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Operation: Love Re-United

It was midnight on December 23, 2001, and my babies were outfitted in red, white and blue. I was keeping them awake past bedtime, way beyond the bewitching hour when silliness turns to delirium, for a special surprise. Children running amok, mothers pacing, the air in the squadron thick with wild excitement, fear, ecstasy, nervous apprehension and the full gamut of emotion, we looked out over the darkened tarmac, watching for the lights of the C-17 that would deliver our Christmas gift: Daddy on American soil.

That night was the first time my children and I welcomed Daddy home from a combat mission, and it was the first time any of us saw a desert uniform. Our son, barely three years old at the time, snatched Carlos’s hat and immediately tried it on; our daughter, then one-and-a-half, yanked it right off her brother’s head and was promptly swallowed up by it.


alexis-in-daddys-desert-hat.jpgAlthough I didn’t realize it at the time, these were the first of many deployment photos I would take that would eventually lead me to Operation: Love Re-United. I’m honored to have been selected as a participating photography studio in this program to support military families with FREE portraits as the Active-Duty, Guard or Reserve member prepares to deploy or returns home from a deployment.

Please visit this page for specific information on how the Operation: Love Re-United program works if you are a military family preparing for a deployment or expect a deployed loved one home soon. If you are stationed at the Pentagon, Ft. Belvoir or Andrews Air Force Base and are interested in having my studio photograph your family as part of Op:Love, contact me for more information and scheduling requests.


fine print: Please note that this program aims to serve military families whose service member is currently deployed or has orders to deploy in the near future; Op:Love requires a valid military ID and deployment orders; service members must be in uniform for the portraits; in addition to the album of prints for the deploying service member, the family will receive a custom slide show of images that will remain online for the duration of the service member’s deployment; a separate model release is required for Op:Love participants.


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  • antisocialist - You’re an Aquarius? That explains everything. Blue Velvet was good, I felt, but a little over-rated. Wild at Heart is where it’s at.

    To answer your first question, I’m not a book editor, but I play one on my blog. You should check my blog out sometime, if you never have, if you’re ever in the neighborhood, feeling daffy.

    To answer your second question, no, I’m not an antisocial person – with or without the hyphen.ReplyCancel

  • Christine - great. just as I abandon the idea of writing a novel and start a photo business, you spot the novelist in me. it’s a good thing you’re not a book editor, or I’d be forced to ban you from my photography blog forever. (you’re not a book editor, are you, Antisocialist? and this is completely off point, but I’m dying to ask: are you in fact anti-social?)

    I’m told the man in the background is C-17 Pilot Dan Nichols, filling out a 7-81 (or was it 17-80? I’m not very good with numbers.) either way, I’m guessing it’s one of those Air Force regulation forms that all flights are required to document.

    speaking of David Lynch, can you BELIEVE I’ve never seen “Blue Velvet”? I once received a handwritten letter (remember those? circa 1980s-early 1990s) that referenced “Blue Velvet” and I made a mental note to see it so that I could fully appreciate the point being made, but it’s still on my list of things to do. David Lynch, like me, is an Aquarius and he shares the same last name as my mother and stepfather.ReplyCancel

  • antisocialist - The photos, of course, speak for themselves (although who’s that guy hunkered down in the background? There something almost David Lynch-esque about that man), but your writing is a cut above your normal excellence.

    Seriously speaking, those first two paragraphs could easily be the beginning of a good novel.ReplyCancel