On Saturday, Dec. 7, photographers and other volunteers around the world will gather for the fifth annual Help-Portrait event. In 2009, Help-Portrait began as an idea that transformed into a movement in just three months. The idea behind Help-Portrait is simple: 1. Find someone in need, 2. Take their portrait, 3. Print their portrait and 4. Deliver their portrait.
In the last three years, 20,371 photographers and 32,299 volunteers have given more than 282,295 portraits to those in need. Help-Portrait is now a global movement in more than 2,100 locations in 62 countries. The annual Help-Portrait event takes place on the second Saturday of December each year in addition to special events as the need arises.
Locations in Northwest Arkansas will include:
Rogers – Center For Non-Profits, 1200 W. Walnut Suite 3100, Site Contact: Bill Gattis, firstname.lastname@example.org, (479) 530-4777
Springdale – PSNWA Studio, 101 N. Mill St., Site Contact: Melissa Jones, email@example.com
Fayetteville – Root Elementary School, 1529 Mission Ave., Site Contact: Eric Gorder, firstname.lastname@example.org, (479) 530-2171
Sponsors include Bedford Camera & Video, Arvest Bank, Tyson Foods, and more. Around 1,000 people are estimated to attend these 3 NWA locations to have their portraits taken. There will be free hair and makeup services, a free meal and activities for children.
Visit the Northwest Arkansas Help-Portrait Website at helpportraitnwa.org to learn more. Help Portrait NWA is seeking new sponsors for next year. If you’d like to help provide quality photography for people in need, contact Stephen Ironside with Ironside Photography for more information: 479-409-4495 or visit his website: www.ironsidephotography.com.