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I‘m not sure why I feel the need to explain how I’ve volunteered my time each of the last four Decembers, as if it doesn’t sound important or necessary enough without justification. I don’t serve the hungry in a soup kitchen. I don’t gather gifts for needy children in other countries.
I take portraits for families in need.
I’m a volunteer with Help-Portrait, a global event coordinating the efforts of photographers, photo editors, hair and make-up artists, and others on a Saturday in early December since 2009.
This video from 2010 explains the concept:
The thought lingers that the worse the location I work, the more valuable the service I render—that it won’t really count until I shoot in a homeless shelter—and yet every year’s Help-Portrait reveals anew the truth that need isn’t restricted by geographical boundaries.
In the four years I’ve volunteered with Help-Portrait I’ve photographed a man with one leg; a woman whose glowing skin is a result of the radioactive cream she rubs on her face to fight brain cancer; and a young girl, eight and a half months pregnant, that I photographed glamour shot-style, hoping she’ll see how lovely she is whether anyone tells her or not.
You don’t have to be a photographer to serve. At this year’s event in Woodstock, GA, my husband earned the nickname “the baby whisperer” for entertaining little ones while their moms were pampered by hair and make-up. You don’t have to wait for a Saturday in December, either: the What if I’m the Only One page has great ideas for anyone at any time who wants to do some good with their camera.
Interested? Join me by marking your calendar for Saturday, December 7, and volunteer locally in 2013. Get started here.Leave a Comment