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January 30, 2012 / Christie Ray Harrison

Help Portrait: Doing Good by Taking Pictures

Help Portrait

You may have noticed events popping up in your city or nearby communities called Help Portrait. These events are part of a non-profit based in Franklin, Tennessee. Help Portrait, as its website states, is a “global movement of photographers using their time, gear and expertise to give back to those in need.” The organization’s mission is for photographers to use their skills to take pictures of people who can’t afford professional photos – the poor, the sick, the homeless, and other people in need in their communities and around the world. The basic premise, according to the website, is: 1. Find someone in need. 2. Take their portrait. 3. Print their portrait. 4. And deliver them. 

Help Portrait events and Help Portrait-inspired events are happening all over the country, even internationally. Many are organized through Facebook, an easy way to spread the word among the local community. I’m based in North Carolina, where Help Portrait Raleigh was held last year, and where a portrait event is being held in Durham a few days from now. If you’re a photographer, be on the lookout for events near you where you can help those in need by using your talent and equipment to snap their pictures. If you just want to be a part of the movement, you can find a Help Portrait event near you and go help with greeting, organizing, taking videos or other tasks.


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  1. Eavesdrop Cell Phone / Feb 11 2012 1:14 pm

    Hello! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone 4! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the great work!

    • Christie Ray Harrison / Feb 25 2012 10:54 pm

      Thanks! Appreciate the feedback!

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