I received an email a couple of weeks ago asking me to take family photos of a father and son duo. This was a different session than I’m used to, but it was oh so much fun! It turned cold and rainy that day but Roy and Patrick were real troopers. The love and mutual respect and admiration between the two is so apparent. I am a huge supporter of our soldiers and our veterans, so not only was our session fun, but it truly was a great honor and privilege to photograph these two. Roy, the father, is a retired Army drill sergeant and Patrick, the son, is in the Navy. Patrick is stationed in Hawaii and just came back to the States after a deployment to the Middle East. He was ‘home’ visiting his family for a few days before leaving for his next stint on a guided missile cruiser. We went downtown Raleigh and tooled around City Market for a while. Roy and Patrick even got in a little poker at Woody’s Tavern, something they have enjoyed together through the years. The shadow box in the later photos is a memento Patrick made for Roy that houses all of his medals and decorations from his time in the Army. It’s very cool and has a lot of meaning for both father and son. Thank you Roy and Patrick not only for allowing me to spend some time with you that afternoon, but also for all of your service to our country, both past and present!