For over three years I have had the pleasure of being a part of a wonderful program called Operation: Love Reunited. I have had the pleasure to shoot over 50 homecomings and deployments as a gift to our military service members and their family in both Florida and North Carolina. It has been an amazing point in my life where I am blessed to see people at their happiest moment: the moment their eyes meet with their hero for the first time in months. I have also been blessed to be trusted with the emotional heartbreak that is a deployment. To be there with someone that you’ve only just met and document their loved one going off for months, it is a very powerful thing.
I have heard stories about how people met on deployment and fell madly in love. I have heard stories about how they rushed to put the house together, to repaint his man cave for him, or even to move back into town and prep the house all just moments before the arrival. I have a sailor propose to his girlfriend the moment he saw her through a crowd, and her elated yes still sticks with me today. Everyone’s stories are special to me, and I am so pleased that I was able to offer my services to them gratis through OpLove.
It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my hiatus from Operation: Love Reunited. Due to my new location and the distance it takes me to get to the bases, I unfortunately can no longer offer free sessions through OpLove. As of June 1, 2014, all OpLove session inquiries will be responded to with two options: I can forward your information to another OpLove photographer or we can discuss your homecoming session options with DeKay Photography!
Sessions for homecoming, deployment and “while you’re away” are still available through DeKay Photography, no matter what base you are located at, no matter what time of day or what time of year. There are no limits to the amount of sessions you can get, no limits to the amount of items you can purchase and there is definitely no rules on whether you or your service member get the photos!
Session fees are very affordable, and there is even a payment plan available! The best part? I can guarantee your session date with a paid session, where I could not with OpLove!
To all my OpLove families, I am so incredibly grateful that you selected me as your photographer and that you let me into your life, into your private moments and that you allowed me to document all of those moments! I look forward to many more life events with you all!
For a homecoming, deployment, while you’re away or boudoir session, please email me directly: Dekayphoto@gmail.com for more information and to schedule your date! Also, be sure to “like” us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with specials, casting calls and events!