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/

Posted on Apr 14, 2011  |  Category: In the News, Inspiration, News  |  1 Comment
  • Fernando Dalmau Fernando Dalmau

    Excellent photography !
    Fernando Dalmau | 28/04/2011 5:25 AM

Priceless portraits put smiles on less fortunate

Check out the full article and video here:

http://www.wfaa.com/community/Priceless-portraits-put-smiles-on-faces-of-less-fortunate-112410584.html

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DALLAS — It’s hard to imagine that looking into a lens might be a luxury. “We have cameras in our pockets and in our purses,” said photographer Taylor McCabe. “We can document things whenever we want and post them to Facebook when we get home. Truth is, that’s not a luxury everybody has.”

On a recent Saturday morning, Cornerstone Baptist Church was packed with people who know the power of pictures. “A lot of times we get photos every day,” explained Pastor Chris Simmons.  “To see individuals who don’t have that opportunity look at themselves really makes your heart feel good.”

“I have a 17-year old daughter that I gave up for adoption,” Anna Jennings confessed as she teared up. “I’m getting all emotional. She just made me this beautiful book of the pictures of her life when she grew up since I couldn’t be with her. I don’t have any good pictures to give her, so one of the pictures is going to go to her so she can see what I look like.” Jennings is among hundreds who lined up and waited for an expensive experience they can rarely afford: posing for a portrait.

“It’s not cheap,” Linda Mason said. “[Portrait companies] tell you $19.99. With all the photographs it’ll be $67 or $85. That’s a lot.” And that’s what drew so many here — the people who don’t own cameras, are rarely photographed or are often priced out of professional portraits.

“It’s kind of a reality check,” said Larry Richardson of Park Cities Baptist Church, which co-sponsors the photography event. Twenty-five generous photographers, part of a world-wide movement called Help-Portrait, offered their time and talent to Dallas’ low-income for free. They cleared out all the chairs in the sanctuary at Cornerstone Baptist Church and set up almost a dozen photography stations. Each person photographed received a professional 8×10 portrait. “They often times feel as if they’re invisible,” Pastor Simmons added. “So when they see that snapshot of themselves it reminds them that ‘I am an individual. I do exist, and I do have worth.’

” It did for Charlton Johnson. “I’m 51,” he said. “Last time I took one was when I was 33.” If distance keeps him from seeing his three grandchildren, he wants them to see him. “I’d like them to know who I am,” Johnson said.  “I really do. Because my grandfather passed when I was young, too.”

“Some of these people never see themselves. They don’t have the opportunity to look in a mirror. They don’t have the reason to look in a mirror. Then you provide them with a professional taken photograph and they look at themselves and many see a value there that they may have forgotten about,” Richardson said.

Aretha Brooks hiked two miles for her portrait. “If people look at these pictures,” she said, “they’ll never think we’re homeless or we live in a shelter.” Brooks has been out of work since last year. She walked here from The Bridge, Dallas’ downtown homeless shelter. “The picture just made it seem like ‘Gosh! That is actually me. I still got it going on,’” she said after seeing her portrait. That’s the point of the pictures — to rekindle that spirit. Many homeless send their shots to loved ones. For some families, this is often a first. It’s tangible proof of existence;  a portrait that’s priceless.

Email: jwhitely@wfaa.com

Posted on Dec 24, 2010  |  Category: In the News, News  |  2 Comments
  • Trey Bowles Trey Bowles

    Congrats to the Dallas Help-Portrait team led by Taylor McCabe. Great event and really cool story of hope and happiness.
    Trey Bowles | 24/12/2010 6:01 PM

  • Daralynn Daralynn

    Happy to be apart of this group and look forward to the next event
    Daralynn | 06/04/2011 10:47 AM

Dallas Help-Portrait Interview on ABC

Local Dallas Photographer, Taylor McCabe, who is heading up the Dallas Help-Portrait event on Saturday was interviewed on the local Dallas ABC affiliate this morning talking about Help-Portrait and.

With nearly 4 minutes of coverage Taylor was truly able to share the vision and mission of Help-Portrait for the Dallas community and how special it is for him to serve along with thousands of other professional photographers to fulfill the goal of Help-Portrait and to be a catalyst for change for this movement.

Check out this video clip from the interview:

Giving the Gift of Portraits on Dallas ABC Station

Posted on Dec 02, 2010  |  Category: H-P Organizers, In the News, News  |  2 Comments
  • Ron Manke Ron Manke

    Good report and overview... :)
    Ron Manke | 02/12/2010 6:21 AM

  • Brad Kugler Brad Kugler

    Got some great coverage in Tampa too! http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/local/pinellas/palm-harbor-warehouse-sale-12-04-2010
    Brad Kugler | 09/12/2010 2:27 AM

Help-Portrait Held Worldwide on Saturday, 04 Dec

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Lori Mahon
press@help-portrait.com

HELP-PORTRAIT HELD WORLDWIDE ON SATURDAY, 04 DECEMBER
2ND ANNUAL EVENT EXPANDS, BROADCASTS LIVE ONLINE

NASHVILLE, TN — November 30, 2010 — This Saturday on the 4th of December, thousands of photographers and volunteers worldwide will unite for the second annual Help-Portrait event. 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. Surpassing last year’s numbers, this year more than 585 groups are planning events in 57 countries and 49 states.

