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)
H-P on ABC News: ‘Christmas Time Family Portraits’
H-P Subjects Featured on CNN World Photo Blog
Help-Portrait on CNN.com
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“
Help-Portrait in the Wall Street Journal: ‘Creating a Lasting Image’
The Grid with Scott Kelby Features Help-Portrait
Thursday, 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.
Help-Portrait’s Jeremy Cowart in Paste Magazine
Paste magazine’s Nick Purdy has a Q&A with Help-Portrait‘s founder, Jeremy Cowart.
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.
3rd Annual Worldwide Help-Portrait Set for Dec 10; Showcasing Photos for the First Time
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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 .
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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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?
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!
Help-Portrait and Jeremy Cowart in RELEVANT magazine
Help-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.
World Vision Report Talks to Jeremy Cowart
We’d like to thank World Vision Report for talking to Jeremy about Help-Portrait earlier this month. It is a great interview – check it out!
About World Vision Report:
The Edward R. Murrow Award-winning World Vision report is a weekly radio program that captures the human drama behind global issues and events. More information and other interviews here: http://www.worldvisionreport.org/