I’ve been blessed to be a part of the military both in service and in family. I’m also blessed to be a Navy wife. My man is a proud Naval Officer, and I work as a subcontractor and freelance photographer on the same base as him. Awesome! Both of our families have a long service record, so
I feel it very necessary to give back and show my gratitude for other families that feel the
pain Joy of being part of a military family!
Lets face it. Deployments, underways, field exercises, emergencies all are part of being in a military family. Bluntly, they suck. We are ripped away from the one(s) we love for an extended period of time. Underways are just like mini deployments. Sometimes they are a week, sometimes they are a month. Either way, they are equally bad. But what isn’t bad… The emails, the care packages, the kisses through Skype and the paramount moment: that moment you are reunited!
It’s REALLY, REALLY important for you to find a photographer you just LOVE and trust to be part of your special day – and book them as far in advance as humanly possible. Yes, the schedules for the military constantly changes, which is why it’s important to find a photographer that becomes your friend not just someone carrying a camera. This person has to be in constant contact with you, usually through text or email; getting updates on schedule changes, delays or anything else that can happen with the military. When I work with my clients, I send them little emails to check in and see how they’re holding up, to thank them for everything they’ve done and if we’re in the area – maybe even just to get coffee!
So your loved one is deploying or is already deployed? What to do? Make memories, and as every military spouse knows-stay busy. I know that deployments are painful, but why not have a photographer there to document the loving hugs and kisses, the tender looks, the whispers of “I love you” and even the tears that are all evoked by such a powerful moment in time. With deployment sessions, it is best to book at least 30 days before the expected deployment date. Please – DO NOT Post this information in comments on blogs, facebook, twitter or any other social media platform. We can discuss the dates, unit information and other pertinent info through other methods. Remember OPSEC. Your loved ones life depends on it! Not sure what OPSEC is, or if what you’re doing is violating it? Check here for more information on OPSEC.
Deployment sessions from DeKay Photography are always available. These sessions are done at the the date and time of the deployment, either saying good bye from your doorstep or waving the ship or bus off. If the session is at the base, I usually arrive when you do – about an hour before they leave. During this time, I hang back and photograph all the emotions of the day. No need to worry about posing or if your mascara is running – DeKay is all about those moments that you may not be able to recall later! I stay with you until your loved one is gone and you are headed back to your vehicle. I am always there for a hug and a tissue.
Deployment sessions start at $250 and include a disk of up to 50 images with print rights (for prints up to 8×10). You also get a discount code for 25% off any prints or accessories that you purchase after your session! There is a free gift for you and your loved one when you purchase a deployment session!
When inquiring, please please please puhhhleeeaassseee remember OPSEC and don’t post dates, unit information or travel plans in public.
THIS is what it’s all about! The butterflies. The excitement. The nerves. The anxiety. That moment where you see your Hero looking for you, and your eyes meet…. THAT is what makes this life worth it! Homecomings are amazing. I’ve even gotten to experience one of my own! On that day, I’ll be there with you about an hour before their expected arrival time. Notice how there was a slight tinge of sarcasm there? They are never on time. If they are, it’s a miracle! But I’ll be there with you! Sharing some laughs, patting you in comfort when the nerves kick in again, and taking photos of your sign/family/friends. I hang back and take candid, documentary or lifestyle photos of everything. You looking frantically for your Hero. The first time your eyes land on him. You running and tackling him in a hug (oh yes. I know that crazy feeling is in there!). ALL of it! From tears of sadness to see your Hero leave, to tears of happiness to finally have him home — I’ll be there for it all!
To book your homecoming session, I would suggest to book as far in advance as possible. I book by individual unit so that I don’t overlap. Once I am booked for that unit, I am all yours! As soon as you have an expected window, that is the time to contact me! So you know that it’s April or (insert other month here), and that’s it? That’s perfect. We can arrange things where I am on call and able to spring into action when needed!
Homecoming sessions start at $250 and include a disk of up to 50 images with print rights (for prints up to 8×10). You also get a discount code for 25% off any prints or accessories that you purchase after your session! There is a free gift for you and your loved one when you purchase a deployment session!
As with deployment photos — please, please with a fresh cherry on top remember OPSEC and don’t post dates, unit information or travel plans in public. All information that you give me is held in the strictest of confidence.
The moral of the story here?
Please contact me early–as early as you possibly can! Contacting me the week of your homecoming and letting me know that it’s three days away is most likely not going to work out well for either of us. The military is finicky-I know that all too well. Dates and times change (A LOT), but the more I know; the better I can serve you! The earlier you contact me and we can discuss your event and needs, the better I can help! I can schedule time to make sure you are assisted in the best way possible.
In the mean time, make sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook for up to date information on availability and a peek into my life!
I can’t wait to meet you and hear about your story!