If you wandered into Baltimore's Helping Up Mission last Dec. 6, you might have thought you were in a photo studio. Rows of portrait stations lined the room, all staffed by photographers busy shooting and printing images.
And if you really paid attention, you'd notice that no money was being exchanged. That's right, photographers were shooting high quality portraits — free — for people who normally might never have experienced that kind of attention.
Wes Linda was one of the organizers of the Help-Portrait Baltimore movement, and he joins this episode to share what he learned, and how you can change your own world with your camera.
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Wes' Lessons Learned
Tips for finding a good location
- Look for a civic minded organization with:
- Good leadership
- A natural turnover of people you can help. You want to give to new people each year.
- Adequate space to shoot
- Access to the location on the weekend
Other helpful hints
- Planning is crucial
- Start at least six months out
- You need reliable volunteers