Melissa Arroyo of Melissa Arroyo Photography located near Andrew’s Air Force Base and has been in business for over ten years. She is a natural light portrait and wedding photographer. Melissa’s approach is more “real life” and journalistic. Here’s what she had to say about this session:
“Esther had contacted me to photograph Billy’s homecoming on the USS Iwo Jima, December 012 in Norfolk Virginia…the problem is, I live in Maryland. I decided I would drive down the day before and cover another homecoming (the USS Eisenhower) since there were many ships coming in for Christmas and a shortage of OpLove photographers.
Billy had been deployed for 9 months and his daughter is 18 months so he had been gone half of her life. To my surprise we actually got to board the USS Iwo Jima and the homecoming took place in the belly of the huge assault ship. When we boarded, we were led to one side and saw Billy standing at attention and the 10 minutes we had to stand there before Billy and Esther could actually unite seemed like an eternity.”