Help-Portrait 2012 - A Game Changer

December 14, 2012  •  5 Comments

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:


Comments

Cheri(non-registered)
This was very well written, capturing the true essence of "Help Portrait". It was a day that made a difference in all of ur lives! Love the photos you posted!!!
Judy Valentine(non-registered)
Wonderful blog in words and photos! It was a fun filled day with love, smiles, laughter and wonderful memories for all of us!
Debbi Robertson(non-registered)
BIG TIME: LOVE!
Suzanne(non-registered)
Just amazing! You captured the "spirit" in all of them. They all just take my breath away! And how fun for you to let them turn the tables and take pictures, too. Excellent job. God bless you!
Jan rodelander(non-registered)
My favorites.....the one of the little girl and boy ( he is trying to kiss her), the boys holding the cameras, and the momma whose picture was taken by one of the kids! I liked them all...full of life and fun!
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