Reno Help-Portrait from Matt and Jentry’s Perspective
In December, Matt and I were proud to participate in the Reno Help-Portrait. Help-Portrait is a worldwide movement that encourages photographers around the world to give back to their communities with their talent, time and equipment. We were among 3,491 photographers worldwide who participated in Help-Portrait events across the globe. This was Reno’s first Help-Portrait, and it was a wonderful success – with so many photographers, hair/makeup artists and other volunteers coming together to provide portraits for people in need – some of which had NEVER had a family portrait together…ever. Hair and makeup was provided for free – a luxury that some of these women had never experienced. It was amazing to see their transformations and then photograph them while they were feeling so confident and beautiful.
We met so many courageous people…struggling in this moment but still hoping for better days. I had to hold back tears as one Mother told her 2 little boys to turn their shirts inside out because they were so dirty. Can you imagine not being able to wash your children’s clothes regularly? Luckily, later that day, they were able to snag some new shirts from the donations that people brought in throughout the day. We also met a young teen who brought all of her siblings to the event to have a portrait taken for their mother, who works almost 24/7 to support her children.
We take so much for granted, don’t we? Here are our portraits and documentary photos from the day.
Thank you so much to Jeramie Lu, who stepped up to lead the organization of this event, and everyone else who helped organize, volunteered and made it possible for us to be a part of the day! We also want to say a special thank you to Tiffany and Dean who let us borrow their backdrop stands and this fun geometric background, which everyone loved 🙂
Reno Help-Portrait helped me see how great our community can really be, and hearing the stories of people in unfortunate circumstances made me feel so grateful for the things that matter most. The clothes we buy, the cars we drive and the money we spend on home decor or anything else means nothing compared to the people we share our lives with. And having just ONE portrait of the people you love together can mean so much more than any other material item because when you are down and out, it’s a reminder that you have what matters most.
We are extremely looking forward to next year’s Help-Portrait. If you’d like to know how you can help, please follow us on Facebook for updates on the next event!