Help-Portrait Partners with Groupon Grassroots to Give More Photos in 2012 through $10 Offer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – September 20, 2012 – Help-Portrait, the non-profit formed to give back through photos, and Groupon’s Grassroots, the philanthropic arm of Groupon, announce the launch of a local campaign to allow the community to purchase an offer to give someone in need a portrait on December 8th of this year. This Help-Portrait campaign will be available on the Groupon Grassroots page beginning Thursday, September 20 and running through Wednesday, September 26.

On the second Saturday each December, photographers around the world gather for the annual Help-Portrait event. The organization was founded in 2009 as an idea that transformed into a movement in just three months. The idea behind Help-Portrait is simple: 1. Find someone in need 2. Take their portrait 3. Print their portrait and 4. Deliver their portrait. In the last three years, 15,000 photographers and 21,000 volunteers have given more than 169,000 portraits. Help-Portrait is now a global movement in more than 1,500 locations in 56 countries.

Due to the overwhelming response of portraits taken each year, this Groupon Grassroots campaign will allow more photos given this year in each community. Utilizing Grassroots’ collective action model, Groupon followers can pledge support for Help-Portrait by purchasing the offer to donate $10 to help a person or family in need have a portrait made and receive three copies of the picture and a frame. Every dollar raised goes to fund a local event where it is donated. This is a U.S. only campaign.  Everyone is welcome to donate, but the funds will stay in the U.S.

To help increase the impact of this powerful campaign, Help-Portrait has also partnered with Wacom as a corporate matching sponsor. Wacom will be matching every $10 gift. With Wacom matching each offer, double the portraits will be given this year through this campaign.

“At Wacom, we create products that help photographers to get the most out of every image,” shares Don Varga, Director of Product Marketing, Wacom Technology Services Corporation. “We are excited to support Help-Portrait in their mission to give back to the community through the gift of professional photography. We look forward to working with the Help-Portrait photographers on this great cause of bringing hope and joy into people’s lives.”

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ABOUT HELP-PORTRAIT:

Celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart formed Help-Portrait, a non-profit organization, in 2009 as he contemplated using his skills and expertise to give back to those who may not have the opportunity for a professional photo.  The idea is that a photographer has the unique ability to help someone smile, laugh and return their dignity.  It is a movement, a shift in photography.  The rapid growth of this organization is a perfect example of Social Media use for good as the community shares ideas and stories through the channels of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blogging. Help-Portrait has partnered in the past with corporations including Ritz & Wolf Camera & Image, creativeLIVE, Chick-fil-A and Flosites, which created Help-Portrait’s website and online community.

From Bangalore, India to Ghana, Africa, the language of Help-Portrait crosses cultural and socio-economic barriers. Even Hollywood has gotten in the act as A-list actors Zachary Levi and Yvette Nicole Brown volunteered at a Help-Portrait event in Los Angeles. http://www.help-portrait.com

ABOUT JEREMY COWART:

Cowart began full-time photography in 2005 and has traveled to six continents with his talent.  He’s photographed Imogen Heap, Sting, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood and more. He’s also worked with entertainment clients ABC, E!, Fox, A&E, FX, The Style Network, CMT and others. http://www.jeremycowart.com

ABOUT GROUPON GRASSROOTS:

Groupon Grassroots, launched in July 2010 in Chicago as G-Team, features local campaigns nationwide, enabling Groupon followers to do good, have fun, and make a real impact in their communities. Groupon Grassroots uses collective action to gather support for worthwhile causes and produce tangible results for local organizations. To learn more about Groupon Grassroots and how to become a featured organization, visit http://grassroots.groupon.com. To subscribe to Groupon, visit http://www.groupon.com.

