HELP Portrait 2014

The year has gone by so quickly! Last year our local group of photographers in Auckland got together and participated in the HELP Portrait event for the first time. I had done this previously in Hong Kong when I lived there and volunteered my experience to the Auckland group. 

Last year we took portraits of the kids and their family at The Wilson Home Trust - Charity for Children with Disabilities. We had a lot of fun interacting with the great kids and our group produced memorable portraits for them and family. Just seeing the smiles on the kids' faces made our day.

HELP Portrait - Pre-start briefing at Auckland City Mission

HELP Portrait - Pre-start briefing at Auckland City Mission

This year we coordinated this effort with the Auckland City Mission. The mission at 140 Hobson St is an oasis of hope for the needy and homeless in the city and volunteers give their best to bring relieve to individuals and families who come through the door. 

About 30 of us from the photography group organised ourselves into teams. We set up 5 photo booths with photographers, editors and helpers assigned to each booth. We also had 4 makeup artists providing basic make-up in the staging area. 

HELP Portrait - Crew at work

HELP Portrait - Crew at work

We spent a total of about 6 hours at the City Mission and was gratified to see many smiling faces, proudly holding up their framed photos. I take away from this experience a sense of satisfaction and humility, taking the opportunity to give back to the community, to bring some cheer to our family of people facing difficulties. Sometimes it is the small things that help make life bearable and I encourage any one to participate in this very worthwhile events.

For more information about this worldwide event please visit the HELP Portrait website.

HELP Portrait - Recipient with 2 members of photography group.

HELP Portrait - Recipient with 2 members of photography group.

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