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King University’s Digital Art & Media Design (DMAD) program is again hosting its annual Help Portrait event, planned for Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Bristol Public Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event connects King students and professors with area residents who are interested in capturing a professional family portrait, but who may not be able to access the services of a professional photographer.

“Help Portrait is a great project where we see our goals for student growth and our love for our home community align,” said Lee Jones, assistant professor of photography and digital media. “Families have the opportunity to capture a wonderful moment in their year, while our students gain experience in working with clients and directing a photo shoot. It’s a great experience for everyone involved.”

Each family that registers and participates will receive a framed 5×7 photograph, a flash drive of images, Christmas cards, and a meal while they wait for their appointment or for images to be processed. Meals are sponsored by Chick-fil-A, Food City, Blackbird Bakery, and Metz food services.

Thanks to a network of King donors, participation in the event is offered free of charge. Registration is required in order to reserve a time slot. Those who are interested may sign up and learn more about what to expect during the process by visiting http://kingdmad.com/helpportrait/.

“This is one of our favorite programs each year,” Jones said. “It’s a blessing for us to be able to connect with our community and serve our home region, all while providing great Christmas gifts for area families.”

King DMAD student photographers work with families each year to capture and produce professional-quality family portraits for those who may not be able to access the services of a professional photographer