Alex and Clancy (or known by a good majority as "Cuffs" and "Alamo") are not your ordinary couple...they are one badassss couple. Not only are they both fighter pilots in the Air Force, but they are both Weapons Officers (a huge accomplishment)! Never the less, they are by far one of the sweetest, kindest, most HUMBLE, and most genuine couples (and individuals) you'll ever encounter. So, when Clancy asked me to take their engagement photos I was not only flattered but so excited to document such a sweet time in their relationship. Thankfully the weather here in Germany just turned from dreary winter to sunny and blossoming springtime so it was a picture perfect setting. Enjoy a few of my favorites!
I'm so happy that I was able to squeeze in one more fini flight, before baby shows up, for our flight doc who is so loved by all in this squadron - we made a deal that if I take photos she'll deliver the baby if necessary...totally a fair trade if you ask me!
The Horton family means so much to so many at this base, so I was honored when Heather asked me to document Colonel Horton's last flight in the f-16. We were able to walk him out to the jet before take off and when I asked what number flight this was he responded with "2,000 something"! Crazy!!! After he landed, he was greeted by the fire department who provided a water arch (that Heather got to initiate) and then the traditional hog tie, spray down (with a fire hose instead of fire extinguishers filled with water), and champagne shower!
Thank you, Horton family, for all that you've done for so many families here in Germany!
Summer is now in full swing and that means two things, no A/C in Germany (holy hotness) and PSC season is upon us (aka fini flights galore!). Can you even handle the pinup goddess that is Kate Vella?! I didn't think so! Kate and I both share a love of good food and even better wine (when I'm not knocked up and can actually drink a glass or five), so needless to say, she will be missed. Enjoy a few of my favorites from this recent fini...
Contrary to popular belief, the sun does shine (on occasion) in Germany! Thankfully, we had perfect weather yesterday for yet another fini flight, this time for the Shackelford family.
They will be greatly missed. Wishing them all the luck on their new adventure in Texas!
Enjoy a few of my favorite moments below...
I talked about the tradition of "fini flights" in a fighter squadron a few posts back and as far as traditions go this one was no different... just add colder weather, rain, a mini flight suit, and a big-time champagne shower. This sweet family is headed to their next location in a few days and I know everyone will miss them dearly!
Here are a few favorite's from Block's fini flight...
When a pilot is leaving one squadron and heading out to their next assignment it's customary on the their "final" flight (hence fini flight) to be greeted by friends, tackled by fellow pilots, bound by the hands and feet using duct tape...then if that wasn't enough already, hosed down with water and sprayed with champagne. Normally this is standard protocol for how this tradition goes down, but not when you're Nashville. With a prank up his sleeve plus a plan to break free and run off into the distance, I have to say that we wouldn't have expected anything less.
Here are a few of my favorite moments from Nashville's fini flight...
Our sweet friends, the Buntens, hit a big milestone this week...promoting to Major! It has been such a privilege being able to capture so many different events throughout this first year with them - a deployment homecoming, a new business and now a career promotion!
Before the ceremony I couldn't help but snap a few shots of the girls in their matching outfits...I mean can you get any cuter?! I don't think so!