“I asked my teenage son to have a photo taken with me. He VERY reluctantly agreed. On the day of the photo shoot he wouldn’t get out of bed. Then he was doing everything possible to stall leaving the house. We almost didn’t make it to the shoot. He told me that quite honestly he really didn’t even want to go. We argued as mother & son would do & dragging his heels, he finally agreed to join me. He was a grump during the entire drive to New Hope Methodist Church. Humour works with my son so I told him in the car that I was going to let the photographer know that I didn’t want a traditional pose. I said our pose may as well be honest and depict the truth about our relationship during his teenage years. I said I was going to post in a fist fight with him to represent the teenage years. Ford chuckled and didn’t think I’d do it but I did and this is actually the reason why we got such a nice smile from him for the 2nd pose.

I would never have been able to afford a family photo of my son and myself. You have given us a gift of memories that will continue to give for generations to come.”

- Pati Couckell, Participant, Help-Portrait Newmarket

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“Combining the strengths of 66 professionals & community members, 9 other sponsoring organizations, many non-profit organizations and community leaders that spread the word, Help-Portrait Newmarket created 318 smiles, printed 600+ portraits and made a positive difference to many lives. It was an amazing day, and an amazing community collaboration.”

- Danielle Koren, Event Organizer, Help-Portrait Newmarket 

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View a video from the Help-Portrait Newmarket event by clicking here.

Posted on Jan 07, 2014  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  1 Comment
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“This December I had the chance to be in Burkina Faso, Africa on December 7th. Along with filmmaker Tyler Faires, we setup a Help-Portrait event in the poorest area of Burkina, Sector 30. Throughout the day we captured over 175 portraits for these beautiful people.

One of our highlights was having the privilege of shooting for the Handicap Association of Burkina Faso. Often neglected by their own community, over a dozen individuals joined us to have their picture taken. It was an amazing experience I will never forget.”

- Carson Nyquist, Production Coordinator/Photographer, Envision/Help-Portrait Burkina Faso

Click here to view a video from the Help-Portrait event in Burkina Faso.

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 More photos from the Burkina Faso Help-Portrait day can be viewed on
Carson’s flickr page.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments

I’ve been the Lead Coordinator of the group for the last 3 years. The first year I was involved as a Lead Photographer and that event was an eye opener for me. My very first Help-Portrait session was for a single mom and her kids. At the end of the shoot, which had gone fabulously, the mom, with tears in her eyes, hugged me and told me that I had made her Christmas. She said that all she had ever wanted was a photo of her and her kids together and I would never know how big of a gift this was for her. It blew me away. She was right, I had no idea.

Up until that moment it hadn’t even occurred to me that someone could be that touched by something I do for fun every day.

It showed me how important and valuable a portrait really is to someone who has never had one. It had never occurred to me that showing someone they were worthy of a professional portrait, when they never had had the means to get one, could transform that person’s self-esteem. The experience changed my view of the faces of people in need in my community and I knew from then on that Help-Portrait was going to be a long-time passion of mine.

This year, we had more than 50 volunteers, did 215 sessions and served 774 people at two food pantry locations–a huge growth from the 12 people we served three years ago!

- Amandalynn Jones, Photographer, Help-Portrait Madison, WI




See more photos from the Madison, WI shoot and read Amandalynn’s full post by clicking here

Posted on Dec 18, 2013  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  1 Comment
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    so awesome to use your gifts to make others happy! The gift of your art shared and enjoyed by those that otherwise can not afford what they consider a luxury! well done!!!!!
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The lady with the lighter blonde hair was the first to get her photo taken. We asked her if she’d like us to do her hair and use some makeup. She was ecstatic and didn’t know what to say. She sat there with a smile on her face the whole time and was so thankful for someone to care for her.

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One lady just looked at us, almost in tears, and said “why are you doing this for us?” We explained that it wasn’t because of anything in us, but because of what God has done in us that causes us to love one another and bear each other’s burdens.

We ended up giving out our contact information to everyone who attended that day and we’ve had several responses back for prayer, needing help finding a job when you have 2 felonies, and helping finding places to live and get established.

We also partnered with Crossway Publishers. They gave us 40 brand new ESV bibles to give away. We signed and gave away 38 bibles. Some people were even coming in and asking for a Bible, but didn’t necessarily want a portrait. 

We got so many hugs that day!

-Andrew Laparra, Photographer, Help-Portrait Greensboro, NC

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 View more photos from the Help-Portrait Greensboro shoot on Andrew’s site.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments

Our team of photographers, videographers and make-up artists spent a day with the families and children living at a hospital that cares for babies and children with rare heart problems- supplying their parents with a place to stay with them at the Ronald McDonald House next door.

These families are going through tough times right now. You would not expect as many smiles in such a place as we saw, but in the end it’s life and it’s about holding your loved ones close, in good times as in bad.

-Kristina Assenova, Photographer, Help-Portrait Munich





 To see more photos from Help Portrait Munich, visit Kristina’s website.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  1 Comment
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I am not a photographer, make up artist or hair stylist, but I know many people who are. I am a personal trainer/fitness instructor. One of the groups I train consists of mentally and physically handicapped adults. When I heard about the project, I thought it would be really cool to see who I could get to come and bless these people with an event to do this.

We had 16 participants, 1 professional photographer, 5 hair stylists, 5 makeup artists, 1 manicurist and several ‘nail painters,’ plus a few people willing to do anything, show up. One makeup rep who couldn’t make it donated ‘goodie bags’ with skin and makeup products to give them as a take home gift.

