Saturday 10th December saw the incredible Help Portrait event taking place in locations all over the World.
An event inspired by US based Celebrity Photographer Jeremy Cowart, Help Portrait is where Photographers, Make Up Artists, Retouchers and generally anyone who wants to get involved and help out come together to give their time and skill all in the name of helping a stranger feel better about themselves:
Having been to Photoshop World in Las Vegas and seen Jeremy talk about the Help Portrait Movement, my good friend Gareth Davies took hold of it with both hands and set about organising a Help Portrait event in his fabulous Wokingham, UK based Studio [Link]
Gareth’s determination and passion for making sure the event was well attended and publicised was inspiring and from the word go he quickly attracted an army of volunteers (over 60) to make the day a success for the number of charities and organisations that were to be treated to the ‘feel good factor’.
Now without going into detail the actual event on Saturday 10th December was unable to go ahead, largely because of the sheer number of people due to attend and subsequent Health & Safety legalities. However being someone who keeps his word and not one to be beaten Gareth’s in the process of organising a number of ‘mini’ Help Portrait days so that over the coming weeks each and every person gets the special treatment and their portrait taken.
I’ll keep you posted how each of the event days go but in the mean time I wanted to say a HUGE Congratulations to Gareth for single handedly raising £641.89 for the Charities taking part in Help Portrait Wokingham even without the main event taking place…yet!
Gareth, you represent everything that Help Portrait stands for; you have a BIG heart and I’m proud to have you as a friend,
Good on you man!
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