This Saturday, December 8, marks the fourth annual Help-Portrait, a worldwide event where photographers, photo editors, makeup artists, and other volunteers join together to give back by taking portraits for those who need them. Although it might be easy to underestimate the power of a portrait, experiences like this and this have convinced me of their importance.
Two of my teen sons worked with me the first year I volunteered; they checked in people and basically did whatever needed done. The last two years I’ve served at the Lawrenceville Housing Authority location, working with and photographing many of the same people each year. This Saturday I’m excited to have my husband join me at a new location in Woodstock, GA! (Our Lawrenceville location won’t have an HP event this time.)
My husband isn’t a photographer or makeup artist and I’m not sure he’s ever edited a photo, but he’s a willing volunteer who’s heard me talk about Help-Portrait for three years; believes it’s a worthy cause; and wants to be part of it.
I’m looking forward to Saturday, I only wish I’d ordered a new red tee in time!
For more information check out:
- So You Want to be a Help-Portrait Volunteer (lots of ideas for ways to help)
- Getting Started
- What If I’m the Only One? (great ideas if you want to help, but can’t find a local event)
Have you ever volunteered for Help-Portrait? Follow those links to find out how you can help!