Local photographers capture memories at Help-Portrait event

It's the time of year for family photo shoots and holiday cards, but many people can't afford to have their picture taken. A national movement called Help-Portrait is trying to change that.

Posted: Dec 3, 2017 11:53 PM
Updated: Dec 4, 2017 10:48 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Getting family pictures taken is something many take for granted, however, many people can't afford to have them done. A national movement called Help-Portrait is trying to change that.

Sunday nearly twelve local photographers, make-up artists and hair stylists volunteered their time to make sure everyone in the community had the chance to get professional photos taken for free.

Jasmine Norris-Dixson was one of the professional photographers at the event.

"Being able to have that family portrait or you know that couple portrait, engagement portrait or anything like that is really important to kind of document your life," said Norris-Dixson.

It was held at the Rat Pak venue in downtown Lafayette. Along with the photos, free hair and make-up, there was also catered food.

Chris Deckard is a photographer who says although it's his job to take pictures, this event wasn't about taking at all.
"The purpose of help portrait is for us to give a picture not take their picture," said Deckard.

Deckard said as a photographer, it's important to him to be able to capture moments in people's lives.

"We don't always have the opportunity to give back and reach out to people who otherwise couldn't do that," said Deckard.

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