Help-Portrait is a global movement to give not take pictures. Help-Portrait was founded in 2008 with the mission is to empower photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists to use their skills, tools and expertise to give back to their local community. Each December, photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists all around the world will find people in need, take their picture, print their picture and then deliver it—free of charge. These portraits aren’t for a portfolio, website, or sale. It’s about giving people who otherwise couldn’t afford photography, a chance to capture a moment, a memory…and a whole lot more.
Help-Portrait Providence began in 2016. The 2017 edition was an immeasurable success thanks to the continued unselfish work of its organizers, Alex Says and Terry Rajsombath as well as the the volunteer photographers, editors, hair and makeup stylists and other community members. I was fortunate to do post processing for the talented Linda Hawkins Photography, LLC. This is a small sampling of her stunning work. You would never know that these portraits were made in a school gymnasium. The 8x10 prints made from these images delivered the joy of the season to every family and to each volunteer.