Troops get free family photos for Christmas

(Press Release) Area troops that can’t be home for the holidays will get a digital glimpse of their wives, husbands, parents or children thanks to Meadows Images. The photo studio has scheduled a free photo session on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Playtime Pizza, 3101 Gretna Road in Branson for family members of active duty military personnel serving in foreign countries The photo session, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes one digital image that will be e-mailed or posted on a Web site for each soldier to see. Blue star families that participate will also receive either a free 8x10 or a sheet of wallet sized photos of the selected image.

Studio owners United States Army veterans Marshall and Brenda Meadows came up with the idea of hosting the photo session because they recalled being absent from home during holidays or family gatherings.

"Since we are both veterans there were several times we missed Christmas or holidays with our families," said Brenda Meadows. "I also spent six months as a USO entertainer in Vietnam during the war in 1968. We know what it’s like to have an ocean or thousands of miles separating you from loved ones during special celebrations."

Subjects that travel to Playtime Pizza for the Dec. 15 photo shoot will get the complete professional experience with studio lighting and holiday backdrops.

"These are not going to be snapshots,” Meadows said. “Unfortunately we have to limit this offer to include those immediate families within a 40 mile radius of Branson and they will have to make appointments. We have a limited time frame to do this in and although we would like to photograph everyone, it would be impossible."

Playtime Pizza has also included a special buffet discounted price for those that take advantage of the free photo sitting.

Call (417) 334-8991 for information or to make an appointment.