Help-Portrait Cleveland needs you!

The joy found in this mom's eyes sums up the work we try to accomplish through Help-Portrait (Photo by Stephanie Briggs)
The joy found in this mom’s eyes sums up the work we try to accomplish through Help-Portrait (Photo by Stephanie Briggs)

We are gearing up for Help-Portrait 2015 and this is just one example of the joy we hope to bring to this year’s participants. We have photographers, hairstylists, make-up artists and barbers willing to volunteer their time to brighten the day of individuals suffering through life’s transitions.

In order to make this event a success. we will need the help of others willing to donate to aid in assisting with some of the supplies we will need. We hope that you will find it in your heart to contribute to this worthy cause. Join us by clicking here!

Smiles like this are what we seek to bring out as part of Help-Portrait.
Smiles like this are what we seek to bring out as part of Help-Portrait.
Who could resist that face!
Who could resist that face!

 

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An impetuous post

The sun shines brightly on northeast Ohio today and without any scheduled activities in the early hours I find myself languishing in that thought.

Mind you, non-scheduled does not equal free! My intent was to start this day early in order to pamper myself at the nail salon before attending a gala this evening. That did not happen.

  
Instead I prepared a late breakfast and FINALLY began reading Americanah, the award-winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. As I sat devouring this book I was prompted to write this brief post and share my current angst with adulthood and responsibility.

You see there is much that I need and should be doing but right now I just want to bask in these words.

Thanks for listening – well reading the rant of the youth trapped in my adult body!

~Peace & Blessings until we meet again!

Thankful Tuesday: Cleveland’s Portraits of Hope

It’s “Thankful Tuesday” and I’m beyond grateful for the support I have been receiving for this year’s Help-Portrait event! After sending out a letter seeking volunteers and support, I have been inundated with generous folks offering to give their time and skills to aid in making life just a little brighter for those less fortunate.

The bright smiles of youth were captured by Photographer Stephanie Briggs.
The bright smiles of youth were captured by Photographer Stephanie Briggs during Help-Portrait 2012.

If you’re not familiar with Help-Portrait let me give you a little background and I’m sure you will agree that this is a worthwhile cause! This project was founded in 2008 by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart and Kyle Chowning a marketing guru (my words) as a way to utilize the skills expertise and tools of photographers, stylists, and makeup artists to give back to their communities.

So, how you ask do you do that? Well, you gather up some of the aforementioned folks and choose a local group – church, shelter etc. where you will find a segment of the population unfamiliar with participating in a photo shoot and you set up mini-studios and begin to capture the beauty within these individuals. The best part is – you present them with a professional photo right there on the spot!

Santa visits with children during the 2013 Portraits of Hope at the Greater Cleveland Salvation Army
Santa visits with children during the 2013 Portraits of Hope at the Greater Cleveland Salvation Army

Now to really understand and have your heartstrings tugged in many directions click here, to see an early video that explains this movement much better than I can. After viewing this video, I wanted to see if we could make magic in Cleveland by setting up a Help-Portrait event.

In December 2012, I gathered a group of angels to help pull off our first Help-Portrait event and we have been going strong each year. We partner with the local Salvation Army’s Zelma George Women’s Shelter and provide each of the participants with their very own professional photograph.

This year for the first time we have barbers, stylists and several makeup artists offering their support and I’m certain this will be the best Portraits of Hope we have held in Cleveland as part of Help-Portrait. If you would like to be a part of this fabulous event, please fill out the form below and we will contact you. I guarantee you won’t regret it! Giving brings so much joy!