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Hotter Than Charleston: We Deployed to the Middle East as the Ultimate Adventure Photographers

For almost the last 6 years (wow, time flies!) our full-time jobs have been to document the Airmen serving our country and the various missions our military supports around the globe.

Hey everyone and welcome back to the blog!

As you all know if you’ve been following us for a little bit, we got our start in photography as photojournalists in the Air Force. And if you didn’t know, now you do! It’s also how we met, but that’s a different story that we’ll share on another day! For almost the last 6 years (wow, time flies!) our full-time jobs have been to document the Airmen serving our country and the various missions our military supports around the globe.

This year has been a crazy one for all the reasons everyone is too familiar with, but for us, it’s been especially crazy because 1.) Lauren decided to officially separate from the Air Force next year and run our business full-time (woot!) and 2.) We both deployed for about 4-ish months to the Middle East – yep you read that right!

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We were super lucky in that our leadership put us on the same deployment team so we didn’t have to worry about being apart for almost half of the year – or worse – getting on opposite deployment schedules and not seeing each other for even longer. This is the tough reality that a lot of dual military couples have to deal with and plan their lives around, so we were/are so grateful our experience worked out this way.

While we were there we supported the military’s response to COVID-19 and the United States’ support to Lebanon after the explosion in Beirut. Justin got to travel to Lebanon and Afghanistan and flew all over the Middle East. While coronavirus limited Lauren’s opportunity to travel, she was able to cover the maintenance Airmen who support our nation’s flying mission and ensure we are always ready at a moment’s notice.

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It was in no way a “typical” deployment, but what has been typical this year?

We don’t always share a ton on our social media of the military side of our lives, but it really is a huge part of our lives, so we wanted to share this post in hopes of being a little more transparent and give you an idea of what else we spend our time photographing.

We’ve talked about this before on Instagram, but our job as photojournalists gives us a huge edge when it comes to shooting weddings. Not only do we deeply understand our equipment, light and composition, but we are comfortable working with all types of people from all types of backgrounds and capturing uncontrolled action of people in their environment – AKA we can’t wait to meet you, your friends and family and explore a new location or venue and capture you just as you are with more candid and less posed moments.

Hope you enjoy the photos!

Do you have questions about our jobs in the Air Force? Message us on Instagram.

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