Dear Help-Portrait Community,

We did it!

The Annual Help-Portrait day has come and gone. What a day it was! The pictures, stories and reports are pouring in. It’s so fun to see what you all did in recent days, weeks, and for some of you, months.

Due to weather and other circumstances, we know some of you have event dates that are still coming up. Don’t worry, we’re here to root you on and will be awaiting the pictures, stories and counts to add to the global story.

EVENT REPORTING

If you lead a group and have completed your event, be sure to submit you stats as soon as you can. We’re updating our global impact story regularly and posting them on Twitter, Facebook and OKDOTHIS.

STORIES

If you’re anything like me, you’re basking in the stories and moments you experienced. Please take a moment and share those with us. We’d love to hear about the ones that were especially touching to you. Send them to stories@help-portrait.com and don’t forget to include a picture. Please let us know if we’re not allowed to share the story publicly.

2014 DATE ANNOUNCED

Mark your calendars because the next International Help-Portrait day is scheduled for Saturday, 06 December 2014.

Finally, Help-Portrait 2013 is far from over. There are many more stories to be told, pictures to see and reports to be included. We can’t wait to see what you all did!

Talk to you soon,

— Kyle Chowning
Executive Director

#helpportrait on Twitter • Instagram • Facebook • Flickr

Posted on Dec 09, 2013  |  Category: H-P Organizers, H-P Tips, Updates  |  1 Comment
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These are the moments when heaven comes to earth:

When a 46 year old beautiful woman bawls her eyes out because she has finally gotten her very first picture with Santa.

When photographers set aside competition and serve together for the day.

When a twenty (something)-year-old in a recovery program asks to set his picture on the sign-in desk, stands back with a huge smile, and says, “I’m just picturing it. I’m picturing when I have a job, and I’m working in an office. I will have this picture sitting there. Can’t you see it? This is where I’m heading.”

When the Chick-fil-a cow shows up and makes everyone’s day.

When someone getting their picture says they’ve always wanted to be a professional photographer and asked if they could come next year, and the photographer hands his camera to her and says, “how about now?”

When crazy talented musicians serenade new friends.

When kids belly laugh as they play with their new toys who were given to them by other kids.

When hot coffee and a meal are offered by a friendly face and the rest of the hospitality/food team to those who have been riding in a freezing cold bus this morning.

When a returning guest from last year recognizes a volunteer, calls her by name, greets her with a huge hug and insists they get a picture taken together and printed before they leave.

When volunteers give hours upon hours of long nights behind the scenes to make these moments possible for people all over the world who will never know their name.

This is Help-Portrait.

Honored to have shared this with some of my favorite people in the world today. Thank you for every hug, encouraging word, listening ear, picture, makeover, print, and action you gave today to make these and many more moments happen.

-Kendra Flowers
Nashville, TN

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We want to hear your stories from Help-Portrait 2013. Please fill out the event report (this information is vital to the future of our organization), and then send an email to stories@help-portrait.com and attach photos and details from your day. We want to flood this blog and social media with the hope, love and good will that light up the earth yesterday.

Posted on Dec 08, 2013  |  Category: H-P Organizers, Story of the Day, Updates  |  No Comments

The last time zones are about to start their Help-Portrait 2013 events. We can’t wait to tell the global story. Don’t forget to submit your stats! http://t.co/xUUzfXAYON. Use the hashtag #helpportrait when posting on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and OKDOTHIS!

#HelpPortrait founder @jeremycowart taking a few shots of a sweet family at @HPNashville!  Embedded image permalink

Posted on Dec 07, 2013  |  Category: H-P Organizers  |  No Comments

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Posted on Dec 06, 2013  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  2 Comments
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We’re honored that Ubuntu Help-Portrait in South Africa had the opportunity to help celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life through an initiative called 94toGram, a collection of Help-Portrait messages marking his 94th birthday. “Through this, we gave people who do not often have a chance to shout-out, the opportunity to send online birthday messages to South Africa’s most loved statesman,” Stanley-Carl du-Pont, an H-P organizer for Ubuntu Help-Portraitshared our blog in 2012. As we mourn the news of his passing, we join with Mandela’s global chorus of supporters and friends and remember his incredible contributions to social justice.

