For several years our PHOTOG group has participated in the worldwide Help Portrait event held the first Saturday in December. Help Portrait is about finding a needy group, taking and printing their picture. This year we worked with The Little Lighthouse, a Christian Developmental Center providing tuition-free educational and therapeutic services for children with special needs from birth to age six.
We’ve worked with a variety of deserving groups in the past but this year’s group was very special. The families that participated touched all our hearts and we were inspired and rather awed by the work done by the Little Lighthouse.
I was also impressed with the work of our organizers and PHOTOG members. I worked alongside a couple dozen other photographers to provide family portraits to 29 families comprised of 124 individual family members. We set up five studio photography stations with strobe lights, backdrops, photographers and assistants. We set up three editing and printing stations. We provided greeters to register the families and runners to deliver two printed 8 X 10 photos, a frame and a certificate to allow them to have the photos duplicated at any photo lab of their choice. At the end of the session we broke down the equipment, packed it up and loaded everything into vehicles.