As we approach the holiday season, there is a sudden hum of anticipation amongst shoppers getting presents for gift exchanges, people planning visits to see their families and friends, and right about now we start anticipating the embrace of a new year. Breaking form the norm, this upcoming weekend, 65 Lansing residents will spend most of their Saturday volunteering their time to give back to the community. A few incredible community volunteers have come together to organize one of my favorite Lansing events; HELP Portrait.
Help Portrait was founded by Jeremy Cowart, a revolutionary Nashville photographer. The project is based on the idea that pictures are for giving. Even with the omnipresence of the digital camera in our day-to-day lives, many people never get the opportunity to have professional photographs of themselves and their families.
These portraits are not for your portfolio, website, or for sale. Money isn’t involved here. This holiday season, you have the chance to give a family something they may have never had before—a portrait together. -Jeremy Cowart
Help Portrait transcends the question, “May I take your picture?” to ”May I take your picture in a studio, edit it, print it, frame it, and give it to you for free?”. This idea has created a worldwide community of photographers and volunteers working towards a goal to give people free high-quality pictures.
In the last two years Help Portrait has grown to:
- 10,574 photographers
- 12,654 volunteers
- 1,062 locations
- 54 countries
- 101,596 portraits given
I am ecstatic to be a part of this event and even happier to know that Lansing, MI is on the Help Portrait map. As many of my friends know, my camera is always by my side. Whenever I am not at my day-job, I am thinking of lighting and composition. I couldn’t be happier partaking in one of my favorite activites while giving back to the community. Along with 14 other incredible photographers and ~ 50 volunteers, I will be at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church this weekend. I can’t wait to meet the people of our beautiful city and to capture gleaming smiles on my camera.
If you are not busy this weekend, be sure to pay us a visit. Also, look forward to an update from the Lansing Collective after the event.
Event Details St. Pauls Episcopal Church 218 W. Ottawa Street Lansing, Saturday Help Portrait December 10th from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m