a fort campbell homecoming // fort campbell, ky

Thankfully, there were many soldiers that returned home to their families this fall.  I photographed several homecomings and each one was exciting, tearful, … lovely.  I am choosing to feature this one.

We had not met before, so a few text messages were required to find her at the hangar.  She had warm, sparkly brown eyes and shiny brown hair.  My first impression was of serenity and kindness.  She cared for their infant daughter during a homecoming ceremony that can mean waiting upwards of two hours for the actual “ceremony”. And, at 1 o’clock in the morning.  We waited a while in the bright hangar.  Then we waited in the cold night to see the plane land.  She was never flustered.  Then, through the crowd of soldiers trying to find their people, he was there – tall, handsome, smiling, hugging, kissing and holding.  Not once did he look at me/the camera (until I asked him to) – only at them. <3

I am grateful to capture these moments.
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lucy dallman - Jennifer-
Your pictures are stunning! I am the mother of James, the soldier coming home, since we were unable to attend the homecoming ceremony your pictures are extra special. Thank you for capturing such an amazing moment/moments!

Jennifer Van Rickley - Thank you so much! and thank you for your son’s service. Have a wonderful holiday.

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