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Photographer helps kids fight bullies

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Melinda Deas, seen here with McKenzye, is helping kids battle bullies and educating them on suicide prevention through photo shoots. Melinda Deas, seen here with McKenzye, is helping kids battle bullies and educating them on suicide prevention through photo shoots.
McKenzye's true beauty shines through (Source: Melinda Deas Photography) McKenzye's true beauty shines through (Source: Melinda Deas Photography)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Three ArkLaTex girls spent Sunday being pampered and getting their own private photo shoots, all part of a self-esteem-boosting effort designed to fighting back against bullying.

Local photographer Melinda Deas says she was inspired to make a difference in children's lives after a photo shoot showed her how happy it can make a kid.

That's how she came up with the idea to "Blind the Bullies."

"When you see a child and you capture their real personality, not just look at the camera and smile, but if you really capture them in the moment, and I take the camera and I show it to them. They see it, and you see this natural glow in their face. They're excited. They like to see themselves."

Deas hopes to use the opportunity to educate children on how to handle tough situations like bullying, and to talk about suicide prevention. She also hopes to boost self-esteem by giving the three girls a day that they won't forget, "They're going to get their hair done, make-overs done, a photo shoot all day."

The girls also participated in a special balloon release. "What these kids are going to do is write promises on these balloons that they will never commit suicide and that they will always love themselves."

She says she hopes to make the Blind the Bullies project a yearly event.

The pictures from the "Blind the Bullies" photo shoot can be found on the Melinda Deas Photography Facebook Page.

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