“The joy of seeing someone smile, when presented with a portrait is much bigger than i would have imagined.” -Keld Bendtsen, Herlev, Copenhagen, Denmark


Posted on Dec 31, 2011  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments

“I saw a girl who couldn’t stand by her mother’s side, because she felt akward and ashamed of her… we asked her and her brother to kiss their mother! It’s was probably one of the hardest thing she have ever done! But after she finally agreed to kiss, we all felt she changed! Her face changed! The way she looked her mother changed… I pray something changed in this family’s life today!” -Karen Mariana de Souza Kondlatsch, Rio Negro, PR, Brazil

Posted on Dec 30, 2011  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  2 Comments
  • Karen Karen

    Those smiles were simply unforgettable!
    Karen | 30/12/2011 6:33 PM

  • Niens Niens

    Niens | 31/12/2011 7:02 AM

From Katherine Payne, Denver, CO:

Our first year 3 years ago, we were at St. Francis Center for the Homeless. This being our 3rd year we have had several return guests. This year, we had a gentleman who was photographed the first year and was so thrilled to have his images again, however; he had lost his first year’s print. We are going to go into our archives and get him a copy of that first year print.

We also had a young couple who just were married and they too are homeless, and this was their “first” photograph together.

We had a little boy who had a long chat with Santa (We provided Santa for a second year now), this little guy made a point to tell Santa before he left with his Grandma, “Now Santa, don’t forget those presents OK????”

There are countless stories from all the guests, Paul Mitchell sent 10 students to our event this year and several of the women had never had their hair and makeup done before.

Here is the link for the Denver Post coverage with a few pictures that were posted.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments

“Help Portrait is getting bigger and bigger. Everyone enjoys Help Portrait and is very thankful and happy! Photographers, volunteers and models – everyone. It is amazing how a rather simple idea makes the world a better a place.” -Daniela, Frankfurt


Posted on Dec 28, 2011  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  3 Comments
  • Sven Grönberg Sven Grönberg

    Proud to be a part of the group since 3 years :)
    Sven Grönberg | 28/12/2011 1:06 PM

  • Daniela Daniela

    Thank you Help Portrait for starting this wonderful global movement!
    Daniela | 28/12/2011 10:42 PM

  • Isaiah Bellais Isaiah Bellais

    Making smiles since day 1. :)
    Isaiah Bellais | 29/12/2011 9:15 PM

“Just had an absolutely incredible time giving away nearly 100 photographs to refugees, low-income housing folks and a plethora of other incredible souls … We need to do this more often than once a year.” -Shaun Boyte, San Diego, CA, US

Posted on Dec 27, 2011  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments

Help-Portrait Ontario photographed nominated participants from Amelia Rising, a local sanctuary for victims of sexual assault. The director of the facility gave the group permission to share the letter (below) following their successful event.

“The success of our event relied on personal hostesses who guided the participants, gave them confidence, were with them from beginning to end of their journey, and the support of many local businesses who provided space to hold the event, transportation, food, cash donations, printing supplies and frames.” -John Osburn, North Bay, Ontario, Canada

Group Shot Help Portrait 2011

Here’s a link to the time lapse movie of the event.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  4 Comments
  • lindsay lindsay

    I absolutely LOVE the projection of the photos.. I would love to know the process they used for that as we were going to try that this year but I couldn't piece together the process.. We had two levels of computers - File handlers who read cards and changed file names to match portrait ID numbers.. Then passed to editors who finished the photos.. Once photos were finished, how did they send them to the projector?
    lindsay | 26/12/2011 5:31 PM

  • Brian Carey Brian Carey

    Way to go North Bay!
    Brian Carey | 26/12/2011 5:37 PM

  • Karen Karen

    Love it!!
    Karen | 27/12/2011 12:49 PM

  • Lenny Mannella Lenny Mannella

    Great job to all.
    Lenny Mannella | 27/12/2011 6:43 PM

quad cities

“A woman who, two months ago was homeless and pregnant, now she has a one month old baby boy and is living in a shelter and today showed her again how much God loves her and continues to come through for her.” -Jesse Inskeep, Bettendorf, IA, US

Posted on Dec 25, 2011  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments


“In 2009 when Help-Portrait started we fell in love with the location that we were shooting at which was the Women and Children’s shelter in Orlando WRCC, since then the Miotto’s have been coming every other Thursday to teach the children from ages 4 to 16 years of age.” -Misty Miotto, Orlando, FL, US

Misty says she, her family and several volunteers teach and hope to empower the children at the women and children’s shelter by teaching them different virtues and character building techniques, and occasionally they bring in community leaders and role models to speak and visit with them. They now have people who have moved on from the shelter that come back and volunteer with the program. She’s expanded the program, called Butterflies and Bluejays, to two locations and has plans to keep growing.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  1 Comment
  • Janice Janice

    Well the shutter isn't loud, it's the huge mirorr! i'm sure that's what you're referring to. I always get a few looks when i'm out shooting and there's other photographers with their shiny new digital cameras taking hundreds of photos of the same subject, then i'll fire off one shot that is accompanied with a notably audible thwap!'
    Janice | 19/11/2012 2:02 PM

At the Goodwill Industries of the Roanoke Valley Headquarters, photographers from the Exposure Roanoke Photography Club took photos of over 100 Goodwill workers for a Help-Portrait event. “We gave each of them an 8×10 and 6 other photos for their Happy Holidays …. One young man said, ‘My Mommy will cry when she sees this photo – I have never had a portrait taken before and I will give it to her for Christmas.” -Arthur D. Sellers, Roanoke, Virginia

Posted on Dec 23, 2011  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments

“It’s inspiring to be closely involved with a group like Child Cancer Foundation. The relationship is strong and we’ve been asked to come back and do photos more regularly so we’ll be getting together with the families again in March and September 2012.” -Zelda MacKenzie, Wellington, New Zealand

Posted on Dec 22, 2011  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments