Sharilyn Wells knows what it's like to wait for a spouse returning from a deployment.
"Being a military brat myself, being in the Army, and being a military spouse, I know that there are a lot of hardships that military families endure," said Wells, 32.
Wells honed her photography skills while working with the Army Reserve's public affairs department and the Fayetteville Observer. And after asking friends to take photos of her own family at military homecomings, she began to do the same for other families.
"They're always like, 'Please don't capture the ugly cry I have,'" Wells said. "But when the moment their loved one comes home, all those rules fly out the window and the moment is captured…they love the memory that was captured in that image."
Note: This is the latest installment in an occasional series profiling North Carolina photographers.