Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nashville Residents Get VIP Treatment With Free Professional Portraits!

Last weekend, the residents of our Nashville home were so blessed to have their hair and makeup done by experts in their fields and to pose for a professional photo shoot with Help-Portrait.

Celebrity photographer, Jeremy Cowart, is a Nashville-based artist and has photographed rock stars, presidents and fashion models. Jeremy founded Help-Portrait in 2008 to encourage photographers to come together across the world to use their skills to give back to their local communities. Each December, Help-Portrait unites thousands of volunteers, including photographers, hair and makeup artists and lighting specialists, for a worldwide photo shoot. This year, photographers participated in 50 different countries and more than 100,000 portraits were given away.

The Mercy Ministries photo shoot was hosted by one of our Mercy church partners, Cross Point Community Church, where dozens of volunteers assisted professional photographers, Joe Gomez, Landon Morgan and Brittany Steiger. Many of the girls had never had a makeover or had their hair professionally done and some of them expressed feeling beautiful for the first time. Receiving the print to take home also helped them to have a special gift to give their families for Christmas.

Here’s what some of them had to say about this special day:

Doing the photo shoot was really cool! I haven’t had my picture taken in years, and it was really nice for them to do our hair and makeup for us. I am really glad that we had the chance to get our pictures taken! – Andrea

The photo shoot was so much fun! I was blown away by the generosity of the volunteers and Cross Point Church. Getting my makeup and hair done by professionals made me feel like a princess! What an awesome blessing! – Danielle

Cross Point and the volunteers with Help-Portraits were really great. The people that did our hair and makeup were so nice, and the photographers were amazing. I really felt special and beautiful! – Patricia

Our special thanks go to all the volunteers, our friends at Cross Point Church and photographers Joe, Landon and Brittany for helping to give the Mercy girls a special day they will never forget.

To learn more about Help-Portrait visit To learn more about Jeremy Cowart visit his website at To learn more about Cross Point Church, go to