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Family Portrait Displayed at Irvine Fine Arts Center

I’m very excited to announce that one of the portraits from the “Images From the Homefront” exhibit has been selected to go on display at the Irvine Fine Arts Center as part of its All Media 2008 Show. The image below will be on exhibit from November 14, 2008 – January 22, 2009 at 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine, CA , 92604. There will be a reception on November 14th from 6:00 – 8:30pm and the awards ceremony takes place at 7:00pm.

This family portrait titled “Serving Double Duty” features a husband and wife who are both on active duty in the U.S. Navy. In the portrait the father is cradling his 9-day old daughter, while his wife gently kisses her on top of her head. This artwork is one of 12 from the “Images From the Homefront” collection, a project I proudly worked on with “Operation Homefront,” a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance and morale-boosting programs to military members, their families and our nation’s wounded warriors.

<strong>“Serving Double Duty”</strong><br>Both serving in Navy combat teams, this dynamic duo has been on several deployments – each at least 6 months in duration as a result of the on-going wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the last four years they’ve been physically apart for more than two years.  Their daughter was just nine days old when this portrait was taken.

“Serving Double Duty”
Both serving in Navy combat teams, this dynamic duo has been on several deployments – each at least 6 months in duration as a result of the on-going wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the last four years they’ve been physically apart for more than two years. Their daughter was just nine days old when this portrait was taken.

The mother in this portrait wrote:
“The strains on dual military marriages are tremendous because we’re apart so often. We keep our marriage strong through constant communication whether it’s through e-mail or letters – as long as we have each other’s words. It’ll be very difficult when it comes time to say ‘goodbye’ to our little baby girl, but we proudly wear this uniform because we know we’re an important part of what it takes to keep our nation free.”

This portrait photography features one of the nine military families I took portraits of for “Operation Homefront” which has become a traveling photography exhibit to increase awareness about the issues facing our country’s military families and to help raise money for the organization. Other images in the exhibit include a maternity portrait, newborn photography, family portraits and pair of desert combat boots which serves to represent our nation’s fallen.

On Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 I will also be Click here to see more of this creative family photography.

Written by Linnea Lenkus

Linnea Lenkus

Linnea Lenkus has been a photographer for over 20 years. She specializes in studio photography in Los Angeles, having 2 portrait studios in Pasadena and Long Beach. She is well known for her finer lighting techniques, the authentic feeling of her poses and for exceptional maternity, baby and family portrait photography.