From Brian Muir, Scotland:

We set up a team in Ayr, Scotland, two years ago and have some incredible volunteers on photography, process and printing, hair, makeup as well as folks who come along to help with catering, to chat and befriend; we even have teenagers and children volunteers who come along to play with the kids.

There is no limit to who can be a part of the Help-Portrait event (other than the fact that we are inundated with people wanting to do it). The only problem is, we’ve found we can’t limit ourselves to one event per year! Just last month we completed our second Easter Help-Portrait event.

On our first couple of events we hooked up with a charity providing care and support for families who were victims of domestic abuse.

We have now established a great connection with CLIC Sargent House in Prestwick, Scotland. They provide sea-side holidays for families where one of the children has cancer. Our first event for them was just before New Year and we were privileged to go back there at Easter and photograph 10 amazingly brave families. There were, of course, tears of joy but what struck me was the incredible amount of laughter from parents, children and all our volunteers.

For a short time, they were not “families with cancer,” they were just families. To me, as a professional photographer, it reinforces the power and invaluable importance of a photograph…but, I somehow feel that the prints are almost secondary; what was so much more important was the people, the connections and the care and love that was shown.

We, as human beings, have an incredible capacity to show love and compassion for each other. I feel thankful that yesterday we were able to demonstrate that. It was a special time and we are looking forward to our next one.

Someone once said, “If you want to feel good about yourself…try helping someone.” Never a truer word.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on Apr 30, 2013  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  1 Comment
  • Kaitlin Kaitlin

    hi there! Currently living in Scotland, looking for a Help Portrait group to get involved with for this years event. Are you continuing int Ayr? Or know if anywhere else that may be having one?? thanks!
    Kaitlin | 12/10/2013 6:17 PM

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Posted on Apr 29, 2013  |  Category: Updates  |  No Comments

Rebecca Bartlett, Wilmington, DE, USA

The most amazing moment of the day came late in the afternoon when one of the photographers was outside speaking to a young woman walking down the street. She had no intentions on getting her portrait done that day. This young lady came in alone and nervous. She was very soft spoken and shy. She stated that there has never been anything like this in our city before. We talked for a bit and she decided to get her picture done. No hair, no makeup.

She developed a close bond with another one of our volunteers, Renee, who took her under her wing and walked her through the event from start to finish. After her portraits were done, we all stood there looking at them in awe on the screen ready to be printed. This woman had so much beauty behind her eyes. Her smile lit up the entire room. We printed those photos, continued talking, and decided to do another shoot on a different background. While shooting the second time, we had Renee jump in there with her. What a beautiful friendship developed on the spot. We did pictures with her and Leo, the photographer who did her shoot as well. It was at that point, she opened up and began telling us that her dream has always been to be behind a camera. She dreamt as long as she could remember of doing professional photography.

That time was here. Leo gave her the ropes of how his camera worked. Then placed it in her hands. At that moment, she became the photographer. She was in charge. The smile on her face was amazing the entire time. We gathered all of the photographers together and she did our photo shoot.  We laughed, and we cried. We felt her joy and her happiness at that moment. It was that moment, that one special little moment that was so big. We didn’t change her life, she changed ours. We walked out of there that day feeling accomplished. Feeling as though we didn’t take her picture but gave her the opportunity to reach her goal. We helped her experience her dream come true.

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Posted on Apr 19, 2013  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  4 Comments
  • photowannabe photowannabe

    So tender and it shows what help portrait is all about.
    photowannabe | 19/04/2013 7:17 PM

  • Tina Tina

    This is why I participate.
    Tina | 19/04/2013 7:57 PM

  • Renee Renee

    That was such a great day!!!! I am in tears again remembering this woman and and how our time with her made the day so meaningful!!!!
    Renee | 19/04/2013 8:38 PM

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