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Extra extras

There were many memorable images of equally memorable faces that we photographed at the Help-Portrait: Stockton event at the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless. From warm smiles to broad grins here are several more pictures of the faces that brightened our day.    

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Help-Portrait: Stockton 2012

Help-Portrait is a campaign started in 2009 by Nashville-based photographer Jeremy Cowart to give back to the less fortunate. His simple idea was to photograph people who never dreamed of having a portrait done of themselves and/or their families, to give them something to cherish and boost their self-esteem. Fueled and spread by social media […]

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Word of mouth

Although I was committed to stay as long as it took to finish, I wasn’t sure how long the Help-Portrait event would all take. It was, after all, the very first time I had tried to organize anything like it. Stockton Shelter for the Homeless volunteer coordinator Katie Visser told me that there were 34 […]

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Letting go

Clifford Oto takes a picture at the Help-Portrait event at the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless (Camera: Canon EOS 20D. Lens: Canon 17-55mm @ 55mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200. Photo by Claire Oto). Marisol Manzo with daughter Mylee Tillery, 3, at the Family Shelter (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 55mm. […]

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Why we take pictures

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55m @ 44mm. Exposure: 1/80 sec. @ f/2.8 w/flash. ISO: 100) At the Help-Portrait event a young woman helped bring home to me why we were there. Selena Fields stepped up before my camera, quiet, shy, unassuming. She seemed like someone that you wouldn’t notice if you passed them on […]

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Getting by with a little help from my friends

I’ve always thought the contributions that photojournalists make to their communities is intangible. It’s in the nature of the business of a daily news photographer to shoot pictures and then move on to the next story. We inform, sometimes entertain, and, we hope, move our readers to act. But rarely is there an opportunity to […]

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