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Operation Love Reunited Session in Kansas City July 9, 2009

I love doing Operation: Love Reunited sessions. It’s so great to meet families and soldiers who are going through a deployment. I got to meet up with this adorable couple for an OpLove session while the soldier was home for a few weeks on leave from Iraq. I am so glad it worked out — and I absolutely love the photos we captured!

You’ll notice that in OpLove photos, the soldier’s name is blurred out on their uniform — that’s for their protection and a new regulation from the OpLove organization. :)

We met up at Liberty Memorial in downtown Kansas City, which is home to the World War I Museum. It’s a really neat location and also perfect for OpLove sessions.

Okay, on to the cuteness. You know I love “series” shots, and that’s definitely how I shoot — several frames in a row to capture the in-between moments that really show off a relationship, personalities, etc. So to kick off this post, I’m starting with three shots in series that I love.

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Don’t they look great together?

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They were so natural in front of the camera, it was almost unreal. I’m starting to think they’re professional models disguised as normal people… :)

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There’s nothing quite like the summer sun. I love how casual and connected they look in these.

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Maybe my favorite:

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I like the look in black and white, too. Especially the look on this soldier’s face! :)

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I am a big fan of close-ups. :)

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Red shoes = No place like home = Kansas. Brilliant idea! :)

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Thanks so much for asking me to take your photos! I hope the rest of your deployment goes very quickly, and we’ll be praying for your safe return back home! :)


The photos and other content of this publication do not imply any endorsement or recommendation by the Department of Defense.


5 Responses to “Operation Love Reunited Session in Kansas City”

  1. jenifriend Says:

    awww they look so in love! i love it erica!!

  2. klsumpter Says:

    love the red shoes!

  3. Beth Says:

    These are great!! You can just see their love radiate out of these photos!

  4. Crystal Says:

    I love this. I have known the gentleman in the picture for almost ten years and the lady and I have become great friends. You are an awesome photographer. You captured the beauty and greatness in both of them.

  5. cindy brown Says:

    Love these photos, especially the photos of their legs and feet. The camies are great.

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