After Thanksgiving, the Giving Continues - the Soul Catchers to Donate Free Family Portraits

1,000s line up when South Floridian professional photographers come together to offer family portraits for the struggling and poor.

Fort Lauderdale, FL, November 25, 2013 --( On December 7th, the South Florida professional photographers group known as The Soul Catchers ( will be celebrating “Help-Portrait” in Fort Lauderdale for the third year. The event will be hosted at The Salvation Army of Fort Lauderdale located at 100 S.W. 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM.

The event is based on the simple principle of finding someone in need, taking a professional portrait, printing it, and giving it to them. The portraits can be of great significance for someone who does not have the resources to use the services of a professional photographer and in many cases, by projecting a better image of the person portrayed, can instill that last nudge of self-esteem needed to get them going.

Huba Rostonics, founder of The Soul Catchers explains: “We are very grateful to be able to see some of these stories first-hand. You see good people at heart, walking in with a cloud of worries above their head, and suddenly, when you show them their picture they smile. I have shot some family’s first portrait ever, seen families who have lost all their old pictures in a disaster, women victims of domestic abuse, and people who have really been hit by the economy, losing their homes.”

He continues: “This event is all about hope, and this year, our partner, The Salvation Army of Fort Lauderdale, has been actively signing-up attendees for this year’s event. The list now exceeds 1,000 families lining up for portraits.”

The members of The Soul Catchers provide the equipment and the talent necessary to make this initiative possible, printing and other resources are a product of donations from other local partners like Dale Laboratories, Badia Spices, JDS Uniphase’s Latin American office, Joe’s Stone Crab, Southtrend, the American Society of Media Photographers, the Florida Guild of Professional Photographers, Phocaccia Productions, Lipstick Ammo and Drysteam Cleaning and Restoration.

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

About Badia Spices Inc
Badia Spices is the world’s leading privately Hispanic-owned spice manufacturer. Badia has brought to market the finest ingredients from all corners of the world. They are committed to offering their consumers the highest quality. Badia has added an Organic and Gluten-Free line, and is proud to have its products certified by Safe Quality Foods, an audit recognized around the world as being one of the most rigorous and credible food safety management systems in the marketplace today.

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

About Help-Portrait
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

About PPGF
Professional Photographers Guild of Florida Inc. is a not for profit South Florida association, established in 1955. Our goal is to provide quality educational programs, networking, positive public awareness of professional photography, and promote professionalism in the photographic community.
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