As a photographer, it’s natural for me to build relationships with my clients and I’m honored when they feel the same way. As a military veteran and military spouse I am especially proud to support leaders and organizations that value our military communities.
This feeling really hit me as I supported events throughout the Washington, D.C.-area for Military Appreciation Month in May and continued advocacy work through this month. One of the organizations that I connected with earliest is the National Military Spouse Network (NMSN). I'm currently a member and have photographed many of our key events over the past decade. If you are not familiar with the NMSN, it is a social enterprise that creates a community of military spouse professionals, businesses, academics and media to share expertise and craft innovative solutions on both balancing a viable career with the military lifestyle and laying the foundation for a successful career post military life.
I'm privileged to share the stories of our community and my peers through my work--and thankful for the spotlight it puts on our the unique challenges of our military lifestyle as well as possible solutions to address them. Below are some recent examples of how my work has done this.
1. The following feature photo is from an article in the Military Times, “Are military spouse employment programs working?” posted January 21, 2022.
2. The following article published in American Military News, “Major military spouse employment study included in 2022 defense bill – here’s who helped drive the effort,” features NMSN's work over since its founding and includes several photos that I've taken to document our efforts.
3. The article “Military spouses often choose their spouse's career over their own. This organization is changing that,” in Upworthy features Sue Hoppin, President and Founder of the National Military Spouse Network, as one of Tory Burch’s “Empowered Women”
About Photography by Trish Alegre-Smith: Our mission is to provide commercial clients and high profile individuals in the Washington, D.C. area portraiture (including headshots and group photos) and branding photography that feature their products, services and events. We discover and project your unique story that keeps you current in changing times.
Trish Alegre-Smith is a Washington, D.C- area native by way of northern Virginia, an Air Force veteran, and a military spouse who works with purpose-driven individuals and organizations who are looking to share their story through photos.
Military Spouse Network
Military Times article
“Are military spouse employment programs working?”
American Military News article
“Major military spouse employment study included in 2022 defense bill – here’s who helped drive the effort”
“Military spouses often choose their spouse's career over their own. This organization is changing that.”
National Military Spouse Network Magazine article (Spring 2022)
“Standing Out in a Crowd”