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.
Well, we’re less than a month away from the Help Portrait 2010 event. Here in Orange County we’ll be supporting the Orange County Rescue Mission and the Orangewood Foundation. Our second planning meeting is this evening at 7:00 PM at the Wedding Pantry in Tustin.
To help the organizers in the various cities around the world, Jeremy Cowart (Help Portrait founder) has started doing weekly hour long planning conversations through Creative Live. The first of these live broadcasts was this morning at 8:00 am Pacific. This morning’s topic was how to find a non-profit to support through Help Portrait. Future topics include, making the portraits, printing and distributing the results.
I know to many this may seem like a small thing. But I encourage you to get involved. You never know how one picture may improve someone’s life. If appropriate, I’ll edit this post later with details from our meeting this evening.
We had our first meeting of the Orange County Help Portrait group last night in Santa Ana. If you’re not familiar with Help Portrait, you can find some information here. Basically, it’s a day where photographers, hair stylists, MUA and many other people volunteer a day to make portraits for folks that might not otherwise be able to have their portrait taken. This year, the event is on Dec 4th. This is a GLOBAL event that takes place in hundreds, if not thousands of cities around the world. The images are made on that day, and then within days or a week or so, actual prints are handed to the folks, for free.
If you or your business is approached to offer support, I’d say jump in!. This is a simple, straight forward way to have a small positive impact on someone’s life. I’ll have more info posted leading up to the event on Dec 4th.