It is springtime in Texas. For a mother, it means, among other things, beautiful fields of bluebonnets to take the quintessential family portraits. For little boys, it means racing through those fields at the speed of light. As I chased, stooped and crawled my way through the shoot, I was nervous about the outcome. But when he was in his mother's arms, I was blessed with the sweetest of smiles, the most infectious of laughs, and several wonderful slice-of-life images. For the family of a deployed soldier, it can be difficult to find those blissful moments amidst the seemingly endless days apart, so I was pleased and gratified to be able to capture a few of them for this beautiful family!