Confession: I love having my picture taken.
As ridiculous as this statistic is, I’m going to give it to you anyways: I am currently tagged in 512 pictures on facebook. FIVE HUNDRED AND TWELVE. That’s a lot of “say cheese.”
Including this picture- I’m the second from the left in the blue dress. With eight of my beautiful friends.
So it’s a fairly common experience to have my picture taken. Am I always happy with the results? Absolutely. Not. But the moment has been captured, which is the goal.
I’m sure my life isn’t much different than yours. We have an event, someone [everyone] brings a camera, we document our time together, then we look at the pictures for days, weeks, years to come.
Last month, I was honored to be a part of the practice run for Help Portrait. Help Portrait is an event occurring around the world (truly- in 40 different countries and at least 35 states!) on December 12th.
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.
The photographers take the picture. Then give the picture. No portfolios, no websites, no prints for their own career. Just a family portrait, given back to the family.
And I watched, at our practice event in Nashville, as these women grouped together in front of the camera. So much like my friends and I do all the time.
This simple moment reminded me that we are all the same. Women love to feel beautiful. And they love to be together. It doesn’t matter where you have been, the challenges you have faced, or the heartache you have experienced.
Help Portrait is stepping into the lives of women, men, children, families and giving the sick, the homeless, the broken, the lonely, a reason to smile. A break from the hurt. A captured moment of beauty.
My 512 silly facebook pictures don’t light a candle to the one.
The one, taken by a professional photographer, of a single mom and her kids.
The one, taken by an amateur, of a homeless family who have no portrait together.
The one, taken by a photographer’s assistant, of a sick child and his family at a children’s hospital.
The one, taken at a Help Portrait event, that gives hope to a family that hasn’t seen hope in a long time.
Moments like that really make me smile.
What’s your favorite photo of all time?
Go to Help-Portrait.com to get involved with the December 12th event in your city.