I actually got some sleep last night, always a concern when I have something planned. Up at 6am to shower and dress for the Help Portait project. Got there a little early so I swung back up Bagby to photograph a park that I had never seen before. It was a little foggy but I was pleased with the shots from the Samsung, the only camera I carried with me.
I met a fellow there named Jarred with his daughter Angel. Jarred wasn’t on the list to have a portrait made but he ask if he could get someone to use his camera to take photos of him and Angel, which I did. I think I got a couple that were pretty good. I asked him where his wife was and found out that she was in jail. I didn’t ask why. His camera was a very nice Canon P&S which he said he found in a dumpster in Sacramento. He got it repaired and from what I was seeing on the LCD it looked pretty good.
I wish that I could have stayed longer but I had left Janet in bed. Usually it is difficult to get her up before noon so I figured I had until noon to play and get back before she knew I was missing. However, we went to bed at 10:30pm instead of after midnight and she only got up once so I wasn’t entirely sure she would sleep that long. When I go off and leave her I always worry about what I am going to find when I get home. That usually is pretty heavily on my mind on the way back. Fortunately, everything worked well and she was still sound asleep when I returned. I was gone from about 7am till 11:30am which is much longer than I normally am willing to leave her alone.
So, all in all, Help Portrait day started off well. Now, if I can make the Lights in the Heights PhotoWalk this evening it will be a stellar day.
I am still going to do my thing with the portraits after the first of the year. I would love to have assistance, but I think I have it planned out where I can actually do it alone. I’m going to at least make one shot at it. If it works I will do it more often. I was amazed at the number of people that came for portraits. I believe that there was over a hundred signed up at the Star of Hope alone. There were a large number of families. The largest group that my station photographed while I was there was a family of seven. It was a great experience.
The Star of Hope is located on Downing so in leaving I drove through the area north of MinuteMaid Park which is where most of the homeless seem to hand out. I just wanted to jump out of the car and start shooting and I would have if it had not been for Janet.
Tonight I will take a camera that I am more familiar with. I really should have taken the Nikon and done some shooting but I got to help and that really was sufficient.