Pictured above: this family’s first photo

From the H-P volunteer: “It was the 1st in history for us in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah to have this event done this year, and the response was amazingly GREAT! I expected alot of people coming for it but I didn’t expected to see myself struggling to process the photos for that massive crowd! All thanx to my fellow photographers, Make up artists and hairstylists! and also volunteers/ runners/ ushers! Can’t do it without them!” –Dennis Wong Tze Kok, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Posted on Jan 13, 2012  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  3 Comments
  • Dennis Dennis

    awesome! can't wait for this is HelpPortrait!
    Dennis | 13/01/2012 4:23 pm

  • Kristy Kristy

    Kristy | 15/01/2012 12:16 pm

  • Alna Alna

    me love this pic soooo muc!! tqs Help-Portrait for an amazing event :)
    Alna | 16/01/2012 12:59 am

Pictured: one of their guests

“Feeling blessed to have been a part of showing others that they’re special, valued, and loved.” -Christiane Sears, Cincinnati, Ohio, US

Posted on Jan 12, 2012  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  2 Comments
  • Eric Eric

    God I love Help Portrait -- and very happy to have been part of the LA/Eagle Rock group
    Eric | 13/01/2012 7:54 pm

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“We photographed a man named Thomas and daughter Zoe who’s wife/mother committed suicide in August. He was so grateful to have photos with his little girl. Thomas was married in the very room we held the HP event in. He and his wife had always hated their wedding photos and she had vowed to have family portraits reshot in that room. He said he almost fell over when he walked in and we were shooting in the same room he made his vows in.” -Dustin Bryson, Midland, TX

Posted on Jan 11, 2012  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  2 Comments
  • Stephanie Drummond Stephanie Drummond

    Chills. This just gave me chills. So happy for this family.
    Stephanie Drummond | 11/01/2012 4:20 pm

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“I photographed a couple who had recently lost a baby and are now expecting again. They are finding it really hard to let themselves connect with this new baby. Having their portraits taken was the first thing they’d done to celebrate the new baby, and it was a real turning point for them. I learned to not judge. I wondered if the people I had chosen to photograph were ‘not poor enough’ because they weren’t homeless or recovering drug addicts. But isn’t that the point – everybody deserves our respect, and is worthy of our help. Everybody. No exceptions.” -Gisele Hardock, Cochrane, AB, Canada

Posted on Jan 10, 2012  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  2 Comments
  • Jodi Jodi

    Beautiful shot and what a gift for this couple! Good luck to them and their exciting future!
    Jodi | 10/01/2012 3:43 pm

  • patti patti

    great idea for a photo. love celebrating love this way.
    patti | 13/01/2012 1:40 am

Hillary Shemin is the co-leader of the PHiladelphia SmugMugUsersGroup (Philly SMUG) in charge of one of four Help-Portrait locations in Philadelphia and shares these stories from their location’s December event:

For me the most impact was in the smiles and good wishes given back to all of us with thanks for their portraits. I loved that one young man saw how good he looked in his photo and said, hey, maybe I could be a model!

Also, one of the people who came in asked for some of the promotion slips we were handing out on the street so he could help spread the word to others. He so appreciated what we were doing and wanted to help US get the word out to others to enjoy the day.

A single mother who had not had money for a portrait of her 16-month-old couldn’t say enough to thank us for the opportunity. Just not something she could do and would treasure always. Bottom line, people are people and no matter where we come from love and attention given to us matters. Giving love and attention to someone else is as rewarding as receiving it. We all went away with a full heart after yesterday, photographers, volunteers and the people we photographed.

A grandmother, daughter and granddaughter came dressed up coordinated in purples and browns they were so excited for the opportunity. ..they looked stunning…they said it was the first time the 3 of them have been photographed together..3 generations of women and their first portrait, that was wonderful. We know they will treasure the fun memory of the experience and the portrait they took home for the rest of their lives. It really meant something special to them.

Here is a shot of our team at The Career Wardrobe, one of 4 Philadelphia locations. We are all members of the Philly SMUG (SmugMugUsersGroup)

Posted on Jan 09, 2012  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments

“We did setup our HP 2011 at a carecenter for the children that need special attention. After only 2 hours in our first day of shooting (we went back a second day) we already received feedback on the change of some of the kids. We made them smile again, even for a short while. We really have started a movement here.” –Peter Maessen, Den Bosch, Noord Brabant, Netherlands

Posted on Jan 08, 2012  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments
Jan 07

2011 Stats

The 2011 stats are in. Without further ado…

  • 56 countries
  • 67,927 portraits given
  • 4,984 photographers
  • 8,793 volunteers

If you haven’t submitted your stats yet, don’t worry, there’s still time. We’ll update this page as new stats roll in. But remember, it must be for the 2011 calendar year. We’ll be posting a 2012 submission form very soon.

