Have you been looking for a way to give back to the community?

Would you like to combine your passion for photography with helping others?

Consider volunteering your skills and time on Saturday, December 7, 2019 to the Greater Cedar Rapids Area Help-Portrait event.   We will be giving over 300 less fortunate individuals/families of the greater Cedar Rapids area the ability to get high-quality professional photos.

Basic Concept:

Greater Cedar Rapids AreaHelp-Portrait is a result of local area photographers/enthusiasts using their time, equipment, and expertise to give back to people less fortunate during the holiday season.  It happens on the same day, once a year, across the world and we are fortunate enough to have an event here in Cedar Rapids!

Be inspired by this 2min video:


2017 Event Video

For the 7th year in a row, the Greater Cedar Rapids Area Help-Portrait team, is bringing the Help-Portrait movement to the Cedar Rapids area on Saturday December 7, 2019. We are looking for volunteer studio photographers, photo assistants, and photo editors as well as make-up artists, hairstylists, family guides, translators, hospitality and general volunteers.


To keep up with our local efforts, we post something on the 2019 GCRA Help-Portrait frequently which can be seen on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gcrahelpportrait.

Here in Iowa, there are 5 main Help-Portrait groups: Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, and Iowa City; possibly more in the smaller cities that we don’t even know about.


The times may be different at each location in Cedar Rapids.   Generally speaking we will be looking at 8am-3pm.  (These times do not include set up/tear down.)   For 2019 our primary location will be the First Presbyterian Church (across from Greene Square Park) and a smaller site at Tanager Place.

What do we need?

Photographers – We are looking for photographers (24 in 2019) who shoot DSLR, has a portable indoor studio equipment (at minimum one studio light, reflector, backdrop & Five flash cards), is experienced shooting with off camera lighting and is comfortable shoot individuals and families.   A few other items you will need to assit you at the event are:  posing stools, chairs, props, drop cords, light meter and gaff tape.

If you have extra studio equipment, or aren’t sure you want to shoot and would be willing  to loan out your studio equipment, please let us know.

Assistant Photographers – Each photographer is assigned an assistant.   These are the people who can organize groups, help with posing, and get kids attention, able to move lighting, and assist in anything the photographers need.   Great way to learn how to be a photographer for the following year’s event.

Photo Editors – Are you experienced in Photoshop or Lightroom!  These are the behind-the-scene people who are willing to bring their own laptops with their own personal photo editing software. You will be editing (white balance, fixing small blemishes, brightness & contrast, cropping, etc)  and saving photos from an SD card to a USB drive.  We need twice as many editors (48 in 2019) as photographers.  We are also need specialized editing positions that will backup all images, send files to the printers and verify USB drive content.

Touch-Up Artists – Just basic hair and make-up touch ups.  We need donations of hair spray, combs, eyeliner, concealer, lipstick, eye shadow, brushes, blush, etc.

Family Guide – These volunteers escort the family through the whole process.  They pick up a new family from the registration table, makes sure all the paperwork is completed and turned in, escorts the family to the hair/makeup area (if desired), then to a photographer and stays with the family until they get back to the waiting area; all the while collecting their stories.

General Volunteers  – We also need many other general volunteers from framers,  translators, hospitality, food, etc.

We can't succeed without people like you!


Our next event will be Saturday December 7, 2019

Volunteer below!

If you can volunteer in any way, please complete the form below or:

Or we are always looking for supplies for our next event, email info@gcrahelpportrait.com for how you can help.