Free photography sessions for military families

Deployed Love
Deployed Love is a new non-profit that provides events for families while their loved ones are deployed. Based out of Fort Bragg but soon to be reaching many other bases in 2020. Their primary event is Holiday Minis, providing free sessions to those with military members deployed during the holiday season. The images are then given to the families to use as they please, most often creating cards and gifts to send over seas. Deployed Love helps to create not only a connection for families during separation, but also a sense of community among the families who attend their events each year! was created to keep families connected while our military men and women are serving abroad. Through the efforts of our community's finest photographers, provides our soon to be deployed servicemen and women with pictures of their spouses and children. The photographs are printed on waterproof and durable bi-folded cards, which fit securely in their uniform pocket. believes that our military personnel deserve and need the memory of their families to carry them through the difficult times that lie ahead.

Founded in North Carolina, home to Pope AFB, Seymour Johnson AFB, Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, MCAS Cherry Point and MCAS New River, we have begun our volunteer efforts in our own backyard but hope to organize and mobilize photographers across the country.

Operation Love Re-United
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 child’s 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 your base, you can.

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.

It’s 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 to come home.

Picture a Hero (Minneapolis, MN)
In recognition of their service and sacrifice, Picture A Hero will provide, at no cost, family and individual portraits to service people preparing to deploy. 

Portraits of Love
Launched in 2009 by the PhotoImaging Manufacturers & Distributors Association as a program to send military family portraits to deployed soldiers, now branded under The Imaging Alliance “Portraits of Love” will give back to the community by providing joy to build strength and create forever lasting memories.

The Imaging Alliance along with its member companies will take the liberty of assigning professional photographers throughout the country, where studio spaces will be set up to hold photo shoots for active military families. The partnership created with the USO over the last six years has allowed the Portraits of Love project to reach even more wonderful military families.

The Imaging Alliance “Portraits of Love” program is pleased to extend its outreach to our community’s police, firefighter and first responder service members and their families as a token of our appreciation for their dedication. Throughout the month of October, The Imaging Alliance retail and manufacturer members will take the liberty of assigning professional photographers to their location where photo stations will be set up and families will be invited to have their portraits taken. Each family that registers will receive a personal photo shoot and full rights to their images taken by incredibly talented photographers. For more information pertaining to individual events and sites, please see below a list of participating locations:

Welcome Them Home
We are a network of photographers who donate our time and skills to photograph soldiers homecomings, free of charge. Please visit our website to find a photographer in your area.
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