“Preserving memories for those who serve” A special way to honor Military Family Appreciation month


LINTON, Ind. (WTHI) – November is Military Family Appreciation month and one Wabash Valley photographer is finding her own way to show her appreciation to those who serve.

Heather Graves with How Charming Photography and Design has been a professional photographer for 13 years.

“I always say that my days are like a puzzle, every day is different,” she explained,

Recently, she has been capturing images of the Conklin family.

Parents Ashley and Dorian, along with 4-year-old daughter Rain… Heather takes it all in stride because she is on a mission.

“I think one of the things that has drawn me to this, is I see the love that’s captured in families.”

In honor of Military Family Appreciation month, Heather has started a project, “preserving memories for those who serve.”

“It reminds me of one of the many reasons I actually joined up,” Dorian, Specialist in the U.S. Army, explained.

Specialist Dorian Conklin has served three years in the United States Army, he says images like the ones shot today are invaluable while deployed.

“It means a lot because when we are out in the field training we don’t really have the capability of charging our phones and talking to our wives and family, so having a picture in my wallet, it’s nice to be able to look at a picture of my wife and daughter.”

Heather understands having pictures of loved ones while serving our country, both of her grandfathers were military men. That’s why this project is so important to her.

“They always talk about honor, they always talk about commitment, etc. and I want be able to follow that,” Heather said. “I want them to be able to look down some many years later and be able to see this as something was started as an opportunity to give back to so many other people.”

Heather is offering free 30 minute photo sessions from Nov. 4 to the 23.

To contact Heather, check out her Facebook page or her website!