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!