For many in the community who are struggling financially, the idea of having a nice family portrait is unimaginable and way down on the list of priorities, behind necessities like food, shelter, and clothing.
Too many folks are going through difficult times, and while some would love a nice photo of their loved ones, it is simply not a part of their reality.
That is, until the folks at Help-Portrait Abbotsford stepped in, offering those who are struggling with a free professional portrait session, just in time for Christmas.
The brainchild of photographers Tamara Okoti and Laura Henderson, Help-Portrait Abbotsford is in its third consecutive year of providing its outreach in the community.
"Not everyone has an opportunity to have a portrait taken and some are going through a really difficult time in their lives," said Okoti. "It is for those people that Help-Portrait Abbotsford and all the volunteers and sponsors are
giving their time and expertise to provide both portraits and a positive affirming experience.
"This is about the giving of pictures, not the taking of them."
While Henderson has since moved to Ontario, Okoti is not going it alone, thanks to an entire stable of professional photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists and photo editors at her disposal who are volunteering their time to make this happen.
"A portrait is more than a simple record of a person. It's an affirmation of our life and our importance to those we love," said Okoti. "Having a physical reminder of loved ones can strengthen our ties and relationships; the image often growing in meaning over the years."
Help-Portrait Abbotsford takes place Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bakerview Church, 2285 Clearbrook Rd., Abbotsford.
Helping non-profit organizations usually refer their clients. And while registration
is preferred, Help-Portrait will also take walk-ins until 2: 30 p.m.
All participants will receive a free photograph and a CD of selected images to keep.
Help-Portrait is still looking for volunteers and help with food, supplies, and other items that will help make this event a success. To get involved visit helpportraitabbotsford.blogspot.ca.
? Help-Portrait is a worldwide event that happens in cities all over the world on the same day during the Christmas season - giving the gift of smiles.
First reported @ abbotsfordtimes.com