You know… you can meet some nice, really good people just about anywhere.
I was a phtoographer and coordinator for this year’s Help Portrait charity event for the Central Montreal region. Help-Portrait is a world-wide event where photographers take photos of people that are down and out and/or just would not think or be able to afford a professional photographer during this festive time of the year. Pictures are taken, printed out and given away for free to the clients, never to see the light of day anywhere else for any other reason, other than to give a little pleasure and possibly raise the self-esteem of someone struggling to make it through a challenging time in their life. One of the places we held an event at was the Old Brewery Mission in Montreal.
Max is a reporter for The Gazette, Montreal’s premiere English news paper, and was there to cover the Help Portrait event. He was the first one to arrive, nearly the last to leave and really took the time to understand what this event was all about and his article was just awesome.
Near the end of his stay, he and I briefly chatted and he mentioned that he was maybe interested in getting some Christmas photos of his parents, brothers and sisters. Of course I gave him my card and let him know I would be honored to do the service for him. He called me a few days later, we made arrangements and the rest… well, some of the results are here for you to see.
Max’s family is genuinely warm, straight up and very tight. Though not all members live in Canada, the family bonds are very strong and I can say straight from the bottom of my heart that I was honored to have been chosen as their photographer for this very special time of the year.
Merry Christmas my friends, may the new year bring you health, joy and happiness in great abundance!