Utah Missionary Photographer | Elder Staten Comes Home
My cousin came home from his mission a few days ago! When I found out I had the opportunity to be at the airport to photograph his reunion with his family, I jumped on it. I wanted his parents and sisters to be able to actually focus on him and watch him come out with their eyes and not through a camera viewfinder. Tyler and his family wanted photos of his homecoming, but they didn't want to have to worry about holding up a camera instead of giving hugs and just soaking it all in. I highly recommend asking someone specifically to come and take pictures if you have a loved one returning home from a mission.
It gets me every time when I see a missionary come home and give his Mom a hug. Every. Time. There's just something about seeing a little boy who has grown into a man over the last two years bend down to love on his Mom. So much of Tyler's family was there to welcome him - along with about 300 other people. No joke. There were (I think) 24 other missionaries on Tyler's flight so there were lots of family members. Tyler also got to fly home with his MTC companion so that was really special. Welcome home Elder Staten!
Only 68 more days until my brother gets home... But who's counting.