Operation: Love ReUnited is a non-profit, fully volunteer organization that offers professional photography sessions to military families and members who are getting ready to deploy, who are currently deployed, or those who are coming home.
Qualifiations to Participate & The Gift of Photography:
To start the qualification to participate in our program you must be an immediate family member of or a member of the military. The military member must have orders to deploy or a letter of command. Unaccomanied tours are not qualified at this time, this includes Korea. The orders shall be a departure period of 4 or more months overseas and at least 3 months prior to returning to the United States.
Each participating family or member may receive two sessions per year. The session choices are Pre-Deployment (with the service member), Saying Goodbye (documentary style at the farewell location), Already Deployed (service member has already deployed), and Homecoming (documentary style at the homecoming location.) Post-Homecoming sessions are not allowed. ALL sessions shall follow a patriotic theme. Pre-Deployment sessions shall include a uniformed service member with the option to change clothes later in the session.
2 Waived Session Fees per calendar year
If a Pre-Deployment or Deployment Session was done a 4×6 album of at least 15 images will be sent overseas to the deployed service member for an extra special boost of moral. If a Saying Goodbye session was done a CD of final documentary style of at least 15 images will be given to the family for them to decide what to do with the images since these images can be very emotionally draining. If a Homecoming session was done, the service member and/or family will receive either a 4×6 album of at least 15 images -or- a CD of at least 15 final documentary style images will be given. It is the photographers choice what to offer here.
Operation: Love reunited is a group made up of photographers who donate sessions and albums to Warfighters – Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines – who are deploying for an overseas tour of duty, already deployed overseas, or returning home from an overseas deployment.
The program is pretty simple. To participate, use the OpLove Member Locator to find a participating photographer near you. Contact that photographer, tell them you’re preparing for or undergoing a deployment, and that you’d like to be photographed under the OpLove program.
The photographer will schedule your session (time and resources permitting).
Download and fill out the OpLove Client Form, and either email it to the photographer, or bring it with you to your session. Also wear your uniform (dress or duty), and bring any other elements you want included – knapsack, sword, etc.
Every photographer is a little different, so ask your photographer what happens after your session. In a few weeks to a few months, a 4×6 album of the images from your session will be sent to your Warfighter, at home or abroad!