HeartsApart.orgLaunches Project to Provide Free Family Portraits for Armed Forces
HeartsApart.org was created to keep families connected while our military men and women are serving abroad. Through the efforts of our community's finest photographers,HeartsApart.org provides our soon to be deployed servicemen and women with pictures of their spouse and children. The photographs are printed on water proof and durable bi-folded cards, which fit securely in their uniform pocket. HeartsApart.org believes that our military personnel deserve and need the memory of their family to carry them through the difficult times that may lie ahead.
Founded in North Carolina, home to Pope AFB, Seymour Johnson AFB, Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, MCAS Cherry Point and MCAS New River, HeartsApart.org will begin its volunteer efforts in its backyard but hopes to organize and mobilize photographers across the country. “Our goal is simple. As long as servicemen and women are in harms way and separated from their families, we will be taking pictures,” said Brett Martin, Executive Director. "There is no end to the project - just a commitment to continue to serve our Armed Forces while they serve us.”
Brownie Harris, HeartsApart.org Director of Photography, has worked professionally for 35 years. With a distinguished career photographing the likes of John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Andy Warhol, and working with worldwide corporations such as General Electric and Raytheon, Harris is proud to be part of a project with such significant cultural impact. “Every once in a while you do something that makes everything else worth it. This is one of those moments," Harris said. "Our first shoot had a tremendous impact on the entire team.”
Christina and Lee McCurdy were one of the first families to be photographed. After the shoot, Mrs. McCurdy stood in front of the crew and simply said, “I didn’t think anyone cared.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
“For the last year, HeartsApart.org has been working very hard to make what we all knew to be a great cause a reality,” said Martin. "Today HeartsApart.org, with the help of its first sponsors, developed a website and started shooting what will be the first of countless family portraits for our servicemen and women. “We are very committed to our sponsors. Without their substantial contributions, a project of this magnitude would be impossible. Additional contributions will be necessary to fully realize the projects potential”
Now the real work begins as we call on the community to support our efforts. HeartsApart.org asks that photographers, makeup artists, hairstylists, wardrobe stylists and most importantly local financial donors and sponsors join our fight. HeartsApart.org is also looking for local and nation clothing merchants to help the cause. To be a part of our mission, visit the website at HeartsApart.org. Most importantly, we invite the families of our soon to be deployed Armed Forces to visit the website and schedule their family portrait.