Thursday, December 27, 2012

♥ {giving back} ♥

The Olivia Act

Take a picture it lasts longer” is a phrase people use to say when they see others staring at them.  Well, those words, sarcastic words, sometimes can take on a whole new meaning, a heartfelt meaning.  Those words now ring true for many as on December 14, 2012 an unfortunate tragedy shook many families, a town, a state, a country.  Feelings of helplessness stir up hearts as the reality that nothing we can do will bring those innocent lives back.  But even with this ill feeling in our hearts, we can do something to continue to make a difference in the lives that are still with us, a life whose heart needs to feel the love we still can give.
One of the little girls who lost her life at Sandy Hook Elementary School that morning of December 14, 2012 was Olivia Engel. Olivia’s family had taken professional family pictures not long before the tragedy happened.  Little did they know that those family photos will now have a forever lasting memory for them as the last photos they will be able to embrace of Olivia, a priceless treasure they will now cherish.

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A photographer whose heart was touched after hearing about Olivia and the cherished gift her parents now have was moved to give back with what she could, using her skills to make a difference by giving away a 30 minute family photo shoot to a family that might not otherwise have images made.  Other photographers when hearing about this were also moved so this photographer created The Olivia Act, challenging other photographers to do the same, using their talents to bless a family with a session. 

There are many families out there who do not have the resources or funds to have professional family portraits taken. My heart is to share the gifts and talents that God has blessed me with to share His love with others so I too am participating in the Olivia Act.  I would love to gift a family with a treasured gift. If you know of a family in San Antonio or surrounding area who would appreciate this gift, please nominate them. Nominations will be accepted through January 14, 2013.

How to nominate a family:
1)   email your nominations to:
2)   subject line: the Olivia Act
3)   include in the email:
a)    family’s name
b)    contact info
c)     why you have chosen to nominate them

I will contact the family who will receive the session on January 16, 2013.

Please share this message! I am very blessed to be able to have the opportunity to do this, giving back the way I know how and sharing and spreading God’s love with others in our community!  
To read more about the Olivia Act and for those who would like to spread the word, please click on the link below to go to the blog site for The Olivia Act.  You can find a list of other photographers in other areas who are also participating in the Olivia Act on the blog.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

{much} hugs,

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