The Porcupine Photo Club "Portraits for Families" Volunteers.
Photo by Brad Wood.
Photo and Article Credit: Benjamin Aube, The Daily Press
TIMMINS - There are times in life that are meant to be enjoyed in the moment, and others that should be captured and treasured forever.
On Sunday, the Porcupine Photo Club held its annual Portraits for Families event, offering free family photos at the Melissa Kelly Dance Academy.
“It’s actually really busy today, and it’s going really smoothly,” explained photo club member and web editor, Lisa Jamieson, taking a break from snapping pictures and entertaining distracted children. “Lots of people are getting their pictures taken – 51 registered families right now.”
It’s the third-consecutive year the Porcupine Photo Club has offered the service, handing out pamphlets this year at locations such as the North East Ontario Children’s and Family Services (NEOFACS), The Salvation Army, and different local churches.
“It’s totally free,” said Jamieson, who helped organize Portraits for Families along with fellow Porcupine Photo Club member Gilles Portelance. “They get their hair and makeup done, they get their picture taken, and it’s printed and framed here too. They get to walk out with everything in about 15 minutes.
“We have three photographers, three people working the computer, and three assistants. Overall, we’ve got about 25 people helping out. The majority are from the photo club, but some of the Melissa Kelly Dance Academy dancers are helping out at the makeup table.”
For many of the families, 2013 might have been a year in which they’d have bypassed a family photo if it wasn’t for Sunday’s event. The club approached various businesses who agreed to come on board in one way or another, either through donations or by helping out at the event.
Later this year, nine members of the club will be flown to Fort Albany on the James Bay Coast by DeBeers to offer Portraits for Families there.
“We do this to give back to the community, and to help those less fortunate close to Christmas,” explained Jamieson. “A lot of people can’t afford to get a family portrait done, so we’re just giving back. We’re looking forward to doing it again next year.”