Fort Lauderdale, FL, October 09, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Help-Portrait is a worldwide movement started in 2009 by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart, with the idea that a photographer has the unique ability to help someone smile, laugh and feel empowered again. The Soul Catchers joined this worldwide crusade in 2011 and their group has been growing year-by-year.
“The Soul Catchers” relies solely on the work of dedicated volunteers who believe their talent & expertise can help someone during an extreme season of their lives. Through generous donations, professional photographic prints and other consumables allow this group to give a gift of hope. “We want to reassure these families and individuals that things can be –and will- be better. We strive to create the best portrait possible and give them a beautiful memento of a period in their lives that would otherwise be a blank page,” said Huba Rostonics, founding member of The Soul Catchers. The Soul Catchers is partnering with several members of the community, including The Salvation Army, Dale Laboratories and the Members of ASMP South Florida. “This year we are expecting a larger turnout, as we’ve been working year round with several agencies to communicate the value of what we do.”
Over sixty photographers, photo assistants, makeup artists and other volunteers participated in last year’s event. This year, the event venue is The Salvation Army of Fort Lauderdale located at 100 SW 9th Avenue, on Saturday, December 7th, from 10 am to 6pm.
The Help Portrait organization has applied for 501c3 status and your gift may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. The Help Portrait organization is now accepting donations on behalf of The Soul Catchers. For more information on the event, volunteering and giving visit http://www.TheSoulCatchers.org.
About The Soul Catchers:
The Soul Catchers are an informal group of photographers, hair stylists, and makeup artists who have decided to donate their time and resources to bring an uplifting spirit to those who need it the most through the gift of photos. The initiative was started by Huba Rostonics; photographer, photography instructor and blogger. Before he moved from Madison, WI in 2011, he participated in the 2010 Help-Portrait event. For more information on The Soul Catchers and Huba Rostonics, visit http://www.TheSoulCatchers.org
About Dale Laboratories:
Dale Laboratories is Broward County's #1 photographic laboratory. The laboratory makes prints from both digital and film sources. They serve professional photographers from around the world and local pros and advanced amateurs from South Florida. (954) 925-0103.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the array of social services ranging from food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart formed Help-Portrait, a non-profit organization, in 2009 as he contemplated using his skills and expertise to give back to those who do not have the opportunity for a professional photo. The rapid growth of this organization is a perfect example of the use of social media as the community shares ideas and stories through Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blogging.
About ASMP South Florida:
The Members of The American Society of Media Photographers represent a diverse cross section of commercial photographers in South Florida. Their specialties range from Advertising, Editorial, Sports, Aerial, Underwater, Events, Hospitality, Architecture, Photojournalism, Food and Travel to Fashion, Beauty, Fine Art and all the related areas of the unique lifestyle in our market. Their mission is “Instilling and promoting camaraderie, creativity and successful business practices among professional visual creatives.” For more information visit www.asmpSouthFlorida.org