Change of Command Ceremony Naval Air Station Oceana
In a last minute change, the Navy photographer was reassigned to a major aircraft carrier homecoming just 6 days before the Change of Command ceremony. I was impressed they had such lead time! Of course it was a last minute hustle to secure a private photographer, but I’m so glad they did!
This ceremony took place outside in the bright sun on the edge of a hangar. The flight line was filled with folks prepping for the Oceana Airshow just yards away. We were even serenaded by Zac brown band while someone was testing the speakers – quite comical!
Like most changes of command, there was a walk on of the official party, parading of colors, guest speaker, comments from the outbound commander, presenting his award and comments from the inbound commander.
At the end of every military ceremony I like to make sure we get photos with everyone, not just family. It’s a lot like a wedding and the service member is the bride!
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At the end of a career, all that will be left are the photos and uniforms. I pray you have photos! If not for yourself, for your kids.
I'm a South Carolina native, USMC spouse, and recovering homeschool mama of a four boy circus. Bring me your crazy!
After 11 years of photographing families all over the world, I've realized my clients aren't printing their images. We go through all this work to get dressed, coordinated and then let those photos die on the hard drive.
There's nothing easy about family photos but I'm here to help you with every step from what to wear to printed in your hands whether thats an album or wall art. I want you to Make your people the rock star of your house!
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I find joy in chaos. The louder, the better! I'm a USMC spouse, South Carolina native, recovering homeschool mama of a 4 boy circus. They've taught me the most important facet of family photography: KEEP IT FUN!