**Please Note: Operation: Love ReUnited sessions are for deploying, deployed, and returning military families. I do offer separate pricing for military members if you are interested in family portraits. Thank you!**
Introduction To The Program:
Reunited provides a free photo session before deployment with the soldier and their families. The photos are then turned into a album and sent to the soldier overseas. This is provided to the soldier and their family at no cost. Upon the soldiers return from deployment the photographer captures the reunion moments to be cherished by the family forever. Please see my web page dedicated to this organization and their mission.
If you have ever been through a military deployment, as I have, 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 behind and 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 unit's Family Readiness Group 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. With the help of Operation: Love ReUnited and local photographers near you, you can.
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 that you 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 us 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 photographer, at no cost to you, will send the album to the deployed soldier. Also with your package, all session fees will be waived. Your photographer may have a designated package or other options for Operation: Love ReUnited participants at their discretion with a signed 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 from you. Our 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, but they will still experience all the love & benefits that OpLove has to offer.
About Returning 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 your photographer know. They will want 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, into their families arms.
**Please note that orders may be requested. 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.