This year Help-Portrait has joined forces with creativeLIVE to provide online chats throughout the month of November on how to plan a successful Help-Portrait event. These chats are available for viewing here: http://www.creativelive.com/courses/help-portrait-2010. From their studio in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, creativeLIVE provides free, live creative education on the web.

On Help-Portrait Saturday, Cowart will join the creativeLIVE team in their classroom for the Seattle Help-Portrait event. Seattle will serve as a Help-Portrait hub, checking in with cities around the world to share stories and thoughts as the day unfolds worldwide. Watch the live Saturday broadcast here: http://creativelive.com/live

In addition, Help-Portrait has partnered with Ritz & Wolf Camera & Image as the exclusive image provider for 2010.  Through this partnership, Ritz & Wolf along with its online retail imaging site, RitzPix.com, is offering participating photographers with buy-one-get-one photos, free membership to Ritz’s Frequent FOTO Image Rewards Club for 2011 (http://ritzpix.com).

Media are invited to share the power of a photo with the Help-Portrait story. Please contact Lori Mahon to coordinate coverage. In addition, b-roll from various locations and behind-the-scenes photos will be available for use after the event.  For more information and to get involved in giving back and changing lives, visit http://www.help-portrait.com.

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ABOUT HELP-PORTRAIT: Help-Portrait, a non-profit organization, was formed in 2009 by Nashville-based celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart 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. Last December more than 41,000 portraits were given by 3400 photographers and over 5000 volunteers were involved.  Help-Portrait became a global movement in 543 locations in 42 countries.

Posted on Nov 30, 2010  |  Category: News, Press releases  |  No Comments

Ritz/Wolf Camera Coupon Code

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Posted on Nov 30, 2010  |  Category: H-P Organizers, H-P Tips, News  |  No Comments

Formula One Posts One on One Interview with Jeremy Cowart

Thank you to our friends at Formula One for sharing an interview with H-P founder Jeremy Cowart!  Check it out and help share the vision of Help-Portrait.

Posted on Nov 17, 2010  |  Category: In the News, News  |  No Comments

Partnership Announced with Ritz & Wolf Camera & Image

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Lori Mahon
press@help-portrait.com

PHOTOGRAPHERS UNITE FOR 2ND ANNUAL HELP-PORTRAIT: 04 DEC 2010

PARTNERSHIP WITH RITZ & WOLF CAMERA & IMAGE

NASHVILLE, TN — November 5, 2010 — 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. Help-Portrait 2010 will take place worldwide one month from yesterday on Saturday the 4th of December.

Help-Portrait, a non-profit organization, was formed in 2009 by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart 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.

Last December more than 41,000 portraits were given by 3400 photographers and over 5000 volunteers were involved.  Help-Portrait became a global movement in 543 locations in 42 countries.

“Help Portrait in 2009, and its global effect, far exceeded my expectations. For that matter, it exceeded my dreams,” shares Help-Portrait founder Jeremy Cowart. “Seeing so many photographers come together and give their time and skill has changed me. I can’t help but wonder about the massive impact that is possible on 4 December 2010.”

Help-Portrait is pleased to announce Ritz & Wolf Camera & Image as the exclusive image provider for 2010.  Through this partnership, Ritz & Wolf along with its online retail imaging site, RitzPix.com, is offering participating photographers with buy-one-get-one photos, free membership to Ritz’s Frequent FOTO Image Rewards Club for 2011, as well as on-site printers in select markets.

The Help-Portrait team recently launched a newly designed website created by Flosites.  Included in the redesign is a relaunched Community page to create an interactive and comprehensive home base for team leaders to organize their events, locations and volunteers.

For more information and to get involved in giving back and changing lives, visit http://www.help-portrait.com.

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About Ritz & Wolf Camera & Image
Ritz & Wolf Camera & Image is America’s premier retail destination for cameras and imaging. With a legacy of nearly 100 years, Ritz & Wolf Camera & Image is a leader in the exciting and evolving world of image technology.   Always a leader in price and quality, Ritz & Wolf is ranked by Consumer Reports as a top five electronics store, and is the highest ranking destination for camera and imaging products based on service, product quality and buying ease.  Ritz & Wolf Camera & Image is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and operates more than 300 stores in 36 states from coast to coast. RitzPix.com is the company’s online site for all imaging needs, and offers a range of products in one hour that is unrivaled anywhere in the world.  Ritz & Wolf has dedicated its legacy to empowering consumers to share, display and save all of life’s treasured memories.

