The PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA) program, Portraits of Love is in its seventh year, and it’s fourth as a partner of the USO. The goal of the Project is to provide U.S. soldiers around the world with portraits of their families and loved ones throughout the season, taken by the incredibly talented photographers within our industry. To date over 10,000 portraits have been taken and sent to soldiers and their families. What better way to make our soldiers feel at home than by providing them with a beautifully photographed and printed portrait of the ones they love and miss the most?
The PMDA Portraits of Love Project will help soldiers create their own private world - one in which when they lay down at night, in the barracks, in the tents, or wherever they are, they can gaze upon their loved ones. At a PMDA Person of the Year dinner, Sergeant First Class Toby Nunn spoke about the incredible motivation a simple photograph can provide to a solider away from home. We are looking to use the strength and commitment of PMDA member companies to help support this Project and provide the men and women defending our country with a piece of home during difficult times.
PMDA is working with local USO offices to set up photo shoots and gather soldiers' families on USO bases across the country. The goal of the project is to create memorable portraits of soldiers' families and to send these portraits to the soldiers overseas and to their families here in the United States throughout the year.
The PMDA Portraits of Love Project is the imaging industry's way of giving back with gratitude to the men and women who defend our country each and every day. We wish to thank all of the participating photographers and the USO coordinators for their enthusiastic support of Portraits of Love.