Monday, November 03, 2008

Photographing a Hero

If you ask me, any man or woman who serves in our military is a hero - these people give so much, and too often give their lives as well. Overlooked are the heroes that they leave behind when they are deployed - their families. Wives go months without seeing their Husbands, raising children alone. Fathers often miss the birth of their own children and miss major milestones as their children grow up. Sacrifices are made by the whole family, for the good of our country and for the freedom that we all too often take for granted.

However, talk to someone in the military and they will often tell you that they are not heros - that the only true heros are the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives for our country.

Rachelle's Husband Ricky was deployed to Iraq on his second tour of duty on March 8th, and on March 25th Rachelle found out that she was pregnant with their first child. Less than two weeks after getting this wonderful news, Ricky lost his life while serving his country, on a patrol in Iraq.

This story broke our hearts and we jumped at the chance to work with Rachelle in an effort to capture some very special photographs for her, her family and Ricky's family.

I don't know how anyone deals with such a loss, but in my book Ricky, Rachelle and baby Richard are all true heros. Here are some of the photos from a very special photo shoot.

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29 Comments:

Blogger Maddie Dean Photography said...

Shawn, those are beautiful. What an amazing young woman - my heart breaks for her and that baby boy. My prayers are with that family...

1:10 PM  
Blogger Margie @ Smiles Forever Photo said...

Thank you Rachelle and Ricky you are TRUE Heros... GOD Bless your little baby - may he know that he was so loved!! Hugs, M

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Kit said...

Beautiful photos! I know they will be treasured!
Rachelle & Richard, my prayers are w/ you!

1:33 PM  
Blogger Jena Photography said...

Beautiful! God Bless you, your little and your family.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

These are beautiful. My heart hurts for her during this emotional, difficult time. May the Lord give her the stregnth she needs. These portraits will be treasured for decades to come in their family.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Nicole Z. said...

Rachelle,

My heart and my prayers go out to you and your family! These images have touched me so deeply, and i want to thank you for the sacrifices that you and your family have made in the name of our freedom!! God bless all of you and that little monkey too!!! Hugs to you!

6:24 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Rachelle, you are so beautiful, and I'm sure that your little boy will bring you both joy and heartache. What a precious gift your husband was able to give you before his departure. No doubt they have met, and little Ricky will always feel close to his daddy. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, and we can't wait to see your little blessing when he arrives!

6:36 PM  
Blogger Joyful Heart Photography said...

These are just beautiful! And full of emotion. Rachelle, know that the Lord is holding you in his hands and is will give you the strength you need. I call both of my boys "monkey", too. :-)

*hugs*

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Absolutely beautiful photos of a beautiful strong woman. My prayers are with Rachelle and her family.

9:00 PM  
Blogger sherry boles~ said...

Photographing a hero indeed! A thank you does not even begin to show the appreciation for military families.
Beautiful images! The fourth one is just SO moving...as are they all.
I wish this young lady and her baby all the best in the future!

9:47 PM  
Blogger MrsPfeiff said...

What beautiful images, and what a beautiful woman. Thank you for doing this for Rachelle.

Rachelle, I don't know how army wives/partners do it. I absolutely take my hat off to you, I wish you didn't have to tell the story that you do - I was so sorry to read it.

God bless you, and your baby.

Karen Pfeiffer x

1:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a touching story! God Bless you and all you have been thru! My prayers are with you and may yyou know that your husband will watch over you and your child for years to come! Thank you again for all you have gone thru for us!!

5:19 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Rachelle, my prayers are with you and your precious baby. You and your husband definitely are heroes. Gorgeous pictures.

6:59 AM  
Blogger * TONYA * said...

You did a beautiful job with those photographs. It will be something she can treasure forever and show her baby in years to come.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Amazing photos, they truely capture the emotion. What a blessed little boy to be born to two heros. My thoughts and prayers are with you Rachelle, I think Amy said it wonderfully, "no doubt they have met..." Stay strong, and thank you for allowing Shawn to share your story with us. Many Blessings

10:56 AM  
Blogger Gabe and Layla's mommy said...

God bless you Rachelle and your family. You two truly heroes. I hope God will bless you and encourage you and that you will be able to raise a son that his daddy would have been so proud of. You are in my prayers.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

What an amazing woman!! My heart and prayers go out to her and both of their families during this time. May this lil man know what an amazing, AMAZING person his father was and how he is a hero in every American's eyes for fighting for our country!!

5:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thought and prayers are with Rachel and her lil' monkey. These photos are beautiful. I'm sure she will always treasure them.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Marcy Jordan Photography said...

These are all powerful images, but the second one really got to me.

Rachelle, God bless you and your little one.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Lindley's Photography said...

That is amazing that you did that! I am so sorry about the sad story that came along with it. God bless people like you!

4:59 PM  
Blogger Nurlogorp said...

This is such a wonderful thing you have done her.

5:49 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

That is a very heartbreaking story, these are very touching and powerful images that I'm sure will be treasured for her and his family for a lifetime.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Lori Collett said...

Such beautiful photographs. What a strong woman! Her husband is a hero, and her and her family will be in my prayers!

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

WOW! Amazing and powerful images.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

Incredible Shawn! Just wonderful, and I'm sorry for his/her loss, but thankful we have our military heros. and you are right, it's the whole family, not just the personnel

1:40 PM  
Blogger Patrick & Michelle said...

The photos are gorgeous and what an appropriate title -- our service men and women and their families 'are' truly HEROES! What an incredibly strong young woman! Rachelle - you and your son will be in our prayers! God Bless You!

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

What a beautiful thing you've done here, Shawn!

Rachelle... please know that your husband's sacrifice did no go unnoticed, nor unappreciated. God bless you and your Lil' Monkey.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Mark said...

My heart goes out this this little family. You did a beautiful job at capturing these memories for her. Very touching.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Resa said...

I too am an army wife. I'm sure Rachelle is very grateful you captured her emotions in these powerful pictures. I cannot stop crying. You did a wonderful job and I do have to say thank you.

3:36 AM  

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