Now Hiring: Project Manager

Help-Portrait is looking to hire someone who has a passion for giving back, the arts, and thrives on organizing people, project and details. Applicant must have prior professional experience in project management or related roles.

We are looking for a high-caliber person to work alongside the co-founders to ensure the annual success of Help-Portrait. This person will be an international representative for our movement and must have an established work track record and an outstanding reputation online through his/her blog and social media channels. Experience in the photography industry is not required but appreciated.

Full job description can be reviewed here.

  • Hourly Rate: $12-15/hour, depending on experience—this will grow when we grow our donation base
  • Weekly Hours: 10-30 (depending on time of year)
  • Applicant will work primarily work remotely. Applicants don’t have to live in the Nashville area, but it is preferred.

 If this is you, please submit your application here

Intern Program – Now Available

Help-Portrait is looking for seasonal interns to help us prep for the 2014 annual event in December. Applications are being accepted in the following departments:

  • Marketing
  • Design (Print and/or Web)
  • Video Production (“Preditor” preferred)
  • Operations

Internship starts in September/October and runs through December 19, 2014. Positions are unpaid. Applicants can be anywhere around the world.

If you are interested in being considered as a Help-Portrait intern, please submit your application here

Posted on Aug 25, 2014  |  Category: Updates  |  No Comments

Dear Help-Portrait Community,

Kyle Chowning, co-founder and executive director of Help-Portrait here.

The 2014 season is coming upon us and I have some good news to report to you.

Before I get started, if you’re new to this movement, you may want to skim through this as it won’t make any sense. However, if you’ve been around awhile, then please take a minute to read through. You’re gonna like what I’ve got to say.

As the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the organization, I have largely sat back and let Help-Portrait community exist and function organically. This has been an intentional decision on my behalf mainly because even after 5 years, we’re still a volunteer organization with only one person working about 5-10 hours a week. We simply haven’t had the financial resources to change our situation.

New Website Sneak Peek

I’m thrilled to report that because of your generous and continuous merchandise purchases, we have accumulated enough funds to  start making some long-awaited—significant—changes. Here’s a quick list of what you can expect over the next couple of months:

  • Help-Portrait website is getting a complete overhaul and redesign thanks to the fine folks and long-time supporters at Flosites.
  • Community Site Revamp – The community site will be going away at the end of this year as we will finally be implementing an all-in-one website solution. We’ll be setting up membership website that will help us keep the entire community on our own site.
  • Location & Event Finder – Also coming with the new site is an integrated event calendar and location search. No more endless web searches, looking for a location near you. With this feature, you’ll be able to find one quickly and easily.
  • Support – Currently, we process hundreds, if not thousands of support requests a year. This is too much on our small team, so we’re going to turn support over to the community with some integrated message boards.
  • Marketing & Communication Automation – One of the biggest investments and changes is that we will be implementing Infusionsoft to help us track everything. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s the best thing since sliced bread. But, beyond that, we will be able to communicate proactively with the community based on your interest. No more generic emails and asking for the same information multiple times.

Finally, last year, we launched a fundraising campaign to help us raise some money to keep the movement headquarters in operation. We’ve been doing this long enough to know that a lot of you are confused on why we need to raise money, especially because we ask you to underwrite your own events. Truth is, we have accounting, legal and monthly expenses to keep the business of Help-Portrait afloat (hosting, software, staff, etc.).

Today, I’d like to ask you to please donate $6 to the general operating fund to help us reach more photographers, hairstylist and makeup artists and compel them to jump into the movement that’s impacted well over 300,000 people in the past 5 years. Many of you can afford to donate more, and I believe that many of you will.

I’ve said it a thousand times in the past 5 years, and I’ll continue to say it a thousand more—Help-Portrait is nothing without you, the volunteers who make this idea a reality year after year. On behalf of myself and Jeremy, we thank you.

Thanks for reading this massive update. I look forward to presenting the new Help-Portrait website to you in the coming weeks.

