We’re continuing our series today from the Help-Portrait volunteer staff. We want to (re)introduce ourselves and talk about what we’re getting excited about for this year’s Help-Portrait event. Today, our fabulous publicist, Lori Mahon.

What I do for HP:

I tell the stories of Help-Portrait to the media. I love sharing the stories with the local and national media to spread the word about H-P each year. In 2009, seeing CNN cover H-P and share the heart behind it was one of the greatest honors of my career.

What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Help-Portrait event?

Each year has been different so far – so I think the anticipation is one of the most exciting parts – wondering what stories we’ll hear, who will be impacted and how many lives could be changed by this simple idea. There is so much hard work on the behalf of everyone that participates in Help-Portrait that I look forward to seeing the hard work pay off the day of the event. The highlight is seeing the stories flood in on our website — we can sit for hours and just read the account of the events with many tissues!

Got a lead for coverage? Email Lori.

Posted on Sep 05, 2011  |  Category: H-P Organizers  |  No Comments

We’re continuing our series today from the Help-Portrait volunteer staff. We want to (re)introduce ourselves and talk about what we’re getting excited about for this year’s Help-Portrait event. Today, our resident glam expert, Amy Stanfield.

What I do for HP:

Glam team coordinator.

What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Help-Portrait event?

The event day is a beautiful experience because you can literally see hope unfolding in front of your eyes. It’s an irrefutable reminder that love is alive and thriving. People light up when they feel beautiful, and I love watching that process unfold. Using creativity, connecting, and serving as a community is the “soul” kind of fulfilling – and what I look forward to the most every year! ;)

Got questions for Amy? Leave them in the comments below!

Posted on Sep 04, 2011  |  Category: H-P Organizers  |  No Comments

We’re began a series yesterday from the Help-Portrait staff. We want to (re)introduce ourselves and talk about what we’re getting excited about for this year’s Help-Portrait event. Today we’re featuring the newest member of our team, Rachel Moore.

Rachel Moore

Location: Franklin, TN

What you do for H-P: Project Coordination

What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Help-Portrait event? Seeing the projects we’re working on right now behind the scenes come to fruition!

Have you begun plans for H-P 2011? Let us know how its going in the comments below.
 

 

Posted on Sep 03, 2011  |  Category: H-P Organizers  |  No Comments

We’re beginning a series today from the Help-Portrait volunteer staff. We want to (re)introduce ourselves and talk about what we’re getting excited about for this year’s Help-Portrait event. First up, our visionary, Jeremy Cowart.

What I do for HP:

I’m the founder and main idea person I guess. The rest of the crew is way more on the ball than me and they get things done. I help oversee everything from merch to website, social media, etc. But Kyle Chowning is the man holding all the nuts and bolts together!

What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Help-Portrait event?

I’m most looking forward to being back in Nashville for this year’s event with the Help-Portrait staff. We were all divided last year and that was kind of sad. So hopefully this will be a sweet reunion. And of course I can’t wait to just talk to the subjects and hear their stories. That’s always the best part…

Now, we want to hear from you! What are you looking forward to this year?

Posted on Sep 02, 2011  |  Category: H-P Organizers  |  1 Comment
  • Gladys C Gladys C

    Help-Portrait has been my passion even before i know about this idea or about Jeremy Cowart. I thank God that He called someone who has more influence and has bigger passion than me to make it happen, because I never thought that this movement could be reach worldwide. I thank Jeremy Cowart personally for everything he has done and being my inspiration to live my life to the fullest. Now, with the team of Help-Portrait Indo we are on our way to the first Help-Portrait Indonesia event that will be held on December. It's a life changing.
    Gladys C | 05/09/2011 3:11 AM

Next Thursday, Sept. 8, join the folks at International Justice Mission in a national call-in day to encourage legislators to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act – bi-partisan legislation to sustain life-saving programs that fight human trafficking at home and abroad. Their goal is to generate 3,000 calls from all 50 states in the U.S. Want to join? Here are the details and sample script.

