Help-Portrait Comes Back to ICC

Wednesday, Jan 14, 15 by

Help-Portrait Worldwide is a global movement of photographers using their time, gear and expertise to give back to those in need.

Founded by Celebrity Photographer Jeremy Cowart, Help-Portrait is a community of  photographers coming together across the world to use their photography skills to give back to their local community.

On Saturday, December 8th, Help Portrait arrived for their Annual Day of Service. Lead by Paul Katcher, a total of seven expert photographers arrived at ICC for a day of photo shoots.

Residents had been primping all morning having anxiously awaited this event for weeks. Outfits had been selected the night before and staff assisted with hair, nails, and make-up. For residents who did not have that special something to wear, ICC 76,527 Portraits and counting provided an opportunity to go shopping and our Executive Director dashed to Kohl’s to assist in the process.

Help Portrait turned the first floor into a full-fledged photo studio, with professional lighting and backdrops. Outdoor photo opportunities presented themselves as well. One by one, residents posed for the camera. With encouragement from the friendly photographers, the poses became more fun, more personal, more relaxed. Giggles and smiles filled the room, from our little 3yr old to our older teens. Residents were having so much fun, they pulled in staff to join in. In addition to the photo shoot and the fun overall, the photographers provided an interactive session for residents to learn about photography equipment and the profession over all.

In an e-mail sent after the event, Paul Katcher wrote, “Our Help-Portrait volunteers had another great time with the kids and staff at ICC earlier this month. It’s fantastic to see how excited they get to ham it up for the cameras.” We don’t know how to explain in words what a wonderful event this was and how grateful we are that Help Portrait continues to come to ICC year after year. For more information about Help Portrait, please visit:

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