FAIRFIELD — The United Services Organization captured “Portraits of Love” at Travis Air Force Base by offering free family portraits Saturday to all service members.
Portraits of Love was co-sponsored by the USO and the PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association. Local wedding photographer Paul Lucia donated his time for free portrait sessions and free prints that would later be uploaded to Shutterfly for families to view.
“As you can imagine, a family portrait is a joy for anyone, but it’s especially meaningful to those who may have a family member deployed or preparing for overseas duty,” said Andy Meltzer of PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association. “Portraits of Love is a small way for the professional photography community to give back to those who sacrifice so much.”
The USO center at Travis strives to give back to members of the military and their families through on-site activities and entertainment. Before the new center opened in August, the USO hosted Travis’ first summer bash in July and then threw a harvest festival after it was opened.
USO Travis center manager Jennifer Castillo said their objective is to give soldiers and their families a “home away from home.”
The timing for Portraits of Love was perfect, Castillo said. The photos would be ready and printed just in time for Valentine’s Day and prior to scheduled deployments in March.
Master Sgt. Tarja Hines came with her husband, young son and daughter to take advantage of their time together and get their portrait done.
“It’s hard for us to find the time to get together,” Hines said. “This was nice.”
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