Paying It Forward: For Military Families…


YAY!  I’m so excited.  I wrote a post (see below this entry) about being accepted to the Littlest Heroes Project and just about a week ago, I was accepted to be a part of the photography team for Operation: Love ReUnited!

These are both WONDERFUL organizations and OpLove is for any military families that have loved ones that are deploying, deployed or returning home.  As a wife of a former Marine, I know how difficult it can be to be away from your loved one…even moreso, if you have little ones waiting for Mommy or Daddy or another family member to come home.

(The following is taken from the OpLove website to further explain what this is about):

If you are a member or family 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 a photographer in your area 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 4×6 album of pre-deployment images, such as a child’s hand clasped in his parent’s with the faint glimpse of a BDU sleeve, a marine in dress with his family, a salior 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.  Your photographer may have a designated package or other options for Operation: Love ReUnited participants at their discretion with a signed model release.

If you are in the military or have a loved one serving, I HIGHLY encourage you to take a look at their website and find a local photographer near you.

For any photographers who may not be a part of this and read this, I highly encourage you to join this organization as well.  Because in my eyes…it’s the least we can do for those putting their lives on the line for our freedom!

  • Tracy FurtadoJanuary 9, 2009 - 10:26 am

    I have just heart about the amazing program. I would like to find out more about it. My fiance is serving in Afghanistan right now until Dec 09. I look forward to hearing from you.

  • teresasweetphotographyJanuary 12, 2009 - 11:35 pm

    Tracy, I would love to set something up with you in regards to this. However, the email address that you provided when you left the comment is not valid. Please email me thru my website ( and we can go from there! Thank you!

  • Erin W.January 26, 2009 - 11:46 pm

    That’s awesome that you’re doing this!! I heard about OpLove right after Mike left and I contacted the photographer in Georgia right away. It’s kind of hard without an exact date, but I’m hoping it works out because I would love to have some nice pictures from homecoming! It’s too bad he wasn’t coming here so you could take them…I can’t wait to see the pictures you do get to take. I’m a little biased, but those are my favorite kinds 😉

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