Living in this area means that I see so many military families coming and going each year. From Langley Air Force Base to Fort Eustis to Oceana and several places in between, it's safe to say that Hampton Roads is always in transition. JD and Jennifer are part of this group, with a recent move to Virginia from way down south.
It always amazes me to see the strength of military couples. With impending deployments, long distance relationships, and so many struggles in between, there was an obvious steadiness between JD and Jennifer. He wants a big dog, but she grew up with Yorkie-poos. His idea of fun on a Saturday is a day spent golfing, and hers is entirely different. What matters more than their differences, though, is the unity they show when they are together. No matter where they are, what matters is that they are together.
We met on a gorgeous evening last week at First Landing State Park, a beautiful area that has woods and trails on one side and a quiet beach on the other. We spent time talking about what's happened before (some big moves!) and what's coming next (a wedding in the spring!). We watched the sun set on the beach as the waves lapped peacefully against the shore.
JD and Jennifer, thank you both so much for spending the evening with me. I enjoyed getting to know you both individually and as a couple. I wish only the best for you during the next season of life - whatever that may bring - and know you will fare well as long as you do so together.
I took some portraits of JD & Jennifer alone so they would have something to hold onto when the miles separate them in the future.
Annnnd we ended with this. It was a good day.