Help Portrait

Over the weekend, I took part in a great event, Help Portrait (http://help-portrait.com/).  It was started by photographer Jeremy Cowart as a world wide event to provide photographs for people who do not have the resources to afford having professional portraits made of themselves or their family.  On Saturday, December 15th a group of great photographers, make up artists, hair stylists, editors and volunteers were at PS 41 on Staten Island for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  I was blown away by the teams hard work and dedication, and humbled by some of the stories I heard and the great people I got to photograph.  When you think about what people need to survive...food, water, and shelter come to mind, but why would photographs be important?  When I saw the gratitude and real appreciation they expressed it started to really make sense to me.  Last night I went through some pictures of my own daughter and tried to imagine not having those memories or the possibility of losing them, then I really understood.  Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to put the event together, thanks for letting me be a small part of it and thanks to the people who by the look in their eyes and their sincere gratitude gave me a greater understanding of what photography really means.

Here are a couple of shots of the Oberson's.