Friday, May 30, 2008

Operation: Love Reunited

Yesterday I read about this great organization on Andrew Bryant's blog and had to share.
Operation: Love Reunited connects photographers with the families of enlisted US Military men and women and provides the family with a complimentary photography session. The session focus is on deployments– before and more importantly, after, when they reunite safely home with their families.

Although this isn't specifically related to wedding photography, I know that many of you out there are trying to plan a wedding while someone you love (fiance, partner, brother, father, sister, mother, friend) is in a war zone. I know many of you have had to cancel, re-schedule, move-up and move back weddings b/c of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
I also know how valuable these photos can be. Husband and I both worked for a year for the government in Iraq (non-military) and one of the last things we did before we left was have a portrait session done for our families...just in case. And if you think planning a wedding with a loved one in a war zone is difficult, then try planning the wedding FROM the war zone.

If you're part of a military family and would like to have this done please go to their website for more info and if you are a photographer please consider donating your time to this worthy cause. It really can make a huge difference in someone's life.



Blogger erin*carly said...

this sounds like a fantastic program . . . i hope people learn about it and take advantage of it while they can.

on a related note . . .

my fiancé and i are currently wondering what to do about getting started on our planning . . . he's in the navy and will be deploying soon for a six-month tour. we're worried about setting a date now, in case our plans get up-ended by a schedule change.

any readers out there have any advice? do we listen to our parents and at least set a date before he deploys, or do we hold on and wait for his return?

Monday, June 02, 2008 12:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really hard to plan without a date cause so much revolves around that...you couldn't book any of your vendors and even cosing something like color scheme is difficult without knowing where the location is going to be ...but at the same time you don't want to lose out on money if he doesn't return right on time.

Personally if you set a date now I would do two things...set it far enough in advance so there's no way he couldn't be back by then (i.e. don't set it for 8 months from now cause they might extend his tour) and at least ask if some of your vendors will build in a "war clause" in the contracts.

A lot of vendors are open to that b/c who wants to be the jerk that doesn't support the troops? Basically it says if due to military orders the date has to be postponed that you won't lose out on money. A friend of mine did this with a lot of her contracts.

You could just wait till he returns, of course, but then there is no guarntee that a year from the date that he returns he won't be redeployed again. Military is tough that way.

Monday, June 02, 2008 4:48:00 PM  

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