"Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture." Kak Sri

It's days like these when I feel really humbled & blessed to do what I do. The mother of the baby pictured here pulled her husband's dog tags out of a plastic bag & nervously asked me if I could find a way to incorporate them in the shoot. He's been in Iraq for 6 months now & she wanted to have him included in the photos some how. I told her I'd be very happy to & to thank her husband for me. What a special thing to be a part of. I'm sure these images aren't the first he's seen of his beautiful daughter. I'm positive she's posted some from her phone on Facebook & maybe emailed him a few images she's taken herself.  To have the opportunity to create beautiful images for people every day is truly a gift to me.  In circumstances like this, I feel so grateful. Grateful that there are people willing to go out into strange and dangerous places to do a job I would never want to do. Grateful for what they're fighting for. Grateful that on this particular day, I got to be a big part of making a new father's day while he's at war for us.