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Hair and makeup volunteers desperately needed for Help Portrait in Maple Ridge

The holiday event gives out professional family portraits for families in need
Hair and makeup artists needed for this years Ridge Meadows Help Portrait event. (The News files)

More volunteers in hair and makeup are still needed for the annual Ridge Meadows Help Portrait event this weekend.

Organizer Brenda Norrie said they are in need of three to four volunteers for hair and an equal amount for makeup.

This is the 11th annual event, which brings together professional hair stylists, makeup artists, photographers, and photo editors, who pool together their talents to create professional family portraits for those in the community who may not be able to afford a professional family shoot. One framed print is given free to every group.

“It’s been a real struggle this year to get them, we are very short in this regard,” said Norrie of the need for volunteers in hair and makeup.

So far about half of the available slots have been pre-booked for the event and whatever time slots are left will be available on a first come first served basis – if they are available.

Norrie said there are two different shifts of between three or four hours each for volunteers to choose from.

Help Portrait takes place in 67 countries across the globe. It was founded by American celebrity photographer, Jeremy Cowart, in 2008.

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To date, more than 380,000 portraits have been given out worldwide, made possible by the more than 75,000 volunteers who have taken part.

Pre-registration is now available for the event at:

There will be snacks and drinks available, in addition to children’s entertainment, music, and a comfortable waiting area.

The event will be taking place from 1-7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, at Golden Ears United Church,, 22165 Dewdney Trunk Rd., Maple Ridge.

To volunteer go to where forms will be available.

Colleen Flanagan

About the Author: Colleen Flanagan

I got my start with Black Press Media in 2003 as a photojournalist.
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