Count Down to Help-Portrait Cleveland

Only nine days until the first Help-Portrait event will be held in Cleveland and I’m nervous! This has been my baby for a few months now and I am saying prayers that all will turn out well. Please send up a prayer or two.

The good news is that we are going to help out families at the City Mission’s Laura’s Home and the Salvation Army’s Zelma George Family Emergency Shelter. Isn’t that a blessing! I started out wondering if I would have anyone to shoot and now we have at least 70 families, representing about 200 people.

Donations have been slow to come, but my crew of volunteers have stepped up to the plate, many not only offering their time but also financial or in-kind donations!

Grateful to these ladies for restoring my faith in the Help-Portrait Cleveland project. Seat (l-r) Stephanie Briggs and Angela Townsend. Standing (l-r) Bele’ Wondwossen, Keshia Johnson and Angela Tucker.

So wish us well as we try to bring a little cheer into the lives of our neighbors – One Portrait At A Time! If you’re reading this and you live in the Cleveland area and would like to help us out, please let me know. We are still seeking donations for snacks, props, and photo holders!



Seeking Cleveland photographers, other volunteers


I’m looking to launch Help-Portrait Cleveland this December and in order to make this a successful project I need help.

If you’re not familiar with Help-Portrait, please stop by their site. On the site you will find a lot of great information, but in a nutshell it’s an international photo project offering those less fortunate than maybe you and I to experience a professional photography session.

We will set up a portrait studio and take photos of individuals and families that are not accustomed to having their photos taken professionally and then present them with a print – all for FREE!

All of the details have not been ironed out just yet, but we are seeking volunteers and sponsors. The volunteers would be photographers, make up artists, graphic designers, and anyone willing to help bring a smile to the faces of Cleveland families that don’t always have a lot to smile about.

Photographers would provide their own equipment i.e., cameras, lighting, backdrops and anything else you feel you would need for portrait photography. If you have a laptop or printer you’re willing to provide that would be great too!

If you are willing to sponsor this event some of the items we need are photo paper, printers, computers and a site to set up our studio. The event is planned to concur with other events around the world on Saturday, December 8, 2012 – what a great present!

If you or someone you know might be interested in assisting with this project, please visit our page and leave a message, or respond to this post.

Let’s work together to bring some cheer to local families this holiday season! The more the merrier and all ideas and suggestions are welcome.