Recently the OpLove board of directors met to make some very important changes place within the organization to better serve both our military families and our volunteer photographers. From the very beginning, OpLove’s mission has been to provide a morale boost for our men and women serving their country on overseas deployments by providing complimentary photography portrait sessions. With a renewed commitment to that mission, the following important changes have been made to our policies.
As of today, April 26, 2011, here is how OpLove sessions will work:
1) Each photographer in each regional area are to provide the same basic requirements: free session, album or disk (please see #6).
2) After the required free session and album/disk, any additional discounts or prints are at the sole discretion of the photographer.
3) Leaving/Farewell sessions are up to the photographer to decide if they will offer it. In addition, it is up to the family and/or the photographer if either an album or disk is sent and who it is sent to.
4) Homecoming sessions are done at the actual time of the homecoming, not afterward. It is up to the photographer to decide if an album or disk will be sent.
5) At no time will a disk of photos be “required” to send to the client.
6) Clients are allowed 2 sessions per year/deployment. Here are the session options:
a) Pre-deployment session with service person and family (an album is sent directly to the service member overseas by the photographer)
b) Leaving session at the time of the actual departure (see #3 above)
c) Mid-deployment session with the family while service person is deployed (an album is sent directly to the service member overseas by the photographer)
d) R&R session done when service person is home for R&R (an album is sent directly to the service member overseas by the photographer)
e) Homecoming session at the actual time of arrival (at the photographer’s discretion, an album or disk will be sent to the family)
Interested families will continue to locate participating photographers on the OpLove Finder, http://www.oplove.org/oplovefinder/ . We hope that these policy changes will prove to be beneficial to everyone! If you have questions or concerns, please use the contact tab above. Comments on the blog may not reach the administrative volunteers in a timely manner. Thank you for supporting OpLove and our service members!