Congratulations You’re Getting Promoted! Now What? | Washington DC Military Event Photographer
First, congratulations on your military promotion! Regardless of which branch of service you are getting promoted, your success is an amazing achievement and worth being commended. Did you know nearly 50-70 percent of the people qualified for promotion (based on rank) are promoted to the next rank (according to the Balance Careers)?
That means several military officers aren’t able to celebrate the great achieve of obtaining and becoming a Field Grade Officer, no parties, no photographs, and more. However, as a new promotee, you have several things to consider and prepare for your upcoming military promotion.
Share the Great News!
One of the first things you want to do is tell everyone! Once you have your line number, of course, you’ll want to call your family and friends and don’t forget to share the great news on Facebook and other social media platforms you use.
After all the initial excitement has settled, and you have the projected date your promotion will become effective, it’s time to start thinking about all those burning questions.
What's the Venue?
Based on your projected promotion date, what will be the venue for your ceremony? If you’re having a reception, where will your reception be located? If you’re in the Washington DC or Northern Virginia area, I have created another article detailing locations for venues and receptions.
If you’re in Washington DC, the area is filled with great venue options to hold your promotion ceremony. For example, the National Archives in Washington DC is an extremely popular location for many military members, especially officers. If you’re desiring to have your promotion ceremony at this venue, you’ll want to secure it as soon as possible. The Archives usually books up months in advance.
Will you hire a professional photographer to document your military ceremony? Oftentimes, a professional photographer is overlooked or considered at the last moment. However, your promotion is a significant moment in your military career, so you’ll definitely want to have photographic memories. Especially if you’re having your promotion ceremony at one of the iconic locations in the Washington DC area, such as the National Archives, the steps of The Lincoln Monument, The Washington Monument, the Marine Corp Museum in Quantico, The Air Force Memorial, or The Pentagon.
All these locations are iconic! You’ll want to look back upon your promotion day with photographs. Just imagine showing these photographs to your children or grandkids? Imagine the excitement they’ll experience seeing pictures of you in your military uniform and hearing your stories.
If you're looking to hire a professional photographer to capture your military promotion, I would be honored to photograph your event. I may be reached by telephone at (571) 250-5073, or you may complete an online inquiry.
What's your Budget?
What is your budget (especially for your desired venue, food for reception, money to hire photographer, and more)? How much money would you like to spend in order to make your military ceremony as success?
What to Wear for a Military Promotion?
If your spouse isn’t a military member, what will they wear for the ceremony? Many spouses like to dress in the color connected with the military member. For example, many Air Force spouse will wear something navy or black; Navy spouses usually wear something black or white; Army spouses usually wear something green or black; Marine spouses usually wear something red, black, or brown.
Of course, the most popular of them is a coordination of red, white, and blue.
Congratulations again on your promotion. This is a significant moment in your military career. Use the steps above to ensure you have a successful military promotion ceremony.
Once it’s all said and done, don’t forget to enjoy the moment!
Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a family photographer in Torrance, CA 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.