Military-themed photos bring special meaning to loved ones near and far

Military-themed photos bring special meaning to loved ones near and far

Do you have a loved one in the military? Maybe you are an active member of the military yourself. Military members in all branches — Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy — deserve our greatest respect and deep gratitude. This is true every day but especially true during Military Appreciation Month, celebrated annually every May.

When you work in the military, travel is a big part of the job. If you are deployed, you can be away from home for months, sometimes even a year or more. An image can bring special meaning to those who are traveling, as well as those family members who are back home. When you can't reach out and touch a loved one, a picture can feel like the next best thing.

That's why JCPenney Portraits is proud to offer military members and their families a special military discount. Just show your military ID and receive:

  • Free session fees
  • Free 8x10 standard print
  • 50% off your photography purchase
  • $4.99 standard prints (regularly $14.99 each)
  • $99.99 high-resolution digital album (regularly $149.99)

During each session, a professional photographer works closely with you to create the exact images you want. For inspiration, check out the military photography gallery. Here are some of the top types of photographs you might consider with a heartfelt military theme:

Couple: Lovebirds can honor their bond whether they're together or half a world apart with couple photography. The person in the military can dress up in their formal uniform to add an undeniably patriotic tone to the picture. These types of photos are wonderful keepsakes and also are great for engagement announcements.

Family: Before Mom or Dad has to leave for the next mission, spend some quality time together and be sure to plan a photo session with everyone dressed nicely. This is also a great idea for parents who are saying goodbye to a grown son or daughter leaving for the first time. Military uniforms and fatigues welcome. Try out a variety of poses to get just the right image to be printed for the family room, mantel, office and more.

Children: If you have children, the military life can be particularly difficult. You always wonder what you're missing, and long to be home for all the firsts and family events. A picture is worth a thousand words, so a special military-themed image of kids can brighten the day of loved ones far away. Children smiling in front of an American flag is just one example of a photo that is meaningful in multiple ways.

Baby: Being away when a child is born is one of the most difficult things for a military person to experience. Getting newborn pictures of baby takes on new meaning when you incorporate military items from the parent who is away. Baby holding the parent's dog tags or wrapped tightly while laying atop a military shirt are deeply meaningful. When baby gets older, sitting next to Dad's boots or playing with a military helmet makes for an adorable and heartfelt photo.

Thank you to everyone serving in the military! Happy Military Appreciation Month!