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King University News :: King Photography Students Host Local Help-Portrait Event

On December 10, 2011, photographers around the globe took part in the third annual Help-Portrait event. The King College photography department, participating for the second time, hosted the local Help-Portrait event at the Bristol Public Library in downtown Bristol, Va.

The idea behind Help-Portrait is simple: 1. Find someone in need, 2. Take their portrait, 3. Print their portrait, and 4. Deliver their portrait. In the last two years, 10,000 photographers and 12,000 volunteers have given more than 101,000 portraits across the globe. Help-Portrait is now a global movement in more than 1,000 locations in 54 countries.

Photographers for the local event were King College photography students. Participants received a framed 8x10 photo, a CD copy of all photos from the session, along with gift certificates for printing additional photos.

Blake Patrick, the project manager for King's Help-Portrait event, is a King College senior. Patrick is double majoring in both Bible religion and Photography with minors in intercultural studies and philosophy.

This is one of those rare opportunities where we, as photography students, are able to use our talents and gifts to give back to people who otherwise would not have this opportunity, said Patrick. It brings a great sense of community not only for us but also for the participants. While we are increasing our skills through this student led event, we receive the most benefit from the smiles on the faces of those we are helping.

King's photography students began advertising the event during the College's annual Coats for Kids event where they received a tremendous response.

Last year we had a total of 67 participants, said Patrick. This year, that number more than doubled. We photographed 177 people over the course of the day. It was a truly rewarding experience.

Participants received a 15-20 minute photo session - with photos taken of the family, individuals, children, and parents. They also received an 8x10 framed photograph, a CD of all the photos from their session, along with gift certificates to Wal-Mart to print photos from the CD. Donations were also made by Manna Bagel, Java J's Café, Blackbird Bakery, King College, and Chick-fil-a.

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