The Bridge Street United Church in Belleville, Ontario welcomed over 100 people, said local Help-Portrait Event Director Denise Nicholls. Here she shares some of her favorite pictures: One beautiful family poses together for a portrait. The mother of these sisters volunteered to do makeup for the day. "We had a wonderful time [...]
"I asked my teenage son to have a photo taken with me. He VERY reluctantly agreed. On the day of the photo shoot he wouldn't get out of bed. Then he was doing everything possible to stall leaving the house. We almost didn't make it to the shoot. He told me that quite honestly he [...]
Kevin BHookun & Valerie Miles, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: This year, I had the opportunity of leading and organizing Help-Portrait Ottawa. With the help of a few wonderful volunteers and sponsors, we were able to put together an awesome event that certainly made a difference in the lives of the 80+ families on Sunday December 9, [...]
Chris Bruner, Chatham, Ontario, Canada: This autistic young man was shy and started singing, "You are my sunshine," because he was nervous. Any volunteer that was within earshot immediately stopped what they were doing and started singing along.
"The first family to arrive was a single mom and her little girl. She was so touched that we would take her picture and give it to her for free that she had a hard time holding back her tears. She thanked us over and over again. She lingered with her daughter for quite some [...]
Help-Portrait Ontario photographed nominated participants from Amelia Rising, a local sanctuary for victims of sexual assault. The director of the facility gave the group permission to share the letter (below) following their successful event. "The success of our event relied on personal hostesses who guided the participants, gave them confidence, were with them from beginning [...]