On Saturday, Dec. 7 at University of Nevada Reno DMS 101 Building from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., dozens of local volunteers will donate their services to those in need this holiday season—but this isn't your typical holiday dinner charity or toy drive.
"We are a group of photographers, cosmeticians, small business owners and other community members who simply want to give the gift of family memories," said organizer, Jeramie Lu. "We will be taking professional photographs of low-income families and individuals for free. This is a movement across 56 countries aiming solely to give back to communities and families. "We will have people to style hair, do makeup, make everyone smile and then give away print photographs to keep forever. There will also be food, coffee and any other generously donated food things we receive from local businesses."
Help-Portrait is a global nonprofit organization founded by Celebrity Photographer, Jeremy Cowart. The organization exists to mobilize photographers in various communities to capture the images of those in need.
The Reno Help-Portrait project is open to families, individuals and children who would otherwise be unable to afford photographs taken by professional photographers. The event will host nearly 20 local photographers in our area, as well as nearly a dozen hair and makeup artists, food and beverage volunteers and more. The event gladly welcomes volunteers and local businesses in the community to donate time and services.
Organizers are accepting monetary donations to assist with the cost of the printing 8.5 x 11 photographs and providing food throughout the day. For those interested in donating monetary donations can be made out to Helping Portrait of Reno Nevada. For businesses or individuals looking to donate time or services to the event, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the www.help-portrait.com website: "This is about GIVING the pictures, not taking them. These portraits are not for …portfolio, website, or for sale. Money isn't involved here. This holiday season… give a family something they may have never had before—a portrait together."