As a military member serving in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, there are so many beautiful locations/venues for a military ceremony. In addition, it’s easy to forget these great memories that will be photographed and captured during your promotion or retirement ceremony; especially when the pictures are locked away on your laptop, smartphone or social media.
“I just want the digital files” …that’s an email I recently received. Unfortunately, many photographers here these words more often than we care to admit. However, printing your military ceremony pictures and hanging them in your home, you’ll be able to see, enjoy, and remember them every day.
Yesterday, I had the honor of photographing a Marine being promoted to Warrant Officer in Quantico, VA. Many Marines on Marine Corps Base Quantico were thrilled it was promotion day. For the family I was photographing, it was an extra special ceremony not only because of the military member being promoted, but because he was being pinned on by his sister and Grandfather.
When we arrived, the halls of the Marine Corp Museum were filled with several happy and excited Marines and their families. There were smiles all around. We had a quick opportunity to look at some of the exhibits in the Museum prior to the start of the promotion ceremony. While waiting their son, was able to be carefree and explore the museum.
The love and happiness is written all over this Dad's face. This Dad was so excited about having portraits taken with himself and his new son. We met at Quantico Marine Base in Virginia for their portrait session.
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Happy, fun, & lovable. These are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of the Roach family. We headed to Old Town Alexandria & had a great time. Old Town Alexandria is one of those places that I never get tired of exploring. For the month of November, it was warm at almost 70°; making for a beautiful day to capture family portraits.
We had a few places in mind that we wanted to hit as we walked the streets of Alexandria, such as the waterfront, a few of the quaint alleyways, and of course the cobblestone paved street, but largely we just walked around, stopping to capture images where we felt inspired.
Needless to say they had a great time! I was so surprised because the children were having a hard time at moments. To help ease their discomfort, we stopped periodically to have a cheerios break before continuing on.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a Los Angeles family photographer and Northern Virginia/National Archives Promotion Ceremony photographer in Torrance, CA. I am happy you came to visit the blog! I hope you find inspiration and helpful tips. In addition, to a peek into my life as a family photographer.