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Austin, TX USA Help Portrait 2013


Austin, TX  USA Help Portrait 2013

Photographers, stylists, makeup artists, and caring citizens in Austin

Location: Austin, Tx.
Members: 96
Latest Activity: Oct 19, 2013

Help-Portrait Austin 2013

Welcome to Help-Portrait Austin 2013 Event.

Date: Dec. 07, 2013.

Service Time 8:00 to 5:00

Location: Boys and Girls Club East Austin Unit

For More Information:


Facebook helpportraitaustin

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Mark Charbonneau, Austin Event Director


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Comment by Manny Jimenez on August 16, 2012 at 8:04am

H-P Austin is having a meeting on August 21, 2012 @ 7:00

Silver Grill Cafe 4005 West Parmer Lane  Austin, TX 78727

Comment by Manny Jimenez on June 21, 2012 at 11:11am

Want to make this Help-Portrait in Austin the best ever? Meeting this evening at 7:00 pm, 
Austin's Pizza
15424 FM 1825 Rd, Ste 230
Pflugerville, TX 78660

We are re-inventing the way we do thing this year and want you and your ideas to make a difference. See you tonight!

Comment by Manny Jimenez on June 18, 2012 at 9:54am

Help-Portrait Austin meeting is going to be this Thursday, 7pm,
Austin's Pizza
15424 FM 1825 Rd, Ste 230
Pflugerville, TX 78660

If you can make it great, if not, we will be posting notes from the meeting on FB and the HP Austin site.

Comment by Manny Jimenez on June 14, 2012 at 12:21am

Help-Portrait Austin meeting will be held on June 21 at 7pm. Location to follow soon.

Comment by Manny Jimenez on March 30, 2012 at 11:39pm

For those of you that have items that I have has been holding since December's HP Austin event and have not been picked up as promised, the items will be donated to Goodwill on April 7. This is being done due to 2 cats that are going to be moving in. While they are housebroken, they have been known to mark territory. I will not be responsible for damage done by the cats. If you want your equipment back, email me at to setup a time and place. 

Thank you.

Comment by Manny Jimenez on December 16, 2011 at 10:50pm

Ok folks, even though we just got done with the event for 2011 the date for 2012 is set. Mark your calendars for December 8, 2012.

Comment by Manny Jimenez on December 12, 2011 at 9:01am

I need the following information as it pertains to you by Tuesday 6pm please:
- Name
- Number of photographs (of the families, behind-the-scenes, etc.) you took.
- Number of volunteers (photographers, hair/mua, general admin, runners, etc.)
- What's the most impactful story or stories from your event?
- What's the most meaningful thing someone said to you at your event?
- What did you take away from this event?
- --------------

I need to compile this information so that we can submit our report to Jeremy Cowart and the Help-Portrait team. Email the information to

Comment by Manny Jimenez on December 10, 2011 at 9:50pm

To the owner of the nice tripod left from today's event, you can email me at to claim your property. Please respond with the make and model to ensure it is rightfully yours.

Comment by Manny Jimenez on December 7, 2011 at 10:30am

Help Portrait Austin meeting notes for Dec. 1 & 6

  • All volunteers must sign in and sign a release form before doing anything. The forms will be available at the building entrance.

  • Chuck procured CDs for images to be burned on and given to the families.

  • 1 hair/makeup artist is confirmed with several more to be determined. Aveda beauty school, Paul Mitchell cosmetology academy, and a beauty school in Pflugerville have been approached. We are awaiting a response from them. If you have friends that can do hair and makeup, please contact them. We are going for basic touchups, not full makeovers.

  • Clipboards will be provided to the runners and will stay with each family's process (welcoming, MUA, photo session, editing/printing, etc.).

  • Photographers will be assigned a number that will stay with them throughout the day.

  • Editors can download the HP borders logo from the Help Portrait site so that we may submit images to the HP site with HP Austin logo.

  • We are still awaiting word from Canon on printer/ink status. Chuck will provide his printer as a backup but we may also have to hold off on printing at the moment and print them off site to give the families the prints at a later date.

  • All camera cards must be labeled.

  • Posing will be at the discretion of the photographer. If you need help or ideas, please don't hesitate to ask.

  • Props such as toys and teddy bears are encouraged. Chairs for posing are also recommended as the venue has plastic chairs, not ideal for portraits.

  • Mark C. has 1 confirmed videographer to document the event. Footage will be made to promote future HP Austin events and submit to the HP organization.

  • If you are bringing lights or computer gear, bring an extension cord and /or surge protector.

  • Natural light is available along with selective overhead lights to be turned off.

  • Editors will be recommended to use Lightroom or Photoshop. Edits will be basic touch ups so as to get the families wait time to a minimum.

  • If your camera has RAW capabilities, please use it. There will be numerous experts to assist you in getting your camera to the optimized settings for portrait photography.

  • Ladder will be available to shoot from above.

  • Dolly will be available to move gear as needed.

  • The facility has hardwood tile floors which we know is an item of concern for those that are bringing seamless paper.

  • If someone can stop by a Dollar General and grab some table cloths for tables that will have food along with arts/crafts which will make cleanup easier in the end.

  • A PA system is available which will be used for music.

  • We will have access to the kitchen. We have not gotten word back yet on food/meal donations so we suggest bringing your own snacks/meal and drinks just in case.

  • Coffee makers are available and bring your own drinking vessel please.

  • Green room for volunteers will be available.

  • A contact with the Statesman “Religion” section is being invited to cover the event.

  • Santa hats are encouraged to be worn.

  • Frame cleaning party is still happening, see details on HP Austin community website along with the HP Austin FB page under events.

  • Don't forget to recharge and/or get new batteries for your camera, wireless transmitters, and such.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to Chuck Murphy and/or Manny Jimenez

Chuck Murphy – 512.413.5258

Manny Jiménez – 512.743.8641

Comment by Chuck Murphy on December 1, 2011 at 11:48am

OK, all of you folks that have joined and are interested in helping this year....

Please be sure that you have also joined the Help Portrait Austin Facebook page, (!/HelpPortraitAustin )

You can find mor einformation there, as well as links to other information pertaining to this year's event. Please, if nothing else, join the facebook page and let us know if you are going to attend and where you can help. We need to get everything coordinated for the days event, and final numbers of volunteer counts will help a lot!

Thank you all :)


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