Saturday, December 4th 2010, I packed up our lights, c-stands and white seamless backdrop and ventured Downtown Los Angeles to a great little community church called Faith In Christ Ministries. I, along with several other photographers, mingled and set up our equipment for a photoshoot that had a very big purpose.
At 10 o'clock we opened the doors to the community for the now internationally successful event, Help Portrait. Help Portrait was started a few years ago by a couple of photographers who wanted to give back. The idea, invite under-privileged families and individuals who otherwise couldn't afford or have the opportunity to have their picture taken, to be the subject of their very own full on photoshoot!
We had make-up artists on hand, assistants galore, lots photo paper and hot coffee as some of the most interesting people I've ever met came into get photographed! Some people told me they hadn't had their picture taken in over 20 years! Everyone involved had a great time, and we got some really cool shots too!
It was a great day of giving back, sharing our talents and being a part of something bigger than ourselves. We here at Blackwell Photography believe that photography should not only pay our bills, but also inspire and encourage the world around us. Help Portrait gave us that opportunity and also opened our eyes that we need to do more service in the future.