Proud to Serve Pacific Northwest Military Families
Introduction to the Program
*** Important Notice: The photos and other content of this publication do not constitute or imply any endorsement or recommendation by the Department of Defense ***
*** Please understand, Operation: Love ReUnited sessions are for deploying, deployed and returning military families. In addition, I offer separate pricing for military members if you are interested in wedding or family portraits. Thank you! ***
If you have ever been through a military deployment, there are no words to explain how hard it is to send the father or mother of your children off to some foreign, dangerous land, leaving you all behindÖ. Alone. Itís indescribable to watch their faces light up as their mother comes up the stairs of the airport after months, possibly a year or more, of not hugging each other. Emotions fly through the main lobby, itís so very good to have them home. Your baseís Family Support Squadron will help you with your deployment. But the last thing on your mind when your wife or husband arrives home after a 4 to 18 month tour, is capturing all this love on film. Most people are so overwhelmed with emotions they forget to simply point and shoot the camera they are grasping of their childís first hug, or that single tear of relief from a mother being able to hold her twenty year old son again. As a professional photographer and the Regional Coordinator for Operation: Love ReUnited, I am part of volunteer group who will capture these moments for you!
The Operation helps those long months go by a little faster. Itís designed to capture moments that you will never remember. Itís art. Itís love. And itís all made possible by artists wanting to give something back to those who make the United States what it is, and ask for nothing in return but to come home.
If you are a member of the United States Military and are interested in having very special and touching images with a patriotic edge taken of you and/or your family before a deployment or during and at your reunion, please contact me now. You will receive a substantial package as a gift in appreciation for all you have been through as a military member. The package will always include a 4x6 album of pre-deployment images, such as a childís hand clasped in his parentís with the faint glimpse of a BDU sleeve, a marine in dress with his family, a sailor with his parents right before departure, or a child playing dress up in combat boots and a helmet. The album will be sent to the deployed soldier by the photographer, at no cost to you. Also with your package, all session fees will be waived. The only requirement is to contact me as early as possible to schedule your session (deployment or returning) and to sign a model release.
About Pre-Deployment & Deployment Sessions:
OpLove Pre-Deployment & Deployment sessions help you say goodbye and cope with being away. Anyone who has had to see their husband or wife, son, daughter, sister or brother off to war knows how hard it is to watch them walk away. OpLove professional photographers are part of the program as volunteers. They feel your pain, many of them being military spouses or family members themselves, they want to listen, they want to help ease your worries, they want to do what they can to help you through this deployment and we do that with photography. Your initial session will be either with your spouse before he or she deploys dressed in their dress uniform or BDUs for most of the session or if you find OpLove after your loved one has deployed, your session will be done without your loved one keeping a patriotic theme that could include dress, hats, BDUs, boots and other military gear, but they will still experience all the love & benefits that OpLove has to offer.
About Homecoming Sessions:
When your loved one comes home from a deployment, the last thought on your mind will be your camera. Most people are so overwhelmed with emotions, they simply forget they are holding it in their hand. Once you find out about the time your loved one is to return from his or her deployment, please let me know. I will plan to accompany your family to the welcoming home of your spouse or loved one and capture that first glimpse, that first embrace and all the love that surrounds every person who walks off that plane or off the arena floor into your arms.
Download the client release (by clicking on this link), complete it and bring it to your session. The release contains additional information about your participation in the program.
Contact me today to schedule your session!
*** Pre-deployment sessions in which the deploying spouse is participating, should include their military uniform, dress or BDUs, being worn for most of the session. Some images may be taken in civilian clothes but please understand that this program does not focus on traditional family portraiture. If an OpLove session takes place and the spouse has already been deployed, the session should keep a patriotic theme including military gear such as hats, uniforms, boots, etc. ***