The Olivia Act

When I first heard of The Olivia Act, I immediately thought, wow.

In the wake of the recent tragedies in Connecticut,  my husband and I couldn't stop talking about the latest updates on the news and how awful everything was.  Each story and update released through the stream of newspapers and online news boards was just another reinforcement in our minds of what I could imagine was indescribable heartache for the victims' families.

While we continued to pray and grieve for the families affected by the recent events, never did I imagine there would be a way a camera could be a part of something bigger to help bring forth an act of healing in the midst of such darkness, believe me.  I learned of The Olivia Act this morning, from a fellow photographer in Tennessee and am moved to participate. It's named after one of the children killed in Newtown, whose family had pictures taken a short time before she was killed on that horrible day. Upon hearing about this, a photographer named Leslie was moved to give away a 30 minute family photo shoot and has challenged other photographers to do the same. I know that not all families have the resources to have photos taken every year, but I'd love 2013 to be the year for one of them. 

I will be taking nominations for a family who you think would appreciate this gift of memories, for any reason! The free 30 minute session (which will include 10 digital images on DVD) will take place in 2013 - please email me your nominations at
, including a brief message on who you're nominating and the reason you wish this for them. The family chosen will be contacted via email, so please include that as well! I will accept nominations until December 31st of this year.

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And fellow photographers, please think about participating in the Olivia Act too. ♥

Newtown, please know that you are not alone and continue to be in the prayers and hearts of the nation.