O.C. Help Portrait 2010
Well, after about six seeks of planning 60 or so Orange County, CA volunteers made up of photographers, make-up artists, hairstylists, and technical people all came together on Dec. 4th in three cities to make free portraits for families in transition. I say “transition” because now having done the shoot, “in need” or “less fortunate” doesn’t properly describe the families and individuals whose photographs we made that day. The folks I met with and whose photographs we took were all transitioning from a rough patch to a better place. Our “clients” could not have been more appreciative and thanked the volunteers over and over again for what they were doing. In total, we made portraits for 404 people, either as individuals or family groupings in three different O.C. cities.
Our O.C. team consisted of people who had participated in last year’s event and some HP newbies, (your’s truly counted amongst the newb’s.) In all, we had· 42 photographers · 6 Make Up Artists / hairstylist · 6 greeter/escorts · A local, well-known caterer supported us with fantastic food and a donation to the O.C. Rescue Mission. The prints are being produced now, as I write this and should be delivered to our “clients” by the end of this week. This was a very rewarding opportunity, and I felt honored to be a small part of it. I encourage anyone who reads this to get involved with next years Help Portrait event which has already been scheduled for Dec. 3rd, 2011.