One thing I love about becoming a more active user of sites like Twitter, Digg, and StumbleUpon is that I come across so many interesting websites and stories on a daily basis.
I came across one this morning and I just want to take a quick minute here on a relatively slow sports Saturday to recognize what I think is an absolutely terrific cause and a very cool, unique way to support it.
“The idea is that a photographer has the opportunity to make someone smile, laugh and to remember…”
I’m not a photographer so I’d never heard of Cowart before this morning, but I certainly commend him for starting this program and for inspiring other like-minded photographers across the country to follow his lead.
These individuals are using their talent and influence to do something that helps people remember what is beautiful about life and about themselves, and for many of the people they are photographing it has been a long time since they have had a reason to do so.
Without further ado, the video below does a much better job of showing you why Help-Portrait is a great program than I could ever do telling you.
Help-Portrait Video: Nashville 2009
If you are interested in getting involved or learning more, the Help-Portrait community page provides a great deal of information.
Kudos to everyone involved in this program. Just watching the video it is obvious how much of a positive impact that Cowart and the other photographers are having, and it just goes to show what is possible when a group of people are committed to giving back and making the lives of others better.
[Note: Help-Portrait did not pay me in any way for this review, nor have I ever had contact with anyone in their organization. I was just really moved by the video when I stumbled upon it, learned a little more about program from the website, and wanted to share. In this day and age of sponsored posts (which we do on MSF from time to time) I think it important to identify what is sponsored and what are my own unsolicited thoughts.]