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Help-Portrait 2010

December 26, 2010 Leave a comment


Dec 4th was the Las Vegas second annual Help-Portrait event at the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center. The group shot above was remote triggered via Al Powers, @PowersImagery who pretty much ran the event this year. Here is a link to last years post for those that don’t remember. Click!

I wanted to give out a big Thank You to all the hair and make-up artists that helped out again this year, Justin Wray for supplying the step-and-repeat backdrop, TRYST nightclub for letting us use their red carpet, and everyone that came out to support the event!

It was nice going out there again, weather was great, and even saw some familiar faces from the previous year!

I like to check out what other communities are doing, some places go to senior citizen homes, hospitals, special education centers, and some people seem to do it independently as well! Its quite unreal how big this became.

If anyone wants more info or wants to know how to help out, this is a WORLD-WIDE event! This is happening once a year in your community! HELP PORTRAIT WEBSITE

Help_LV Gallery

March 24, 2010 1 comment

Back in December, Al Powers and I participated in a world-wide charity event called Help-Portrait. I received an email Sunday morning stating there would be a gallery viewing on Monday the 22nd. I’m so lucky I had the time off to go and see what was happening. I had no idea they were going to be doing this, and with the help of a few sponsors, this was all possible! Sorry about the image quality, these were all from my point and shoot so bear with me.

That’s a list of the sponsors that made it all possible, Brett Wesley was where the Gallery exhibit was held, Cashman Photo did the prints/scrap-books, cup cakery supplied tasty treats for everyone, and of course help-portrait which includes a large amount of make-up artists/hair stylists/photographers, and a great staff who either helped organize everything or just wanted to help out period!

The prints came out great, They also printed to the sensor size, so no cropping was needed which was impressive. There was also a mosiac that was made from images we took that day, I wonder what software does this, I’d be interested in the future.

This picture below is of Marcus, the print turned out great! What’s even cooler is that they were giving the pictures of the kids to them after the event! The following image is from the scrapbook, three of my images on that page plus a photo of me as well!

It was really nice to actually see some of the kids there as well. Heres a picture of some of the kids and organizers for this event together.

These next two photos made it all worth-while for me. This was the letter in the scrap-book and the photo I printed and framed for Andrew in December. I can’t explain how much this means to me, but I’m ecstatic I was able to give a gift to every teen I photographed that might have had some kind of impact on their life.


Hopefully we can do this again soon. Its such a great overall-feeling, I’d suggest this to everyone. Hopefully we can step it up a notch every year, usually the first year is pretty rocky, which at times it was, but i’m very confident when I say, it can only get better from here!!

HELP-PORTRAIT

December 18, 2009 2 comments

Help-Portrait is a world-wide movement of photographers, make-up artists, hair stylists that wanted to give back to their local community. The Las Vegas chapter of Help-Portrait decided to participate at one of the several Center of Independent Living, which is a homeless-teen shelter in the valley. This is the first year and kind of a trial-run for years to come. It was one of the best things I can say I’ve done for a very long time. The outcome was so incredible, I will never forget the feeling I had that day EVER. The look on all of their faces was indescribable and made me realize how much we all take things for granted and how our problems are so petty compared to theirs.
There were so many teens with so many stories, I was blown away at how great they all were behind the camera. I have to admit I barely slept the night before because I was so anxious to help out and shoot.
Pictured below is Megan, she wanted pictures with all the great friends she met the Center of Independent Living that help her get through her day. I have so many group shots I still need to sort before Saturday’s Potluck/gallery!!!

Below is Alesha. I asked her if she’s done a photoshoot before because she was doing pose after pose like she’s done it a million times! She told me no, and that she practices in front of a mirror a lot, and it makes her feel good about herself.

I did a few photos with a football they had on hand. I’m so glad I used this as a prop. The football is old, worn, scuffed like an old pair of chuck’s it shows so much character.

This is my favorite photo of the day. It might not be as sharp as I’d like it to be, but it’s the most powerful in my opinion.

I hope this kind of touched you how it touched me. I tried my best to capture images that they can look back at and have that boost in self-confidence and self-esteem that we all need every once in a while.

Above is a picture (al powers took) of everyone that made this event possible, at first I was going to put a picture of just the staff, but without the kids, well, that’s missing the point, this day was all about them! (If you cant spot me, I’m just right of center!) I hope this inspires you to give back to your community, there are lots of people that need our help and would love some kind of positive attention. Happy Holiday guys!