On Saturday December 12, 2009, an event called “Help Portrait” took place at Grace Mansion in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside. A number of local professional photographers shot portraits of just under 300 individuals and families. They event was run by an amazing team of volunteers. Also on location was volunteers who provided make-up services for people prior to their photographs.
The idea was to bless people with photographs and in so doing to identify the idea that all people have worth and value.
After the photographs were taken, the people were given the opportunity to pick the image they liked best, and the photos were printed immediately, so that they could be taken with the person right away. Christmas cards and postage was provided by The Salvation Army for those who desired to mail a photograph to a loved one.
This event was made possible with support of a number of Ministries in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver such including The Salvation Army Grace Mansion, Nehemiah Foundation Vancouver, Union Gospel Mission, and MoreThan12 Church Vancouver.
Other sponsors with this event included Canon & Epson who provided printers and ink.
Help Portrait is a movement of photographers who are using their time, equipment and expertise to give back to those who are less fortunate this holiday season.