NPR Features Help-Portrait



NPR has a great piece on their homepage today on Help-Portrait day around the world this past weekend, and featuring an event in working-class neighborhood of Shanghai.



Read: “For Working-Class Chinese, ‘Picture Day’ Is A Rare Treat


Posted on Dec 10, 2013  |  Category: In the News, News  |  No Comments North Bay Help Portrait

Bay Today has a great interview with North Bay Help Portrait’s Bill Ferguson in Ontario, Canada, about their event this past weekend.

Click here for photos of the event from Bay Today.

RELATED: 2014 calendars provide aid North Bay Help Portrait

Posted on Dec 03, 2013  |  Category: In the News, News  |  No Comments

Help-Portrait Vancouver: the complete opposite of a ‘selfie’ highlights Help-Portrait Vancouver.


“Help-Portrait Vancouver is the complete opposite of a ‘selfie.’” [Read more]

Posted on Nov 29, 2013  |  Category: In the News, Inspiration, News  |  No Comments

Global News: ‘Local photographers donate time for portrait initiative’

The Help-Portrait team in Edmonton got some media love yesterday. Check out this nice piece from the Global News.


“I think it’s an awesome collective effort. Our creative community comes together and does something good for the community, gives back. It’s so meaningful to the people who are getting the service,” said Devin Komarniski, the Hope Mission’s communications officer.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013  |  Category: In the News, Inspiration, News  |  No Comments

In the News: Colorado Mountain College photo students shooting free portraits

Thanks to the Post Independent for this preview story about Colorado Mountain College students participating in the 5th annual Help-Portrait event. Have you gotten news coverage about your upcoming event? Send us the link in the comments below!


Read the full story here.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013  |  Category: H-P Organizers, H-P Tips, In the News, News  |  No Comments

2013 Sample Release and Tips for Grabbing the Attention of Local Media for Your Help-Portrait Event

If you have participated in a Help-Portrait event before, you know that there are amazing stories to be shared throughout the day.  We’d love for you to be able to get those stories to a wider audience through the vehicles of your local news stations or newspapers.  Below are a few simple ideas to help promote your Help-Portrait event and share the power of a photo.

1. Write and service a press release that talks about the basic information of your event.  You can use the sample release here to begin.  You will need to fill in your local information before sending it to the media in your area.

2. Once you have your press release ready, find the right contacts in your area to make sure they have the release in their email inbox. You can find these contacts by looking online at the news sites – look for a newsroom contact or producer.  Also ask around in your community and your volunteers – you’d be surprised how many people know someone who knows someone that can help get the word out and on the news.

3. A few days before your event, send another reminder to the same contacts about the event with all of the basic info – you could also resend the original press release just as a reminder of the event coming up.  Many of the news outlets do not assign stories until the day before or day of the event – so do not be surprised if you don’t hear back from anyone.  Most of the time these things happen very last minute.

4. On the day of the event, if you get a minute in the morning, give a call to the newsdesk and just remind them you have this event happening and you’d love to have someone come cover it.  Be quick and specific – the person that is normally handling the phone at the newsdesk is in a hurry to grab your info and move onto the next call.

5. Since things happen last minute, make sure there is a cell phone number and contact that a reporter can reach on the day of your Help-Portrait event.  This person needs to have all of the important info on hand for when someone calls – such as:

  • Is there parking for our TV truck?
  • Can we film a family or individual going through the whole Help-Portrait process?
  • When should we arrive for the best subjects/ opportunities to tell a good story?
  • Where exactly is your venue located?
  • Do you have any local celebrities or well-known people attending your event?
  • How long will you be there today?

6. Also be sure to get a contact if they have called you so in case you don’t see them coming, and you need to reach out to them again have a phone number that you can reach that person.

7. A few other things to keep in mind if a media outlet attends your event:

  • Everyone that is filmed must sign a release form to know that they could possibly be on TV or in a Newspaper
  • You have a spokesperson on behalf of your local Help-Portrait team that can speak about what the event is and what it means to be a part of this worldwide event. You can look at the quick facts here for more info on Help-Portrait.

8. Keep in mind that having the media cover your event is secondary to what you are doing that day – it is just the icing on the cake if it happens.  We LOVE reading all of the stories that run across the globe, but what we love even more is knowing how many lives are being impacted on December 7th or whenever you hold your event.


–Lori Mahon

Posted on Nov 08, 2013  |  Category: H-P Tips, Press releases, Updates  |  No Comments

Help-Portrait Featured in NADA Advertising’s 30 Days of Inspiration

We are honored to be featured for the first day of NADA Advertising‘s 30 Days of Inspiration.  Check out the post and see which Help-Portrait story they featured here!

Posted on Mar 02, 2013  |  Category: In the News, News  |  No Comments

H-P Featured on PhotoShelter’s Blog

Help-Portrait was featured on PhotoShelter‘s  blog, “5 Ways Photographers Can Give Back“!  Check it out:


Posted on Feb 10, 2013  |  Category: In the News, News  |  No Comments Featured on Kathie Lee & Hoda!

Kathie Lee on The Today Show on NBC featured Help-Portrait on her “Favorite Things” segment (and blog – See the clip below. Our segment is at minute 10:00.), and showed photos from a Help-Portrait Sandy event last week. This kicks off our new Sandy Campaign fundraiser to provide portraits for 200+ more families on Dec. 15. Help us reach our goal and make a difference in the lives affected by the storm. Donate at

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Posted on Nov 19, 2012  |  Category: In the News, Inspiration, News  |  No Comments

Help-Portrait Featured in Southwest Airlines’ Spirit Magazine

If you are flying Southwest Airlines this month, take a look at the October Photography issue – Help-Portrait is featured!

Posted on Oct 05, 2012  |  Category: In the News, News  |  No Comments