Although her military husband was overseas in the air force, Veronica Phillips didn't have to be alone in her maternity photos.
"This mommy was so sweet, and her story touched my heart," wrote photographer Jennifer McMahon, who shared some of the photos on her Facebook page.
"Her husband is thousands of miles away serving our country. He is missing his beautiful wife's pregnancy, and will be missing the birth of his baby."
But thanks to McMahon, the "gorgeous mama to be" didn't have to star in all the photos by herself. Beautifully, McMahon was able to fulfill her client's request to "incorporate [her husband] into some of the photos," according to BuzzFeed News.
Her husband, Brandon, took a photo, and McMahon used it for the beautiful mash-up below:
Everyone had the same reaction you're having:
This photo has me choking back tears
I'm so sorry your husband can't be there for the birth of your child. Thank you to him and for the service he is providing our country with!! I am pregnant now, and I can't image what you are going through without your husband by your side. I'm glad that two of you were able to have this beautiful moment captured through picture!
wtf why didn't I think of this
And a little bit of jealousy.