Local photographers will give back to Newtown community

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Submitted: Thu, 12/27/2012 - 3:33am
Updated: Thu, 12/27/2012 - 8:42pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A group of local photographers has come up with a great way to help families in Newtown, CT, all while making a keepsake for your family.

The images are strong and still very much in our minds less than two weeks after the shootings in Newtown. Now one local group wants to send help from our community to theirs.

“After Newtown, CT, happened, a lot of us wanted to do something, and all of us felt inspired and our talent is photography, and we thought we would be able to give back that way,” photographer Ray Baca said. “There is a whole bunch of us in the town ready and excited and motivated to help.”

The local event is called Clicks for Kids, and it was inspired by one woman in Texas who just wanted to help.

“We were inspired by an anonymous photographer based out of Texas who wanted to do something after the tragedy in Connecticut. It’s called the Olivia Act, and it concentrates on the importance of family portraits, as one of the young victims had just had her family portrait taken,” Nichole Lupton, another local photographer working with the event, said. “We also wanted to take the additional step and not just donate portraits to people here in Wilmington. We wanted to make it a fundraiser to make money to send to Connecticut to do our part as well.”

The event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, January 5, at 27 North Front Street on the third floor.

“If they go on our Facebook page and sign up, all they have to do is make a donation to one of the charities or funds that are set up for the Newtown, CT, families, and we will photograph them,” Baca said.

For more information and to sign up, go to Wilmington Photographers Give Back on Facebook.


  • Concerned says:

    The Olivia Act is to give a FREE session to a family in need, not ask for people to come and give donations…that is a fundraiser not the OLIVIA ACT

  • jason says:

    I don’t think anyone was being mean – the story on this website AND the local Facebook site are seriously lacking details. As a parent, I was curious as to who will have access to my child’s photographs? Is anyone screening the photographers? Personally, I think it’s a unique way to donate to a cause.

  • Megan says:

    Hi Justin,
    I picked up from Nichole’s comment that the photos will also be used as a fundraiser- those funds will be sent to Newtown. I assume a little more research will help us both find the specifics of that fundraiser. Seems like a great, heartfelt idea to me!
    Hope that clarification helps!

  • justin says:

    Could someone please explain how providing a free portrait session to a child in Wilmington “gives back” to the families of victims in Newtown, Conn? I see where the photographers will get their business names listed on a website if they donate their services, but that seems a little like self promotion, not providing assistance to the victims.

  • jessica m says:

    It is not be gaining any self promotion, the oliva act was created in memory of a little girl who passed away, Photographers across the united states including myself are giving away one free photo session to a family who can not afford it. If so many photogaphers are doing this great deed i dont see how people can be so mean

  • justin says:

    According to the Facebook page posted, parents can bring their children, up to age 18, for a portrait session with a volunteer photographer. The site says the group is simply taking “donations” – they do not specifically state cash or check, nor do they say if the group is accepting clothes, toys or other types donations.

  • Confussed says:

    While I think it is GREAT to help others especially in the face of tragedy…I DO NOT think it’s cool to gain from someone else’s tragedy. This group first states it wants to remain anonymous…..but we have two photographers getting their name out there,,Oh and don’t forget all of his pictures in the background??? Then they will NOT except cash, but later state they prefer not to except cash…? You can’t say you are following the Olivia Act because the Olivia Act gives to families who COULD NOT afford a photographer…..not pay a donation. Am I the only person who thinks this is weird?? WHAT??

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