We wanted to share some of the great stories published by the media about 2010 Help-Portrait. We’re appreciative of all the coverage and get especially excited to see local coverage featuring the volunteers on the frontlines making this event happen. Did you post about 2010 H-P on your blog? Give us a link in the comments!

Zachary Levi interview (Fox 11 LA)

Baltimore-area photographers donate time for free portrait day (The Baltimore Sun – front page)

Help Portrait brings smiles and something to remember (Seattle KING5)

Portraits prove ‘unexpectedly important’ to marginalized men and women at Help Portrait event (Associated Press)

Help-Protrait to be Held This Weekend (PASTE Magazine)

Help-Portrait Knows Value of a Picture (The Tennessean)

Less Fortunate Step in Front of the Camera (CTV – Canada)

Volunteers give Deployed Something to Hold Onto (WDTV – Ohio)

Help-Portrait Event Offers Free Family Photos (WSMV Ch 4 Nashville)

Omaha photo project returning Saturday (Omaha World Herald)

Photographers offer public free portraits in New Haven (New Haven Register)

Photographers donate time, portraits for homeless youth (Las Vegas Sun)

Dec. 2nd Story w/ Shannon (WSMV Ch 4 Nashville)

Help Portrait offers portraits for needy (News-Leader Springfield News)

HELP PORTRAIT VANCOUVER – DEC 4th 2010 (Beyond Robson – Vancouver)

A photo shoot for people on the Downtown Eastside (News1130 – Vancouver)

Free portraits at RIFA today (Jackson Sun)

Photographers aim to help homeless (The Reflector – South Carolina)

Shooting to help this holiday season (Abbostford times.com – Canada)

The Story Behind Help-Portrait (Relevant Magazine)

Giving the Gift of Portraits (Good Morning Texas)

Help-Portrait Seattle (Examiner.com Seattle)

Beauty in eye of a loving lens (Maribyronog Weekly)

Free Photo Sessions Light People Up (Montreal Gazette)

Free Portraits for York area disaster victims (York Dispatch)

Local photographers give Madison families lots to smile about (WKOW Madison, WI)

Photos: Help-Portrait visits Main and Hastings (Vancouver Sun)

Local photographers help needy smile (Fox 11 Green Bay, WI)

Free Family Portraits (ABC Dayton OH)

Portraits – an unexpected gift (News and Observer – Raleigh, NC)

Help-Portrait Hits Downtown Eastside (The Province – Canada)

Families Receive Free Portraits (NWAonline)

Warm Fuzzies to be Delivered by Help-Portrait 2010 (VolumeOne – Wisconsin)

All Eyes Photo Blog (Tampa Bay & St. Petersburg Times)

Photographers Show Poor, Homeless In Different Light (KETV ABC Omaha)

Help-Portrait: Photographers zoom in on city’s less fortunate (West Island Gazette – Canada)

Snap happy: Cork photographers offer to recapture smiles with free portraits (Irish Examiner – Cork)

Families cherish chance for photo of loved ones (Leader-Telegram – Eau-Claire, WI)

Einmal aussehen wie ein Star (Frankfurt Neue Presse – Germany)

Photographer offers free portraits for families (KSFY ABC Sioux Falls)

Photographers to offer free portrait service (Vietnam News)

Many received a gift that keeps on giving (WSAV Savannah, GA)

Pro photographers offer a deal (The Register-Mail Galesburg, IL)

Photos: Smile and say ‘cheese’ (Deseret News – Salt Lake City)

Photos capture new lives for those in need (Roanoke Times)

Restoring dignity — one picture at a time (The Salt Lake Tribune)

Photographers Shoot to Help Neighbors in Need (WHSV Harrisburg, VA)

Photographers, stylists to do free portraits for those in need (SouthEast Missourian)

Local Photographers Taking Part In “National Day Of Photography” (KKTV CBS Colorado)

UNC photo club gives free family portraits to the needy (Greeley Tribune)

Photographers Donate Time For Family Pictures (KTXS Abilene TX)

Families get red-carpet photo treatment (Colorado Springs Gazette)

‘This Is Our First Family Photo’ (AbqJournal – New Mexico)

International Story (TORINO, Italy)

Family portraits capture hope (UNM Daily Lobo – New Mexico)

A Portrait of Giving (Hamilton Spectator)

Pros share photographic gifts (The North Bay Nugget – Canada)

Lights, Camera…Magic! (Bay Today – Canada)

Help-Portrait Charity (Fox 13 Salt Lake)

Posted on Jan 25, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  1 Comment
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We caught up with Help-Portrait Central Florida‘s Alonzo DeJesus at one of their December 2010 events in Orlando. In this vlog, Alonzo shares his passion for Help-Portrait, this vision of his local chapter and why everyone should become part of this movement in 2011. He also relates a story about a young woman who received a makeover and portrait at one of their events the night before. The story embodies the heart behind Help-Portrait: giving love, value and hope to people often overlooked by society.

Related link: “What’s Your Help-Portrait Story?

