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Contest Finalist in My Hero Photo Contest
People's Choice in Freedom Photo Contest
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Glorious Moments Photo ContestTop 20 class
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My Hero Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Love Is In The Air Photo ContestTop 10 class
Love Is In The Air Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
ViewBug Image of the Year Photo ContestTop 20 class
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ViewBug Image of the Year Photo ContestTop 20 class month 1
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RihoR
 
RihoR January 11, 2013
Powerful! Beautiful emotions!
reneemurray
 
reneemurray January 11, 2013
Always a great feeling, good luck hope it wins!
MarianneAlyce
 
MarianneAlyce January 11, 2013
beautiful!
aliusmanwahyuhidayat
 
aliusmanwahyuhidayat January 11, 2013
Great!!
jaywoolwine
 
jaywoolwine January 12, 2013
Great work
rachmonte
 
rachmonte January 13, 2013
Excellent composition.
SiddharthaShukla
 
SiddharthaShukla January 23, 2013
great emotional pic
OriginalDirk
 
OriginalDirk January 25, 2013
Powerful and emotional!
ShootnSee
 
ShootnSee February 21, 2013
Daddys home =)
sunsetnurveins
 
sunsetnurveins March 25, 2013
amazing
carrieannelebras
 
carrieannelebras March 25, 2013
Powerful and emotional capture. Great work!
Heyjude
 
Heyjude April 15, 2013
Beautiful ! Great composition! Powerful and emotional!
Geesdigital Premium
 
Geesdigital May 05, 2013
Be still my heart! Lovely
glizzy5116
 
glizzy5116 June 26, 2013
you are crushing it with this photo bro.
luvmtnlife PRO+
 
luvmtnlife June 26, 2013
Congratulations! Very Power and Moving piece.
catini
 
catini June 26, 2013
Very emotive shot, congrats on your feature!
bbranyon
 
bbranyon June 26, 2013
Great photo! Love it!
drakkardarkblade
 
drakkardarkblade June 26, 2013
congrats, fantastic, please check out my work
Juliamclean PRO+
 
Juliamclean June 26, 2013
A beautiful story.....congratulations!
charlenemensah
 
charlenemensah June 26, 2013
Lovely
nerophoto
 
nerophoto June 26, 2013
Brilliant capture of such a poignant moment!!!! Congrats on a well-deserved feature!!!
debhall PRO+
 
debhall June 26, 2013
Straight to the heart! Beautiful!
kathyallison PRO+
 
kathyallison June 26, 2013
Beautiful! Love this.
UnkleFrank PRO+
 
UnkleFrank June 26, 2013
Outstanding image!!! Very well portrayed.
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta June 26, 2013
Fabulous emotional & poignant image. Congratulations on being featured.
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo June 26, 2013
Good for you! Obviously good for the daughter, and good for him for being a hero. Congrats on your Feature!
iceman2
 
iceman2 June 26, 2013
Excellent capture.Congrats!
jrsosky
 
jrsosky June 26, 2013
Awesome.
AK_Swathi
 
AK_Swathi June 26, 2013
lovely pic full of emotions in it nice
twilightcadena
 
twilightcadena June 26, 2013
As a Marine wife and mother, this photo brings tears to my eyes. I have been in that position and when he comes home its the best.
Kim_Schou PRO
 
Kim_Schou June 26, 2013
Great story-telling image - congrats!
PSJPhotography
 
PSJPhotography June 26, 2013
Fantastic shot!
MarcoPoveda
 
MarcoPoveda June 26, 2013
Conmovedora, hermosa fotografía
WolfEyesPhotography PRO+
 
WolfEyesPhotography June 26, 2013
So beautiful, God Bless
jpblitz
 
jpblitz June 26, 2013
Fantastic photo. You can really feel the girl's emotions.
Thimbee
 
Thimbee June 26, 2013
What a winner! Congrats
JKSImagery
 
JKSImagery June 26, 2013
Oorah! Welcome home, Marine! Fantastic shot.
uniquelymoniquekeogh
 
uniquelymoniquekeogh June 26, 2013
love love love!
BarbaraT
 
BarbaraT June 26, 2013
Words cannot express the emotion of this photograph. If you are the person in the photograph, thank you for your service. If you are their relative, please thank them for me.
GJUNIORPHOTOGRAPHY
 
GJUNIORPHOTOGRAPHY June 26, 2013
fantastic shot,congrats
wwinter86
 
wwinter86 June 26, 2013
Good Pic, good subject
DevekMaga Premium
 
DevekMaga June 26, 2013
Been there in both position.... I know how and what it feels like.... You captured the most critical part! Superb expression!
adoptedone
 
adoptedone June 26, 2013
Amazing shot. Brings tears to my eyes just looking at it. Congrats on well deserved feature.
Ashley_Perez
 
Ashley_Perez June 26, 2013
In LOVE! My husband is a Marine so I know this scene all too well. Congrats on the feature, well deserved!
tsambaproductions
 
tsambaproductions June 27, 2013
congrats
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 June 27, 2013
Powerful image. It hurts. Congrats!
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 June 27, 2013
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SERVICE!
whitedove5 PRO
 
whitedove5 June 28, 2013
So touching ... good photo journaling.
marinabari
 
marinabari June 28, 2013
Great emotional shot!
SarahKeates PRO
 
SarahKeates June 28, 2013
Wonderful work! Congrats!
JKSImagery
 
JKSImagery June 28, 2013
Did USAA use this photo? I swear I saw it today on a promotional card.
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edwardfidler April 21, 2015
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JoeyGag
 
