When I read about this week's theme of "Hands On" I instantly flashed back to the Deployment photo shoot I did with The Castillo Family. As a fellow Army Wife who has survived two deployments myself, I completly connected with Elsa.(the wife) This would be her first ever deployment with her husband going to Afganastan.
I remember so clearly when my husband was the one shipping off to Iraq back in 2006. I was soo worried and sad and afraid I would never see him again.......
During this shoot, all I kept thinking in my heart was that I wanted to capture pictures that would make her feel close to her husband even though he was so far away.
When I see this picture, I see and feel so many things. The thing I love the most about this photo is that it basically sums up Military life in general.....
His ring symbloizes his wife, children and family.....everything "home". His hand resting against his ACU's with his M-16 by his side, to me, clearly shows the merging of the two completly different yet intertwining worlds.
While my hub was away and I didn't get to talk to him, I would always look at my wedding rings and it gave me great comfort and a sense of closeness to him, even so far away.
I'm sure Elsa will be doing the same........
The only edit that I did to this photo was sharpened it to bring out the creases in his hands.
They are the hands of the proud. The Serving and The Fallen. They are the hands of newbies and officers alike. They are the hands of America and the hands of hard work.
I am filled with such emotion right now. Chills up and down my arms and tears in my eyes!
Before I have a total boo-hoo fest, I am heading on over to I Heart Faces to check out some more pictures that I'm sure will include chubby baby hands.....won't you head on over too?
You won't be sorry!!