During the Help Portrait event many of us were thinking about where the money for the Help Portrait clothing was going. If Help Portrait is not about the money and just about giving them give the money to a charity. Now it is January 2nd, 2010 and Help Portrait announces that they will have a book published. Now that is all good and well but again, where is the money going?
We all want and need money but the mission of Help Portrait was to give, not take!
The email states:
“The proceeds of the book will go towards helping to increase the reach and impact of the Help-Portrait movement in 2010 and beyond. Just this month, we officially formed a non-profit to house Help-Portrait and we are excited to take everything we do, to another level. This book will be the first step towards that focus.”
And on that note, I will continue to GIVE portraits but I will not take part in the Help Portrait event. I will do it on my own with whatever photographers, make up artists and post production crew wants to get involved.
Help Portrait’s message to us (the crews) was to give the photos, not to ask for anything in return, not to use the photos in portfolios or sell them anywhere. Give! Yet they want to sell clothing and now they want to make a book. Go figure.
“Teach us to give and not to count the cost.” – Ignatius Loyola
Sorry to those that were really looking forward to next years Help Portrait event but if you want to join me in my future endeavors please just let me know.
Last but not least, if you want to be involved in more GIVING then please stay tuned to a new project I’m working on with some other photographers called The Giving Lens.
January 2nd, 2010 around 9:30pm Help Portrait posted
“You spoke, we listened. The book will NOT be happening. Official announcement coming soon…”
Although they changed their minds because of how many people were pissed off at the announcement I don’t care. They obviously wanted the money for themselves. I’d rather them make the book and give the profits to a charity than be greedy… then cancel the whole thing.
“Be charitable and indulgent to every one but thyself.” – Joseph Joubert
With that said, join me if you’d like!
Thanks for reading and happy shooting,