When a Photographer Needs a Photographer

Photos by Heidi Lynne Photography

The day I found out I was pregnant my husband learned he would deploy to Afghanistan for a year. How’s that for timing? I should also mention it was the day before Thanksgiving. My husband left for training the beginning of April, deployed mid-May and our daughter was born in July. She was nearly six months old when he came home for R&R and met her for the first time. That was a year ago today.

If there was a silver lining in his deployment it was that I didn’t have anyone with me in the hospital taking those awful delivery room photos. Call me vain but I’m not one to trot out a bunch of photos of myself looking like a train wreck, so I was perfectly happy not to have any.

Ah, but the day my husband came home to meet our daughter was different. I wanted photos to cherish, photos to one day give our daughter. As an added bonus I looked good, or at least not like a train wreck.

I also know my limits as a photographer and had more sense than to try to take the photos myself. Holding a baby and a heavy camera is unwieldy. Throw in hugs and tears and, well, forget about it. So, I hired a photographer. It was one of my best ideas, ever.

Heidi Lynne Lewis of Heidi Lynne Photography is a gifted photographer based in my hometown of State College, Pennsylvania. She captured the day beautifully, exactly as I remember it. I’ve posted some of her photos here. You can see more of Heidi’s work on her website www.heidilynnephotography.com.

Photos by Heidi Lynne Photography

Amy Crownover - January 4, 2012 - 4:34 am

So glad you shared these and it brought tears to my eyes. Glad you are finally enjoying together family time. Hope all is well!

Jill Cordes - January 4, 2012 - 4:49 am

Love this blog. I swear, every time I see the pics, I start to cry! So sweet!

Linda Ashcraft - January 4, 2012 - 4:12 pm

Cynthia, these photos are so precious! I hope you’re doing okay!

lynne mowris - January 4, 2012 - 8:47 pm

these photos are so beautiful…what a lovely family!!!

Lynn - January 4, 2012 - 10:52 pm

I just adore these pictures. I’m so happy you’re all home together (and living near us!)

Christina Richards - January 16, 2012 - 3:02 pm

These are wonderful!

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cindy holman - March 26, 2012 - 8:35 pm

These required two Kleenex! So wonderful.

Bill - April 26, 2012 - 6:17 pm

Beautiful, beautiful pictures.

I remember the first time I met y’all, in the subway in DC last year when Paul was back for his R&R. Then I had the pleasure of working for him downrange for a month. I was amazed at this story and how y’all persevered.

Honestly, the images bring water to the eyes. I’m glad you all are together full time now.

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