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    a photographer that I follow on facebook today listed a 'call to action' to her fellow photographers. It goes with the spirit of the season and also as a way to "do something" after last week's horrible shooting in CT.

    this photographer (Leslie Spurlock, if you want to follow her - she's AMAZING) is calling this "the Olivia Act" and is named after one of the children who was killed last week. Posted on her facebook that the first person to comment on her thread would get a free 30 minute session. This was her post:

    As I sit here, I am still so very saddened by the shootings in Newtown. Aside from donating and hugging my own kids, there is not a lot I can do. I think about the family of little Olivia, and the fact that they had a family photo shoot not long before she was killed. The parents are so lucky they had that. We go about our daily lives not realizing it could be our last, and we don't always take the time to have photos taken together. I am guilty of that myself. I am not looking for a lot of "likes" on this post or increasing my fan count. This is just a post to give back without me gaining anything in the process. You don't even have to be a fan or spread the word about my biz. I just want to give away a 30 min. family or sibling session to a family because I feel that photographs are very important. So, I will give away this session to the first person that responds here. If you see someone respond, again, I am not looking for a ton of responses or likes,. This post is not meant to benefit me at all, so there's no need to respond after the first response. May everyone have a very happy holiday and hug your loved ones. Let them know how much you love them each and every day.

    I encourage you all to find someone who needs some photos and take them. No facebook contest needed if that is not your bag. You don't have to be a pro. Just identify someone w/ a need and fill it.

    As for me - it is belt test time at judo. I've been taking photos as they are sometimes used by the staff on their website and just b/c I like to play w/ these kinds of photos. But I've decided to print at least one of every child who tested and give it to them or their parents. That will be my version of "the Olivia act."

    If nothing else, get out and get some new photos of YOU with your families this holiday. Time flies, we don't know what is coming tomorrow, so let's capture what we've got. OK?

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    I read the blog post with Olivia just this morning, and couldn't help but cry my eyes out. I'm just so saddened by this, and can't comprehend it. I'm not normally like this with news stories, but this one is just pulling at me. So not fair.
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    Me too, Steph. Logan has had to endure my clingy-ness since the news on Friday. I had a really tough work day and literally didn't get the news until after I had already picked him up from school. I had a very hard time at drop off yesterday morning. *sigh*

    I think that is why this "challenge" appeals to me. I want so badly to feel like I am doing something, anything, to put life back into perspective. I want to help but know that all I have are words.

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    There's a family a couple of doors down that has been talking about "hiring" me for some photos. I'm going to offer up a session for free for her.

    Carson saw the flag at school today, and asked what happened to it. We haven't told him about what happened since he's only 5, so it was a really hard question for me to answer. Thank goodness I had my sunglasses on, so I didn't have to answer the question of why there were tears in my eyes after explaining to him that some people died and we lowered it to remember them.
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    This is a great way to commemorate those that were affected by this tragedy. My heart breaks for the family whenever I see or hear it in the news. My kids are oblivious to what happened. I just think they are too innocent to know such violence can occur. I too want to do something but I think all I can do is offer them my prayers.
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    Wow. Amazing. Thanks for sharing GiGi! I will give back somehow, someway. I am going to pray about this and I pray that God will help me help someone in need. I love this idea!

    Ruthie had found out about it at school. She has asked questions and I answered them simply. I told her however to not talk with any kids b/c I don't think that's something that should be done. I think kids say too much at times.
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