Since the launch of Help-Portrait in 2009, you, the community, have now given away over 169,500 portraits to just as many people. Wow. To think back to August 2009 where we sat and talked about how cool it would be if this got out beyond Nashville, Tennessee. Fast forward to today and we’re in awe. All we can say is thank you for believing in this vision. Without you, Help-Portrait is just an idea. With you, it’s a movement that’s bringing smiles, hope and encouragement to tens of thousands of people ALL ACROSS THE WORLD!

So, we thank you for not just believing, but doing. 169,523 people thank you too.

—Jeremy and the Help-Portrait team

Posted on Jan 07, 2012  |  Category: Updates  |  14 Comments
  • Brian Carey Brian Carey

    Growing, growing, growing...........! Fun, fun, fun................!
    Brian Carey | 08/01/2012 1:02 am

  • Help-Portrait Manila Help-Portrait Manila

    We're glad & grateful to have been part of this!
    Help-Portrait Manila | 08/01/2012 2:17 am

  • Linda Faifer-Flynn Linda Faifer-Flynn

    First time out this year was a bit of a learning experience but all went well. Can't wait to start organizing for next years!
    Linda Faifer-Flynn | 08/01/2012 2:57 am

  • Maria Clark Maria Clark

    Such an awesome experience! It's amazing to know that we can reach so many people! Looking forward to H-P 2012!
    Maria Clark | 08/01/2012 3:25 am

  • Jaime Jaime

    AWESOME! I'm so glad I got involved. It was very rewarding to see everyone's faces lit up when seeing their pictures for the first time! So humbling.
    Jaime | 08/01/2012 3:40 am

  • help portrait Addis help portrait Addis

    I never could get our stats in but did 56 family portraits in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
    help portrait Addis | 08/01/2012 4:31 am

  • maxine snow maxine snow

    And the world just gets better and better each and every day! Thank you Help Portrait!! Blessings
    maxine snow | 08/01/2012 4:48 am

  • Theresa Rivers Theresa Rivers

    Our group here in Philadelphia, PA USA photograph over a 100 families and I came away with the warmest feeling of love and happiness.
    Theresa Rivers | 08/01/2012 6:41 am

  • Rocio Valdivia Rocio Valdivia

    Greetings from Peru!! The community was very excited and we all had a splendid day!
    Rocio Valdivia | 08/01/2012 1:49 pm

  • Karen Kondlatsch Karen Kondlatsch

    Awesome!!!! I'm truly happy to be a part of this amazing community!! Let's keep these numbers growing!! I can't wait for the next event in Rio Negro, Brazil.
    Karen Kondlatsch | 08/01/2012 2:48 pm

  • Janice Steinberger Janice Steinberger

    My 1st year and boy could not say enough about how rewarding it was. The tears the smiles and all the HUGS of kindness we received. Great going team Tampa
    Janice Steinberger | 08/01/2012 3:02 pm

  • Hannes Hannes

    Awesomeness! My first and definitely not my last year! Glad to have been part of this.
    Hannes | 09/01/2012 12:44 pm

  • Stankey-Carl du-Pont Stankey-Carl du-Pont

    Big-up to our global H-P family on a great result! Now c'mon, let's double this tally in 2012!
    Stankey-Carl du-Pont | 10/01/2012 6:02 pm

  • Sharon Sharon

    I love that my contributions with Help Portrait don't go to some vague administrative costs and instead go directly to the people I intended to serve. I started in 2009 and will continue.
    Sharon | 14/01/2012 2:25 pm

“This is the first time I’ve seen myself so beautiful.”

hong kong

From the volunteer, Houston NG, Hong Kong:

This was the first HP event in Hong Kong. A total of 5 photographers and 11 volunteers took part in this event. There were 27 families, approximately 80 individuals, and more than 200 individual and family portraits were made.

Miss Ho is a single mother who raised her teenage daughter by working multiple jobs without receiving any social support or government subsidies. This is not only one of the few occasions that the mother and daughter have taken a picture together, it is also one of the few times that Miss Ho had makeup on.

Posted on Jan 07, 2012  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments

[Woman in the photo] “Thank God that there are people like you, you can not imagine how much joy filled up my heart. Woman who look at me from photo looks self-confident and happy. I am feeling great now.”

[From the H-P volunteer] “We understood once again that we can change the world a bit :)” -Vytaute Stankeviciene, Kaunas, Lithuania

Posted on Jan 06, 2012  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments

Rawdon(click to enlarge)

“A husband & wife couldn’t have kids of their own & ended up with 2 foster kids… which they adopted… and she wrote ‘not being able to have biological children turned out to be the greatest blessing in our lives! Never losses, only blessings’… We all cried after reading what mom wrote… How pampered and special they felt…

“And a mom was soo touched [pictured above] – she couldn’t express her gratitude… so she asked if she could give me a hug… we hugged about 3 more times as we conversed… That a simple gesture… a simple hug… a simple portrait… can change lives… not just for the recipients… but for the givers…” -Jamilah Thet Newcomer, West Palm Beach, FL

Posted on Jan 05, 2012  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments