Capturing Love on Camera [Gurnee, Illinois]

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Capturing Love on Camera [Gurnee, Illinois]

Hannah Goering from Gurnee, Illinois, shares this video recapping their December 2014 event. This event is perfect to highlight as we kick off our February theme of “love” on the blog. They had two guests couples who had recently married but never had their portraits taken together. Help-Portrait was able to give that to them. Watch the video close to minute 2 for another special story of love — a dad who’s caring and loving for his two beautiful daughters five years after losing his wife.

What was one of the most memorable stories from your event?
We had two couples newly married who had never had a photo taken together that we were able to give portraits to, and also a single father of two girls – his wife had died of cancer a week after their second daughter was born, and they had never had a family portrait taken. His girls were so excited to wear their Christmas dresses.

What was one of the meaningful things someone said?
I think the most powerful thing “said” was actually when we had people speechless, in tears, when they saw their photos.

What did you take away from the event?
This is the second event I’ve coordinated, and we’re still learning how to do it well. But the volunteers and the guests being photographed were all glowing with joy when they left. It feels amazing to take a day out of your holiday season just to give, to focus on loving people.

Thanks, Hannah!

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By |2016-12-03T07:36:01+00:00February 2nd, 2015|Inspiration, Story of the Day|4 Comments

About the Author:

Cara (@carandavis) is the online editor for Help-Portrait and lives in Nashville, TN.


  1. Hannah Goering February 4, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Thanks for featuring our event! I have been so astounded at how excited our church members have gotten to support and be a part of this event. Already dreaming up how we can serve more people next year. :)

  2. Evette February 4, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    My girls & I loved volunteering & being a part of this magical time.
    Blessings built upon blessings, smiles & happy tears…
    Can’t wait for next year!

  3. Robert February 5, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    So awesome! So my joy can come from a click of a button! Great job!

  4. Wendie February 5, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Truly a humbling and inspiring experience. It’s my second year being a part of the magic. The families will be forever a part of my heart.

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