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Help-Portrait is holding a merchandise blow-out sale this summer, and the deal just got even sweeter.

Beginning July 4, 2014, get 60% off EVERYTHING in the Help-Portrait store!

T-shirts, wristbands, hats — you name it, all for less than HALF the original price.

Special Bundle: Buy a 2013 Limited Edition T-shirt and a wristband, get an additional 10% off*. Yep, that’s 70% off! Don’t wait too long, though! Popular items are going fast. 

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Check out the Help-Portrait store here and scope out the merch. Not only will you be getting an amazing deal on some awesome items, but you will be supporting Help-Portrait’s mission to change lives with the gift of free professional portraits.

Posted on Jul 05, 2014  |  Category: Updates  |  No Comments

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Our summer blow-out sale just got even BIGGER!

Starting Friday, June 27, ALL items in the Help-Portrait store are 50% OFF!

Get T-shirts, wristbands, hats — you name it — all for HALF the price!

Special Bundle: Buy a 2013 Limited Edition T-shirt and a wristband, get an additional 10% off*. Don’t wait too long, though! Popular items are going fast. 

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Check out the Help-Portrait store here and scope out the merch. Not only will you be getting an amazing deal on some awesome items, but you will be supporting Help-Portrait’s mission to change lives with the gift of free professional portraits.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014  |  Category: Updates  |  No Comments

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Did you know Help-Portrait is having a merchandise blow-out sale this summer?

Right now, you can get major discounts on all of our merch — T-shirts, hats, wristbands — you name it, it’s on sale!

This week, we’re knocking even more off the prices of your favorite Help-Portrait gear.
Beginning Friday, June 20th, all items will be 35% off!

Special Bundle: Buy a 2013 Limited Edition T-shirt and a wristband, get an additional 10% off*. Don’t wait too long, though! Popular items will go fast. 

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Check out the Help-Portrait store here and scope out the merch. Not only will you be getting a great deal on some awesome items, but you will be supporting Help-Portrait’s mission to change lives with the gift of free professional portraits.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014  |  Category: Updates  |  No Comments

This summer, Help-Portrait is holding a massive merchandise blow-out sale!

Beginning FRIDAY, June 13, you can get 25% off all Help-Portrait T-shirts, wristbands, stickers and more!

Special Bundle: Buy a 2013 Limited Edition T-shirt and a wristband, get an additional 10% off*. Don’t wait too long, though! Popular items will go fast. 

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Check out the Help-Portrait store here and scope out the merch. Not only will you be getting a great deal on some awesome items, but you will be supporting Help-Portrait’s mission to change lives with the gift of free professional portraits.

*while supplies last.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014  |  Category: Updates  |  No Comments

Help-Portrait is needing at least 2 volunteers to help us transfer content and imagery to the brand new Help-Portrait website. Applicants must be well experienced in WordPress and Photoshop. This project is expected to take 4-6 weeks as we transfer content, imagery and beta test. This will not require full-time attention.

If you are interested, you can apply by sending your name, contact info and portfolio of work to our executive director, Kyle Chowning, kyle(at)help-portrait.com.

Credit will be given on the website to the generous volunteers who help us get this done.

We’re open to individuals and/or companies to help us. This work is volunteer based.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014  |  Category: Updates  |  2 Comments
  • Salina Salina

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    Salina | 24/04/2014 8:17 AM

  • Ali Smith Ali Smith

    Can't wait to see the new site!
    Ali Smith | 27/05/2014 5:12 PM

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Mike Cowart knew the power of photography.

 

In what he describes as the darkest season of his life in 2004 following an accident, job loss and enduring a divorce, Mike was given a gift. The gift of photography.

Photography gave Mike hope.

Just two days before Mike passed away tragically from a heart attack at age 43 earlier this month, he wrote this status update on Facebook as he announced the launch of his new website, MyrickStudios.com:

“Something inside of me came alive, gave me hope, told me to hang on. I fell in love with capturing people’s stories, their souls, emotions and beautiful moments. God is so good. Don’t give up on your dreams.”

Help-Portrait in Action

So it was little wonder when Mike jumped at the chance to give the gift of hope through Help-Portrait.com, founded by his younger brother Jeremy five years ago.

Mike served alongside Jeremy and others in the Nashville Help-Portrait group for several years, including last December, when Mike was joined by both his brothers, Jeremy and Benji, to sing together after a day of shooting portraits for individuals and families in need in the Nashville area.

