Last weekend, Saturday 10th of December, was the international Help Portrait day again. Who not yet heard about Help Portrait, this is the idea behind it.
The Mission: “Founded by Celebrity Photographer Jeremy Cowart, Help-Portrait is a community of photographers coming together across the world to use their photography skills to give back to their local community.”
We have been following Jeremy for quite a while now and after doing a little Help Portrait last year in Malaysia during our TATW we wanted to do something here in Munich this year. After meeting Jeremy at Photoshop World in Orlando we knew the date and blocked that day right away.
It sounds easier than it was, to find someone in need and do the Help Portrait but with the “Ronald McDonald Haus München am Deutschen Herzzentrum” we found the perfect people in need. Thanks to Elena Reumann for the cooperation and opportunity to help them.
The McDonald Treff is a place, where Families of kids who suffer from heart disease, find a home during the stay in the hospital. Either right after birth or for their periodic checkups’ as well as for surgeries, this place saves the parents and families from additional hotel costs. The house gives them a place to sleep, cook and get as comfortable as someone could get in such a life changing situation.
We thought it’s perfect to get the kids and desperate parents out of their daily routine. Never ever would anyone of them at this point think about a baby portrait neither would it be possible to leave the hospital at all.
Starting the HP day in the intensive care unit was already extremely touching without even knowing any stories behind the subjects. To see babies, some weeks old, being on a dip ever since they were born, makes you feel very helpless. We, as photographers, cannot physically help at all but delivering the parents a portrait of their baby or kids really made them smile a little.
While photographing the little patients directly in the hospital, fellow photographer Andreas Wening (copyright for seamless white pictures), has set up a studio in the Treff to make pictures of the families. Some of them had a message to say too.
All these families are going through a really tough time right now and we hope that we could at least help them a little bit during this day and bring back a smile now and then on their face. It’s not imaginable how they must feel but it’s something which everyone could be confronted with.
Together with our friend and fellow photographer Mayra Franco, we started organizing the help portrait event and we really want to thank Mayra for her great and helpful support as wells as BTS shots.
Also we want to thank Katja Rammer, Franziska Schmidt for the fantastic BTS video. Andreas Wening for taking care of the studio photos. Julia Heim for being an amazing help with framing and model releases. Cristiano Da Rocha who took care of all the printing. Demet Gül you have been a great help with the puppets and entertaining. Thanks to Zuzanna Grabias for jumping in at the very last minute to help with styling the moms. You all did such a great job. THANK YOU ALL for being part of this great world wide community. Hope to count on you next year as well.
Also we would like to thank all the folks who donated some money and thus we could buy frames and soft toys. This helped us a lot!
For us it was a very emotional, touching experience and it feels great to give something back. Things like that help you to step back, refocus and rethink about what’s important in life. We hope all the kiddies and babies are going to feel well soon and we would love to hear their stories in the future again.
Carmen and Ingo
Here is the amazing Behind the Scenes Video from Ewalis Emotions.
The Team of HELP PORTRAIT MUNICH 2011 (unfortunately w/o Zuzanna Grabias)
Caroline Lima13. December 2011 at 12:56
I got tears in my eyes! Thank you for doing this and remind me that life is precious and we should never take it for granted! :-)
swetlana13. December 2011 at 13:50
Ich musste jetzt erst mal schluchzen, ganz traurig, wenn ich Kinder so sehe. Man sieht aber vor allem an den größeren Kindern, dass sie Spaß hatten und bestimmt einen Tag an dem Sie Ihre Krankheit vergessen konnten. Die Fotos sind wirklich wunderbar. Finde eure Aktion ganz GROßARTIG
Kismet13. December 2011 at 14:36
You guys! This is amazing.Bless you all!
Birgit13. December 2011 at 16:28
Ganz ganz tolle Aktion, ihr seid alle klasse! Ich hoffe, ich kann beim nächsten Mal dabei sein! Liebe Grüße!
Ursula Unger13. December 2011 at 18:33
… weiß gar nicht, was ich sagen soll …
schön … und doch traurig …
oder: traurig… und doch schön …
Angie Waldner13. December 2011 at 18:46
Kerrin Wiesener13. December 2011 at 20:20
What a gift you all have- and it is even more precious because you are willing to share it with people who are not as fortunate as we are at this time in their lives. Love is the only thing that grows if you give it away- I am sure your pictures make a difference for these amazing families; may it give them strength and joy!
Julia Schreiber14. December 2011 at 8:48
Wunderbar! Diese Fotos berühren sehr! Eine wirklich tolle und gelungene Aktion!
Doreen14. December 2011 at 14:23
Wie immer eine tolle Initiative von euch beiden. Thumbs up!
Ilda14. December 2011 at 21:48
Dear Carmen, dear Ingo,
If I admired you before, now… I am just left without words… Tears are running.
Thank you for reminding us how precious life is, thank you for showing us how easy it is to make others happy!
Carmen and Ingo14. December 2011 at 22:41
thank you so much guys for the sweet words! it was a true pleasure to serve these families!
Irina Thiessen17. December 2011 at 13:43
Your pictures brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for giving a special memory to these families!
nastassja harvey19. December 2011 at 18:10
how amazingly precious are these?? awesome you guys!
Johanna21. December 2011 at 18:38
Can’t believe I missed you guys! I was scheduled to work (at the Ronald McDonald Treff) that day but backed out because I didn’t want to spend my birthday working. Now that I see the pictures I really wish I hadn’t. So awesome and moving!
Thank you for doing this, I can see that the families had fun and they really appreciate your work!
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