The following is a guest post by Megan Milbradt, a civil engineer II at Basin Electric. On the side, she has a photography business, Everyday Art Photography. She is asking for nominations for a deserving local family, who may not otherwise have family portraits taken, to receive a family session. Read more about what prompted Milbradt to give of her talent in this way. Find Milbradt’s blog here: Everyday Art Photography
When something as devastating as the events in Newtown, CT, happen, we wish there was something we could do. There is nothing that will give those families their loved ones back, but I’d like to be able to use whatever talents God has given me to do something small to honor those whose lives were lost.
Seeing the images on TV of those childrens’ smiling faces only reminds me how absolutely important it is to have photos of your family, to have memories of your family together, to have images that capture the love you have for each other. For so many, and for many reasons, those moments do not last forever.
On Dec. 20, I learned that an anonymous photographer had started The Olivia Act, challenging fellow photographers everywhere to give back and honor those who were lost on Dec. 14 by capturing a family who is deserving and in need of professional family portraits.
From now through Jan. 10, Everyday Art Photography will be taking nominations for a family who is in need or who deserves a family session. The family chosen will receive a complimentary, one hour family session along with all the digital files to print as they wish.
To nominate a family, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include in the subject line: The Olivia Act. In the body of the email, include the family you wish to nominate, along with a way for me to contact them. The winner will be chosen at random and will remain anonymous, if they wish.
Every year after the holidays, I always like to do a session giveaway, but this year, when I heard about The Olivia Act, I decided to do things a little differently. I loved the idea of taking nominations from others for someone they felt was deserving of this gift, for whatever reason. I think it is important for others to know there are people who care about them and that the good they do in their own lives does not go unnoticed. Giving a session to one of the many kind and generous people we have in our community is something small that I can do, but my greater hope is that others who hear about the giveaway and The Olivia Act will be inspired to do the same, using the talents they have!