Perhaps the most amazing thing to see happen in the days following his death in March has been seeing Help-Portrait in action: 40 photographers have stepped in and have volunteered to shoot the remainder of Mike’s weddings this year, and are donating the proceeds to his family. There’s no better gift a community and a movement can give than reciprocating the love and grace one of its own has faithfully given.

If you’d like to give in Mike’s memory, you may do so by:

Purchasing His Worship EP

Mike was a worship leader at his home church in Hendersonville and had a worship EP, which is being offering as a $5 download to benefit Mike’s beautiful children, Noah, 15, and Reese, 11.

Donate Directly to a Fund Set up for His Children

There’s an additional donation fund set up for them as well.

Give a Gift in His Name to Help-Portrait

In lieu of flowers, Mike’s family has asked for contributions to be made to Help-Portrait. So even in his death, Mike is still giving and serving through the gift that gave him hope, so that others may experience it as well.

If you’d like to read more about Mike’s story, visit his website, and this article published in The Tennessean.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  1 Comment
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    Rodrigo | 29/03/2014 4:08 AM

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The Vanajeros are a group of four professional photographers and filmmakers based in Bozeman, Montana who have decided to take a bit of a wild ride. They have come together to use their talents literally across the country, as they take free portraits for people from Montana all the way to Ecuador. Three months in a VW van-turned-mobile-photography-studio will be an adventure to say the least, and most of all will make a difference in the lives of everyone they encounter.

We asked the Vanajeros about their trip and how we can support them. Here’s what they said:

What inspired this trip?

Aidan brought us all together with a idea he had for this VW Vanagon: turn it into a mobile studio, and drive it from here (the Northern U.S.) all the way through Central America, eventually landing in Ecuador. Initially, we were in because it sounded like a great adventure. It was clear the trip was going to be very meaningful for each of us. But as it stood, the trip was just for personal gain. That wasn’t quite enough for us; we wanted to somehow find a way to give back to these cultures and people that would be sharing so much with us. Then we remembered working with Help-Portrait at MSU, and we got into the idea of putting photographs into people’s hands.

Why do you think portraits are so impactful? 

The portrait is something that everyone appreciates. Whether it’s of your grandmother, best friend, or your family, portraits are tokens of recollection. Memories blur and fade away as time passes, and photographs are tools we use to keep those moments or people close to us. However, most of our lives have become over saturated with portraits of our friends, our families and ourselves. The digital era has made it all to easy for many of us to forget how valuable these photographs can be. By providing tangible photographs to people who don’t have the privilege of having a portrait made of themselves or their family, we are both sharing these precious mementos and exploring the value of these images beyond a Facebook post.

What do you hope the people you photograph get out of this experience?

Really I think all of us just want to give something back to the people that allow us to photograph them. The portraits to us are a gesture to show our appreciation. We want to really embrace the idea of a cultural exchange and want the portraits to mean as much to the people being photographed, as they will for us.

Why Ecuador? Where will you stop along the way?

Aidan has a bit of history in Ecuador and the list of places were planning to stop is constantly growing. If the stretch to Ecuador is successful we could very well keep driving south. It just seemed like a perfect checkpoint.

How can people support your trip?

Starting this March were taking part in Kind Snacks “Do Something Kind” campaign which is an online vote-based grant for projects, which will help us get the van to where we would like it to be for the trip. The following month we’re launching the Vanajeros official Kickstarter to raise money for equipment and supplies. People can help by spreading the word about the trip, voting, and donating. Any bit would be greatly appreciated.

Anything else we should know?

We want to thank Help-Portrait for supporting us, Pixuru online printing as well as everyone supporting us on our Facebook and Instagram pages. We really wouldn’t be able to do this project without all of you. Join us by following @Vanajeros on Instagram or Facebook.com/vanajeros on Facebook as we prepare and embark on this journey!

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Posted on Feb 26, 2014  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  3 Comments
  • Amanda Amanda

    What an awesome undertaking! Have a great trip... Will watch for updates.
    Amanda | 26/02/2014 6:03 PM

  • Susan Susan

    So excited for the Vanajeros!
    Susan | 28/02/2014 3:19 AM

  • paolo paolo

    very beautiful
    paolo | 28/02/2014 8:18 AM

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

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Posted on Jan 08, 2014  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments

“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.

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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.

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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.

Posted on Jan 07, 2014  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments

“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

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“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 

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View a video from the Help-Portrait Newmarket event by clicking here.

Posted on Jan 07, 2014  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  1 Comment
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