Michelle of All Your Heart Photography is a family, maternity, and newborn lifestyle photographer based in Killeen, Texas and serves Fort Hood, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Belton, and surrounding areas in Central Texas . She uses natural light to capture meaningful memories of your family with sincerity and authenticity. To contact Michelle or schedule a session, click here.
This pre-deployment session was so much fun! When I received a session inquiry from this family, I was overjoyed to discover that we all went to the same university! Small world, huh? Not only that, but they were a dual military couple as well! The term "dual military" is used to describe a married couple who both serve in the military at the same time. It's super stressful and tiring, and requires a lot of patience and grace. At any time, one – or both – person(s) can be deployed, in addition to the regular expectations of early morning physical training, late night work, irregular hours, and field training exercises.
A large unit is scheduled to deploy out of Fort Hood and this family wanted to capture photos of their family beforehand. This soldier will go on his fifth (5th!) deployment, but the first one since their children have been born. And to boot, they just moved here a few months prior! If army life teaches you anything, it's to be adaptable!
The two little girls were at such precious ages: 3 years and 7 months. Sometimes the three-year-old wasn't in the mood to smile much, but that's okay. It’s something I want parents to know: it's okay for your children to be themselves! As a mother, I adore those cheesy baby smiles and love the way their eyes crinkle, genuinely amusemed. At the same time, I like it when kids are having fun and being kids! As a photographer, I cherish moments of genuine connection, like when a child rests her head on her father’s shoulders, simply taking a moment to be still and appreciate one another. <3
Thanks for reading! Also, if you would, please take a moment to pray for this family, all the deployed soldiers and their families at home, for those in service toward our nation and to peace, and for our leaders in government.