A loving couple, separated by deployment, got the chance to reunite through photography.
Veronica and Brandon Phillips are expecting their first child, but Veronica is currently at home in Florida while Brandon is doing military service in the Air Force overseas. Because of that, he has missed most of her pregnancy and cannot be there for their baby’s birth.
So when Veronica booked a maternity photoshoot with Jennifer McMahon, a professional photographer in Miami, Florida, she asked McMahon whether it would be possible to somehow incorporate Brandon into the pregnancy photos. McMahon said yes and with stunning precision delivered one of the most heartwarming maternity photos.
“I had seen many photos where people were Photoshopped in, and I have Photoshopped siblings together before to look like one seamless photo,” McMahon told HuffPost. “After playing around with several edits for a few days and many hours of photo editing, I posted the one I thought told the best story and would evoke emotion in all who saw the beautiful photo.”
“It is very common it seems for military husbands to miss pregnancies or births of their children. It broke my heart when Veronica told me her story. I couldn’t imagine. And to think it’s a regular occurrence. This is what it means to serve our country.”