JoeyGag June 28, 2013
I saw this photo in an ad today, it must have been bought for a campaign. Straight 8 has many beautifully composed military photos.
lpp526 PRO
 
lpp526 June 28, 2013
interesting finding this picture as a poster in an airport, you must be very proud
rkrings2
 
rkrings2 June 29, 2013
Awesome! Congrats!
DevekMaga Premium
 
DevekMaga July 01, 2013
You realize that Humana Healthcare is using this image as a member logs out of his page, right? No clouds though, but this is the image.... I hope you made a 'killing' on this image as Humana has millions of members.
deborah97
 
deborah97 July 02, 2013
wow great emotion in this photo
isstoossay PRO
 
isstoossay July 02, 2013
CONGRATS on the award and I just saw your image in the commercial for the Gary Sinise Foundation!
mylene_ralph
 
mylene_ralph July 03, 2013
Semper Fi! Thank you for this photo.
LCdutch PRO
 
LCdutch July 08, 2013
Says it all!
LynnsPhoto
 
LynnsPhoto July 08, 2013
So much emotion in this photo, love it!
agnieszkacybulska
 
agnieszkacybulska July 18, 2013
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots August 18, 2013
Very touching photo! Congrats.
gek1701
 
gek1701 August 26, 2013
Doesn't get any better then that!!
KMHalaska PRO+
 
KMHalaska November 05, 2013
Wonderful! What an incredible moment you have captured. I am sure it will continue to bring tears to viewers' eyes for years to come. Great job not only taking a magnificent photo but capturing such emotion.
kevincowley
 
kevincowley November 05, 2013
Great photo, It's funny, I just saw your picture at our library today on the cover the book titled: "Military Mental Health Care: A guide Dor Service members...", and now I see it here as a winner.
Contratulations!
Batesphoto PRO
 
Batesphoto November 05, 2013
Simply outstanding.
SherranAndersen
 
SherranAndersen November 05, 2013
Congrats.
markborinelli Premium
 
markborinelli November 06, 2013
WOW, what more can I say and congrats
sully1364
 
sully1364 November 06, 2013
very moving picture
joecas
 
joecas November 06, 2013
very beautiful and emotional.Congrats!
kbrim8 PRO
 
kbrim8 November 06, 2013
Awesome shot !! Love it !!
steveclayton
 
steveclayton November 06, 2013
Congrats and well done with this capture very powerfull.
SuperT22
 
SuperT22 November 06, 2013
outstanding
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 November 06, 2013
Love this... Congrats! :)
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 November 08, 2013
Congrats on your People's Choice win!
LainieHillerPhotography
 
LainieHillerPhotography November 10, 2013
Great photo- I happened to see it used in an ad in our local paper today, for mid continent cable, and wanted to make sure you knew it was being used commercially, it has been altered from the original image here (different sky).
danielkerray
 
danielkerray November 10, 2013
A classic example of how a picture is worth a thousand words. Great capture and yes that's coming from a Canadian. Cheers Egh....................Daniel
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta November 26, 2013
My previous comment refers. Congratulations on your win.
TomK Premium
 
TomK November 26, 2013
Great
scottwneal
 
scottwneal November 27, 2013
Beautiful portrait! This photo is worthy of many awards!
kbrim8 PRO
 
kbrim8 December 01, 2013
I absolutely love this !!!
gopalakrishnan
 
gopalakrishnan December 03, 2013
congrats excellent capture!!
kphall Premium
 
kphall December 21, 2013
Beautiful! Congrats!
traumfrequenz
 
traumfrequenz January 16, 2014
fine art
bitsnpiecesphotography
 
bitsnpiecesphotography February 14, 2014
God Bless Our Troops!!!!! Great!
tom_a_findahl_0381
 
tom_a_findahl_0381 March 08, 2014
An image can tell a story, this one does.
One of the best I've seen in a long time..
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi August 16, 2014
wonderful !!!!!
phtowomyn
 
phtowomyn November 19, 2014
awesome picture
loripeterson
 
loripeterson November 21, 2014
Such a powerful, emotional image.
inesgardea PRO+
 
inesgardea February 23, 2015
Love it,
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 April 09, 2015
What an emotional capture...congratulations!!!
KoralC PRO
 
KoralC April 11, 2015
Perfect!
texaaronpueschel PRO
 
texaaronpueschel April 11, 2015
This one gets it. A winner. Words are inadequate.
JMCC PRO+
 
JMCC April 15, 2015
Beautiful!!!
synergySB52 PRO
 
synergySB52 April 15, 2015
Congratulations on your Award for My Hero Contest....well deserved! A picture IS worth a thousand words and you captured strong emotion so simply!!!!!
ReneeBlake PRO+
 
ReneeBlake April 15, 2015
Very powerful image ! Congrats !
sebastianmuglia
 
sebastianmuglia April 16, 2015
Well done Rick!
Soon
 
Soon April 18, 2015
Amazing!! That's so beautiful!!
jodiandersonhattery
 
jodiandersonhattery April 19, 2015
How funny to see this image won and get it in the mail the same day on a credit card offer.
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography May 07, 2015
Sweet
Q-Vision PRO+
 
Q-Vision May 19, 2015
So very touching. Nicely captured!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in Yuma, Arizona on my last tour in the Marine Corps.
Time
10am
Lighting
All natural lighting. I wanted to make it look like a candid shot.
Equipment
Canon 5d Mark II, hand held.
Inspiration
There is only one thing that takes away all the pain and scarring memories from a combat deployment, its the moment you get your loved ones back in your arms again. I've experienced this first hand and wanted to recreate that moment.
Editing
No post processing
In my camera bag
I'm normally a studio photographer, but I carry a Fuji 100x with me at all times.
Feedback
I think having been through this experience really help me capture the moment again. That first hug back from deployment is the most powerful feeling in the world.

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