This year, we’re planning to share with you what has been most important to us since day one – the stories. The people that walk into Help Portrait Vancouver every year never fail to touch our lives in tremendous ways. So please, step in through the doors of Union Gospel Mission and be with us today vicariously through the pictures and the experiences shared through our live blog. We’re excited in having you today as a part of Help Portrait Vancouver 2011!
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This is the part we dread most. Hitting 5 o’clock and having to tear down.
Packing up equipment.
Printing out the last photos of the night.
That doesn’t mean smiles disappear though!
Having survived two open heart surgeries, one stroke and severe depression in the last few years alone, to welcome Brian Begin into Help Portrait Vancouver 2011 and capture his delightful smile is truly a miracle. With his children situated in all parts of Canada, Brian would like to extend huge e-hugs to them all! Thank you for being with us this year Brian, against all odds.
Single mother of two wonderful children admitted to us that there was no way she could have gotten pictures done this Christmas. When you can give back, why on earth wouldn’t you? We live in what’s supposed to be a first world country. Having a family tell us their Christmas is portraitless is not okay. Let’s change this.
This is another thing you find walking around Help Portrait Vancouver 2011- you don’t have to be a pro photographer to be involved! Mark Wimmer has flown all over Canada and the world as a commercial pilot but getting his hands on a camera to take portraits is a first! Mark was taken aback by how many people burst into tears of joy today. “I’ve flown all around the world, all across Canada” says Mark, “now I get to ground myself and see the faces I don’t get to see when I do my day job”
Wanna see something absolutely contagious?
These are the smiles of Help Portrait Vancouver 2011:
Hope it made you smile too.
It’s all about improvising here at Help Portrait 2011. Behold, the second card reader today that has broken – fixed by our photographers and their McGyver skills using key rings and pens!
“Today, everyone is important. Today everyone means something.” says Jaclyn, who joins us for a second year at Help Portrait Vancouver, capturing smiles and listening to the stories individuals bring in. “[Help Portrait Vancouver] allows families to take portraits they might not have had the chance to take this year.” And we do it with absolute pleasure! When asked if she’ll make the trip to be back next year, Jaclyn answered with a very firm “Absolutely.”
Single mom, Social Media & Human Rights student and first time Help Portrait-er! No one could get enough of the smiles of Frida (or her purple sweater!) since the moment she walked in. She waltzed happily right into make up where our stylists worked their magic.
Then it was Frida who couldn’t get enough of how great she looked!
And off into the Help Portrait Vancouver studios she went!
Now you’re about to see the best part of what we do here…
Watching everyone one who walks in, walk out with this reaction…
Barely one year old, this superstar is getting his first Christmas portrait this year and having the Global TV crew follow him around! Oh we’re giving alright. To possibly the tiniest person at Help Portrait Vancouver this year.
Walk into the studio section of Help Portrait Vancouver and you’re hit by a wave of clicking and holiday smiles all around. Our photographers and editors are in action and hard at work!
We are an hour in, and it is getting warmer and cosier inside by the minute. The smooth sounds of the The Nelson Boschman Trio is bouncing off the walls of the Union Gospel Mission. These guys have been putting smooth christmas tunes in the air since the cameras started clicking.
The doors are opening and despite rosy cheeks and sniffly noses, there are many smiling faces at Help Portrait Vancouver this morning.
Our make up artists and hair experts have lined up their equipment and are ready to jazz these beautiful faces. The prep talk has been given and the excitement is not dying down anytime soon.
Our videographers are ready to get giving.
Our social media coordinator is on it!
This is Help Portrait Vancouver 2011.