Jennifer McMahon is a photographer in Florida who specializes in taking adorable pictures of families, babies, and dreamy maternity photo shoots that look like they've already been put through the Snapchat flower crown filter. Earlier this month, she posted a photo shoot with expecting mother Veronica Phillips and created a beautiful series to document her very pregnant stomach wandering through a field on a beautiful day.
The fantasy of all new moms:
Pictures of Phillips are now getting national attention because of the background to her story. Phillips has gone through her pregnancy and will be delivering her baby without her husband, Brandon, who is serving in the Air Force overseas.
BuzzFeed reports that Phillips wore her husband's jacket and dog tags for some of the pictures as a tribute to him, but it's the photo below that is really blowing everyone away. Phillips asked McMahon if it would be possible to include Brandon in one of the photos and McMahon had the technology: Photoshop.
In the caption, McMahon wrote, "This mommy was so sweet, and her story touched my heart. Her husband is thousands of miles away serving our country. He is missing his beautiful wife's pregnancy, and will be missing the birth of his baby. Thank you to our military for sacrificing for our country."
McMahon actually already had the photo of Brandon, having taken it before he left. Veronica Phillips cried when she saw the image of her husband touching her stomach.
McMahon is proud the Internet is responding so warmly to the photo saying, "I know its not even the best photo, but its the story that it tells that means so much to people."
Not the best photo? I guess it might not be to everyone's taste, but it's pretty sweet and conceptually better than just Photoshopping Brandon into that meadow. Also, though the distance between this couple is physically vast, an image like this makes it seem just a little bit smaller. That definitely makes it the best photo for them.