Kevin BHookun & Valerie Miles, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: This year, I had the opportunity of leading and organizing Help-Portrait Ottawa. With the help of a few wonderful volunteers and sponsors, we were able to put together an awesome event that certainly made a difference in the lives of the 80+ families on Sunday December 9, [...]
Stephanie Necessary, Myrtle Beach, SC, USA: The family I photographed has been through a lot. It was a mother and two young children. Last year, the woman's estranged husband shot and killed the woman's boyfriend in front of the two children. Their family has been rocked to the core, and it has taken a lot [...]
Jason Ayers, Greenville, South Carolina, USA: We had a woman who was currently pregnant and living under a bridge with her boyfriend. She went to get her hair and makeup done and told the hair person that she had not had her hair done or even touched in the last 10 years.
Rowena Sjovall, Lithia, FL, USA: This was the first time we participated in this event. We weren't sure if we were going to pull it off as we started planning late October. Our community as a whole gave to make this event a success – a homebuilder donating use of one of their models for [...]
Biljana Jankovic, Ljubljana, Slovenia: This little 10-year-old kid asked if he can have his hair done again tomorrow because his girlfriend was coming to visit. When we asked him how old is his girlfriend, he said 10 as well. Then we asked, "How long are you two together?" and he said 2 years!!!! :) It [...]
Syed Usama Ali, Karachi Sind, Pakistan: Actually it wasn't a one-day event for us here in Pakistan. We gave the interested photographers a bracket to return the portraits till the 30th of Dec 2012 at their own convenience. One of the most interesting stories came when this friend took a portrait of these four helpers [...]
Amy S. Leavitt, Las Vegas, NV, USA: One of the most inspiring things I heard this year is that the kids at the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center are motivated by the portraits on the wall of the center. These portraits are of kids that we photographed in previous Help-Portrait events. One homeless youth stated [...]
Lili Riecken-Raymond shares this note from Help-Portrait Perth-Australia 2012: My gorgeous volunteers, Merida, Alecia and Alyse, and I arrived at St Pats on Help-Portrait Day feeling like we were about to give those people something special. Instead, we were left being the ones who received the most special gift ever! We were honored to hear [...]
Debra Rheaume, Oviedo, FL, USA: Sometimes you don't see something, until you see it through someone else's eyes. It's a rewarding humbling experience. These are pictures from our BASE Camp Event: children with cancer at their Christmas party :)
Emily Weary, Egg Harbor, New Jersey, USA: I realized just how much of an impact I can have on someone. These people were not only grateful for the portraits and the donations, but simply how willing we were do something nice to brighten their day. That impacted me most about this event.