Oct. 22-23, London’s East Gallery at Brick Lane will be hosting the first ever UK exhibit of Instagram photos. “My World Shared” will host photos from 30 participants “to record in images our world around us, our lives, our outlook, our views, and share that view with the rest of the world.” Instagram recently revised its mobile app with several new features, including high resolution photos, live filters and more. (via @mashable)

Posted on Sep 23, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  No Comments

If you are leading a Help-Portrait event in 2011, we need to hear from you!


Please respond by next Wednesday. Thanks!

Posted on Sep 23, 2011  |  Category: H-P Organizers  |  1 Comment
  • Laura Roberts Laura Roberts

    How do you find out who the leader is? I signed up and posted a question on the Louisville, KY site, but never heard from anyone.
    Laura Roberts | 28/09/2011 4:12 am

Sam Childers was a drug-dealing criminal who underwent a personal transformation and dedicated his life to saving child victims from the Lord’s Resistance Army in East Africa. He’s rescued more than a thousand orphans from starvation, disease and slavery, and now his story is being told in a new Hollywood film, Machine Gun Preacher.

Starring Gerard Butler (300) and directed by Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland), this soon-to-be-released film is a story of violence and redemption. In it, Sam Childers (Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region’s vulnerable populace, especially the children. Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it’s most needed–in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a renegade militia that forces youngsters to become soldiers before they even reach their teens. But for Sam, it is not enough to shelter the LRA’s intended victims. Determined to save as many as possible, he leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives – and eventually his own.

Machine Gun Preacher also stars Michelle Monaghan (Due Date), Kathy Baker (Cold Mountain), Madeline Carroll (Mr. Popper’s Penguins), Academy Award-nominated Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) and Souleymane Sy Savane (“Damages”).

We’ve got free passes to give to the Help-Portrait community to an upcoming screening in select U.S. cities. Click here and use the code “Portrait” to RSVP.

Let us know what you think!

Posted on Sep 22, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  No Comments

new york times photoNew Forests Company, a British forestry company, forcibly expelled more than 20,000 Ugandans from their homes in recent years, according to a report by the aid group Oxfam. This photo slideshow from The New York Times tells the story.

For more background, here’s the related article.



Posted on Sep 22, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  No Comments

We loved hearing this story today: When a server at a San Diego Chargers game tripped on a stair sending $1,000 in bills flying through the air to the lower level seats, fans jumped to the rescue. She not only recovered the $1,000 but an extra $170 in additional goodwill tips. Here are some additional ways anyone can give back on game day.

Posted on Sep 16, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  No Comments

poverty rates climbingPoverty rates in the U.S. are the highest since 1993, according to a new report. The federal government announced this week that the nation’s poverty rate increased to 15.1 percent in 2010. An additional 2.6 million people landed in poverty last year, bringing the total to 46.2 million – the highest number since the government started tracking poverty in the 1950s.

“Child poverty has been higher than the 2010 level in only three years since the mid-1960s,” said Ron Haskins, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, in a statement.

Now more than ever we have an opportunity to show love in a unique way to people in need at Help-Portrait events. As we plan our upcoming events, keep in mind the swelling number of people in need of help and hope.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  No Comments

John Keatley by Jenny JimenezWe featured an interview with celebrity portrait photographer John Keatley back in March on the Help-Portrait blog. Today we wanted to let you know about a cool giveaway he’s doing to help victims in the Horn of Africa crisis.

For his birthday on Sept. 22, John is asking people to donate to One Day’s Wages’s Horn Of Africa Relief Fund. From the group who donates John will choose several to receive prints from his Liberia collection (a few seen below).

“I am actually feeling more excited about the idea of giving away my work this year, than I ever have about receiving gifts on my birthday in years past,” John said.

Help John reach his goal of $3,000 by his 31st birthday on Sept. 22.

(John Keatley photo by Jenny Jimenez)


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Posted on Sep 14, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  No Comments

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Posted on Sep 13, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  No Comments

World Vision is featuring a slideshow of images from photographer Jon Warren who just returned from Somalia and Kenya. Facing drought, disease and starvation, Warren captures moments between mothers and children who are fighting to survive.

horn of africa

Click the image to few the slideshow.

Posted on Sep 09, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  No Comments

We’re continuing our series today from the Help-Portrait volunteer staff. Today we feature our events coordinator (and last year’s live event emcee), Annie Downs. Annie’s currently splitting her time between Edinburgh, UK and Nashville, TN, but we’re looking forward to having her in Nashville for H-P 2011!

What I do for HP:

My title is Events Coordinator, but what that actually means is that I answer all the emails and make sure all the photographers, organizations, and subjects know everything about everything H-P. I believe every question has an answer and I’m out to prove it. :)

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

I am really looking forward to the creativity this year. For many photographers, this will be their second, maybe even third, year participating and they have big dreams and hopes for 10 December. I can’t wait to see those become reality.

Give Annie a shout-out in the comments below!

Posted on Sep 09, 2011  |  Category: H-P Organizers  |  1 Comment
  • Nina Fuller Nina Fuller

    Dear Annie, I am a photographer and live in Hollis, Maine. I have a studio and would like to take photographs this year. How do I coordinate that. Thanks, Nina Fuller
    Nina Fuller | 29/09/2011 2:50 pm