What is Help-Portrait?

The goal of Help-Portrait is simple: 1. Find someone in need 2. Take their portrait 3. Print their portrait and 4. Deliver their portrait. Help-Portrait was held December 12, 2009 and if this first year was any indicator, this will become an annual event.

Help-Portrait was formed by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart as he contemplated using his skills and expertise to give back to those who may not have the opportunity for a professional photo. The idea is that a photographer has the unique ability to help someone smile, laugh and return their dignity- it is a movement, a shift in photography.

The families and individuals I photographed were representative of a vast majority of people who work hard to sustain themselves in today’s economy. To be photographed by a professional photographer is something that is just not in their budget, and I felt honored to take their pictures.

I would also like to acknowledge and thank Lighthouse Gallery in Victoria for giving me the space to set up and take the pictures. As an aside, at time of posting this blog, all artwork in the photographs are available for purchase [and are on sale for 50% off!!].

Thanx also to Loupe Imaging in Victoria for printing the photographs which will be given to the people whose pictures I took.

Finally, many thanks to all who came in!! And thank you for allowing me to share your beautiful portraits!!

Here are a few of the images taken; a few more will be posted tomorrow.

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

Received an email from Help-Portrait at 8:30pm Dec 12th, and they reported that with only 43% of the locations reporting, 17,200+ pictures taken, 1400+ photographers had participated, & there were 2720+ volunteers!! It’ll be interesting to see the final totals as pretty much every country in the world had participating professional photographers.

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