December 10, 2011

Help-Portrait: Abbotsford 2011 Recap!

It's midnight and I'm still awake after the long day I had today at Help-Portrait Abbotsford!  I woke up early this morning (6am!) and after a quick stop at Starbucks, I headed out to Bakerview Church in Abbotsford, BC.

This year was amazing again, and I loved having the chance to talk to our guests and catch up with other photographers.  Last year I was an editor and this year I had the opportunity to work and assist some fabulous ladies in the Help-Portrait studios (Anita Chapman, Natalie Bilson and Gena Davies).  I even had a chance to photography a few families myself!    It was really touching and heartbreaking to hear some of the stories of the people we photographed.  One that stood out in my mind is a single mother with her 10 year old daughter and 3 month old baby girl.  She had never had a family portrait with her daughters before and was so excited to see the preview of her family photo on the back of my camera.  It really stuck with me because as a photographer, I am constantly photographing everything and I have tons of photos of my husband and I.  It never really dawned on me that some people don't get the opportunity or have the means to pay for a family portrait.

With the help of  photographers, photo editors, hair stylists, makeup artists and many volunteers, we were able to give portraits to 350 people!  It was amazing and touching to see so many people using their skills and time to give back to the community.

Here's a few candids I took throughout the day!  (Also I threw in some fun shots with volunteers at the end) :)

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