Founded by Celebrity Photographer Jeremy Cowart, Help-Portrait is a community of photographers coming together across the world to use their photography skills to give back to their local community.

In December, photographers around the world grab their cameras, finding people in need and taking their picture. When the prints are ready, the photographs are delivered on the spot.

I’ve been involved with this movement going on 4yrs come this December 8th, 2012 and quite frankly it’s made me a better photographer and more importantly a better person. The amazing stories those we service bring with them are of  joy and hope even in the face of hardships. Despite this, they come smiling!

Many of those served by the movement haven’t had an image of themselves taken in years or in some cases ever.  Almost all have never had a professional photograph ever taken.
Last year I had the pleasure of being in charge of my first location for Help Portrait, Inglis House. Inglis House, is a nursing home that primarily cares for people for with a wide-range of disabilities. Beyond that, they also help those who are capable to live independently. They really are an amazing organization. At one point in my life I actually lived at Inglis for a year, where I got nickname, “Fingers”. I got the nickname because I was actually the least disabled out of the group I hung out with, all of whom were quadriplegic of vary degrees of severity.

Help Portrait has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 4yrs and when we had more photographers then we had locations that could handle them, Inglis House came to mind! I can’t tell you how welcomed we were by the residents and staff. Some residents haven’t had images taken for in 20yrs with the exception being for the ID they all had. At the end of it all we shot well over 200 people, both residents and staff.

Not everyone who came out to be apart of Help Portrait and give of their time were or needed to be professional photographers, but they were all amazing! Help Portrait 2012 is fast approaching! If you would like to give of your time please sign up. Best part is, you don’t have to be a photographer! You can be a Hairstylist, Makeup Artist, or someone who wants to be around amazing people. If you’re interested hit the site, Help Portrait, and sign up in the area that closest to you. December 8, 2012 is the date and I’m looking forward to it!


Help Portrait Inglis House Jaleel KingMe capturing one of the residents.
Help Portrait Inglis HouseIt took team work to make this day as wonderful as it was!
Help Portrait Inglis House Kevin HighKevin High getting setup and ready to go.
Help Portrait Inglis House Phil and JenPhil and Jen working the print station.
Help Portrait Inglis HouseDave giving direction.
Help Portrait Inglis HouseOne of the residents, Gina, is film the event.
Help Portrait Inglis HouseLauren, Natasha, & Jamie all photographers and all Glee lovers!
Help Portrait Inglis HouseMost of us! There a lot of great photographers who came but couldn’t stay for the day. I thank you all!


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  1. John Barclay

    You my friend are amazing. You prove a point I’ve made for years. We ALL have challenges we need to overcome. Yours happens to be physical but your attitude is, so what. Mine was a lack of belief in myself. It took YEARS to overcome. I had a hard time doing what you appear to have done more easily.. So who was more “disabled”? Probably ME! 🙂 Your work is excellent. Rock on! I’m a new fan.

    • Jaleel

      Thanks again John! It wasn’t easy for me either. In fact, I turned down a gig or two because I lacked belief in myself. I think it’s harder sometimes to believe in yourself because it hurts when or if we fall. However as the saying goes, “It’s not how many time you fall, it’s how times you get back up.” 🙂

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