A Picture Is Worth.
December 4th marked the second anniversary of Help Portrait – a worldwide movement of photographers giving back to their communities. With our move to Atlanta, we needed to get back to giving back to our community so we just had to join Help Portrait, again.
In 2009 when Help Portrait was founded, we participated in the Orlando version and met some great people along the way while of course making a positive impact on the lives of the people we photographed. Through the Marriott where I worked, we were frequent volunteers at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, and with Help Portrait happening at the Coalition we just had to make sure we contributed.
2010 came and we find ourselves in a new city, still with the desire to give back. Betty and I signed up for Help Portrait Atlanta and trekked up to Families First Midtown on Saturday, December 4th. We arrived early and began helping set up, taking the shots at the opening of this post as we were testing lights to make sure we had our settings right.
I didn’t get as many behind the scenes photos as I did last year in Orlando, partly because the pace was a tad slower here in Atlanta. Last year they had so many people here at the Midtown location that the volunteers could barely handle the volume so the organizers created additional sites for 2010. Well, it worked, in the few hours we were at Midtown we only had maybe 5 or 6 families. Not that it’s a numbers game of course, any where we can help is worth it, you just had that desire to help more more more!!
Unfortunately we had to leave shortly after Noon to meet some friends for lunch that were in town, so I can only hope that the Help Portrait Midtown site got a little bit busier in the afternoon. Saturday was a busy day for the city of Atlanta with a parade in the morning, SEC football championship game in the afternoon, and a bit of rain as a cold front came through. Thank you Frank Lazaro for being a great organizer for Help Portrait Atlanta, I hope to see everyone again in 2011!