U.S. Air Force combat veteran Brandon Phillips has been overseas for several months and has sadly missed nearly all of his wife Veronica’s pregnancy. This includes watching her little belly grow bigger, and feeling their tiny baby’s kicks grow stronger and stronger.

“I had seen many photos where people were Photoshopped in, and I have Photoshopped siblings together before to look like one seamless photo,” said Miami-based photographer Jennifer McMahon of Jennifer Ariel Photography, who conducted last month’s photo shoot.

A combination of two separate images, the photo shows Brandon– dressed in military- issue camouflage against a desert background– kneeling on one knee in front of Veronica, his hand reaching out and seemingly touching her pregnant belly.

“After playing around with several edits for a few days and many hours of editing, I posted the one I thought told the best story and would evoke emotion in all who saw it.”

Veronica’s own hands are placed just above and below his, and she gazes down at them with the hint of a smile playing at her lips, her sheer pink maternity gown trailing against a grassy, forested backdrop.

Despite the thousands of miles of land and ocean separating them, Veronica was determined not to let him miss out on her last series of professional maternity photos.

“I wanted to honor my husband, and even though we are a far distance from each other, we are close in this picture,” said Veronica, a 29-year-old social worker. “It symbolizes our love and commitment from afar.”

The happy couple plan to Skype while Veronica is in labor so he can still be part of it. Maybe afterward McMahon can put her skills to work again. Photoshopping Brandon into the delivery room would be another great keepsake.

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