We wanted to let you know about a cool music sampler especially for filmmakers and photographers. It’s a free download through Noisetrade, but any tips and proceeds will benefit Help-Portrait directly! The purpose of this sampler is to give you a taste of the selection on The Music Bed, and to give you an idea of some of the songs you could use in your next project. If you aren’t a filmmaker or photographer, no worries… Just download it, fall in love with it, and then tell your creative friends about it!

About The Music Bed

The Music Bed is a music licensing company for Filmmakers & Photographers. They license music for anything from wedding & non-profit films and slideshows, to commercial and independent film projects.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012  |  Category: Sponsor Spotlight  |  1 Comment
  • Ron Ron

    Nice, thanks!
    Ron | 30/03/2012 4:55 PM

“We had 6 amazing, but lonely mothers with kids. Each of them with different story. Even if you are not pro and you don’t have big support team, you can make people smile.” –Ingrida Alisauskiene, Vilnius, Lithuania

Posted on Mar 16, 2012  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  2 Comments
  • M. Smith M. Smith

    I just have to say, as a middle income person, retired, struggling to pay bills, I have passed on getting "prof" portraits simply b/c they are not in our budget. Why, then, would people who must also be struggling, be afforded such a luxury due to the fact that they can't affort it? This is troubling to me. We pay our bills on time, giving up luxuries, only to be told that "everyone" is entitied to these "luxuries" regardless of their ability to pay. What is wrong with our society? It is disgusting. You are not providing for poor families, you are teaching them that they "deserve" everything, regardless of whether they are able or willing to do the things necessary (work, usually) to pay for those "luxuries." Are these people eating out at restaurants, too? We aren't.
    M. Smith | 20/09/2012 5:03 PM

  • Alan H. Alan H.

    I think the previous commenter is missing the point of the project entirely. When someone goes to a shelter, they may get a meal or food for their body. These portraits we're giving them are food for their souls. Sometimes, people are in these situations through no fault of their own. The company they work for sends their job overseas, which causes them to miss payments on the mortgage, which causes them to lose their home, which causes... Now, this is going to be my first year volunteering as a photographer at an event in Kansas City. But having watched several videos of previous events and seen the looks on the faces of the people having their pictures taken makes it look like a magical experience. Methinks the previous commenter could use a little more magic in their life.
    Alan H. | 22/11/2012 8:56 AM

“One woman had a mentally challenged daughter that was very difficult. We were able to get a portrait of both of them smiling and that has never happened before. She was overwhelmed. How much a picture means to someone’s life. The impact was enormous.”

–John Thomas, Laveen, AZ

Posted on Mar 15, 2012  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  1 Comment
  • Monica Monica

    That is awesome!!!
    Monica | 16/03/2012 6:25 PM

Adrian Tan of Singapore shared this message from one of the volunteers, Lynne Solomon, at their Help-Portrait event in December 2011:

I met someone. Pretty special guy. At the end of our photo session, he took my hand to “salaam”, kissed it and with the most beautiful pair of innocent eyes, looked at me gratefully and said “Thank you”. He is 9 years old. He has leukemia. And he lives in a shelter with his mom.

I met a young lady in her 20s. Beautiful, beautiful face. It turns out that the …1st time she ever had her face and hair beautifully made up was for her wedding day a few years ago. It was the happiest day of her young life. Yesterday was the 2nd time she ever had her face and hair done up so beautifully again. Only this time, she had it done in a shelter for battered women.

I met a man in his 50s. He made a mistake 27 years ago and was put away. While i took his name and prepared him for the photo shoot, he shook my hand so tight and with such gratefulness said to me “Thank you, God bless you”. It was a struggle because he doesn’t speak English. And, it was a struggle for me too as i tried not tear.

Yes. I cried a lot yesterday. Not because I was sad. I met many people yesterday whose story touched me. I cried tears of happiness, of thankfulness, of gratitude. Most of all, I cried because there is HOPE and I have so much to be thankful for.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments

Gene Fetty, of Washington, PA, shared this story from the December 2011 Help-Portrait event:

We photographed a husband and wife last year. The husband was a patient at the facility we were shooting at and the wife came in with him to have a portrait made. Sadly the husband passed away sometime in the last year and now the wife is a patient at the same facility. Their son told our contact at the facility that the portrait of his father that we made last year was the best photo that his dad ever had made and the only one that he had a smile in. That portrait is now proudly displayed in his mom’s room. This is how important the photographs that are made at the Help-Portrait events are.



































































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

“It was amazing to watch 57 volunteers/photographers who came as individuals bond so quickly into a close group. Everyone pitched in to do whatever was needed to make the event a success. Someone looking in would have assumed we were all friends before arriving, and by the end of the day, we were. The spirit of giving is indeed very powerful.” –Norma Warden, Los Angeles, CA

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

Rohit Singh Tolia, of Pune, Maharashtra, India, shares the following from his H-P event in December of 2011:

I had gone to children home’s in my city, they all had dream like us to be something good in life but somehow their dreams will remain dreams because there’s no one to guide them or be their guiding star. While shooting I questioned them, “How many of you have photography, and out of 20 I just saw 3-4 hands raised. Those girls were so excited to get shot & when I told them they would get a print too they were damn happy about it & yes they told me to add on so many things in their photo’s :) Loads of memories & smiles I had with me when I was back to home.

Posted on Mar 05, 2012  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  1 Comment
  • Ritesh Keskar Ritesh Keskar

    Hello, I'm part of Help Portrait, Milwaukee, WI. This is I'm traveling to my home town (Pune) for a family trip and hence I will not be able to participate in the event in Milwaukee. But I'm curious to know, is there a group in Pune that is hosting the event this December? How do I get in touch with them? Could I maybe come and help out? Ritesh
    Ritesh Keskar | 26/11/2012 4:35 PM

“Organizing this event was exhausting, but worth every single minute I spent doing it. The smiles on the faces of the teenagers we photographed, and the pure joy they had in feeling like rockstars for a day… That was priceless. One of the best things about help-Portrait is the sense of camaraderie among photographers. I’ve said time and time again over these past weeks, that all the fun and laughter our group shares make Help-Portrait something I don’t ever want to stop doing.” –Anese Merriwether, Minneapolis, MN

Posted on Mar 02, 2012  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  6 Comments
  • Jessica Barker Jessica Barker

    Where's our awesome thumbs up photo???
    Jessica Barker | 02/03/2012 6:35 PM

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    Jessica Barker | 02/03/2012 7:53 PM

  • Ken Jones Ken Jones

    Excellent times. The video was a blast to make!
    Ken Jones | 02/03/2012 8:08 PM

  • Dario Dario

    Ken, everyone at HSRA loved the video. Thank you so much for your work.
    Dario | 03/03/2012 5:29 PM

  • Christopher Guthrie Christopher Guthrie

    Great event, great times!!!! Can't wait for next year.
    Christopher Guthrie | 04/03/2012 3:44 AM

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Kaley Diaz from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, shared this about her December 2011 H-P event:

Most of the children had never been photographed before, and had never seen themselves in a photograph. After each photo, I showed them their images in the back of the camera, and they all exclaimed, “que linda” or “que guapo!” (how pretty / how handsome) The smiles that crossed their faces after seeing their images were amazing. [Some said:] “Thank You” … The children that I photographed do not speak English, so the fact that they were trying to thank me in a language that they do not speak was so meaningful.

Posted on Mar 01, 2012  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments