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Fort Lauderdale, FL USA 2013 - The Soul Catchers


Fort Lauderdale, FL USA 2013 - The Soul Catchers


Help Portrait Fort Lauderdale 2013 was a raging success! 

We did 381 families, 1221 individuals.

In 2014, the event will happen this November 22nd at The Salvation Army, 100 SW 9th Terrace and we are counting on you.

While we have decided to trim it back a bit this year and try to recapture the stories of the people we will be photographing, that does not mean that we don’t need your help, all the contrary!

The Salvation Army has been working diligently to sign-up people for the event and we expect to have at least 150 families (50% of what we had last year), and we want to spend more time with each of them.

This will be our fourth year in Fort Lauderdale, and I feel we have made some great friends and built a community. We would love to see you back with us and participate.

To participate in the event -and if you haven’t done so yet-, please go THIS LINK and fill out the form. 

Important dates:

  • Sign-up deadline: October 31st
  • Next meeting @ venue: November 11th, 6:30 PM
  • Last meeting before the event: November 18th, 6:30 PM
  • HELP PORTRAIT FLL 2014: November 22nd

Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Comment by Huba Rostonics on December 15, 2013 at 2:41pm

668 prints ordered so far!

Comment by Huba Rostonics on December 15, 2013 at 2:14pm

Glenn Gardner, one of our photographers wrote this:

I had the privilege of working the Help Portrait event with the Soul Catchers on Dec. 7, 2013.

What a Glorious day !

Thirteen awesome hours at the Broward Salvation Army !

It was an inspiration to be in the same room with some of the most talented professionals in South Florida.

I learned a lot. 

I had so much fun, and was emotionally touched by the families and fellow volunteers I was fortunate to work with.

An experience I will never forget.

A big thank you to the Soul Catchers for allowing me to be a small part of a big thing.

It was my second year at this event, and I can't wait to do it again next year.


Glenn Gardner

Comment by Huba Rostonics on December 15, 2013 at 2:11pm

And she said she did not photograph well....

Comment by Huba Rostonics on December 15, 2013 at 2:10pm

Group shot coming soon. Stay tuned!

Comment by Huba Rostonics on December 15, 2013 at 2:10pm

Wow! That was (and is!) a lot of work. 

We had 381 families this year. 1221 individuals and we are still processing images TODAY! 

Thank you all who participated. Thank you Badia and JDSU for your generous donations as well as to Dale Laboratories for doing the printing. Cannot wait to see them!

Comment by Huba Rostonics on October 9, 2013 at 2:14pm

My first post from 2013, even though we have been working since January already!

For those who participated last year, we would like to see you again! This year,we expect a higher turnaround. One of the efforts we have been involved in, is presenting to each of the agencies in the Broward area to make sure that they understand the value that we bring. 

We have also shifted (for now) to hold conference calls instead of face-to-face meetings and our next call is TOMORROW. Join us, if you want to clear any details. 

Comment by Kelly Galiszewski on December 12, 2011 at 2:53pm

This was an amazing experience, the individuals & families that came though the Salvation Army - Fort Lauderdale touched my heart. What a great team of photographers, assistants, make-up artists, hairstylists and numerous volunteers. A very BIG thank you to the Salvation Army. Looking forward to it again next year!

Comment by Huba Rostonics on December 9, 2011 at 9:40pm
This is going to be my last post before the event.
I am sitting in our patio with my wife. We are enjoying a glass of wine and have shifted from our own version of crackers and cheese to roasted marshmallows. As a family, we have been through ups and downs, moved away and back; but still got our house, our jobs and our business.
And while I look into the flames I think about those who may not have been so lucky.
When you get struck by a life-changing event, it is too easy to spiral down in a self-demeaning fall. And pride is probably the hardest thing to recover.
We have a unique opportunity to restore hope and pride in the people we will be photographing tomorrow. This can be the difference to get that job they have been searching for or to be able to recognize that not all is to blame on them and be able to look at their family in the eye.
Let's be that difference tomorrow!
I am proud to be a part of this!

Help Portrait is happening at 100 SW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale.

(954( 954 727 3350

Comment by Huba Rostonics on December 3, 2011 at 2:53pm

Us photographers say "f8, and be there", and that's the essence of documentary photography, referring to two fundamental aspects of the craft: one, the technical proficiency, the knowledge on how to manipulate your camera into the right settings so that you get sharpness and good exposure, and second, to be there, to capture the moment. 
Photography is most of the time a lonesome endeavor -especially if you don't shoot commercially- where it is you, your camera and your subject. With time, you learn all the knobs and buttons of your gear and commit the movements to muscle memory. Then, the camera disappears in your hands and it becomes just you and your subject. 
The reality of Commercial Photography is that you are always working with people: models, assistants, art directors, talent and advertising agencies, etc. but I am talking about the photography that 95% of the people experience. 
However, at our Help Portrait event here in Fort Lauderdale, we are estimating 200 families and individuals here! We need to work like clockwork (or better like shutter and flash) together! 
We have to ensure that we can do "f8, and be there" AS A TEAM. 
If you still want to collaborate, please get in touch with us to get you in in the planning phase.
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Comment by Huba Rostonics on December 3, 2011 at 1:23pm

Thank you soooo much for everybody who has donated generously! Thank you Cynthia Suarez, Matthew Lippman, Enrique Martin-Hidalgo, Carolina Moller, Amy Bourgon, Jorge Van Thienen, John Galiszewski, N KOODRAVSEV, Tieesha Taylor, Steven Graebner, Robert Lowe, David Nadelman, Huba Rostonics, David Lowe, Erik Frost, Daniel Gregory, Destri Subakti, Dana Martin, Susie Hammond, Rodolfo Forster, maria eugenia quintero, LUCIA MOTA, Dawn Dunsmore and everybody who has donated in cash or goods !!


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