The Coral Springs Camera Club of Florida, for the last three years, has provided free photos to the residents of Broward Outreach Center in Pompano Beach, Florida as our Christmas gift to the residents. It is a homeless shelter and training center for about 150 people, made up of abused women, families and adult males that need help in reentering the job world. About 70 residents participate in the photo shoots.
One man told Joe, the photographer, that he had not been in contact with his mother or family members for more than five years. He told us he was going to send his mother the photos this Christmas as a gift so she can see her son at his best.
It is soul-warming to know someone else sees the need and uses their talents to server those God puts in our path.
- Randy Shine, Member – Coral Springs Camera Club of Florida, Event Organizer
“Lac-Mégantic, a small town in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, was changed forever on July 6th, 2013 when an unmanned 74-car freight train derailed in the heart of the town killing 47 people and decimating over 30 buildings.
We set up a special Help-Portrait event to give photographs to anyone who was touched by this horrific event, as well as to the families of the first-responders from the surrounding areas who helped extinguish the fires.
Polyvalente Montignac, Lac-Mégantic’s high school, allowed us to use their gym as studio space. The school was used as emergency shelter after the tragic accident as many people were evacuated from their homes.
Though the day was generally upbeat, people shared some very difficult stories with us. Stories of loss, of tragedy. We are very thankful that people shared their stories with us and allowed us into their lives.
We thank everyone from Lac-Mégantic for welcoming us with open arms and beaming smiles. We all had an incredible day, one that we will not soon forget.”
- Tim Snow, Photographer, Help-Portrait Lac-Mégantic
Read Tim’s full blog post and see more photos from Help Portrait Lac-Mégantic’s event here.
Click here to view a time-lapse video of the day.
“I asked my teenage son to have a photo taken with me. He VERY reluctantly agreed. On the day of the photo shoot he wouldn’t get out of bed. Then he was doing everything possible to stall leaving the house. We almost didn’t make it to the shoot. He told me that quite honestly he really didn’t even want to go. We argued as mother & son would do & dragging his heels, he finally agreed to join me. He was a grump during the entire drive to New Hope Methodist Church. Humour works with my son so I told him in the car that I was going to let the photographer know that I didn’t want a traditional pose. I said our pose may as well be honest and depict the truth about our relationship during his teenage years. I said I was going to post in a fist fight with him to represent the teenage years. Ford chuckled and didn’t think I’d do it but I did and this is actually the reason why we got such a nice smile from him for the 2nd pose.
I would never have been able to afford a family photo of my son and myself. You have given us a gift of memories that will continue to give for generations to come.”
- Pati Couckell, Participant, Help-Portrait Newmarket
“Combining the strengths of 66 professionals & community members, 9 other sponsoring organizations, many non-profit organizations and community leaders that spread the word, Help-Portrait Newmarket created 318 smiles, printed 600+ portraits and made a positive difference to many lives. It was an amazing day, and an amazing community collaboration.”
- Danielle Koren, Event Organizer, Help-Portrait Newmarket
View a video from the Help-Portrait Newmarket event by clicking here.