A Picture Is Worth: My Help-Portrait Refection

I don’t like to advertise when I do a good deed or help someone that’s down on their luck.  It’s just not my style.  However, my life was changed in a big way on December 10th and I want to share that experience with you.

Some of you may have heard of Help-Portrait.  The idea behind it is simple: 1. Find someone in need; 2. Take their portrait; 3. Print their portrait; 4. Deliver them.  It’s something so simple that many of us take for granted.  I don’t know about you, but my mom has boxes upon boxes of family pictures stored in the basement.  Trying to imagine not having a single photograph just baffles my mind.  Which is why when I heard about Help-Portrait, I knew I had to get involved.  I treasure the photos that have documented my life and wanted to pay it forward & provide a treasured memory for someone else.

On December 10th, I joined 10,573 other photographers in this global act of kindness.

Indy Photo Coach was so gracious to coordinate the Indianapolis Help-Portrait event for Indy School on Wheels, an organization that empowers homeless children through educational opportunities.  We had a total of 6 studios set up at Robert’s Park Church, as well as hair & makeup stations to pamper our guests.  In all, 78 portrait sessions took place (101,596 sessions worldwide).   I had the opportunity to meet quite a few of those families and was humbled beyond measure by their gratitude and just pure joy to be treated special.  What a wonderful gift to be able to give…

A memory of warmth & happiness:

A memory of laughter & love:

A memory of strength & beauty:

Thank you to all who volunteered, donated, and came to be photographed!  This was an experience I will never forget… and one I look forward to taking part in in the years to come.

For more information on Help-Portrait or if you want to take part in this event next year, check out their website.

Indy School on Wheels is currently accepting applications for spring semester tutors.  If you would like to help out, follow this link.

Here are a couple articles published about this year’s event:

CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/09/us/photographers-help-portraits/index.html

WTHR-13: http://www.wthr.com/story/16298647/portraits-to-remember

Have a blessed holiday season & happy new year, friends!:)

  • Lindsay Martin - How beautiful! This sounds like a wonderful cause. Thanks for sharing. I Hope to get involved next year.January 2, 2012 – 8:32 amReplyCancel

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