Only smiles are wanted for the fourth annual Ridge Meadows Help Portrait.
On Dec. 6, six local photographers, supported by a team of editors and a host of volunteers, will offer free portrait sessions for individuals or families who may not otherwise have the opportunity to sit for such.
Before each photo session, individuals will be treated to a makeover by professional hair stylists and makeup artists.
Every family will receive one free 8×10 framed print from the session.
There will be a children’s activity area where they can make a craft or an ornament to go on the Christmas tree.
There will be live entertainment and refreshments donated by local grocery stores, coffee shops and the Salvation Army Caring Place.
Last year, 200 people had their portraits taken at the Maple Ridge event.
Brenda Garcia, event organizer, wants people to know that Help Portrait is not put on just for the homeless, but for anyone who wouldn’t otherwise be able to have a professional family portrait done or purchase school photos.
She is hoping to see 300 people this year.
Help Portrait was founded in 2009 by American photographer Jeremy Cowart. It 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.
Ridge Meadows Help Portrait takes place on Dec. 6 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Golden Ears United Church, at 22165 Dewdney Trunk Rd. in Maple Ridge.