Help Portrait takes place this Saturday in Maple Ridge.

Help Portrait takes place this Saturday in Maple Ridge.

Photographers give back

Third annual Help Portrait in Maple Ridge on Saturday.

Preparations are underway for the third annual Help Portrait Ridge Meadows event.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, photographers, editors, hair stylists and makeup artists will gather at Golden Ears United Church in Maple Ridge for an afternoon of portrait sessions for those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to get a professional photograph taken.

Founded in 2009 by American photographer Jeremy Cowart, Help Portrait is a non-profit organization that has grown to a community of photographers across the globe who will be using their visual skills to give back to the community they live in.

To date, 282,295 portraits have been given by 20,371 photographers and 32,299 volunteers at 2,128 locations in 62 countries around the world.

Last year, Help Portrait Ridge Meadows had 150 sittings, including both individuals and families.

The one-day event includes a free hair style and makeup session before sitting for a portrait.

Andrea Walker, co-organizer of Help Portrait, would like to double the numbers this year.

A community dinner, previously held at the CEED Centre, will be held at the church that evening.

There will also be a roving team doing portraits at The Caring Place.

“I just can’t imagine not having pictures. Pictures are memories. And when you can’t afford to get a picture done, then you don’t get to have those memories to cherish,” said Walker, adding that a lot of people just don’t feel good about themselves.

“When they come to our event, they get their hair done, their makeup done and everyone’s so welcoming and embracing that they leave feeling better than they did when they came in,” Walker continued.

Help Portrait is always looking for donations.

“When you give your money to Help Portrait, we put it directly back in,” she said.

Donations can be dropped off at Golden Ears United at 22165 Dewdney Trunk Road or arrangements can be made by emailing

Help Portrait Ridge Meadows takes place on Dec. 7, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Golden Ears United Church.

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