Help-Portrait Project comes to Milford this Saturday


Staff Report

There is a certain power when you hold a printed photograph of a loved one, it is undeniable.

Many of us take for granted having photo albums filled with memories (or at least those awkward school pictures). Unfortunately, not everyone has shelves filled with memories. In this day and age where people walk around with thousands of pictures on a cell phone in their pocket, it’s unfathomable to think that some people don’t have a single printed photograph of themselves, but it is not as uncommon as you would think.

The Help-Portrait Project, in partnership with People’s Place, is changing that this Saturday, December 9 in Milford.

From 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Milford Public Library, local professional photographers and other members of the community will be volunteering to treat People’s Place families as VIPs. They will be taking professional family and individual portraits, printing, and then framing the photos on site so they have them when they walk back out into the world. For free.

“Of all of the photo-shoots I’ve done… of all the exotic locations and celebrities I’ve photographed… without question THE favorite photo I have EVER taken was a candid moment of a Help-Portrait family,” Help-Portrait’s Southern Delaware Director, and local Milford photographer, John Mollura shared.  “We capture unbridled joy in that moment. Help-Portrait is an event unlike anything else. I’m blessed to have been given the opportunity to lead the effort here in Southern Delaware this year. This is our first year in Milford and this is only the beginning.”

Volunteers are the heart of the event. They help guests feel like VIPs, take, print, and frame the photos. Without volunteers the event doesn’t happen. Those with a desire to help out local neighbors in a unique way, have some skills behind the lens, or are just curious as to what it’s like to be on a professional photo-shoot, are welcomed to volunteer and help out. The Help-Portrait staff also appreciates smiling faces stopping by to give out some high-fives and smiles, as well as donations to cover operating costs like printing, refreshments, etc.

For more information, to participate, to volunteer, or to donate, contact John Mollura at or 302.222.6308.

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