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BRISTOL, Tenn., December 10, 2014 –King University Digital Media Art Design (DMAD)
students recently hosted their fifth annual Help-Portrait event, which took place
at Bristol Public Library in downtown Bristol, Va.
The Help-Portrait events were originally founded in 2009 by celebrity photography
Jeremy Cowart as a way for a community of photographers to come together across the
world to use their photography skills to give back to their local communities.
“The goal of Help Portrait is to provide family portraits for those who otherwise
might not be able to afford them. This is a service we are happy to provide,” said
King senior Trung Phan. “It is a great way to give back to the community while utilizing
our artistic talents and skills.”
“The [Help Portrait] event went great,” said Joe Strickland, assistant professor of
Photography at King University. “More than 40 families participated in the event.
King students in the Digital Media Art Design Department organized the entire event.
It is quite the operation to bring together with three editing stations, one printer,
and two [photo] shoots going on at one time, not to mention the food being made in
the kitchen, the sign-up station, and books provided by the Imagination Library. The
entire process is just a wonderful experience for both our students and the families
they are able to help.”
This was the first year assisting with the Help Portrait event for King junior Rachel
Burrus. “This experience was so rewarding. The [families] reactions were priceless.
They were so happy to receive their portrait. It is easy to take something like a
family photo for granted, but for many of the families who participated, this photo
is something they will truly treasure.”
As each shoot concluded, the team printed and framed a photo for each family to keep.
In addition to their new framed 8x10 family portrait, each of the families received
a Christmas gift bag with a note from the Help Portrait team, a USB drive containing
printable images from their photo shoot, and gift cards.
Strickland added, “This event is continuing to grow. In addition to the students of
the DMAD Department hosting the Help Portrait event, we were delighted to welcome
back several King alumni who volunteered their time to help out with the event.”
King senior Jessany Bowman served as organizer of the Help-Portrait event for the
past two years. “Help Portrait is a unique opportunity for students to experience
the process for an event such as this. This is a service project where we can not
only learn about the many aspects that goes into a project of this magnitude, but
also allows us to share our photographic talents to bring joy to others. It means
something to have a photo of yourself; we're giving that to people who may have never
had that before.”
For more information on King University’s Digital Media Art Design Department, contact
Joe Strickland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423.652.4709.
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