‘Light that Sparkles through the Cracks’ – Las Vegas, NV

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 […]

By |December 10th, 2013|Story of the Day|12 Comments

‘Precious Ladies’ – San Francisco, CA

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 […]

By |December 10th, 2013|Story of the Day|9 Comments

‘Through the Lens of Kindness’ – Dayton, OH

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 […]

By |December 10th, 2013|Story of the Day|4 Comments

NPR Features Help-Portrait

NPR has a great piece on their homepage today on Help-Portrait day around the world this past weekend, and featuring an event in working-class neighborhood of Shanghai.



Read: “For Working-Class Chinese, ‘Picture Day’ Is A Rare Treat”


By |December 10th, 2013|In the News, News|15 Comments

‘Not Camera-Shy Anymore’ – Harrisburg, PA

Yvette was camera-shy, no photo in years. Her words “not camera-shy anymore!” Very thankful for her!
-Timothy Lawrence, Harrisburg, PA

By |December 9th, 2013|Story of the Day|0 Comments

‘The Smiles of Grateful Children’ – Colombia

This is the third year that I led this inspiring movement in my country (Colombia), in this case we did 81 portraits for children in need form an institution called “Hogares Club Michín” in Bogotá, in the event participated six photographers (Germán Ruiz, Cristian Rojas, Alexander Gomez, Miguel Angel Monroy, Lisandro Pérez and Luis G. […]

By |December 9th, 2013|Story of the Day|8 Comments

2014 Date Announced

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 […]

By |December 9th, 2013|H-P Organizers, H-P Tips, Updates|23 Comments

Moments When Heaven Comes to Earth

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 […]

By |December 8th, 2013|H-P Organizers, Story of the Day, Updates|5 Comments

Help-Portrait 2013 in Full Swing

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! 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!  

By |December 7th, 2013|H-P Organizers|13 Comments

‘Never expected this much love & kindness’

By |December 6th, 2013|Story of the Day|10 Comments