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Looking to update that family photo and have it shot by one of Guam's best photographers? Mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 10 for Pushing Buttons for Saipan and Tinian: Part Yutu.

Super Typhoon Yutu has been the strongest typhoon of 2018 to date and has devastated our brothers and sisters on Tinian and Saipan.

A united force of Guam photographers will take professional portraits of families, couples, individuals, furry family members, seniors, groups, newborns, and anything else, at a discounted price. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to directly to Yutu relief efforts.

In previous years, the group has held the same event raising funds for Japan, Saipan and the Philippines when they were hit with natural disasters.

Photographer Lewis Santos is one of the coordinators for the upcoming event, and told KUAM News, "Our brothers and sisters up north, need our help now more than ever, we decided we are going to unite together and do another one and raise funds for them."

Over the course of the day-long event, there will be over two dozen of some of the island's talented shutterbugs involved. Santos said, "We're going to be the ones doing all the portraits and picture taking, we'll be manning the table for the printing and the editing, and things like that. So, everybody there has something to do with photography or is a photographer themselves."

It truly is a steal of a deal.

"Probably the best you'll ever get, price wise because it's really inexpensive compared to pictures you would get in the studio," he shared.

The group is once again partnering up with the Western Pacific Islands Association of Fire Chiefs. Said Santos, "They are the ones that are going to ensure that these funds get to the people who need it the most."

According to WPIAFC President and GFD Acting Fire Chief Joey San Nicolas, the association is a non-profit and has many missions, one being of course uniting the fire service across the Pacific islands. "Another mission of it is to do what we can do give back to the community, especially communities in need. So this is what connected us to this effort," the chief said.

One of the photographers participating is Jason Paulino, who says it only makes sense to help our neighbors, adding, "It's just how we are as a culture. I'm pretty sure our northern island brothers and sisters would help us, if it was our turn. It's just about caring for them, they need this right now, we've got to do whatever we can. Every penny counts."

The Pushing Buttons for Saipan and Tinian: Part Yutu will be held on Nov. 10 at the Guam Premier Outlet from 10am-9pm. It's $20 for an 8x10, $10 for additional prints and $30 for digital file and print package.

"It's a great cause," San Nicolas echoed. "It's a great effort initiated by the people for Northern Marianas. So, please come out and support."

For more information, you can visit their event page on Facebook.

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