It's Almost Christmas - Don't Forget to Thank A Soldier!

December 13, 2012  •  6 Comments

I have been waiting for months to share these photos.  Not only have I been waiting to share them with all of you, but I have also been waiting to share them with the families who are in them! 

In June, I received an e-mail from a very sweet woman inquiring into the program I volunteer for - Operation Love:  Reunited.  I've said many times that I love this organization and the memories that it brings to these families and that it is a small way that I can show my appreciation to the wonderful men and women who serve our country.  I've been part of the OpLove organization for a year and a half and since I don't live very close to a military base, I'd started to give up hope that I'd actually get to take part in one of these sessions.  Then in June, my first e-mail came.  Her husband was on the deployment list for September and she wanted to get family pictures taken before he deployed!  We set up our session for early August.  I eagerly awaited our picture date! 

Our session day finally arrived!  It was a gorgeous (and very hot) August day!  We decided on the gorgeous location of Historic Poole Forge (definitely a place I'd like to go back to again!) I liked this family immediately!  They were so nice and their boys were super sweet!  I even got hugs before the session was through.  I was hoping that it didn't show how incredibly nervous I was for this session.  I wanted absolutely everything to be perfect so that I could capture some wonderful memories for this family.  I think we all started to relax as we walked around Poole Forge and talked and took pictures.  I got to hear the story of how this couple met {very cool story - but it's not mine to tell} and about the birth of their second baby. 

I am continually amazed at the strength and love of the families who are preparing for a loved one to be deployed.  It is a strength that I cannot describe.  I was so honored to help preserve a moment in time for this family as they prepared for a year long separation from one another.  I left their session with such pride for the country that we live in and knowing that no amount of pictures could ever be thank you enough to the soldier that I had just met and his beautiful and loving family. 

One of the hardest parts about OpLove sessions is that you have to wait until the deployed soldier is overseas in order to send the pictures.  The reason for this being that the pictures are supposed to lift the spirits of the person who is deployed.  I get it, it still doesn't make it any easier to wait!  I came home and edited this session right away.  (I was beyond excited!!)  And then I waited.....

Last week, I was finally able to ship out this amazing soldier's photo album!  I'm so excited for it to reach him and bring him a little bit of home. 

Thank you "S" family for choosing me to photograph this important moment in your life.  I'm not sure you will ever know how much it meant to me to be able to get to do this.  It was an honor and privilege to do this.  I hope that you will keep me posted on how you are all doing because I will forever remember all of you! 


 


 

♥ -

Kristi

P.S.  - A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE TWO CLASSES AND THEIR TEACHERS THAT HELPED ME MAKE CARDS FOR THE SOLDIERS!!  THEY WERE AMAZING!!! 


Comments

7.allison p.(non-registered)
kristi - yes, thank you for blessing our friends, K & ML! i would have had a hard time waiting too! gorgeous pictures & you really captured their love & strength! making me cry now! :( :)
6.Gerry Messner(non-registered)
Beautiful photos! This family goes to my church and it brings tear to my eyes to see the touching pictures and realizing the sacrifice they are making as a family to serve our country!
4.Anita S. Atlanta, GA(non-registered)
Fabulous photos! SO enjoyed looking at this album. K & ML are friends of ours & are so blessed to see them blessed! Thanks for giving of your time, talents & energy to bless them & their family!

All the best to you!
3.Linda Angelini(non-registered)
I am the aunt of the soldier and this is the second time he was deployed overseas. They are such loving and devoted parents to their two sons. The strong bond they share is evident in the photos you took. Pray for his and all the other soldiers deployed return to their families who anxiously await moment by moment till their duty is finished. May God bless them and their families and a big THANK YOU!
2.Kristina Hall Photography | Newborn, Children and Pets | Chester County, PA
Cheryl,
Thank you for taking the time to read this! Thank you for thinking of this family and wish them a Merry Christmas! It is very much appreciated!
Kristi
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