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Bay Today has a great interview with North Bay Help Portrait’s Bill Ferguson in Ontario, Canada, about their event this past weekend.

Click here for photos of the event from Bay Today.

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We mentioned this week on Twitter that a video featuring Sasha Leahovcenco, one of Help-Portrait’s prolific volunteer photographers, and his Help-Portrait trip to Chukotka, Russia (“Help-Portrait. End of the Earth“), was chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick. In it he shows the a behind the scenes look at his team’s journey beginning at Anadyr (capital of Chukotka) and into the very deep Tundra where no one lives except small tribal groups of reindeer herders. He called it a life-changing experience. (Read our interview with him.)

Sasha wasn’t finished. This year he traveled to Nigeria where he took Help-Portrait to every school, clinic and orphanage his team visited while creating a documentary for a missions group.

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See the full post with Sasha’s story and more photos.

Help-Portrait. Nigeria. from Sasha on Vimeo.

From Sasha:

Every time I do Help-Portrait projects I always learn something new. Something new about myself, people and approach to photography. Here are some things I learned on my trip to Nigeria.

• Ask people to smile. It doesn’t matter how old or how young they are. They look better with the smile on their face.

• Do your best. You never know, you might be photographing the future president.
Treat everyone equally, and do your best to deliver the best photograph you can deliver. You never know who is standing in front of your camera, so treat those people as if you are photographing the president of your country.

• Show that you care. Smile. Smile a lot. Learn how to say “smile” and “hi” in the language/culture you are in. Hug them. Twice. A lot of times. Especially when you are photographing orphans, all they need is someone who would show that he/she cares and happy to see them. Make sure you send that message.

• Remember It’s NOT about you. It’s about the people in your photo. Make sure they are your #1 priority. Sometimes as photographers we can stress out about our lighting not being perfect, or the person in front of the camera not standing or not looking the way you want them to look.

• Don’t wait to be asked. Ask to photograph. Be the first to come and ask people to photograph them. You are there to serve them, and not vise versa. Don’t wait for people – especially you never met before to ask you for photo. If you see someone seeing or watching nearby – go and invite to get a photo.

• Throw all those things aside and focus on the people in front of your camera. Approach those people with love and great respect. Make sure they know it’s all about THEM, and not YOU and your photography.

Yet probably the most important lesson/reminder I took from this trip and would like to share is something we very often neglect – To be thankful.

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Related:

Sasha has created a video tutorial of how he runs Help-Portrait events internationally. This is a must-see!

Posted on Dec 03, 2013  |  Category: H-P Organizers, Inspiration, Story of the Day  |  No Comments

Here is a short tutorial on how Sasha Leahovcenco, a Help-Portrait’s volunteer photographer who has taken Help-Portrait to the ends of the earth, runs his projects. Below the video is a gear list as well. Thanks, Sasha!

Help-Portrait Tutorial. Nigeria. from Sasha on Vimeo.

My Gear:
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon 24-70 2.8 II
Main Light: 47″ Octabox with AlienBees B800
Light modifier: 47″ Octabox
Light battery pack: Vagabond Mini Lithium

Main Printer: Canon Selphy 900
Secondary Printer: Canon Pixma IP100
Printer battery pack #1: Canon LK-62 for Pixma IP100
Printer battery pack #2: Canon NB-CP2L for Selphy 900

Shoulder bag: ThinkTank Retrospective 30 (Black)
Main gear bag: ThinkTank Airport Security V 2.0

Special thanks to all the supporters:
Flosites
ThinkTank Photo
LensProToGo
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Posted on Dec 03, 2013  |  Category: H-P Tips  |  1 Comment
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