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Beacon House Hosts “Help-Portrait 2010” This Saturday

Beacon House will host 15 professional photographers, make up artists, and hair stylists this Saturday December 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. who will provide low income residents the opportunity to receive a professional portrait.

Help-Portrait began in 2009 as an idea that transformed into a movement in just three months. The idea behind Help-Portrait is simple: 1. Find someone in need 2. Take their portrait 3. Print their portrait and 4. Deliver their portrait. Help-Portrait 2010 will take place worldwide on Saturday the 4th of December, and locally, Beacon House will be a host site.

Help-Portrait, a non-profit organization, was formed in 2009 by celebrity photographer, Jeremy Cowart as he contemplated using his skills and expertise to give back to those who may not have the opportunity for a professional photo. The idea is that a photographer has the unique ability to help someone smile, laugh and return their dignity. It is a movement, a shift in photography.

Last December more than 41,000 portraits were given by 3,400 photographers and over 5,000 volunteers were involved. Help- Portrait became a global movement in 543 locations in 42 countries.

“Help Portrait in 2009, and its global effect, far exceeded my expectations. For that matter, it exceeded my dreams,” shares Help-Portrait founder Jeremy Cowart. “Seeing so many photographers come together and give their time and skill has changed me. I can’t help but wonder about the massive impact that is possible on 4 December 2010.”

For more information on Help Portrait 2010, visit Beacon House online.