Archive for Giving Back

My lack of blog posts lately is for good reason.  I’m currently working on a brand new JenniferA site that will blow the old ones out of the water!  I’m super backed up with posts that will be featured when the new site goes live *VERY SOON!!*  I’m really looking forward to this new chapter in my business but more on that later. . .

I was SO VERY EXCITED to open my email today and see my assignment for this year’s Help Portrait.  This will be my third year volunteering for HP and I’m beyond pumped for the day to arrive!  For those that may not be familiar with Help Portrait, it’s a yearly event created to bless those in need with photos they may never have a chance to have otherwise.  This is a HUGE event – like global – and on December 8, millions of people’s lives around the world will be affected by HP.  I can’t tell you how amazing it is to hear stories, see the emotion and feel the GOOD that comes from this day.  Did I mention yet that I’M EXCITED!!

The Minneapolis-Metro Help Squad is fortunate enough to be helping out at THREE amazing organizations this year, Mary’s Place, Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance and Casa De Esperanza.  I’ll be an assistant photographer at MOCA, editing photos and helping out where needed.  As photographers, it’s the one day a year that we come together and collaborate on touching lives.  At the end of the day, we all come together and I cannot wait to hear all the stories, share the tears and feel the love!!!

Since HP is a non-profit event, we rely on donations to make the day work.  Without them, paper, ink and frames for the people we help are not possible.  Please click the link below to donate.  An amount is greatly appreciated!!!!

To Donate Click Here!!

Check out last years HP video, in which the Minneapolis chapter is highlighted a ton.  We helped out High School for the Recording Arts.

Help-Portrait 2012 Story Video from Jeremy Cowart on Vimeo.

My HP experience in 2010!! Click HERE!!

I’m so incredibly excited for this Saturday!!  I love the holiday giving season and my favorite event takes place on December 10!  Help-Portrait is an amazing movement that takes place all over the world.  On Saturday, 1000’s of photographers will come together in countless countries and cities after months of planning to volunteer their time and talent by photographing, printing and delivering photos to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to be photographed.

This year the Minneapolis group will be photographing at two different places – High School for the Recording Arts (read all about it here!) and Treehouse.  I will be stationed at Treehouse, which is a faith-based organization offering hope, guidance, and unconditional love to at-risk teens dealing with tough issues.  I will be working with another photographer to capture smiles and edit photos in one of the photo bays there.  Each young person will then receive a disk of some of the images we captured as well as their fav printed and framed.  It’s going to be such a great time.  I simply cannot wait!!

To read about my experiences from last year:  CLICK HERE

I’ll be posting a follow up soon after Saturday of a break down of the day, share the stories and show off some of the beautiful faces that’ll be there!  Stay tuned for that!

To read more about Help-Portrait: CLICK HERE

Donations are always welcome and very appreciated!!  





YAY!!!  We are coming up on holiday giving season!  I love to be able to give back to the community in any way possible and right around the corner is my favorite of all – Help Portrait!  What is Help Portrait you ask?  It is an amazing movement created by successful photographer, Jeremy Cowart to spread joy, love, smiles and photographs to those who may not have the chance otherwise.

All around the globe, groups of photographers collaborate, organize and volunteer their time to this movement.  On the same day, all of these groups set up camp, photograph and deliver images to those in need.  It’s truly an amazing gift that we can and should give.  This years Help Portrait is to take place on December 10.  The local Minneapolis chapter has chosen the High School for the Recording Arts.

The charter school works with youth who have dropped out of or are at risk of dropping out of traditional high school, as well as students who are otherwise at-risk.  A significant portion of their enrolled students are homeless and many are already parents themselves. We have the potential to photograph 200+ students and faculty members on December 10th!!

I’m so excited to help at this event once again this year.  Last year’s event was an absolute rollercoaster of happiness, overwhelming gratitude, and even a few tears.  It’s seriously one of the most important things I’ve been a part of.  You can check out last years Help Portrait post HERE!!

Here is the promotional video:


As with any volunteer movement, donations are greatly appreciated to help fund costs for paper, printing, and frames.  PLEASE consider donating to Minneapolis’s chapter by clicking the link below!  I just donated yesterday – super quick & easy!!  Any amount is appreciated!


(last years amazing crew!!)