Over 8,000 photographers and volunteers in 42 countries held Help Portrait events on the 12th of December this year. Among those 715 locations which held the photo shoots, 2 were organised for Brisbane. I worked with a group of amazing Brisbane photographers along with the Starlight foundation to provide sick children and their families with beautifully printed and framed portraits.
The day was eye opening, challenging and exceptional, with just 5 photographers and 3 starlight volunteers, we set up in 2 spaces at the hospital and also visited those unable to come to us. There were a few issues with printing, but we still achieved our main goal, which was to give the kids and their families beautiful portraits and a fun experience through photography. The children were thrilled to be a part of a photo shoot and the grateful looks on the faces of their parents told a story in itself.
I’d like to thank the photographers, family, friends, and everyone who helped and showed support, whether it was through donations or just spreading the word through twitter, you made the day amazing for some very needy children and their families. With our fund raising efforts, we ended up raising over $900 to cover costs and the remainder was donated directly to the Starlight Foundation.
I’d also like to mention the great efforts of another group of fine photographers who made another Help Portrait happen for Vital Connection. With all the interest shown through the Brisbane Help Portrait page and emails received, I have no doubt Help Portrait in Brisbane will only be getting bigger and more frequent. We’d be interested in getting the ball rolling on the next help portrait, so if you have any ideas for future events, as well as potential suppliers, please let me know. I’d really like to see a lot of small groups of photographers getting out there, giving portraits, and doing their thing!
Time lapse video from one of the Help Portrait locations: