CMC students organize free portraits for families in need

CMC professional photography students share their skills

Colorado Mountain College photography students will be shooting family portraits for free during the school’s fifth annual participation in the international Help-Portrait program, which will take place at the Basalt Middle School cafeteria on Nov. 22, from 5-8 p.m.

Colorado Mountain College photography students will be shooting family portraits for free during the school’s fifth annual participation in the Help-Portrait program, which will take place at the Basalt Middle School cafeteria on Nov. 22, from 5-8 p.m.

The professional photography program at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley is once again participating in the worldwide Help-Portrait movement. Students, alumni, faculty and staff will provide free portraits to area families on Friday, Nov. 22, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Basalt Middle School, 51 School Street in Basalt.

The event will transform the Basalt Middle School cafeteria into several fully equipped digital photography studios, including printers. Portraits will be printed and delivered that night.

Help-Portrait began in 2009 as a movement to provide free portraits to families that are struggling, disadvantaged or homeless. Over the past five years, more than 282,000 portraits have been given to families by 20,000 photographers and 30,000 volunteers. Help-Portrait is now a global phenomenon, with participants in more than 2,000 locations in 62 countries.

This is the fourth year CMC students have participated, providing hundreds of portraits. In previous years the event has been in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs; this is the first year the event will be offered in Basalt.

Live music will be provided by the Bill Parish Quartet.

If you have any questions about the local portrait sessions, please contact Derek Johnston, program director and professor of professional photography in the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College at djohnston@coloradomtn.edu. For more information about the national Help-Portrait movement go to www.help-portrait.com.

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