Help-Portrait 2011: Corvallis, OR

Corvallis Group Picture - low resTop Row (from left to right): Amanda, Buddy, Katherine, Helen, Eddie, and some dude that kept jumping in to the photo.  Middle Row (from left to right): Cara, Sharon, Sue, and Josh.  Bottom Row (from left to right): Stephanie, Kat, and Leah.


On Saturday, I had the privilege of working alongside a great group of folks for the Corvallis, OR Help-Portrait event.  This was the second year the event had been held in Corvallis – but it was my first year as part of the team.

Our local team totaled 21 – and included 4 photographers, 4 graphic designers, and 13 tireless folks covering the gazillion roles all tossed into “Hospitality”.

By the time the 6 hour event was done – we’d had the opportunity to  photograph and visit with about 142 people.

Help Portrait 12 - low resHelp Portrait 13 - low res

On this particular day – our sessions included baby’s first Christmas portraits, senior portraits, “Can you photograph me with my dog?” portraits, “Can you photograph me with my snake?” portraits, introductions that went something like “Hi – my name is …. but my street name is ….”, baby-on-the-way portraits, group portraits, portraits that were going to be given for Christmas gifts, and families back together portraits.

(And we even had a small break in action when someone under the age of 12 pulled the fire alarm.)

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Also covering the Corvallis event – the Gazette Times gave us a spot on the front page of their Sunday paper – and Kat, from Kat Eye Studio, had a very good blog post hereHelp Portrait 11 - low res

For our local event – we also had some generous sponsors that came in and helped behind the scenes:

  • 99.9 KRKT gave us quite a bit of on air advertising and Scott and Angie were also kind enough to give us an interview during their morning show.
  • Costco provided a gift card for supplies.
  • First Christian Church gave us a great space to use.
  • Hewlett-Packard provided the printers, ink, and paper for our Corvallis event so that everyone walked out with prints in hand.
  • Jimmy John’s provided some great sandwiches to all of the volunteers for lunch.
  • Minuteman Press printed fliers and posters for the event.
  • NW Graphic Imaging printed our postcard fliers for the event.
  • And Trader Joe’s provided juice and cookies for all of the folks that came for portraits (lots of great holiday cookies – including those peppermint Joe-Joe’s!).

Did I mention that Downtown Gingerbear stopped by to visit?  🙂

Help Portrait - Downtown Gingerbear - low res And if you’d like to help with next year’s event – head on over to the Help Portrait page to learn more and to find a location near you.

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