Press Contacts:

Help-Portrait Contact         
Lori Mahon, Merge PR         
615.579.1266
lori@help-portrait.com

Groupon Contact
Erin Yeager
312.999.3434
eyeager@groupon.com

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Posted on Sep 20, 2012  |  Category: News, Press releases  |  No Comments

H-P on ABC News: ‘Christmas Time Family Portraits’

In case you missed it, ABC World News Tonight aired a story on Help-Portrait on Christmas Eve, featuring Brooklyn and Nashville locations. You can see the full piece here: “Christmas Time Family Portraits” (ABC)

Posted on Dec 26, 2011  |  Category: In the News, News  |  No Comments

H-P Subjects Featured on CNN World Photo Blog

Sixteen of this month’s Help-Portrait subjects are now featured on CNN World’s Photo Blog. See the photos and read the incredible stories the subjects shared on their photos here.

Read more: ‘This is the first gift I will keep forever

Posted on Dec 16, 2011  |  Category: In the News, News  |  1 Comment
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    Stylist at this event
    Shay | 21/08/2012 3:36 AM

Help-Portrait on CNN.com

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CNN.com U.S. edition featured Help-Portrait on its homepage, with a look at several Help-Portait events and participants, including Luanne Dietz, a photojournalist and middle school photography teacher in St. Petersburg, Florida, and blogger Karen Lim, who recently traveled to Swaziland to capture portraits in an underprivileged local community.

See the full coverage here: “Photographers to ‘give,’ not ‘take’ portraits

Posted on Dec 10, 2011  |  Category: H-P Organizers, In the News  |  No Comments

Help-Portrait in the Wall Street Journal: ‘Creating a Lasting Image’

The Wall Street Journal NYC edition did a great piece on Help-Portrait and its founder, Jeremy Cowart, as an Editor’s Pick (it’s also featured on the homepage). Enjoy!

Read more: “Creating a Lasting Image

Posted on Dec 08, 2011  |  Category: H-P Organizers, In the News  |  No Comments

The Grid with Scott Kelby Features Help-Portrait

the gridThursday, Nov. 17, Scott Kelby will be featuring Jeremy Cowart live on The Grid at 2pm ET talking about how to run a Help-Portrait event. Tune in if you have questions about running or participating in a Help-Portrait event, and help us spread the word about the broadcast.

The Grid with Scott Kelby & Matt Kloskowski is a live talk-show about photography, Photoshop & other industry-related topics. Each week features a different guest (in-studio or online). Have a question? Feel free to chime in on the Liveblog on KelbyTV.com or via Twitter by adding #TheGridLive to your tweets.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011  |  Category: H-P Organizers, In the News, Inspiration, News  |  1 Comment
  • Daleon Listhrop Daleon Listhrop

    Yes...! I shall be tuning into The Grid...!
    Daleon Listhrop | 17/11/2011 3:48 PM

Help-Portrait’s Jeremy Cowart in Paste Magazine

Paste magazine’s Nick Purdy has a Q&A with Help-Portrait‘s founder, Jeremy Cowart.

An excerpt:

What’s new in your plans for this year?
This will be our third annual event on Dec. 10, worldwide. Photographers, makeup artists, volunteers around the world will be getting together at various locations to give photos to people in need… the homeless, the abused, the elderly, the sick, the forgotten, you name it.

In the past, we haven’t shown any photos. But this year, we’re showing the photos for the first time (only if the subject is willing or interested in telling their story.) It’s a game-changer for us, and I think it will radically grow our movement once the world sees what we get to experience. We’re also letting our subjects write their story on the photo, which also takes it to a new level. I couldn’t be more excited for this year’s event. Seeing all the photos and stories pour in from around the world is going to be my Christmas.

