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 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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Guillaume Desachy, San Francisco, CA:
On Saturday I was part of the +Help-Portrait day and more specifically the one organized by First Exposures in San Francisco, an organization which is helping under-served kids to learn photography. Each kid is a mentee who has a mentor assigned. They meet every Saturday morning and the mentors teach their […]
While there were countless smiles in front of the camera, there were just as many behind it. I was so impressed with all the volunteers–eager to be a part of giving back. There was an energy in the room–I felt like I was part of something big, something that brought a new kind of joy […]