Wife Incorporates Her Deployed Husband In A Stunning Maternity Shoot

“This photo has me choking back tears.”

A pregnant wife got the chance to reunite with her deployed husband through photography and Photoshop. Last month, Veronica Phillips reached out to Jennifer McMahon – a photographer in Miami, Florida – to schedule a maternity photo shoot. 

The 29-year-old’s husband Brandon – a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force – could not be present because he is currently stationed overseas. The father-to-be left the couple’s Homestead, Florida, hometown around the time they found out the sex of their baby boy.


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Given the circumstances, the mom-to-be asked McMahon whether it would be possible to incorporate Brandon into some of the photos – and the result is stunning. Phillips says: “All I can say is that I miss him. I wanted to honor my husband, and even though we are a far distance from each other, we are close in this picture. It symbolizes our love and commitment from afar.”


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McMahon explains: “I had seen many photos where people were Photoshopped in, and I have Photoshopped siblings together before to look like one seamless photo. After playing around with several edits for a few days and many hours of editing, I posted the one I thought told the best story and would evoke emotion in all who saw it.” The photographer shared the heartwarming photo on Facebook, where it reached hundreds of thousands of viewers.


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McMahon concludes: “This photo has already reached over a million people and I am so honored that my photo could do that. I know its not even the best photo, but its the story that it tells that means so much to people.”

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