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Thank you for your service Shaun….

Shaun grew up 2 house down from me from age 2 until I was out of high school. He was pretty much like my brother the entire time. We rode bikes, played forts, built snow slides and castles, and football in the street. I have so many memories of my friend.

After High School we lost touch for awhile. I did my thing and Shaun joined the Army. About 5 years ago I was able to reconnect with him for a bit, but then lost track of him once more only knowing that he could be called to go to Iraq at any time. About a year ago I started googling his name to try to find him again and I was desperate to make sure that he was ok.

I was so glad when I found out that he was ok. He was serving in Iraq and had been for awhile. He had also gotten married and had a little boy. I managed to make contact with his wife, Keri, and reconnected with Shaun and his family through my favorite thing… facebook!!!

About a month ago I saw a post that Keri had written to Shaun on facebook. She told him that his son had just taken his first steps. My heart was broken…he wasn’t here to see his son turn 1 or take his first steps. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to not have my husband here to see Kailee grow up in these most important moments. I really wanted to do something for Shaun so that he could see his son and have pictures that documented this place of his life.

I emailed Keri and asked her if I could do a session for Desi, their 1 year old son. She was thrilled and agreed to meet me to get some pictures done.

A couple of weeks ago we met up and I was able to meet Keri and Desi for the first time. It was special to me to meet the wife and son of a friend that was more like a brother. I felt like I was meeting family.

We took some great pictures of Desi and I hope these pictures will help Shaun to see what an amazingly cute and wonderful Kid he has waiting for him when he gets home.

I have to thank Shaun so much for serving this country and protecting all of us. He truly is a hero. Thank you Shaun, I hope you enjoy these pictures of your family.

Isn’t he Beautiful!

Love this!

Keri is gorgeous!

Sweet Moment.

He LOVED this!

Look at those eyes!

Love it!

Such a cute kid!

I love this one of Desi and Keri

You are all in my prayers… come home soon Shaun!

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January 2, 2009 - 4:23 pm

Blake Slade Photographers - Really cool story and some great photos to go with it. Well done as always… Shaun is going to love these…

December 22, 2008 - 9:10 am

Photography By Jo - AH every time I look at your blog I just fall more and more in love with your photography. I just LOVE it! Were these taken at the farm at south mountain? Do they charge you to take photos there now?

December 17, 2008 - 8:28 am

SHURTER'S :) - Wow! Great pics and a great story! I enjoy your photography so much!
I love taking pics, especially of my family! But several people in my church ask me to take pics of their weddings and it makes me soooo nervous. Family pics, I’m okay with, NOT weddings! Do you have any tips that you could pass on to me? Especially for inside weddings???

December 16, 2008 - 9:26 pm

Jessi - Such a sweet thing you did! I’m sure the whole family was elated! Beautiful pictures as always! 🙂

December 16, 2008 - 11:30 am

brenda - ooops i meant INCREDIBLE (not “un”). love the baby’s eyes, these pictures will be such a treasure for his mom and dad.

December 16, 2008 - 11:28 am

brenda - WOW, Kim these are uncredible!

December 16, 2008 - 6:15 am

Tira J - What a wonderful gift for Shaun. He is going to look at them over and over again until he comes home.

December 16, 2008 - 12:36 am

Heather at Outstanding Occasions - So cute! What a great gift for his daddy:)

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