Kyle Chowning
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Help-Portrait, Inc.
Please say hello » @kylechowning

Posted on Jul 30, 2014  |  Category: Updates  |  No Comments

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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)

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

    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

Dear Help-Portrait Community,

We did it!

The Annual Help-Portrait day has come and gone. What a day it was! The pictures, stories and reports are pouring in. It’s so fun to see what you all did in recent days, weeks, and for some of you, months.

Due to weather and other circumstances, we know some of you have event dates that are still coming up. Don’t worry, we’re here to root you on and will be awaiting the pictures, stories and counts to add to the global story.


If you lead a group and have completed your event, be sure to submit you stats as soon as you can. We’re updating our global impact story regularly and posting them on Twitter, Facebook and OKDOTHIS.


If you’re anything like me, you’re basking in the stories and moments you experienced. Please take a moment and share those with us. We’d love to hear about the ones that were especially touching to you. Send them to and don’t forget to include a picture. Please let us know if we’re not allowed to share the story publicly.


Mark your calendars because the next International Help-Portrait day is scheduled for Saturday, 06 December 2014.

Finally, Help-Portrait 2013 is far from over. There are many more stories to be told, pictures to see and reports to be included. We can’t wait to see what you all did!

Talk to you soon,

— Kyle Chowning
Executive Director

#helpportrait on Twitter • Instagram • Facebook • Flickr

Posted on Dec 09, 2013  |  Category: H-P Organizers, H-P Tips, Updates  |  6 Comments
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These are the moments when heaven comes to earth:

When a 46 year old beautiful woman bawls her eyes out because she has finally gotten her very first picture with Santa.

When photographers set aside competition and serve together for the day.

When a twenty (something)-year-old in a recovery program asks to set his picture on the sign-in desk, stands back with a huge smile, and says, “I’m just picturing it. I’m picturing when I have a job, and I’m working in an office. I will have this picture sitting there. Can’t you see it? This is where I’m heading.”

When the Chick-fil-a cow shows up and makes everyone’s day.

When someone getting their picture says they’ve always wanted to be a professional photographer and asked if they could come next year, and the photographer hands his camera to her and says, “how about now?”

When crazy talented musicians serenade new friends.

When kids belly laugh as they play with their new toys who were given to them by other kids.

When hot coffee and a meal are offered by a friendly face and the rest of the hospitality/food team to those who have been riding in a freezing cold bus this morning.

When a returning guest from last year recognizes a volunteer, calls her by name, greets her with a huge hug and insists they get a picture taken together and printed before they leave.

When volunteers give hours upon hours of long nights behind the scenes to make these moments possible for people all over the world who will never know their name.

This is Help-Portrait.

Honored to have shared this with some of my favorite people in the world today. Thank you for every hug, encouraging word, listening ear, picture, makeover, print, and action you gave today to make these and many more moments happen.

-Kendra Flowers
Nashville, TN


We want to hear your stories from Help-Portrait 2013. Please fill out the event report (this information is vital to the future of our organization), and then send an email to and attach photos and details from your day. We want to flood this blog and social media with the hope, love and good will that light up the earth yesterday.

Posted on Dec 08, 2013  |  Category: H-P Organizers, Story of the Day, Updates  |  1 Comment
  • Robert Wilder Smith Robert Wilder Smith

    My second tour as "Santa." And it continues to warm my heart! Memorable moment... A bus driver comes up talking on his phone. Then "Facetimes" the conversation with me back to his wife, who has never seen Santa... In the Middle East!! Wow!!
    Robert Wilder Smith | 02/07/2014 7:18 PM


Have you gotten your Help-Portrait T-Shirt yet?  No?  Well, it’s not too late!

Tuesday through Friday all merch is 25% off.

Already bought your shirt?  Pick up an accessory to go with it, or buy a Christmas gift for a friend or family member!

Make sure others don’t miss out on the sale by sharing the link on social media:

And remember your purchases go directly towards supporting HP operating costs and future events. Thank you for sharing the love!

Kendra Flowers
- Project Manager

Posted on Dec 03, 2013  |  Category: Updates  |  No Comments