How I’d Like to Help this Holiday….

 

my brother and I
my brother and I

As some people know,  I come from a family of military.  I grew up moving frequently because my dad was in the Coast Guard. My older brother eventually joined the Air Force.  Sometimes my dad was gone weeks to months at a time on a ship, and my brother found himself being deployed overseas to join the war that so many other people have been involved in.

It was really hard to deal with, especially when my brother was sent to a place that would hardly be considered safe.  Things were even scarier when he fell ill and had to return to the states.   Diabetes, of all things, was diagnosed as the culprit.  However, I’ll never forget the day he came back and the way it felt to know that he was out of that war zone.

The point I am looking to make is that, someone you love being at war is tough.  A lot tougher than many people understand.

I have been trying to think of ways that I could help other people.  I often feel like I have NO idea HOW to help others though.  I don’t have a lot of money and I don’t have a tremendous following in order to make some huge impact.  But then I thought….if I could somehow just impact ONE person in some way, big or small, then I consider that a success.

I have been blessed in a lot of ways in my life, and while I may not always be the best at showing it, I know it’s true.  I have a roof over my head, a job with people that have been more than amazing to me over the last 5 years, and a great family.

Here is what I am offering…

I would like to give away a couple of portrait sessions to some of our military  families. After all, many soldiers aren’t able to spend the holidays with their loved ones. 

Do you have a loved one who is going overseas? Would you like a photo with your soldier before he/she departs? 

OR, would you like a photo of your children to send overseas for Christmas? Let me know what you have in mind, but note that I currently do not have a studio space.

As someone who has experienced the pain of a loved one leaving the country for war, I know how important it is to them to stay connected with their families.

So please, if you are part of a military family and would like to have a family portrait to send to your spouse, a photo of your child, etc. contact me. Let me know your story. I will select a few people to receive a free photo session with an 8×10 print.  What soldier wouldn’t want a photo of their family?

Contact me either via Facebook message, FB comment, or e-mail @ JenELongo@gmail.com.  

I do live in Baltimore County, so please be relatively close by if you are interested 🙂

Thank you to those who have served or are serving!  

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My name is Jennifer and I am an artist/photographer/designer/traveler.

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