HELP-Portrait Program: Capturing a Moment, a Memory
For the 5th year, Miles Boone of Downers Grove’s Miles Boone Photography, has taken family portraits of Hope’s Front Door clients through the HELP-Portrait program. Help-Portrait is about GIVING the pictures, not taking them. The portraits aren’t for a portfolio, website, or sale. It’s about giving people who otherwise couldn’t afford photography, a chance to capture a moment, a memory…and a whole lot more.
Many of those receiving photos don’t have the means to capture these precious moments in time…for many families experiencing homelessness they have lost prized possessions, like photographs, when moving from place to place.
Miles, along with his assistant, Robin Tryloff, have very similar feelings about finding ways to give back to the community. When they found out about the HELP-Portrait program, they knew they would participate together. Miles says always felt a “calling” to help those with less in some way. The HELP-Portrait program has given him the opportunity to do so.
Miles dropped off the portrait packages before the start of our client hours on Monday evening, Dec. 4th. Two of our clients shared their pictures with us; Willie Mae Stewart (photo of her alone) and Alesha Arnold (herself and 7-yr. old son). They were wonderful. In both cases, Miles felt that there was more than one good photo and included sets of both in the package. In Alesha’s case, he included a wonderful picture of herself and her son and then a single picture of her son. Her words when she saw them the first time were, “These are frame worthy!”. I found out later from Miles, that she had gotten his email address and sent him an email that same evening thanking him for the wonderful pictures. Miles shared that Alesha’s emailed thanks “made his day” and is pleased to be able to use his skills to give back to the community.
For more information about how to use your time and talent to positively impact the lives of your neighbors email Kathy Nazzarini at firstname.lastname@example.org.