Read more:A Q & A Session With Help-Portrait Photographer Jeremy Cowart

Posted on Nov 16, 2011  |  Category: In the News, Inspiration, News  |  No Comments

3rd Annual Worldwide Help-Portrait Set for Dec 10; Showcasing Photos for the First Time

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Lori Mahon, Merge PR
lori@mergepr.com
615.579.1266

THIRD ANNUAL WORLDWIDE HELP-PORTRAIT™ EVENT SET FOR DECEMBER 10

HELP-PORTRAIT WILL BE SHOWCASING PHOTOS FROM THIS YEAR’S EVENT FOR THE FIRST TIME

Nashville, Tn –October 27, 2011—This December 10, photographers around the world will gather for the third annual Help-Portrait event. In 2009, Help-Portrait began as an idea that transformed into a movement in just three months.  The idea behind Help-Portrait is simple: 1. Find someone in need 2. Take their portrait 3. Print their portrait and 4. Deliver their portrait. In the last two years, more than 101,000 portraits have been given by 10,000 photographers and 12,000 volunteers. Help-Portrait is now a global movement in more than 1,000 locations in 54 countries.

This year, Help-Portrait founder Jeremy Cowart announced new elements to make Help-Portrait a more hands-on experience for those being photographed.  From the beginning of the Help-Portrait movement nearly three years ago, photographers and volunteers have embraced the Help-Portrait ethos: that is giving, not taking photos. However, this year Help-Portrait is encouraging the photographers to share the photos of those subjects who want to tell their story to a wider audience.

“As the founder of this movement, I felt it was best to not show the photos,” shares Cowart.  “I didn’t want this movement to be about photography. But I underestimated our community – they all instantly caught on to the spirit of Help-Portrait. But now I’m realizing just how much we’ve kept the world from seeing and experiencing what we get to see each year. Now I want to let everyone in our little secret by sharing the photos of those who want to tell their stories to the world.”

Another addition to this year’s event will involve a personalized element. Those photographed will have the opportunity to draw and write on their photos to tell their stories. This provides an avenue for their voice to be heard. See the examples of the photos taken at a recent Help-Portrait event with Cowart at the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row in Los Angeles.

“We believe that the portraits will transform into works of art that reflect their subject,” states Cowart who saw this first hand last week in LA.

In addition, the Help-Portrait team is encouraging photographers to hand the cameras over to the subjects and do their own shooting through the lens giving them a unique opportunity to be behind the camera. It’s never been about the photographer or his skills or what he has to offer. It’s always been about connecting with and giving back to the subject.  For more information on Help-Portrait visit, http://www.help-portrait.com .

ABOUT HELP-PORTRAIT:

Celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart formed Help-Portrait, a non-profit organization, in 2009 as he contemplated using his skills and expertise to give back to those who may not have the opportunity for a professional photo.  The idea is that a photographer has the unique ability to help someone smile, laugh and return their dignity.  It is a movement, a shift in photography.  The rapid growth of this organization is a perfect example of Social Media use for good as the community shares ideas and stories through the channels of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blogging. Help-Portrait has partnered in the past with corporations including Ritz & Wolf Camera & Image, creativeLIVE, Chick-fil-A and Flosites, which created Help-Portrait’s website and online community.

From Bangalore, India to Ghana, Africa, the language of Help-Portrait crosses cultural and socio-economic barriers. Even Hollywood has gotten in the act. In 2010, A-list actors Zachary Levi and Yvette Nicole Brown volunteered at a Help-Portrait event in Los Angeles and participated in a live webcast. The online live stream of the main event day from the creativeLIVE studio in Seattle featured hosts including Help-Portrait founder Jeremy Cowart, another high-profile photographer Chase Jarvis and Help-Portrait volunteer staff member Annie Downs.

ABOUT JEREMY COWART:

Cowart began full-time photography in 2005 and has traveled to six continents with his talent.  He’s photographed Imogen Heap, Sting, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood and more. He’s also worked with entertainment clients ABC, E!, Fox, A&E, FX, The Style Network, CMT and others. http://www.jeremycowart.com

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Posted on Nov 02, 2011  |  Category: News, Press releases  |  1 Comment
  • Carly Arnwine Carly Arnwine

    Thank goodness for this organization! I am doing a similar project; I didn't know what to call it because I had not heard of this yet. I'm going to Ethiopia for the second time this year, and asked for donations from people via social media toward polaroid film. I've gotten great feedback! I'm glad I can be part of this movement, regardless of the name. To see my project, click here http://www.carlyarnwineblog.com/?p=2616
    Carly Arnwine | 04/11/2011 10:44 PM

Help us spread the word about Help-Portrait

2011 marks the third year for Help-Portrait. What started as an idea way back in 2008 has grown into an international movement that has had more momentum than we ever expected. We can’t say it enough…thank you!

