Deployment is inevitable in the military. ut that doesn't make it any easier or "normal". I certainly don't look forward to watching my husbands ship leave. It's hard to describe what it's like to hug your loved one goodbye and then watch them leave. It's a mix of emotions: love, sadness, fear, excitement & pride. Pride is the emotion that surprised me the most the first time I watched my husbands ship deploy. And the strength I felt looking at the military 'support group' /family that surrounded me. I hadn’t expected either of those feelings.
Deployment photos. Photos as a Navy wife I never thought I would want or take. But honestly now they are some of my favorites. I believe it’s important to document the whole process. Both for now and later! The first deployment I photographed was my husbands. It helped me process everything! Now I try to give that gift to others! Deployment isn’t the best day. But it’s an important day and one I have learned I need to find a way to celebrate and be proud of. Even if it is a painful day!