VFA-143 Homecoming – Oceana Master Air Base

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.

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My office chair looks nothing like that, bummer.

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Nice action sequence of Shelby welcoming home her man.

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First time in CO Ellzey see’s his baby since leaving her at two days old.

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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.

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Be careful Jake, I think she’s teething

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CO Ellzey’s office.

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August 24, 2009 - 3:33 pm

Kelly Carroll - We are all Very proud of your accomplishments. I have used you as an example to my classes of how dreams can come true if you put your mind and heart into it. Your family is beautiful….

August 4, 2009 - 9:17 am

Lea - I am so thrilled you are back Jake and I love all the pictures. I want to thank both you and Shelby for what you are doing for out country. I love you both.

PS I am jumping up and down looking at the homecoming. Fabulous.

August 3, 2009 - 9:26 pm

Dee Ledbetter - What a treasure these pictures are!!! They are amazing! What a pleasure it is to share in this special homecoming! Thank God for His protection of our troups and a safe homecoming!! It is such a sacrifice our service men and women make for our freedom; a greater personal sacrifice as well!! We are grateful, America is blessed by their committment to serve and protect! I am humbled by their courage!!! Welcome Home!!!!!! Dee Ledbetter

August 2, 2009 - 3:02 pm

Julie Ellis - I’m Jake’s Mother, Shelby’s mother-in law, McCall’s grandmother!
I’m shedding tears from looking at my beautiful family. We have to understand and fully respect the sacrifices made by our service men and women and their families. The pictures tell the story!
Carl and I have been through many deployments with Jake. It does not get easier even though we have total confidence in his professional abilities. This was the hardest as he had to leave Shelby and McCall. It’s great seeing this wonderful reunion.
God Bless America!
Julie and Carl Ellis

Sara & Early’s – Sandbridge

Silhouette, Silhouette…. when the camera speaks, you should listen.  Like a baseball hitter should go with the pitch, you should do the same with the camera…… wait a second, yeah we just hit one out.  : )  All joking a side, Sara & Early were a blast.  They are a great couple who have been together a long time.  Also, Im glad we share the same taste in movies and TV shows.  Im still thinking about Tommy Boy mashing that guys model cars together. LOL  Enjoy the pics you two & I can’t wait for your wedding in 2010.

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July 17, 2009 - 12:20 pm

Sara - Beau, the pictures look great!! Thank you so much!! We really enjoyed our time with you. You truly are a wonderful and talented photographer. I can’t wait to see the rest of them!! I am definitely looking forward to the wedding and the bridal session!! Thanks again for all of your time and wonderful ideas!!

Michelle & Brian

       Recently I had the opportunity to photograph a friend of mine I’ve know since I was sixteen.  Him and his wife Michelle are expecting twin boys.  It was a lot of fun considering all the times we’ve shared together; high school, college, careers & now he’s going to be a dad.  Congrats to the both of you!  Michelle, you better hope at least one of them turns out like you because two Brian’s might be a little much. LOL  Enjoy the photos you two, you will make great parents.  Beau

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Liked the 1970’s photo edit of this picture below.

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Since they already have two girl boxer’s it only makes sense to have twin boy’s.

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Mandi & Kevin – Chrystler Museum

Mandi & Kevin’s wedding was amazing.  Wonderful bride & groom, beautiful location, great family and friends.  Thanks to Mandi & Kevin for treating me like one of the family.  Did I mention I had my own little wedding family there too.  Debbie of Fluttering Flowers, Missy of Antonia Christianson Events, James of JCP Photography, Danny who was the best POC any photographer could have at the Chrysler and last but not least Melanie who always helps me with anything I need.  Thanks to all of you.

Mandi & Kevin enjoy the pictures they are some of my favorites and I’ll see you two at the pub soon.  I really enjoy your families pub.

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Mandi’s Bridal – Botanical Gardens

Mandi’s bridal was like a trip back in time… 1956 to be exact.  The 56 Chevy set the tone for the shoot.  I had a Blast from the Past. : )

 

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June 16, 2009 - 1:38 pm

Meredith - Beau, these turned out amazing!!! I will be calling you as soon as I get a ring on my finger…

June 15, 2009 - 7:03 pm

Shawnie P - These are absolutely STUNNING! I am glad I was a part of it all…you are really a great photographer:) I love you Mandi!!!!

June 15, 2009 - 6:44 pm

mandi - These pics look great! You are the best! I really had a good time shooting with you. Can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures.

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