My First Space Force Promotion Ceremony at Mount Vernon Estate in Arlington, VA
Space Force Promotion Ceremony
As a photographer with a passion for capturing significant moments such as military ceremonies, I have been eagerly waiting for the opportunity to photograph a Space Force military ceremony since the inception of the branch of service. That dream finally came true when Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Sawyer called and asked about my availability to photograph her promotion ceremony at the beautiful Mount Vernon Estate in Arlington, VA last month.
I first met Lt Col Sawyer in 2018 when I had the honor of photographing her promotion to Major as an Air Force Officer. Needless to say, I was thrilled to be invited back for this monumental occasion in her career.
Capturing the Beauty of Family
Written by: Tamieka Smith
Hey there, photography enthusiasts and family lovers!
Last week, I had the incredible opportunity to visit Tuscaloosa, AL, where I not only got to spend quality time with my own family but also had the chance to photograph them. The experience was a heartwarming reminder of the importance of family connections and the joy of photographing those special moments.
While in Tuscaloosa, I had the pleasure of photographing my Mom, Dad, and some of my Mom's siblings. Their laughter, love, and bond truly shined through in every photo, and it was an honor to be able to preserve these memories for them.
STOP! It's Headshot Update Time!
Don't Get Stuck in a Headshot Time Warp
Hey there, all you fabulous professionals! It's time to talk about something serious (but with a hint of humor ) – updating your headshots! If your headshot is older than your favorite pair of jeans, then it's time for a refresh! Here are 5 hilarious yet educational reasons why you should not wait years to update your headshot:
Embracing the Stars: Documenting Military Success
Melissa Sawyer is a Space Force officer who has been promoted to Lt. Colonel for her professionalism and outstanding military service. She was surrounded by family, friends, and co-workers as she received her new rank at Mount Vernon Estate in Alexandria, Virginia.
Melissa's husband happily volunteered to be the Master of Services for the event and said, "It was a special day for Melissa because she has worked hard over the years and this promotion is something she deserves."
I met Melissa several years ago when I photographed her promotion to Major in 2017. Originally we were expected to have her ceremony at Mount Vernon, but we had to make a quick adjustment. Thankfully for this promotion, Lt. Colonel Sawyer was able to have her promotion ceremony at this beautiful Northern Virginia venue.
A Perfectly Timed Ceremony
The weather was a bit of a challenge on the day of Lt Colonel Melissa’s our Space Force promotion ceremony. We had some rain and wind, but it cleared up just in time for her promotion ceremony. I think this was such a special moment because it showed how much effort went into making sure everything was perfect for these men and women who have worked so hard to get where they are today. The Mount Vernon Estate provided an idyllic setting for this celebration--one that will be remembered by all who attended for years to come!
Discover the Importance of Capturing Memories and Celebrating Your Unique Self
In a world where social media and picture-perfect images dominate our screens (big and small), it's easy to forget the essence of what truly makes us human – our emotions, connections, and the stories that shape our lives. Our family pictures are an example of our family’s story.
As we scroll through endless streams of attractive, polished images, we're often left feeling inadequate, as if we don't measure up to these seemingly flawless standards. But what if we shift our perspective, and instead of chasing perfection, we embrace our authentic selves, our unique stories, and the genuine connections that bind us together? In this thought-provoking blog, we'll explore the transformative power of celebrating ourselves and our loved ones as we truly are, and how capturing these raw, unfiltered moments can create a profound sense of belonging and self-worth. So, let's take this journey together and rediscover the beauty in our imperfections, the joy in our connections, and the power of capturing memories that last a lifetime.
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