Help Portrait takes professional photographs for free

Reported by Tim Pulliam - email
Posted by Lauren Thomson - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A non-profit program called Help Portrait aims to give families and individuals a chance to have a quality photograph to share with their loved ones this holiday season.

In Wilmington, dozens a people got professional photos taken absolutely free.

Christina Miller, along with her four kids, didn't expect to pose for cameras at Good Shepard Ministries, a soup kitchen and homeless shelter, on Saturday.

Miller's daughter, Jevonne, persuaded her mother to take the family photo.

Saturday's event is called Help Portrait. Every photo taken is free. It came together through a group of friends passionate about taking pictures for people and families who may not be able to afford them this holiday season.

Marilyn Harper is homeless, but stays at Good Shepard. She has a different reason for taking the free photo, "So my mother can see that I'm doing great and that I'm not running the streets like I used to."

About 700 cities are participating in the Help Portrait campaign nationwide, the event originated in Nashville, Tennessee, by a celebrity photography. Wilmington's organizers found out about it through Twitter

Joe Beill, who got his photo taken, says, "It's great that they do this for us around the holidays. We probably wouldn't have the extra time or money. It's good they are doing this for the community."

Miller says, "They were very professional in what they were doing, how to get the poses and what they needed out of us. Thank you guys."

If a picture is worth a thousand words, love is captured in Miller's family portrait. A timeless photo friends and family will get to see this Christmas.

The photos are being printed by Image Finishers in Wilmington.

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