It was so awesome! To see the willing generosity of those who gave of their time and talents, and the beaming faces of the participants. They LOVED getting fixed up and having their picture taken. We will be printing, framing and then delivering the finished product to them.

Everyone just kept saying over and over how special/cool/awesome/amazing this was. AND it will probably become an annual event for this population.

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Posted on Dec 14, 2013  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments

I was walking a family to the portrait studio, and the wife asked me if it was photography students who run the shoots. I said “no, they are all professional photographers.” She asked me why they were doing this for free, and I said “because it’s the holidays, and because why not.” She didn’t appear to believe the whole no-catch thing until she walked out with photos in hand.

- Emily Litvak, Volunteer, Help-Portrait Flagstaff, AZ

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Posted on Dec 14, 2013  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments

At first, I wasn’t quite sure how taking someone’s picture could help them. After a few hours at the event, I understood completely.

Most of the people in the pictures below shared their incredible stories with me. From massive weight loss to overcoming various struggles, each subject was proud of something they’d accomplished. One gentleman was even celebrating his 60th birthday.

The event reminded me why I began taking pictures in the first place. With some lights, camera, and a whole lot of action, a fraction of a second can be preserved and cherished.

-Max Grudzinski, Photographer, Help-Portrait Philadelphia

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View more photos and full post on Max’s website.

Posted on Dec 14, 2013  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments

I am a high school photography teacher in Queensbury, NY, upstate. I had students volunteer to be part of Help-Portrait at The Open Door Mission in Glens Falls, NY, this was our second year there. As a teacher, the best part is seeing the impact the event has on the students. Several of them were skeptical and worried, understandably, that they would be offering charity to people who may not want it. They quickly realized that this was not the case at all. They had great interaction with the subjects and got great results. I don’t think they will ever forget how it felt to give the portraits to the subjects.

-Anthony Aquino, Queensbury, NY


Posted on Dec 10, 2013  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments

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Each December for the last five years, Las Vegas photographers, make-up artists, hair dressers and other generous local businesses head down to the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center to take portraits of the teens residing at the center. It’s the kids special day to forget about life’s hardships in their young lives and to get pampered. One week later the kids have prints and a disk with their images in hand. Thanks & God bless. -Lorenz Crespo, Photographer

There was a young homeless girl, around 15 years old didn’t think I could do anything with her hair….and when I got done with her she flipped and giggled a giggle I’ll never forget!! I added a donut in her hair to create that high bun she says she’s always wanted. She is so beautiful! What touched my heart the most….(and I’m crying again as I write this) is to see the homeless kids look at themselves in the mirror in complete awe. One cried and couldn’t believe it was her…another touched her face so delicately and said, “Wow. this is me.” Another teen said, “You can do anything you want to with me because anything will be better than what I am so far!” The highlight THIS year was when all of these precious sweet souls got up there and danced wiggled jiggled with our DJ and smiled like they had no troubles at all!! -Kimberlie Lombardo, Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist

I was so struck by something I heard one of the kids say on camera. To paraphrase: a young man talked about how blessed he felt to be at Shannon West … that it’s a place of safety as they figure out what it is within them that’s broken and then fix it so they can function out in the rest of the world. My heart broke momentarily with the thoughts of what these kids have survived to get to this point. But then my heart sang with this thought: They might recognize that there are broken places within themselves, but for me, I see the incredible light that sparkles through the cracks of those breaks. These kids are discovering their light again and Help-Portrait in essence provides images that reveal that light over and over again. My hope is that whenever they doubt how special they are, how priceless, how irreplaceable … that they look to these photos and remember the day when EVERYONE saw their light because there was just no hiding it. I pray for the day when their light never has to hide again. -Nancy Good, Photographer

While I was doing makeup on one young man, he was SO excited to get his picture taken. He said “my mom doesn’t have any pictures of me. I can’t wait to send her my picture.” He said, “Can you please make me look less tired for her?” Precious….. -Kathy Sue, Makeup Artist

I grew up here in Las Vegas and I have to start off saying… its not easy being a teen here. With so much overstimulation and drugs abuse on the rise…too got into made some poor choices in my life and school in adolescence. I knew I wanted to live a better life. So with the help of an inspiring supportive mentor, I made a positive choice for myself to succeed and never looked back! I went from falling off track to graduating as valedictorian of my senior class! Some of the kids asked me how I’ve gotten to where I’m at today. It made me think – with great humility – there’s a little piece of us within all of these youths. We all can relate to where they came from or where they want to be! The ability of using our gift and talent to make a once dim lit smile turn on and shine so bright amongst us inspires us! These kids literally were glowing and beaming with love and gratitude! This is truly what reminds me of how beautiful the gift of love and human kindness is! I can hardly wait until next year! -Francesca Lombardo, Makeup Artist

There was this young homeless youth boy who had nothing to do with our event but kept dancing around and joking with everyone. He was scared. All this high end photo equipment, new people with smiling faces setting up stations….AND you want me to put on makeup?! LOL! I kept nudging him, gently supporting him with encouragement…and an hour later…he stood in front of me wearing a new red sweater with a tie and dress pants…and was shaking. I hugged him, looked into his eyes and thanked him for letting us take his photo. You should have seen him! He was jumping into all the photo stations and telling others to join him. He stepped up and stepped into a life-changing experience. You can see the inner strength of this young man captured in his photos. I’m so blessed to be a part of all this! -Denise Marshall, Organizer, Help-Portrait Las Vegas


Posted on Dec 10, 2013  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments