We wanted to give you a glimpse into some of the volunteers that make Help-Portrait great. Here’s a photographer who works with Help-Portrait in Yuma, AZ.

turcios_familyName: Chriselda Turcios (website)

Location: currently in Yuma, Az. Recently moved from San Diego after living there for 5 years

Occupation: mother of 3 girls, Marine wife, photographer

Family Stats: I have 3 daughters ages 6, 5, and 5 months old. My husband has in been in the Marines 12 years.

How did you get involved with Help-Portrait? A guest speaker by the name of Stewart Allman came to one my classes (where I briefly studied at UCSD) and asked if anyone would like to help other people & get involved with help-portrait. I decided to volunteer and have been involved ever since. I love it.

What do you like best about it? What I like best about Help-Portrait is being one on one with other people, sometimes without even knowing it, you give them something much more than a portrait. It’s hard to imagine families without a family portrait and it’s a great feeling when you see someone smile over a picture. I read somewhere that photography is not a necessity, it’s a luxury. And, if I have the luxury of photography, then why not share it with others who don’t.

What planning tip would you offer? A planning tip I would offer is not to be intimidated by asking people or companies for help. There are so many people who are willing to help, all you have to do is ask.The worst that could happen is them saying no. In 2010, I asked friends, neighbors and people I didnt know to help, by donating gently used stuffed toys, and I received over 100.

What are you most looking forward to this year? I’m looking forward to starting the movement in Yuma, AZ and most of all, getting my husband’s fellow Marines involved.

link to your group’s page & any other links you’d like (your website, social media, etc.)
This is the group that I have been a part of in San Diego, CA –

Chriselda is currently working on adding group members to yumasun in Yuma, AZ. In the area or know someone who is? Pass the link along.

Posted on Sep 08, 2011  |  Category: H-P Organizers, H-P Tips  |  No Comments

We wanted to share this intro video for Help-Portrait Vancouver 2011. Great job, guys!

In the area? Join H-P Vancouver group here at the community site.

Posted on Sep 07, 2011  |  Category: H-P Organizers  |  No Comments
Sep 06

USB Drives?

We saw this on the @help_portrait Twitter feed & thought it was a great idea, so we wanted to pass it along:

@TheJoeHendricks Aug 30, 1:09pm via Twitter for Mac
@help_portrait is it crazy to also give a small USB to people along with their prints? We think they might print more pics later. thoughts?


We say go for it!

What other ways are you guys delivering pictures?

Posted on Sep 06, 2011  |  Category: H-P Tips  |  1 Comment
  • Julie Julie

    Both years the Toledo Help Portrait event gave out a CD with their pictures on them along with a printed picture. We also put a label on the CD that was signed by the photographer to give the rights to the owner of the disk so they would have no problems printing them at a later time. USB drives are a great idea, but your event is on a budget the CD's worked great.
    Julie | 06/09/2011 8:44 pm

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

AP Photo

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