Scott + Patricia . Long Distance Love

It’s not every day that I get a phone call from a man wanting to book a portrait session for him and his wife. It’s definitely not every day that I get a phone call from a man in Afghanistan wanting to book a portrait session for him and his wife when he returns home on leave. Scott somehow managed to plan an entire trip, photo session and all, from a battlefield. Scott’s a pretty special man, so is his wonderful wife, Patricia. I’ve never seen a man so in love with his wife before. Patricia is very obviously the object of his affection, where his heart is, and what drives him to survive the Gulf War every day that he’s there. Patricia very obviously feels the same way about him.

Never have I had a session where I wanted, so badly, to truly capture the emotion between a couple – knowing that 10 days from that session they will be apart again for many, many months.

I absolutely adore this couple. I loved hearing their stories – how they met, how they make it, who they are, how they feel. They’re an amazing couple, one I will definitely never forget and hope to see again soon. I hope they’ll become lifelong friends – they definitely made an impression on me.

Thank you both, for spending some of your precious few hours together with me and allowing me to document a little portion of your love story. Thank you for the sacrifices you both make, every day, so that the world can be a safer place. Thank you for the friendship, the conversation, the amazing bottle of wine, and the memories you’ve given me of two wonderful people, wonderfully in love.

Be safe, come back to visit soon.


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Melody Hood


  1. robin on July 28, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Beautiful. I was hooked by the end of the second sentence. What a wonderful gift! Beautiful images!

  2. jill on July 28, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    seriously, crying at my desk. what beautiful people

  3. Christine Sims on July 28, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    You have melted my heart with this…I think I would have known there story even if you had not written anything…awesome job capturing there story. Beautiful..

  4. Crystal on July 28, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    MEL! WOW this made me just sit here and stare at my screen what a touching story and of course the images are beautiful too and just brings the story to life! Way to go! Love it!!

  5. Nam on July 28, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    The new blog looks GREAT! Congrats Melody!! = )

  6. Lisa on July 28, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    This is an incredible story set to pictures. You have given them a precious gift and it will be cherished forever…don’t you love doing this for people? Great job Melody.

  7. Lisette price on July 28, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Melody you had to go and make me tear up didn’t you!? These are so beautiful and I love that Scott planned a session with you for his wife while on leave…wow! God bless him and keep him safe. I know all too well the worry Patricia has to be feeling.

  8. Pallo on July 28, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Two People so in love…….red

  9. Ohana on July 28, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    what a touching and sweet story. melody you really captured the love these two have. i absolutely LOVE that last image.

  10. Mom on July 28, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I just love these pictures. The best I have ever seen. This is my son and daughter-n-law. I didn’t get to see him when he came home but I will be waiting on him when he makes that final trip home.
    I love you my son. Mama

  11. Scott + Patricia on July 28, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful experience that you gave both of us. We will always cherish the memories that you captured and look forward to another session in the spring.

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