Posted on Jan 18, 2011  |  Category: H-P Organizers, Inspiration  |  No Comments

Christine Elizabeth is a photographer in Omaha, NE, and serves as Help-Portrait’s Social Media Manager. She’s done a great job spreading the word about Help-Portrait, and today she shares a sweet story about friends of hers who are doing unique things to give back the community and give some special kids positive attention in her hometown in Nebraska.

Presley Poor, photo by Christine Elizabeth

I am blessed to be surrounded by people who understand the spirit of Help-Portrait and who are excited to serve others in their own way. One little girl recently organized her very own event at one of our Help-Portrait 2010 Omaha venues!

One of the amazing things, as we wrap up Help-Portrait 2010, is to see that the desire to serve others is present all year round. I was so excited to hear how one little girl organized her very own event because, as her mother, Angela Poor, said, “She wanted to show some love.” Angela was a team leader at one of our Help-Portrait 2010 Omaha venues, and her daughter is following right along in her footsteps.

Presley Poor is 9 years old, and is already finding ways to make her ideas turn into realities so that she can bless other kids. She had the idea to have a pizza party and paint T-shirts with the children from a local emergency shelter, Omaha’s Lydia House, and she asked relatives and passed out flyers until she had the resources to make it happen. She raised money for T-shirts and art supplies, and talked to a local store about donating cupcakes. Greg, her father helped out by donating the pizza. Angela said that many of the children were wearing their T-shirts by the end of the day, and it seemed that they had a great time.

Even at her young age, Presley is excited about helping other people and making them feel special. She already raised funds two other times with a lemonade stand for another local shelter, and friendship bracelets, which raised money for a girl with cancer. She has her next event planned out, and is already organizing a trip to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo for the children from the Lydia House. She is already looking for volunteers and donations to help her rent limousines, and provide sack lunches and even some money for souvenirs.

You can see the local news story here.

We’re happy to use this blog as a platform to share how others are giving and serving. Have someone we should talk about? Let us know!

Posted on Jan 11, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  2 Comments
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  • Angela Poor Angela Poor

    Awwww Christine, thank you...You inspire me too! Presley is surrounded by giving hearts like you that in turn help her to evolve into the loving, giving child she is. Thank you for this write up! Love n God bless you and Help Portrait~`~
    Angela Poor | 11/01/2011 9:34 PM

Help-Portrait founder Jeremy Cowart posted a video blog about his Help-Portrait 2010 experience and is inviting the rest of the H-P community to share theirs. Check out what Jeremy shared from the event he attended in Seattle, and then share yours – either in the comments on this post, or by posting a link to your video. We can’t wait to hear and see what impacted you most.

Posted on Jan 09, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  8 Comments
  • Karen Barnes Karen Barnes

    My husband & I had an amazing time helping at the Nashville event! I posted my reflections over at my blog, which you can find here, if anyone is interested in reading it. A little too long to just post in a comment :) http://kabarnes.wordpress.com/2010/12/13/helping-at-help-portrait-2010/ We definitely look forward to helping again in 2011! Thanks for starting this wonderful movement!
    Karen Barnes | 09/01/2011 11:37 PM

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  • Chris Dowsett Chris Dowsett

    My experience from Help Portrait was nothing less than life changing. I had the amazing chance to join Mr. Cale Glendening in Los Angeles to help with filming this year. Being from Canada, I had never seen anything like the area where the event was held. I found every second to be extremely humbling and could not believe the amount of smiles that could be shared within a single day. My favourite times of the day easily were making a couple new best friends. Both Cale and I had at least one secondary shooter for most of the day. I had two young boys and one tiny little girl share the role of photographer using my camera and it was amazing to see how passionate and explorative they were. I will never forget it and I look forward to the same sort of experiences next year : )
    Chris Dowsett | 10/01/2011 12:35 AM

  • carandavis carandavis

    Thanks Karen and Chris!
    carandavis | 11/01/2011 2:53 PM

  • Chris Dickinson Chris Dickinson

    Wow, where do you start? Victims of domestic violence, homelessness, poverty...every story left an indelible imprint on all of us and leaves us more hopeful for 2011! One story in particular brought nearly everyone to tears. A family of 8 came to my station, four children and four adults. As I was determining which children went with which families, the first two emerged. A single mother and her daughter. A spent 15 minutes or so photographing them in various non-traditional poses. Once the shoot was over I was approached by one of the members in the family. They proceeded to tell me that the mother and her daughter had lost their father a week before the shoot. If that wasn't bad enough, she lost her mother a week before that. In the week leading up to the shoot they told me the mother wouldn't come out of the house and had become very reclusive. They left with tears in their eyes when they saw the pictures of the mother and her daughter smiling again.
    Chris Dickinson | 11/01/2011 5:01 PM

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  • Bryan Alano Bryan Alano

    traveled to the philippines to share @help_portrait experience, check out event video http://vimeo.com/18288516
    Bryan Alano | 21/01/2011 11:38 PM

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