December 9th! 6:30pm Potluck / Bring a food item to share
7pm Guest Speaker
Kaylee progressively lost her hearing as a young child but never let that hold her back. She’s an activist advocating for the Deaf community. She started Deaf Girl Evolution and strives to empower her peers to advocate for deaf and hard of hearing people. In May 2019, she started a nonprofit organization called Deaf Dreams seeking to help young people who are deaf to achieve their dreams. She’s an excellent student and is pursuing one of her own dreams: modeling.
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Even though we have posted this on our photography blog, you do not have to be a photographer to attend this! It is open to anyone!
This is hosted as part of our LifeInsights group. Learn about more LifeInsights activities CLICK HERE!
I am really excited to inform you about what Help-Portrait Austin is doing this year! (Any of you who have taken my Photography 101 workshop may remember the video I show about the great work Help-Portrait is doing.)
Help-Portrait Austin creates brighter holidays for families and individuals in need. A portrait is a treasure. It is hung on the wall or displayed on a mantle, or kept in a special album. It is a record of how we looked as children, the pride we feel in our children, and a legacy for our descendants. It is these portraits that most people would save from a burning house.
These photographic treasures can cost hundreds of dollars, putting them out of reach for many Central Texas families. Help-Portrait Austin is on a mission to provide those in need with the entire portrait experience, from hair and makeup to a fun photo session, to leaving with framed professional portraits.
Volunteers will gather to make this magic happen on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Boys and Girls Club of East Austin, 901 Thompson Street, Austin. More than 100 photographers, hair and makeup artists, photo editors, and other volunteers will welcome up to 200+ guests, turning the 1950s-era gym into a giant photo studio.
“It is an amazing event,” Event Director Regina Maldonado said. “I have a soft place in my heart when it comes to kids.” Maldonado has been involved in the Austin event since it was started in 2009 as part of Help-Portrait Worldwide.
All around the world, gyms, tents, homes, offices, and hotels are transformed for one day of fun, hugs, smiles, memories, and even a few tears. Guests at the Austin event range from extended families who lost all family photos in a flood to individuals who need a good headshot for a resume to families who dress up for a holiday portrait to treasure and share.
The event has created some special traditions, including an arts and crafts area and a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, who are happy to pose with young guests.
“I love looking at the photos and videos from past events from other cities as well as the Austin event,” Lorraine Miller, one of the volunteer coordinators with HPA, said. “They never fail to make me smile.”
As an all-volunteer event (HPA has no paid employees), the local group depends on the generosity of local businesses and individuals. The event requires photo supplies such as ink and paper, arts and crafts supplies, and food for the volunteers.
This year, HPA has expanded its focus to help the homeless and teens in foster care. On March 11, several HPA volunteers braved wet conditions to take portraits of homeless people (and some pets) as part of the SXSW Pop-Up Care Village sponsored by LavaMae and Encast. Photos were taken and printed on the spot, and guests received stamped envelopes to send the portraits to loved ones.
Another new initiative will be an add-on to the Dec. 2 event, as HPA will partner with Foster Angels to provide portraits to high school seniors in foster care. More information will be available soon!
HPA welcomes volunteers who can help with photography, photo editing, hair and makeup, or just a friendly smile. Volunteers who speak Spanish are always needed! To volunteer or for more information, visit the HPA website at www.helpportraitaustin.com
Monetary donations are accepted through Pure Charity, and are tax deductible. For information, contact Regina Maldonado at or leave a message at (512)-748- 7751 or contact Cynthia Miller ator leave a message at (512) 971-9092.
Let me know if you get involved! I’d love to hear about any of you who volunteer!
Remember I also offer private instruction in almost every topic of photography! I am anxious to help you become the photographer you’ve always wanted to be!
My new book ‘30 Practical Tips for Better Photographs‘ is now available on Amazon!
If you own a Digital SLR (DSLR) or a Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (MILC), this book was written for you! I lead you through the 30 most important things you need to know to effectively use your camera to achieve consistently better photographs.
SORRY, THIS EVENT
HAS BEEN CANCELLED! TO BE RESCHEDULED FOR THE FALL
Hi friends! I will be photographing a fundraiser event, and I just wanted to help spread the word about the fundraiser, and extend a personal invitation for you to attend the event and help support this worthy cause. If you currently have, or have ever had, a loved one with dementia, alzheimers, etc. you will understand why this is so important.
What: House of Friends’ 11th “American Songbook” Annual Benefit Gala
Austin’s Kris Kimura Quartet – Playing American classics through the decades, scrumptious hor d’oeuvres and desserts, and a prize drawing. Special thanks to major sponsor, the Austin Jazz Society.
Friday June 16, 2017 6:30pm CANCELLED
Bethany United Methodist Church, 10010 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX 512-258-6017 get directions
What Does This Support? All proceeds will benefit House of Friends, a FREE respite program for those with early stages of dementia. This weekly social program provides a supported day for the dementia participant and offers the family caregiver a much needed respite from their 24/7 caregiver role. Socialization, exercise, singing, games and a healthy meal are part of this therapeutic day. Please join us in this annual fundraiser to benefit the non-profit House of Friends.