From the Operation: Love Reunited site:
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.
The Operation helps those long months go by a little faster. It’s designed to capture moments that you will never remember. It’s art. It’s love. And 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.
From the NILMDTS site:
The Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep foundation is there for parents and families to help aid them in their Healing, bring Hope to their future, and Honor to their child. It is through Remembrance that a family can truly begin to heal.
The NILMDTS Mission Statement:
To introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with the free gift of professional portraiture. We believe these images serve as an important step in the family’s healing process by honoring their child’s legacy.
1). Find Someone In Need, 2). Take Their Portrait, 3). Print Their Portrait, 4). and Deliver Them.
From the Help-Portrait site:
Founded by Celebrity Photographer Jeremy Cowart, Help-Portrait is a community of photographers, coming together across the world to use their photography skills to give back to their local community.
On or around December 10, photographers around the world will be grabbing their cameras, finding people in need and taking their picture. When the prints are ready, the photographs get delivered.
When we invited Charleston portrait artist Shelly Keefe to be a featured Celebrating Adoption photographer here on Shutter Mission, she sent over some examples of CA sessions she’d captured. Well, it was impossible to choose just one session to showcase, and you can easily see why!