Today I am thankful for the soldiers that serve in all branches of the military. I had the opportunity to photograph a military family before the dad, a marine, deployed to Afghanistan. James’ dad is the in Army and deployment is something we have experienced many times. James’ dad didn’t handle his most recent deployment to Afghanistan as a responsible adult, but it just made me that more appreciative to the soldiers that do. They spend the time before they deploy with their families, making every minute count. Then they serve our country in areas all over the world, doing their job and then coming home until their next deployment. It’s not an easy life and they miss out on so much. Some lose friends and family and some never come home. Today we finished up our session at the Soldiers Field Memorial. It definitely makes you proud to be an American!