Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The USS Peleliu Returns, a Family is Reunited

This morning I had the pleasure of photographing the USS Peleliu returning to San Diego, and a Father returning home to his family after six months at sea.

It couldn't have been a worse morning - rain (often heavy by San Diego standards), wind, overcast skies, you name it. But with a tripod and trusty umbrella, I headed over to Coronado in an attempt to photograph the ship as it passed in front of the San Diego skyline. The bad weather made for some pretty dramatic photos. Throw in some fun Photoshopping, and we've got some pretty amazing photos:


San Diego military USS Peleliu Photography photos

San Diego military USS Peleliu Photography photos

San Diego military USS Peleliu Photography photos

Then I drove over to 32nd Street and met with Lara and her Son to photograph them meeting Steve as he came off of the ship. The wind and rain pounded the crowd as everyone waited anxiously for the men and women to start coming off of the ship.

San Diego military USS Peleliu Photography photos

Then to our delight, just as people started getting off of the ship, the rain stopped! Just a little more waiting....

San Diego military USS Peleliu Photography photos

And finally we saw him:
San Diego military USS Peleliu Photography photos

Daddy is home!!!
San Diego military USS Peleliu Photography photos

A very proud Papa!
San Diego military USS Peleliu Photography photos

San Diego military USS Peleliu Photography photos

And a family is reunited.
San Diego military USS Peleliu Photography photos

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Tiffany Ermi said...

What wonderful pictures of my brother's homecoming!! Thank you so much for capturing this special moment for them....

Tiffany (Steve's sister!!!)

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Lara said...

We owe you and your talent for capturing some great moments of our family over the last year. This was an extra special day - thanks again!

9:32 PM  
Blogger Marcy Jordan Photography said...

This series is amazing! What a wonderful opportunity to photograph something so meaningful!

11:07 AM  
Blogger Pennies In My Pocket said...

YAAAAAAY STEVE!! So happy you're home now!! :) These photos are AMAZING! Your family is just gorgeous and the looks on their faces after seeing you ... priceless!

Thank you for your dedication to our country!

Melody

4:24 PM  
Anonymous ilovephotoblogs said...

Great photos. I've included your blog in a recent posting "20 Awesome Photography Blogs - San Diego". Please check it out when you have a moment. Best of luck and keep up the great work!

7:01 PM  

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