CMC photo students offer free portraits for families in need |

CMC photo students offer free portraits for families in need

Klaus Kocher Colorado Mountain CollegeColorado Mountain College students are again participating in the worldwide Help-Portrait movement aimed at providing professional portraits to families who wouldn't be able to afford them. Participants will receive one 8-by-10-inch print or two 5-by-7s. This family was among those posing for a portrait in 2011.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – At a time of year when many agencies are organizing food and clothing drives for families in need, students in the professional photography program at Colorado Mountain College are gearing up to provide help of a different kind: family portraits.

Eighteen sophomore students in the college’s portrait photography class, taught by associate professor Steven G. Smith, are participating in the worldwide Help-Portrait movement.

They will provide free portraits to area families in need from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, at the First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave., in Glenwood Springs. No appointment is necessary.

Help-Portrait began in 2009 as a movement to provide free portraits to families who are struggling, disadvantaged or homeless. Over the past three years, more than 160,000 portraits have been given to families by 15,000 photographers and 20,000 volunteers.

Help-Portrait is now a global phenomenon, with participants in more than 1500 locations in 56 countries.

This is the third year CMC photography students have participated. Last year, approximately 50 families were photographed and given portraits.

Contact Smith at 947-8228, 618-5584 or with any questions about the local photo sessions, or visit for more information.

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