On Sunday I helped out with a great crew of photographers, make-up artists, and staff at St. Pat's Mercy Home to deliver portraits to the residents there. Help Portrait is an organization that provides professional portraits to people who otherwise would not be able to obtain them, either due to medical or financial constraints. Their make-up and hair is done on-site, pro photogs (and other non-pros like me) shoot with great lighting, and the portraits are printed on-site as well!
This is Gerry Whelan, I met Gerry a couple of years ago at my first Help Portrait. He's a large elf, with a wonderful spirit. He's usually laughing and carrying on at these events. He jumped in here to help with with getting the settings right, but rather than just stand there he dropped this menacing pose, haha.
Terry Rice was one of many photogs that the make-up crew got their hands on.
I love the juxtaposition in this photo. Brian Carey is the painted chap in the middle, the serious look on his face is totally overshadowed by the silly make-up. Brian was troubleshooting with the printer, hence the serious look - he has a great sense of humour and this was pretty much the only moment he wasn't smiling from ear-to-ear, haha. Brian organizes these Help Portrait sessions, thanks for all your work, buddy!
Everyone was having fun working with the residents of St. Pat's to get great photos. Elbonita Kozhani is staff at St. Pat's, AND a great photog. She was pulling double duty on Sunday, shooting and helping make the subjects comfortable in front of the lense.
As with other Help Portrait sessions, there was an amazing connections with the subjects. They and their families greatly appreciated our efforts, and while it was fun hanging out with some of the best photographers in the city, providing portraits to the residents of St. Pat's was rewarding. They were delighted to have beautiful portraits going into the holidays.