The next few posts are repeats. The website server had a glitch last week and all my posts since April were deleted.
Here are some pictures from a great session I took recently in North Carolina at Camp Lejeune. This picturesque location is right in their front yard. I loved being out there for the weekend and meeting a few awesome Marine families.
I am happy to be featured on today’s Rally Point Blog post. This blog is a positive place that shares images of military families and events. Like it on Facebook if you want to see more work from other photographers. In a year of ‘change’ we need all the inspiration we can get!!
All the boxes are unpacked and we are finally settled into our new home. I am happy to say that Micah Cummings Photography is now open for business in Virginia Beach! I have 2 large antique doors from Europe in the garden room and the beach a couple miles away. A new promo piece is going out next week just in time for the upcoming holiday season. If you know anyone who lives nearby that would be interested in my photography services, please pass this on. Personal referrals are the best!
Virginia Beach has been great so far. The leaves are starting to change and there is no snow to be seen! We miss Germany immensely, but do not miss the cold weather.
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Thanks for the continued support. Happy Fall!
What a pleasant surprise to have this fun dad join us for photos. We were set just to take pics of the kids, but Andy got back from Normandy early. And with a great attitude after a long weekend and a brutal drive home. But he made it and we got some really fun shots of the kids with their dad.
I had the pleasure of photographing the Clemons family last week just after their exciting retirement ceremony. Ross served the Army for 29 years and had a great and fulfilling career. His wife, Mindy, supported and guided them in each overseas tour. I only wish we had met years ago! She is an amazing Christian woman who has a true gift for leadership and mentoring. Check out her Blog for some daily inspiration.
Congrats Ross on your retirement. I hope you have a smooth transition to sunny Panama City!
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The Vores family leaves Germany this week for California. Dad was gone for a lot of the tour, but baby Ashlynn was born and lots of memories were made. Now it’s onward to new beginnings, in the States.
Have fun in my favorite CA spot, Monterey!
Due to the cold weather, I have not been shooting much lately. But I did make exceptions for these three deploying dads. It’s such an honor for me to share those moments with them when I know they will be leaving so soon. A lot of emotions are there in the days before deployment. Here are some of my favorites…
I had a couple of In His Shoes sessions recently. I have to say that these sessions are my absolute favorite of anything else that I do professionally. I began them in Newport, Rhode Island in 2007. Since then, the theme has caught on and I get many requests from military families. It originated with an entire In His Shoes day. We shot in the Community Center at the Fort Adams base housing area. It was an amazing two days of shooting. Now, I have gotten to work with many Stuttgart dad’s and their children. Many of my shoots have been with Special Forces soldiers, who deploy quite often.
I will be doing some special In His Shoes days in April. Deploying dad’s get first priority. They will receive a complimentary 5 X 7 to bring on deployment. The kids get to select the one they want while dad is away. If you are interested in booking a session, contact me and I will get it on the schedule.
In His Shoes sessions are ongoing, so if you are a deploying soldier and set to leave or PCS, I can do individual slots.
What can I say about baby Lily? A little peanut who was very good with the camera during her big debut. We laughed, cried, oohh’d and ahh’d, and let’s just say Lily let it all loose. It was a great session and I really enjoyed hanging out with you three. And don’t feel bad about my floor. It’s happened before. Who says being a portrait photographer is glamorous? But in the end, it is well worth it.
Here are some of my favs…
This baby was just waiting to have his photographic debut! Kevin had to deploy the next day and we had to postpone due to weather issues. BUT, we made it happen. And on a great day and with two sweet, fun little guys.
New babies come into the world every minute. We spend hours staring at every perfect inch of their tiny bodies. God gave us these babies to hold, and love, and raise into respectful human beings. New parents never tire from observing every little thing their newest baby does. That doesn’t change. But it does for military families. The soldier memorizes his baby’s every finest detail. Holds him and leaves an imprint that will stay for the following months while he is away. He memorizes the smell, wrinkles, and expressions of his precious new baby. And brings these memories wherever the deployment brings him.
This is why photographing fellow military families is so meaningful to me. I love the moments. Each one of them. There is something more meaningful when I am editing the photos knowing that Dad will have these pictures with him in Iraq. Or Mom will have them in their house while he is away. And more importantly, these photos are building history in a family lineage. Documentation for our generations to have. Our Dad who served in the war. Our Grandpa who was in the Army. Or Navy. Or Air Force. Or who was a Marine.
Here are some of my favorites. Thanks for including me in your last day together! I pray that your deployment goes well and brings you back safely soon.
Kristin, David and Mason,
I am so glad we had a chance to meet and do photos before you leave for Japan! One major bummer about the military is saying bye to really great families. I wish we would have met earlier! I hope our paths cross again sometime in the future. Be sure to look me up if you ever get to San Diego.
Mason was the sweetest little subject. If modelling isn’t his thing in the future, maybe he can be an HSL pilot like his Daddy. You never know…
I hope you like the photos. Take care and enjoy Japan!
I have had the privilege of meeting some wonderful Special Forces service members here in Stuttgart. Thanks to my friend Tiffany who seems to know everyone around here! We met at our daughter’s ballet class during the summer. Thanks Tiff for introducing us to Doug, and all of the other SF gang that are here.
Many of the SF group deploy every year. The Goode family has gone through 10 deployments in the past few years. So many other families endure the same frequent schedule. I have great respect and admiration for what these men do for our country.
I was able to photograph the Goode’s, Holevas’, Harrison, Ferris, and Whiting families before they leave this month. We’ll be looking forward to having you all back safely.
Here are some photographs that the guys will take on their deployments, and that the kids will have while they are away…
The In His Shoes session at Fort Adams was a huge hit and so much fun. Very challenging as well. We had a backdrop set up in case of rain, lots of props, and essential chocolate chip cookies as a reward for the dad’s and little ones. Navy, Marine, Army, and Air Force were all represented, thanks guys!
I had to be quick going from families with 3 girls, to 3 boys, back to 2 girls, babies, newborns, 5 kids… It was awesome.
Here are some samples:
In His Shoes is a series that I started in Newport, Rhode Island. I came up with the idea after talking to some of my friends who were preparing for their husbands to deploy. Many of our military families go on 6-15 month deployments. When my husband PJ deployed I put photographs of him everywhere. There was a 16 X 20 mounted in my daughter Addy’s room who was 6 months old. She knew him right away at his Homecoming.
The portrait session is for all military dads and their kids. I’m giving a free 5 X 7 keepsake portrait with the session. Dad’s who are deploying in the next year will receive a complimentary 8 X 10 mounted photograph for the kids to have while they are away. My goal is to create candid and unique portraits that will be something they can share for generations.
In His Shoes sessions are currently available in Stuttgart, Germany. The fee is $35. Contact Micah for more information.
I will also be shooting sessions in San Diego from 06/10- 07/05/09.
Here is the first promotion I created for the series…