This past weekend, Josh and I volunteered our day with HELP-PORTRAIT by taking family holiday portraits for local families who may not be able to afford one this year. HELP-PORTRAIT is a global movement of photographers using their time, gear, and expertise to give back to those in need.
We set up shop at a local church in Park Slope, Brooklyn and convinced over 40 families to stop in and get a family portrait, many of them had never had a family portrait taken at all. We had a full crew to welcome any- and everyone, provide hair / makeup styling, photograph, edit, and print the portraits, and even offer snacks and beverages for the families while they waited for their prints and digital CDs. It was a full day event that made many people happy. It was wonderful to see the families laughing about a funny expression captured, and ooohhhh over the final printed product. Time very well spent! I'm already looking forward to next year's HELP-PORTRAIT event.
Here's our wonderful volunteer crew :
If you're interested in making this happen in your area for next year's event date, visit the HELP-PORTRAIT website to see if there's a branch already set up in your area, or find more information on how to get one started.