Getting a professional portrait is something that can be expensive. If you're on a budget or have no money at all, a photo session is a luxury you simply can't afford. But in this week's "Gina's People", all of the photos are free!! In December, photographers across the globe take part in a worldwide movement called "Help Portrait". They spend one day photographing folks who don't have the means to pay for a photo session. People like Scott Desjardins who is a recovering drug addict and in the process of looking for a job. He says, "I can't remember the last time I had a picture taken of me because I avoided cameras. I couldn't even look in the mirror because I didn't like what I saw." But now Desjardins likes what he sees and his photo looks great!
Photographer Benjamin James says, "As an artist, you're trying to make a living and charge an affordable rate for most people but there are lower income families that are doing the best they can just to buy food. So it's great for the holidays when you can have the generosity and you're able to give a very simple gift and let someone have a full heart for the day."
If you know people making a difference in their communities, let Gina know. Every Monday morning, she features good Samaritans.
Gina's People: We want to hear from you!
Gina has seen her share of people throughout Southern California – real characters with real stories many making a difference each day with little to no recognition. These are Gina's People, hometown heroes who quietly go about making Southern California and the world a better place for all of us.
If you know a person or a group who deserves some recognition, please fill out this form which goes directly to Gina.
Help her tell the stories of the people and groups who make a big difference each day.