Posts tagged “operation love reunited

the k family | olathe kansas portrait photographer

Have I mentioned how much I absolutely adore being a part of Operation: Love Reunited? The families I meet are incredible – the children, adorable – the spouses, grateful – the soldiers, humble. It’s a trifecta of awesomeness!

The K Family was no exception – I had so much in common with Mrs. K that we spent a majority of our time having for real laughs – the kind that gave me pictures like you’ll see below.

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love (families of soldiers),
jenifriend


{66} | the p family | overland park kansas photographer

I’m given a hard time quite often about my giving nature when it comes to my business. It’s my opinion though that my business thrives from me doing what I feel is right in my heart.

OpLove – it’s what’s right in my heart.

Mrs. P lives in another state – could have found another Photographer to take her pictures before her husband deployed where they were stationed – but asked me to take them while they were visiting family in Missouri. I am so…very…humbled.

P Family, you both are incredible people. Mrs. P – if you lived closer – we would totally be friends. Mr. P – I’ll be praying for you, good sir…get back here soon, friend!

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love (our troops),
jenifriend


m homecoming {66}

The Facebook message came last minute. Like 6:00pm the night before he arrived kind of last minute. But we made it work, and his homecoming was spectacular. There’s not any one word that can best describe how it feels to watch a soldier come home to his/her family. It was my first homecoming as an OpLove Photographer, and I was not prepared.

At all.

I kept it together until after I parted from the family. Then I called Mom. And within a matter of seconds I was sobbing tears upon grateful tears for being given the ability to do what I do. How do you say thank you to someone who just fought their bum off in the most dangerous of circumstances, defending freedom? Thank you. Is that enough? In my everyday tasks where laundry and litterbox duty are in my top five morning to-do’s, I forget. I forget what sacrifice it takes to get me here. Living everyday with my laundry piles and dirty dishes and stinky cats…I should be more grateful for the items that stress me out and make me bitter. After all is said and done, after the to-do’s are marked off for the day, I get to walk next to my husband and kiss him in any public location I please — I get to mouth off on Facebook if I want to and share my opinions — I get to live life…free.

And it’s because of people like this guy…

love (all who fight for freedom),
jenifriend


the m family {66}

For those who have followed my sporadic and mostly desolate blog this summer, you know I went through some stuuuuuff. While I kept busy with sessions, I didn’t blog nearly as often as I wanted to. There are moments in life when all things technological have to take a backseat to allow appropriate healing of the heart…and somewhere in the midst of all that healing I forgot to blog about one of my 101 in 1001 successes…an OpLove session deep in the mountains of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

”The photos and other content of this publication do not constitute or imply any endorsement or recommendation by the Department of Defense.”

love (our soldiers),
jenifriend


the w family | oplove love {66}

I began my 101 in 1001 in April. Presumptuous as it may have been, I was confident that eventually I would be approved to be an official Photographer for the organization OpLove. After much hard work in the development of my photography skills, I was welcomed in July as a member! Joyousness!!

It’s been many a months since this session took place, but I wanted to fully ensure this soldier received his special photo album before posting. Pre-deployment, I joined this amazing couple on Pawley’s Island in South Carolina for a session among the sand and rice marshes. What an absolute blessing it was!!

View The W Family’s entire session here.

love (the men and women who defend this country…and the ones who stay behind loving and waiting for them to return),
jenifriend

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An Operative Honor

I applied six months ago and waited for a response.  Nothing.  I checked my e-mail.  I checked my e-mail again.  Still nothing.  I kept taking pictures…one day they’d see me.  One day maybe they’d know I exist and one day maybe they’d think I was talented and one day maybe they’d ask me to a part of their organization.

And then one day, for real, they did.  And I am just as honored as I thought I would be.  To be a photographer and fulfilling a talent God has given me.  To be a part of this incredible organization.  To be a citizen of this great country.

Operation: Love Reunited is an incredible organization where photographers volunteer their services to capturing moments of soldiers and their families pre-deployment, during deployment and post-deployment.  Check out their website…heed my warning and carry a hankie.  If you’re a photographer…get on it.  I know you’ve been asking yourself what you can do with your talent that goes beyond receiving a paycheck.  This is it ladies and gentlemen; I assure you.  🙂

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Also, if you are a soldier or family member of a soldier in the greater Kansas City area, please get in touch with me.  You deserve amazing photos…it’s the least I can do for you!!

love (all my soldiers for everything they do),
jenifriend