The warmth and positive energy from Milford’s first ever Help-Portrait photo-shoot this past Saturday caused everyone to forget about the cold and blustery weather outside. Ear-to-ear smiles were found on both sides of the camera lens. Volunteer Jenn Rowan said, “Today was transcendent for me… Help Portrait caused me to be centered and focused on life’s truth. Family. Love. Togetherness.”.
About 40 individuals received professional photographs during the course of the 4-hour event. Over its 9-year life, The Help-Portrait Project has become a worldwide event that provides a free photo session, complete with photographs printed at the event, to families that would not normally have access to professional photographers. Saturday’s event in Milford also provided families with a photo frame as well as a USB thumb-drive that contained all of the photos from their session so they could share on social media and print additional images.
When they received their printed pictures children could be heard exclaiming, “That’s me, look at me”. Adult’s reactions ranged from joyous exclamations to silent pauses while they admired their loved one’s photograph.
Milford’s first Help-Portrait event was made possible with over 15 volunteers coming together from all over Southern Delaware in a matter of 4 weeks. The Milford Library generously worked with the expedited schedule to provide a large room to hold the event. People’s Place of Milford coordinated the families and individuals to receive the photographs.
“This will be an annual event in Milford, but next year we will have more time to plan it” laughed Help-Portrait Southern Delaware Director and local Milford photographer, John Mollura. “Our hope is that this event inspires others to think of how to use their unique talents to make our community, and our world, a better place.”
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