In December 2009 and again this year I had the great opportunity to participate in and be part of the “Help-Portrait” Community. Help Portrait is a one day global event started by photographer Jeremy Cowhert that allows photographers to give back to their communities by using their skills to create meaningful portraits of people in need.
In 2009 my wife and I volunteered to be part of the Hudson Valley effort held at a local church in Warwick NY. Everyone was very unsure as to what to expect or how the day would turnout. After the initial hustle and bustle of setting up and checking lights and equipment we waited…and waited – none of us really sure if anyone from a local battered women’s shelter would turn up.
Shortly after noon, as I recall, the first van arrived and we all got very busy very fast as family after family came through. It was a very hectic afternoon and it was most definitely one of the most satisfying! The feelings generated within all the volunteers by the women and children’s reactions as they looked at their “proofs” and chose their print was truly out of this world!
At the end of the day all the volunteers left with the understanding that they had made, if only for a day, a positive impact with these families.