Posted on Nov 05, 2010  |  Category: News, Press releases  |  6 Comments
  • David Braud David Braud

    Wondering about the on-site printers in select markets. I'm organizing the Franklin, TN event and would love to have a printer on site. Who do I talk to or how do I make the official request to Ritz & Wolf?
    David Braud | 07/11/2010 3:00 PM

  • Joey Chandler Joey Chandler

    This is awesome - how does one get to be on the list for on-site printers?
    Joey Chandler | 09/11/2010 3:30 AM

  • Trey Bowles Trey Bowles

    There will be a blog going up shortly with information on how to connect with Ritz Camera's and who to contact about getting printers or access to printing for your event.
    Trey Bowles | 09/11/2010 4:53 PM

  • Ron Ron

    What is the URL to this blog entry?
    Ron | 09/11/2010 5:06 PM

  • Trey Bowles Trey Bowles

    http://help-portrait.com/2010/11/what-equipment-do-i-need-for-my-help-portrait-event/
    Trey Bowles | 09/11/2010 9:34 PM

  • Rodrigo Cunha Rodrigo Cunha

    Thank you for this.
    Rodrigo Cunha | 19/02/2014 2:21 AM

Help-Portrait / creativeLIVE Partnership

Hey everyone! We’re excited to announce that Help-Portrait is going to be doing a partnership this holiday season with creativeLIVE! creativeLIVE is a FREE Online Worldwide Educational Platform. They reached out to us this year and asked if they could help spread the word and raise more awareness. So starting next week, our founder, Jeremy Cowart, is going to be doing weekly telephone broadcasts via creativeLIVE, answering your questions. These broadcasts will be shown live every Tuesday from now, until December 4th and they each will last for 1 hour. So please be thinking and let us know if you have any questions. The dates and topics will be as follows:

Help-Portrait creative Live

November 9th: “Find Someone in Need” (Jeremy and Team will be answering questions related to this topic… how to find non-profits, etc.)

November 16th: “Take Their Portrait” (All the logistics that go into the events… volunteers, photographers, locations, etc.)

November 23rd: “Print Their Portrait” (Ritz/Wolf Partnerships, Printing Donations, Printing Stations, etc.)

November 30th: “And Deliver Them” (Framing Stations, Donations and all other questions)

Our goal is to continue spreading the word about Help-Portrait to as many photographers as possible because we believe that the more photographers participating, the more lives will be affected in a positive way this December. That being said, we believe CreativeLive is the most powerful and relevant platform to spread our message.

On December 4th, we’re going to be broadcasting Help-Portrait live via creativeLIVE in Seattle! So while you’re running your event, you can check in if you want, but no pressure. We want you to be focusing on the people you’re serving first and foremost. But it will be there if you’d like to tune in. Jeremy will be in Seattle shooting an event with Chase Jarvis and crew and he will also be checking in with other locations around the world to see how everyone’s events are going. This will be a great way to establish even more connection throughout the Help-Portrait community and if your event doesn’t land on December 4th, then you can sit back and watch live if you prefer.

creativeLIVE, by definition, is an educational platform. So they have also asked Jeremy personally to do 2 days of Photography teaching leading up to the Help-Portrait event on December 2nd and 3rd. In the same vein as Help-Portrait, Jeremy is doing a nationwide casting call for people needing a professional photoshoot. He’s specifically looking for models who maybe never got their fair shot, or never could afford a real photoshoot. We’re hoping to really help someone get on their feet with this photoshoot and in the meantime, the rest of the world will get to see Jeremy teach about lighting, composition and working with subjects.

See Jeremy’s Official Announcement Video below:

We’re very excited about this announcement! Please let us know if you have any questions!

Thanks
The Help-Portrait Team

Posted on Nov 05, 2010  |  Category: News, Updates  |  1 Comment
  • Kenna Klosterman Kenna Klosterman

    Very excited to welcome Jeremy to Seattle for Help-Portrait this year! We are hoping to create hundreds & hundreds of smiles! Lots of planning going on all over Seattle as I write. Thank you for partnering with creativeLIVE to spread the impact of the global movement even further!
    Kenna Klosterman | 05/11/2010 9:14 PM

Fast Company Includes Help-Portrait!

Today (28 Oct 2010) Fast Company included a post “When Brands Win Hearts and Minds They Have Nothing to Lose” that featured the Help-Portrait video.  Check it out here!

Posted on Oct 28, 2010  |  Category: In the News, News  |  No Comments

We need help!

If you’re not a photographer but would like to participate in Help-Portrait, we have an opportunity for you.

We are in need of at least two highly talented marketing people to help us between now and the end of year as we get ready for Help-Portrait 2010. Assignments will range from:

  • copywriting
  • connecting people on and offline
  • finding clever ways to get the word out about H-P
  • helping to identify and meet the marketing needs of the community
  • assisting the H-P executive director/marketing guy with the overall vision and implementation
  • email newsletters/community blasts
  • coordinating sponsorships
  • coordinating support conference calls
  • developing and executing social media strategies
  • writing and/or coordinating blog posts on help-portrait.com

Experience in the following areas are a must:

  • proven, prior marketing experience (at least 2 years)
  • knowledge in Ning.com and WordPress platforms are a HUGE advantage
  • copywriting
  • social media (facebook, twitter, etc)
  • PR

Requirements include:

  • 5-15 hours a week
  • Available for weekly status calls on Friday at 12pm ET

Please note that this is not a paid position. If selected, you will be credited as a volunteer of Help-Portrait, Inc.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm on October 30, 2010.

Application

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Posted on Oct 25, 2010  |  Category: News, Updates  |  No Comments