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Help Portrait 2015

Today it’s the official Help Portrait day.
So we wish all the participating photographers and volunteers a great day and loads of people that visit your location.


What is help portrait?
Help portrait is the idea of US photographer and our friend Jeremy Cowart.
Once a year there is one day where all people that are not able to afford to have their portrait taken get this opportunity, being photographed by a professional photographer and getting a beautiful portrait of them or their families.


Over the years this have grown to a worldwide organization and many volunteers that are working that day to give people that what is so important, a portrait, and sometimes even more, a listening ear, food, drinks…. hope.


Being part of this organization is not a task, it’s a passion, a mission.
People don’t realize how important a portrait can be, for some it’s the only remembrance they have of a loved one after they passed, for others its something they will get in the mail from someone who is far away due to war or other reasons but would rather be with his/her family.
Our studio is helping out people in the Netherlands who want to organize this day themselves and give them tips, help them with the proper channels, but we also channel media through to the correct people, this is necessary if you want to make the organization work on a national level and make sure that you get the attention and the people towards the volunteers.


The first few years we organized our own Help Portrait in a local school building where we worked with several photographers in different rooms, last year we choose to visit a local refugee organization and photograph the people locally inside their complex, the stories we heard and the people we saw really made us leave with a mixed feeling, on the one side totally drained of energy due to the horrific stories on the other side so incredibly pumped up with energy due to the reactions we got from the people, but most of all it stuck with me how some children reacted to the strobes…. for some we ended up using constant lighting.


This year will be the first time we are inviting people over to our studio, we will be working with 3 photographers and two different sets in cooperation with the local food bank who brought us into contact with families that really needed this. And we heard that we will also be getting some very special guests in the form of Sinterklaas and his helpers (the Dutch Santa Claus).


If you also want to help out and you are located in the Netherlands visit our site at www.help-portret.nl for the international site visit www.help-portrait.com 

Help Portrait Emmeloord PartII

Yesterday you were able to see the video from our Help portrait day in Emmeloord. And as promised today you can see some backstage images and my opinion about my first nationwide Help portrait organization.


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Help Portrait Emmeloord

During the Photoshop world dates I met Jeremey Cowart and we started talking about photography etc. but also about his project Help Portrait. I did hear about this before of course but did not participate actively myself, but for 2011 I wanted to be part of this incredible movement and decided to try to organize Help portrait for the whole of Netherlands.


We started out with a website http://www.help-portret.nl and a forum where photographers could add themselves to help out, and to be honest I was deeply moved by all the responses we got the first few weeks, we even got the original .nl website from the original owners who had done Help portrait on a smaller scale the year before. From that point on it grew and grew and I’m so proud of all the people who made Help portrait so big this year in the Netherlands, we have achieved a lot of local publicity but even been on national TV, we got our own theme song from Dutch singer Sarina Kay.


Of course I also did organize a Help portrait location in my home town Emmeloord. Here you can see a video from our day. But make sure to read tomorrows blog with loads of images and more stories…..