Watching the news unfold last Friday felt like a flashback to my childhood in England. In 1996, a gunman in Dunblane, Scotland, opened fire in an elementary school killing 16 children and one adult before killing himself. The devastation that community, and our country as a whole, experienced was immeasurable. Newtown, CT just experienced a tragedy that cannot be understood, cannot be willed away, and will echo in their hearts for years to come. I want to do a small part to try and pay my respects to those lost and to bring some goodness into the world in the light of such misery:
The Olivia Act, named after one of the children killed in Newtown, Ct., was started by a photographer who wishes to be anonymous. Olivia’s family had family pictures taken a short time before she was killed. Those pictures are precious and now priceless to them. Upon hearing this, this photographer was moved to give away a 30 minute family photo shoot and has challenged other photographers to do the same. We go about our daily lives and sometimes we don’t take the time or have the resources to have family photos taken.
I will be taking email nominations until mid-January. If you know a family who could use some precious photographs, but does not have the funds, I would love to hear their story. Send me their info, along with yours, and why you think they deserve it, and a family will be chosen at by mid-January. I will need their name, email and phone number. Please SHARE this status so your friends and family will know too! Can't wait to gift a family with these memories that can't be replaced or taken away.