What if I’m the only one?

//What if I’m the only one?

What if I’m the only one?

We know there are some of you who have signed up at the COMMUNITY SITE, started a group for your city or town, and you are the only photographer around.

For starters, just because you are the FIRST one to sign up on the community site in your area doesn’t mean you are the only one! Recruit other photographers or friends that you know and get them to join as well. Make sure you start a group at the community site so that any other photographers who join at a later date will be able to join up with you.

But- if you really are the only one- Is it still possible to have a Help-Portrait event on 04 December 2010 (or any day) if you are alone?


Here are a couple of ideas for you if you are the only one:

  • Contact a local hospital. There is probably a children’s wing, or children’s hall that you could easily photograph in a day. You could then get the photos printed quickly and return them to the nurse/contact person to have the portraits delivered.
  • Contact a community center in your area. Explain Help-Portrait and see if they would be willing for you to photograph the people in the community center on Saturday, 12.12.09.
  • Contact a local boys or girls club. Check with the contact person to see if there would need to be permission from the parents, but this could also be a cool gift for the kids to take home to their parents!
  • Feel free to recruit friends or neighbors to go along with you. Even if they aren’t a photographer, it would probably be helpful to have a second person with you to keep up with who has been photographed, etc.
  • Photograph people around you. There may be people who need portraits that live very close to you- maybe even your neighbors! So think about people that you know- helping people in your own community is great.

If you are going to do this project alone, we think that is awesome! Just make sure you are in a safe place and have a contact person that you are in communication with at the local non-profit organization.

By |2016-12-03T07:45:53+00:00October 6th, 2010|H-P Tips|13 Comments

About the Author:

Kyle Chowning is the co-founder and executive director of Help-Portrait.


  1. […] If you sign up and can’t find anyone in your area to join with you, check out this blog post: WHAT IF I’M THE ONLY ONE? […]

  2. larry greenberg October 20, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    If Im the only one and go to a hospital, dont I need some credentials to show the people there?
    They dont know me from Adam and might think Im a whacko.

  3. mallory elise October 27, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    I’m the only one because i live in a countryside town in Brazil, not many photographers around but plenty of neighbors in need of everything. I’m sticking to families with kids to help narrow down the number since this is a crowded neighborhood being the poorest district in the town.

  4. Irina Mia :) Marennikova February 15, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    good luck to you from Brazil! ;))

    i just created a new group in Moscow (Russia) and am just HOPING that i won’t be alone..))) either way,going to do it,with followers or just by myself. good luck to me too! =)

  5. Armen April 25, 2011 at 4:42 AM

    I am starting a new project in Gyumri, Armenia. This has never been done in that part of the country and I am very excited to do this.

  6. Anthon July 9, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    I was the only one, however I changed that, I am organizing a help portrait event in Peru, big change ;)

  7. Anthony April 10, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    I am the only one. Amazing how selfish fotogs are.

  8. Vicki October 17, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    I wanna do this but nothing in the UK let alone anywhere near Swindon and Anthony is right selfishness!!

  9. Ed December 15, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    WE will be the change we want to see in the world.
    I started a Models & Photography group on facebook a year ago, and I pitched this to them. Over 2 dozen photographers in that group, and not a single reply.
    But, I am determined to be “an angel” for my town. I will do this, even if I have to do it by myself.

  10. Luci October 6, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    I want to start here in Miami! until now, I’m the only one, so if anybody here read my comment and live in Miami, this is my email: lucierne@yahoo.com, you can message me and we can meet to start something great!

  11. […] Editor’s Note: For more information on how to do Help-Portrait by yourself, read our post, “What if I’m the only one?“ […]

  12. Deitra L. Jackson October 25, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Thanks for this article! I am the only one and would like to do portraits of the young teen mothers and their children for the holidays. This information gives me hope! Thank you

  13. Sabra Dorsey-Jackson July 28, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    We are having a major event in Baltimore Maryland on Oct 2nd, 2014 at the Convention Center, Project Homeless Connect. We are in need of photographers donating their time, support and pictures for this upcoming event. Please contact me asap!!!

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