Help-Portrait (www.help-portrait.com) is a worldwide movement. It is a collaboration of photographers, hair/makeup artists, and general volunteers that come together to provide the unique experience of a professional photo shoot for the less fortunate in the community. Help-Portrait is simply about 'giving' rather than 'taking' photographs of individuals and families who may not otherwise have the opportunity. This year the event will be held December 8. I have decided to organize the event in Newmarket. Currently in the planning stages, I have a core team in place to start pulling the details together. Already 7 photographers, 2 hair salons and 10 high school students have signed up to participate. Help-Portrait Day Newmarket will focus on youth - I want to help the youth in Newmarket feeling the dignity and self-worth that comes from the experience of having a professional photograph taken. This ties into missions of organizations that focus on empowering youth to reach their potential, supporting young mothers, and inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold. For that reason I have plans to partner with several local community benefit organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Rose of Sharon and Girls Inc., but also with schools located in the less fortunate neighbourhoods in Newmarket, i.e. Huron Heights S.S. and Maple Leaf P.S.
Funded by Newmarket, ON (July 2012)