This weekend Help-Portrait will take place in more than 570 locations around the world in over 55 countries and in 49 U.S States. In the last two years, more than 101,000 portraits have been given by 10,000 photographers and 12,000 volunteers participated.
This year, Help-Portrait founder Jeremy Cowart announced new elements to make Help-Portrait a more hands-on experience for those being photographed. From the beginning of the Help-Portrait movement nearly three years ago, photographers and volunteers have embraced the Help-Portrait ethos: that is giving, not taking photos. However, this year Help-Portrait is encouraging the photographers to share the photos of those subjects who want to tell their story to a wider audience.
Another addition to this year’s event will involve a personalized element. Those photographed will have the opportunity to draw and write on their photos to tell their stories. This provides an avenue for their voice to be heard. See the examples of the photos taken at a special Help-Portrait event with Cowart at the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row in Los Angeles.