Maternity photo goes viral when deployed husband is photoshopped in. (Source: Traci Lynn Photography)
Nicole poses with props to honor Wesley in maternity photos (Source: Traci Lynn Photography)
Nicole poses with props to honor Wesley. (Source: Traci Lynn Photography)
Pyper was born on April 13. (Source: Nicole Bedwell)
An East Texas photographer's creativity allowed a deployed sailor to pose in his wife's maternity photos from 7,000 miles away.
Nicole Bedwell found out she was expecting her first child with her husband Wesley just before he was deployed to Japan with the U.S. Navy.
The couple hired photographer Traci Lynn Fugitt to capture the pregnancy journey, but the photo shoot had to happen without Wesley. The expecting mother wanted to incorporate her husband into the photos, so the two women started planning.
Fugitt had Wesley send a photo of him reaching out as if he was touching Nicole's stomach, and then took a photo of Nicole posing in bluebonnets. The photos were then combined to create one touching image.
Fugitt says she could have used Photoshop to add Wesley into the bluebonnets but decided that putting the pictures side by side better represented the difference between the two locations.
"The contrast of the dry grass of the field he was in, 7,000 miles away from the vibrant bluebonnets we were standing with, it really told the story we wanted it to," Fugitt says.
Nicole delivered her baby, named Pyper, on April 13. She says Wesley was able to make it back to Texas just in time to see his daughter born.
The couple says they didn't realize how big of an impact the photos would have.
"It's still overwhelming thinking of where this photo shoot has gone and touched so many lives," Fugitt says.
"When people see the picture, I am hoping that they take any opportunity to thank someone that is or has dedicated any part of their lives to the military, serving our country. I hope they feel the love radiating from it, even 7,000 miles apart, the love between Wesley and Nicole is strong."