Wow! Such an incredible moment to capture! (: I wish I had known about OpLove before my husband deployed and came home! We don’t have very good home coming pictures to show, but to the both of us the memory of that first hug and first kiss are just as cherished. God bless all of our military families! (:

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