Free portraits available for those short of funds
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes far fewer are necessary to make a point. So, the mission of the annual, worldwide Help-Portrait is this:
1. Find someone in need.
2. Take their portrait.
3. Print their portrait.
4. Deliver their portrait.
Today, nearly 20 local photographers will volunteer their time to participate in an event whose purpose is so simple: Make a nice portrait — free of charge — for those who would otherwise be unable to afford it. The Grand Junction event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 2897 North Ave.
“This is our first time doing it in Grand Junction,” said photographer Shannon Gray, one of the event organizers. “Hopefully it will happen every year after this.”
Help-Portrait was founded by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart and this year is happening at more than 100 locations worldwide.
Gray said local event organizers posted fliers at shelters and food banks, but can’t anticipate how many people will come for their free portrait. No appointment is necessary and the event is open to families and individuals. She said printing services for the portrait were donated, and people will receive them before Christmas.
“I just really love what this is about,” Gray said.