Operation Love:ReUnited – Correa Homecoming

Operation: Love ReUnited

Kristin contacted me about shooting her fiance’s homecoming session, I think on a Thursday. The catch was, he was coming home on Tuesday….like the following Tuesday. Like four days away. Oh, and they were set to arrive at ……4 am. Okay, so maybe there were two catches. 🙂
But Kristin was so sweet and so excited, I would have been crazy to say no. Did I mention Kristin was flying in from Mississippi? That she was arriving just hours before the homecoming? That she would have to fly home that same night, having only a handful of hours to spend with the fiance she hadn’t seen in forever? Aaaaaand, he didn’t know she was coming! See? How could you say no to that?

A day or so later I got the final details….I was scheduled to meet her at 3:15 am. Which means I had to leave my house at 2am. Eeek!

We arrived at Camp Pendleton and waited. Thank goodness that most of the waiting was done inside, because it was pretty chilly. They arrived a little later than expected, but not too bad. We saw the buses pass and head for the armory. We waited some more. And then, it was time! Everyone headed outside….

More waiting……


And then there they were!


Derek was on the very first bus!









Welcome home, Derek. It was a pleasure meeting you both. Have a wonderful wedding and life together!

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5 thoughts on “Operation Love:ReUnited – Correa Homecoming”

  1. Kristin Balius says:

    Aww! Yay! You must have had another late night looking at the hour you posted them! I just love them!!! Thank you!

  2. Steve & Kathy Ripka says:

    Fantastic shots!! You really know how to capture the moment. I love the whole concept of what you are doing. Keep up the good work.

  3. Man Mel, you sure know how to bring a girl to tears! Those were so beautiful! Im sure every OPlove session you do will have a little more tug on my heartstrings now…but these are simply beautiful! I am really going to fly you to where ever we are to do ours when that day comes!

  4. Hey Melodee-

    I am on a Military Wives/Girl Friends/ Fiances website with Kristen, and I just have to say you did an AMAZING job! I am crying right now! Wonderful wonderful job! Thank you for volunteering your time. Its people like you who help capture the moments we love most and can cherish and do it out of the kindness of your heart. Thank you so much!

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