As we begin to prepare for the December 10, 2011 event, the Help-Portrait team is busy securing new merchandise, sponsors, a new community site and the list could go on. While we work on these things, we need to ask you a favor:

Help us spread the word about Help-Portrait. 

The goal behind H-P is intentionally simple: Find people in need, take, print and deliver their picture. Our focus has been, since day one, to empower the photography community to make a difference with their unique skills. To date, more than 10,500 photographers have participated. This year, we’d love to see that number climb to 25,000. Big jump? Absolutely! But, we believe that you can help us do it.

This number isn’t about you or us. It’s about the people. What we’ve learned is that at our events, a single participating photographer gives away an average of 6 portraits. Multiple that number times 25,000 and together we can give portraits to 150,000 people across the world. The impact will be acute, but epic.

But…we can’t do this without you. 

If everyone of you shared about Help-Portrait on your Facebook wall, the number of people we could reach in one day would be hundreds of thousands. Add Twitter, blogs and Google+ to the mix and my head begins to swirl with the reach YOU can give Help-Portrait.

So, will you join us and help spread the word?

Great.

Here’s how.

Sample Facebook/Twitter/Google+

Photographers unite! Join me & 25k photogs as we give back on Dec 10: Give, don’t take pictures. http://bit.ly/hp-2011 #helpportrait

Thanks for being loyal promotors, participants, fans, volunteers and enthusiasts. We would be nothing without you, our faithful community.

Here’s to 150,000 portraits given, not taken, this December!

Kyle Chowning
Executive Director

Posted on Aug 16, 2011  |  Category: In the News, Updates  |  6 Comments
  • meghan meghan

    Photographers is spelled wrong in the template :( But I did spread the news!
    meghan | 16/08/2011 4:10 AM

  • RenegadePilgrim RenegadePilgrim

    Tweeted and FB-ed....
    RenegadePilgrim | 16/08/2011 4:28 AM

  • Julie Julie

    Hey it should say "find people in need" not "fine people in need" at the top. Will RT!!
    Julie | 16/08/2011 12:03 PM

  • carandavis carandavis

    It's fixed. Thanks!
    carandavis | 16/08/2011 12:36 PM

  • Al Al

    What a great cause,if this was around when i was a child i would have more then my class pics to look back on..Looking forward to helping out
    Al | 15/10/2011 1:49 AM

  • Anna Anna

    Can anyone explain how taking a portrait of a child without shoes or a family without food helps them?
    Anna | 09/11/2011 10:32 AM

Help-Portrait and Jeremy Cowart in RELEVANT magazine

relevant magazine jeremy cowartHelp-Portrait and its founder, Jeremy Cowart, are highlighted in the current issue of RELEVANT magazine (July/August 2011). In the interview, Cowart talks about why Help-Portrait came about, plus: Christians and art, giving back, and what it takes to create a good image today.

“It’s a unique, special opportunity to be in front of the camera,” Cowart said of his work with Help-Portrait. “Photography really is an amazing thing: to use this box to capture a smile, to capture a moment. For that moment to live on forever is a pretty cool thing.”

You can view the article in the online digital issue on page 26.

Posted on Jul 04, 2011  |  Category: H-P Organizers, In the News  |  1 Comment
  • Joe Dugan Joe Dugan

    Hi My name is Joe Dugan I am the Director of the Peanut Butter Gang ? Hospitality Too Soup Kitchen located at St Anne's Church in Brentwood, N Y I was informed that you are interested in taking photos at our soup kitchen I would like to learn more about this project my home phone #631 482 8538
    Joe Dugan | 12/10/2011 7:41 PM