by the end of the day
we were the last ones standing
~unfortunately not all of our volunteers were able to be part of the group shot~
we were "tweeted" and "facebooked" all day thanks to danny
after the set up is almost done and the first families are minutes away from arriving
our youngest volunteer
due to confidentiality, the families having their portraits taken are not made public, except by those who agree to be in the newspaper. this young couple though, who dressed up for the occasion, gave me permission to use their photo on my blog.
we called them "the rock stars" and they truly were.
this is milt.
he's in his nineties and still drives to the pantry 3 times a week to volunteer.
he came by yesterday to take photos of us.
so of course i took a few photos of him
it took a village to prepare for the last family of the day. there were 18 of them and we set up a special studio area just for them. it meant moving the lights and lots of "you here and you over this way and you need to put your shoulders back and you look marvelous"
then andy captured them beautifully
in a matter of 5 hours
we were able to bring smiles and laughter to 183 people
who came to the river food pantry yesterday
for their help-portrait photos
after hours of planning
the whole day came together perfectly
as a team
i have to say
everyone was simply amazing
the river food pantry
just last month
fed a record 2,424 households
for all of us
to be able to give the gift of free portraits to those who wanted them
was the best christmas gift
we could give to them
we had 32 volunteers. some stayed the whole day. others came in and out. 15 photographers took the portraits. laughs echoed in the warehouse. smiles were everywhere. "thank you" was heard over and over again. and in case you don't believe in magical days.
they really do happen. here's the proof.