Help-Portrait is an international movement of photographers who are using their time, equipment, and expertise to give back to those who are less fortunate.
The goal of Help-Portrait is simple: 1. Find someone in need 2. Take their portrait 3. Print their portrait and 4. Deliver their portrait. With less than 25 days until Help-Portrait (12/12/09), over 4100 people in 470-plus locations in more than 55 countries have already registered and formed groups with the numbers growing daily. Help-Portrait was formed by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart as he contemplated using his skills and expertise to give back to those who may not have the opportunity for a professional photo. The idea is that a photographer has the unique ability to help someone smile, laugh and return their dignity- it is a movement, a shift in photography. This movement began only 2 months ago with the launch of the YouTube video from Cowart. Since then, Help-Portrait has spread across the world as photographers have jumped on board to give back. Striving to equip and mobilize Help-Portrait participants and organizers in each community, Cowart and team have launched Help-Portrait.com with a social media “community” page. Since the launch of the site, more than 88,000 unique visitors from 158 countries have visited help-portrait.com; over 4300 follow @help_portrait on Twitter; and 5600-plus fans gather on Facebook, indicating a huge impact on December 12th. You can join in on December 12th (and after!) at http://community.help-portrait.com/.