I've been quiet about the tragedy that occurred last week in Sandy Hook CT. I wasn't even able to wrap my brain around what happened let alone try to make a statement. I have however, come across something I can relate to and I'd like to share.
A photographer who wishes to remain anonymous out of Texas started The Olivia Act.
The premise behind this initiative goes in line with something I have mentioned over and over again. Having photos of your loved ones is important. Being able to look back at those images spark memories and emotion. For those families who lost their young precious children (or anyone who has ever lost anyone) their photographs are priceless treasures.
Rather than re-inventing the wheel, here is a nice description about The Olivia Act that has been going around the photography community.
"The Olivia Act, is a photographer's challenge and named after the founding photographers daughter, Olivia, and inspired by all the innocent lives killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy. She 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 am taking nominations for a family who you think deserves this gift of memories. The session will take place sometime after the new year and will be completely FREE to the person nominating and the family being nominated. FB message or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your nominations including a note on who you're nominating and your reason why you think they deserve this. I will be contacting the chosen family via email so please don't forget to include their email address! I will be taking nominations anytime between now (December 19th) and December 31st. Make sure to share this status so your friends and family will know too! Photos are memories that can never be replaced "
So think of a family who you think is deserving of a mini session and email me explaining why. I know this is a simple way for me to acknowledge the tragedy in Sandy Hook, but it's just a beginning. As time goes on and the healing process continues I will seek ways to further support and aid these families effected by this tragic event.