I received a unique opportunity to photograph the homecoming of F-18 fighter squad VFA-143 (Pukin Dogs) this week. Shelby called me about three months ago to arrange photographing her husbands squad coming home from a six month deployment. This was a surprise for him because while at sea he was promoted to CO of VFA-143 Pukin Dogs and she wanted his first return home as CO captured. Not to mention that his first child was born two days prior to his deployment and Shelby wanted him photographed seeing his daughter also. It was an extreme honor for me to do this, I have a huge respect for fighter pilots and their families. Shelby, thank you for this opportunity… I will never forget it.
That’s CO Ellzey in the front, leading the way for F-18 squad VFA-143 Pukin Dogs.
My office chair looks nothing like that, bummer.
Nice action sequence of Shelby welcoming home her man.
First time in CO Ellzey see’s his baby since leaving her at two days old.
This was my favorite shot of the day. As CO Ellzey enjoys a moment with his daughter just before the press comes over for an interview.
Be careful Jake, I think she’s teething
CO Ellzey’s office.