Posted on Sep 01, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  No Comments

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The effects of Hurricane Irene are mounting in the New England states, as flood waters rise and millions go without electricity. Although Irene’s devastation is on a smaller scale than Katrina, 41 people have died so far from Sunday’s storm.

Halogen TV has compiled a list of nonprofits who are responding to the disaster, including:

Additional organizations to consider donating to are The Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse and First Response Team of America.

Posted on Aug 30, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  No Comments

People of the Second Chance is a community all about loving the unlovable. In a new poster series, they look at 25 well-known historical, current and fictional characters who are believed to have harmed society – and ask – would you give them a second chance? The campaign, consisting of digital and printed posters and an art exhibit, draws out themes of forgiveness, grace and what a pathway to a second chance looks like. More info here.

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Who would you photograph that deserved a second chance and a fresh start?

Posted on Aug 29, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  1 Comment
  • Leroy Leroy

    Dick Cheney
    Leroy | 30/08/2011 10:11 PM

Yesterday we featured a video from U.S. actress and singer Caitlin Crosby‘s debut album Flawz, which came out in 2009. The album centered around a campaign to help people to embrace their flaws and to find common ground with others because of them. On her site, www.loveyourflawz.com, you can upload photos and videos celebrating what makes you beautiful.

Lately, Crosby has turned her attention to a new initiative called The Giving Keys. The premise is this: you buy a $30 necklace with a key pendant that’s engraved with a custom word of your choice, like: faith, strength, hope or love – then you wear it until you find someone who who needs to hear that message and give it them. It’s all about paying it forward.

Proceeds go to charity, and now, Crosby has found a unique way to make that even more significant.

“I met this sweet homeless couple on Hollywood Blvd who have had a really tough life,” she writes on the site. “After falling in love with their hearts, and how hard they’re working to try and change their lives, I had an ‘Ah-Ha moment.’ I realized they were the missing link to The Giving Keys. So I asked them to be my business partners. After all, the whole concept is PAYING IT FORWARD.”

Proceeds from the purchase of the necklaces help keep Cera and Rob employed and off the streets. Once they complete transitional homes/counseling/school/shelter, Crosby plans to use the extra money to donate to the shelters and transitional homes that were most effective in supporting them.

Learn more, and purchase a necklace, and post your own story here.

And for a little more Help-Portrait fun, here’s a video from H-P founder Jeremy Cowart, H-P songwriter Andy Davis, and Caitlin Crosby recorded June 26, 2011 at the Historic Conoco Gas Station on Route 66. Enjoy!

“I Shall Be Released” by Davis, Crosby and Cowart from Jeremy Cowart on Vimeo.

Posted on Aug 28, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  No Comments

“We impress people with our supposed perfections, but we connect with each other in our flaws.” -Donald Miller

In a recent blog post, author Donald Miller talks about about no matter how much we change, we still feel like that rejected kid with whatever fill-in-the-blank shortcomings we had (or still have). Learning to love our flaws is key to healing, forgiving and living life fully. But it’s also a great way to connect with others.

This year at your Help-Portrait events, try connecting with others not on the basis of giving and receiving, but on the basis of your shared human experience.

We’re all flawed. And we’re all beautiful.

(Psst … Come back tomorrow for more information about Caitlin Crosby.)

Thoughts?

Posted on Aug 27, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  No Comments

This 27-minute talk by award-winning photographer Andrew Zuckerman at the 99% Conference is a fantastic case study on the process of creative work. In it, he share about lessons learned from his WISDOM project, in which he interviewed and photographed “elders” around the world, including Chuck Close, Bill Withers, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Massimo Vignelli, and many more.

“I have no idea what inspiration really is,” he says in the talk, instead describing the roles of rigor, curiosity, fear and hard work in the creative process.

In the closing minutes, he says success is in the doing and the most important perspective to approach work with is a learning attitude: “I need to be interested in the actual subject matter. I want to learn about what i’m doing while i’m doing it. that’s what keeps you going, what keeps you genuinely interested.”

How do you think this posture applies to Help-Portrait events?

Posted on Aug 26, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  1 Comment
  • Juan Luis Garcia Juan Luis Garcia

    that was great
    Juan Luis Garcia | 31/08/2011 5:14 PM