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HELP Portrait's 10th Anniversary at MCC


Mott Community College students, faculty and staff want to help make the Holidays picture perfect for those in need. To give those who cannot afford professional-quality photo portraits, they will provide free photo services to low income individuals and families at the Tenth Annual Help Portrait Event on campus Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. in the Event Center on MCC's Flint campus at 1401 E. Court Street. Appointments are not necessary.

What started as a small campus project involving Photography students, faculty and a few campus volunteers, has evolved into a campus-wide collaboration that includes the Photography Program students, graduates and faculty, Cosmetology Program students and faculty, students from the Early Childhood Development and Music programs, the Mott Honors Program Campus Clowns, and MCC’s Criminal Justice Program.

“The Help Portrait event is all about giving back to the community," said Bob Rentschler, MCC photography instructor and Photography Program coordinator. "Our goal is to give every person who cannot afford a quality portrait for job searches, or family portraits for the holidays, with a professional picture. We believe in the power of a picture, and this is our way to share our passion for photography with the world."

Attendees will be welcomed by a greeter, who will give them the option to get touch-ups on hair and make-up for their portrait. Services will be provided by the Cosmetology Program students.

Live music will be provided by MCC Music Department students and faculty, and the Honors Program clown troupe will entertain and help coax smiles from everyone. Activities for young children will be available under the supervision of MCC’s Early Childhood Education students.

Clients will have their choice of four photo studios and backdrops, with at least one Christmas-themed backdrop available. MCC Photography students will use computers and color printers to print out one 8x10 photo from each photo session. In addition, participants will receive all of the photos taken of them on a CD, along with a copyright release so that they can have the photos printed at commercial photo processing centers, in local stores or online.

The entire process can take up to an hour, according to Rentschler. That includes make-up and hair, the photo shoot and photo printing. Participants should plan accordingly.

HELP-Portrait is a global movement of photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists using their time, tools and expertise to give people who otherwise couldn’t afford a professional portrait the chance to capture a moment, a memory. The initiative, founded by photographers Jeremy Cowart, Annie Downs and Kyle Chowning, is held annually on the first Saturday of December. Since its launch in 2008, volunteers worldwide have provided over 325,000 portraits to people in 67 countries.


Mott Community College is committed to excellence in education and offering services that cultivate student success and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community. With more than 100 academic and occupational degree programs, we help students prepare to achieve more in an ever-changing economy. Through university transfer agreements, high-demand associate's degree programs and one-year certification programs, we help ensure that all Mott students are ready to get more out of life.

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December 4, 2019
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