I am proud to be a participating photographer with Operation: Love Reunited. A wonderful organization which tries to ease the pain and loneliness caused when our military family members are sent overseas. I have several people in my own family who have been (or currently are) in the armed forces. My brother spent a year in Afghanistan, and still continues to serve in his state’s National Guard.
As an Op:Love photographer, I offer a special package for families who have a family member who is about to be deployed, currently deployed, or soon to come home. The pre-deployment and deployment packages include a special, patriotic-themed portrait session, a complimentary 5×5 photo book to be sent to the soldier overseas, and as a bonus, an 11×14 wall portrait for the family. The homecoming session is not a studio session, but includes photo-journalistic coverage of the soldier’s homecoming arrival. As the nature of this session is candid, instead of a photo book, the family will receive a disk of medium resolution images (up to 8×10 prints in size) and a print release for their personal use. These packages are offered at no charge to the family. In addition, I also offer a 15% discount on all services and products to anyone who is a member (past or present) of our nation’s armed forces. Please mention this discount to me at the time of your portrait session. Op:Love sessions must follow all the terms and conditions found on the Operation: Love Reunited website. Again, there is no charge or obligation from the family to purchase anything above the special package.
The last few years, I have also been very active in helping with the fight against cancer. For both the Polk County Relay For Life as well as our local BRAdway Show, I have donated the use of the PhotoBooth to the events. PhotoBooth prints were sold per sheet, and 100% of the proceeds were given to the American Cancer Society. I am thrilled to be able to offer something that has been beneficial to this organization. I continue to hope and pray that they are able to find a cure for cancer soon.
In the past, I have also donated my services to the Polk County Humane Society. After reading about how their shelter has been over-full for the last few months due to a large influx of animals (especially cats due to an animal hording situation), I was moved to help out. I (and my husband who was “volunteered” to help out!) spent several hours photographing all the adoption-eligible animals at the shelter and the images were donated to be used on their website.
For the last several years, I have donated my time to the Gala for Girls event put on by the Polk County Public Health Dept. I’m thrilled to be a part of an event that helps families remember how important it is for men to be strong role models in the lives of their daughters, granddaughters, nieces, or younger sisters. It’s always a fun night, and I enjoy being a part of it.
I continue to look for ways to help out in the community. Especially ways to help create fun things for our children to do and to stay out of trouble. I’ve been working with the Splash Park Committee and have been involved in a couple of fundraising events to help get a splash park built in town.