A couple of years ago I saw a news special about a photographer donating her time to give portrait sessions and prints to the less fortunate. I was inspired and I have wanted to do something similar ever since. The thing is, I'm a terrible organizer. So I put it on the back-burner until I heard about Help Portrait from Jeremy Cowart when attending his Life Finder Tour last year. It sounded like something I wanted in on. But again, I'm not well versed at the organizational arts, and I couldn't find any local Help-Portrait events to take part in. That was last year. This year, Aggie Brooks and Debbi Robertson got wind of it and guess what, THEY are organizers! With all the heart and passion they could muster (and they have a lot of muster), and months of planning and preparation, and some help from all the other volunteers, they (we) pulled off an incredible event of fun and photography at Christ's Haven for Children.
We had 4 main photographers (including myself) with full studio setups, a handful of roaming photographers/videographers capturing all the action, and countless other volunteers including shepherds/arts&crafts, reception/registration, hair/makeup, catering/snacks, and Editing Techs. It was a complete success and I know that many lives were touched. One of my favorite parts was when we started handing cameras to the kids. It just 'clicked' with them (sorry), and it was amazing getting to see the event from their perspective- some of them have some serious photographer potential! I included a few images taken by them below.
I could write pages about my experience and how life-changing it was. But, I'm better at telling a story through pictures, and I think some of these sum up my experience pretty well. There's nothing quite like the feeling of putting a smile on a kid's face, and then capturing that moment permanently. I could get used to it.
My fearless assistants, David and Elise:
And here are the portraits!
And the biggest surprise of the day: Kids love taking pictures too!
Here are a few pictures that the kids took with my camera!
I may be out of a job soon. :)
And here are a few more from me: