Portraits for Love - Volunteer Opportunities

Portraits for Love Description

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Volunteer Photographers Needed  
Portraits for LOVE - Huntsville, Alabama

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Village Of Promise,  2901 Fairbanks street NW, Huntsville, AL 35816 

Regina Miller Location Sponsor

Village of Promise

Village of Promise is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Huntsville, Alabama. The organization was founded to address the needs of children and families in distressed, high-poverty neighborhoods. Our Mission is to break the cycle of poverty, one family at a time, using a two-generational approach. Villagepromise.com

If you are interested in volunteering for the events to help with photography, makeup, hair or event set-up please let us know. Just email kenneth@kennethpurdom.com. Subject line Portraits for LOVE  Volunteering.

Portraits for Love Description

The idea behind Portraits for LOVE is to provide portraits for individuals and families that cannot afford professional portraits.

Whether it be a result of a crisis from a natural disaster or accident for example home damaged by fire or other circumstances.  Portraits for LOVE volunteers assemble to help families in need.


The goal of Portraits for LOVE  is to help families around the world with portraits of their families and loved ones throughout the season, taken by the incredibly talented photographers within the industry. To date 1,000's portraits have been taken and sent to soldiers and their families.


We are looking to use the strength and commitment of our Portraits for LOVE volunteers to help support this project and provide opportunities for the creative community to help families in need.


Portraits for LOVE is working with local USO offices and other community non-profit organizations to gather families for Portraits for LOVE events. The goal of the project is to create memorable portraits of families.  


We wish to thank all of the participating photographers and the creative community who have helped make Portraits for LOVE a success and the organization's we have worked with.


Organizations we have worked with in the past...

  • Park and Recreations Department Columbia, Tennessee.

  • No More Dirty Ministries Huntsville, Alabama

  • Park and Recreations department Huntsville, Alabama

  • Life Care Centers of America

  • Habitat for Humanity Franklin, Tennessee

  • Habitat for Humanity Columbia, Tennessee

  • USO Clarksville, Tennessee


Volunteer Opportunities

  • Photographer

  • Photographer Assistant

  • Site Location Coordinator

  • Event Location Coordinator

  • Videographer

  • Social Media Manager

  • Website Creator

  • Content Creator

  • Article Writing and Blogging

  • PR Coordinator

  • Community Outreach Coordinator


Reasons to Volunteer


“I volunteer because I love my city and I need to give back something to it other than tax dollars. Also, my soul needs redemption.” - Sophia


“I volunteer because ‘to whom much is given, of him shall much be required.’ — Luke 12:48. - Aria


“I volunteer because I find something incredibly satisfying about acting in a way that is consistent with my principles.” - Charlotte


“I volunteer because it takes me out of my daily life.” - Isabella


“I volunteer because it continuously teaches me something new about people, about cooperation, about compassion, and about myself.” - Mark



If you would like to volunteer please email Kenneth Purdom at Kenneth@kennethpurdom.com

Subject: Portraits for LOVE and let us know how you would like to volunteer.




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Portraits for LOVE was started in 2016 by Kenneth Purdom.


Kenneth Purdom





Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing

Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing 2018


Hosts Tommy Davidson and Andrea Feczko Join Cunard on Flagship Queen Mary 2 for Annual Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 Featured on TV Series Vacation Creation

VALENCIA, Calif., Feb. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second time, Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 will be featured on Vacation Creation with Tommy Davidson and Andrea Feczko, which airs on Saturday, February 17 on ABC stations in select markets around the country. Tommy Davidson, known for his role in "In Living Color," hosts alongside travel expert and YouTube sensation Andrea Feczko. The season 2 episode highlights Queen Mary 2's annual Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing, which includes a glamorous array of fashion shows, exhibitions, and lectures.

"We are thrilled to share the inspiring fashion week story on national TV," said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America. "This Vacation Creation is perfectly suited for Cunard, and the episode brings to life the experience of a Transatlantic Crossing."

About Vacation Creation with Tommy Davidson and Andrea Feczko
Vacation Creation with Tommy Davidson and Andrea Feczko is one of Carnival Corporation's original TV series. With cruise vacations growing twenty percent faster than land-based vacations and with more people than ever taking cruise vacations year over year, the show's inaugural season's strong ratings are a testament to Americans' interest in cruising. Vacation Creation takes audiences on an inspirational journey as they follow the voyages of families who have been chosen to experience a custom-tailored cruise vacation of a lifetime. Families that are facing hardship, in need of hope, or are seeking much-needed time together are able to travel to incredible destinations and create lasting memories. 

The Episode: "Atlantic Crossing in Style"

The episode, "Atlantic Crossing in Style," follows recent design graduate Helena Bajaj-Larsen and her family on their Transatlantic journey. Born and raised by an Indian painter and a Norwegian linguistics Professor, Bajaj-Larsen's designs are inspired by her heritage and she uses fabrics sourced from Khadi shops around India and are hand-painted using acid and pigment dyes. In celebration of her matriculation from Parsons School of Design, and to thank her parents for their unwavering support, Helena and her family embark on the annual Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing aboard Queen Mary 2. Onboard, Helena is inspired by the ship's architecture and design and has the opportunity to present her fashion line in a glamorous runway show at sea. Helena receives invaluable career advice from fashion icons such as Joe Zee and Rob Younkers during this celebration of style at sea.

The episode will air February 17, 2018. To find scheduled air times, please check local listings.

To view a preview of the episode, please click here: http://bit.ly/VCR213

For more information about Cunard, or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Consultant, call Cunard Line at 1-800-728-6273 or visit www.cunard.com.

For travel agents interested in further information, please contact your Business Development Manager, visit OneSourceor call Cunard toll free at 1-800-528-6273.

Queen Mary 2
Christened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2004, Cunard's flagship Queen Mary 2 defines luxury travel for the 21st Century and continues a 178-year legacy of transatlantic travel. Queen Mary 2 achieved her 200th transatlantic crossing in July 2013. Iconic luminaries, political figures and celebrities from the Golden Age of Ocean Travel to the present day have sailed with Cunard and aboard Queen Mary 2.

Cunard is the operator of luxury cruise ships Queen Mary 2®, Queen Victoria® and Queen Elizabeth®. Renowned for impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment, all three Queens offer luxury accommodations in Britannia, Britannia Club, Princess Grill Suite and Queens Grill Suite staterooms. Cunard is the only line to offer regularly scheduled Transatlantic service between New York and London, and it continues to celebrate the freedom of travel on exciting World Voyage and Grand Voyage itineraries that visit Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Awarded '#1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line' by Travel + Leisure's 2017 and 2016 World's Best Awards and 'Best World Cruise Itineraries' and 'Best Trans-Atlantic Itineraries' by Porthole Cruise Magazine's 2016 Readers Choice Awards, Cunard is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines, a part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the largest cruise vacation company in the world. Together Cunard, Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK) operate 102 ships visiting over 700 ports around the world and totaling 226,000 lower berths.

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Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Opens

Today marked the official groundbreaking for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.  Co-Founders George Lucas and Mellody Hobson along with the Museum's Board of Directors joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren Price and a group of more than 100 civic and community leaders to break ground on this 21st century cultural destination to be located at Exposition Park in South Los Angeles.

All images courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Used under authorization. All rights reserved.

All images courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Used under authorization. All rights reserved.

"The focus of the Museum is to open up people's imaginations and inspire them to dream beyond what is considered possible," said co-founder George Lucas. "Narrative art and storytelling stirs our emotions, shapes our aspirations as a society, and is the glue that binds us together around our common beliefs."

The Lucas Museum will celebrate the art of visual storytelling and enable people of diverse backgrounds to experience the power of narrative art across all mediums, including painting, illustration, comic art, photography, film, animation and digital art.  It is intended to be a place where visitors feel comfortable and welcomed by engaging with art forms they may already recognize and love.

Lucas Museum Goal

"Our goal is to create the world's most inclusive and accessible art museum—a place that brings together people from every walk of life," said co-founder Mellody Hobson. "We are excited to call Exposition Park home, surrounded by more than 100 elementary and high schools, one of the country's leading universities, as well as three other world-class museums."

With an iconic building designed by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, the 300,000 square-foot non-profit museum will feature collection galleries and exhibition spaces displaying original works of art from world-renowned artists, cutting-edge digital technologies and daily film screenings in two state-of-the-art theaters. It will also offer extraordinary educational opportunities with hands-on and digital classrooms and a free public research library for educators, scholars and students.  Education will be a centerpiece of the Museum's programming to provide diverse students of all ages the skills to voice their own stories and spark creativity.  

The project will transform a series of asphalt parking lots into a museum surrounded by 11 acres of new park land and gardens designed by Los Angeles-based landscape architecture firm Studio-MLA.  Thousands of jobs will be created directly and indirectly as a result of the Museum. 

"The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be an architectural wonder, a cultural treasure, and a center of storytelling and creativity at the heart of a reimagined Exposition Park," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "I thank Mellody Hobsonand George Lucas for their incredible generosity and vision, which will inspire countless Angelenos and visitors from around the world."

Lucas Museum

"Today is a momentous occasion, as we break ground on what will surely become one of Los Angeles County's most popular and beloved landmarks," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. "The Lucas Museum will not only display brilliant works of art, but also teach countless children the science and technological skills needed for careers in the film, animation and design industries. It will cement Exposition Park's reputation as a world-class destination for arts and entertainment."

"My heartfelt thanks to George and Mellody for this unprecedented investment in South Los Angeles," said Los Angeles Councilmember Curren Price. "When completed, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be a special, very magical gathering space for individuals from all walks of life to experience art like never before. We share an absolute belief that all children and families, no matter their skin color or zip code, deserve equal access to the arts." 

Construction is commencing immediately and is anticipated to be completed by late 2021.



Narrative art is art that tells a story through images, either as a single moment in an ongoing story or as a sequence of events unfolding over time.  It is as old as humanity, with many of the world's great works of art being narrative in nature, conveying stories from religion, myth, legend, history, literature or current events.  While storytelling takes many forms, narrative imagery and pictures may have preceded the written word in capturing the thoughts and actions of people. Storytelling is central to the history of visual art across nearly every culture and time period in human history - ranging from cave paintings to Egyptian hieroglyphics to religious paintings and now to the modern use of film and digital animation.  The power of narrative art is in bringing people or societies together, or inspiring us to action, through shared beliefs. 

The Lucas Museum will showcase how storytelling works in various art forms and various times and places. The Museum will assemble many different genres including comic art, painting, illustration, photography, filmmaking, and drawings for exploration and celebration. These works of vastly different types of art will co-exist in the galleries for comparison, contemplation, inspiration and discussion.

For more information, please visit www.lucasmuseum.org

Contact:  Paul Hernandez
(818) 266-7769

Portraits for LOVE Huntsville, Alabama 

Portraits for LOVE - Helping Others

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” 
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Recently had the opportunity to do a portrait photography event in Huntsville Huntsville Alabama.

The event was a wonderful opportunity to provide photography and portraits or families in the Huntsville Alabama area.

Meeting at the Dove Awards

The journey to Huntsville, Alabama started back in October at the Dove Awards in Nashville, TN when I was doing photography for the Museum of the Bible.

Museum of the Bible Is located in Washington DC at 400 4th St. SW, Washington, DC.

I was the location scout for the Museum of the Bible exhibit that was on display at Lipscomb University in Nashville Tennessee. After spending several weeks finding a location for the museum exhibit, I was also hired to be the photographer while the exhibit was on display and Nashville Tennessee at Lipscomb University.


The Museum of the Bible exhibit display was located right outside the entrance of the Dove Awards. So that evening in October I had the opportunity to do photography As participants were attending and entering the Gospel Music Awards / DOVE Awards.

I have attended the Dove Awards in the past they are a lot of fun, and I enjoy the program.  On this particular occasion, I did not have the opportunity to attend the Dove Awards, but I was hired to do photography for the production company that was managing the Museum of the Bible tour across America for the museum exhibit.

So on a beautiful October day that started a little cool in the Lipscomb University courtyard, we did photos of people with the Museum of the Bible display which was about  About five stories high and 40 ft wide weighing 3 tons. 

The museum exhibit takes two flatbed tractor-trailers to carry it across the country utilizing a setup team engineers and cranes.  I am told it takes about two days to set up the display and about one day to take the display down. 

The Green family are the founders of Hobby Lobby are the managing founders of the Museum of the Bible. While working the Museum of the Bible event at Lipscomb University in front of the Dove Awards, I met Fred Whitlow II. 

He was there attending the event as a guest, and he is also a musician and leader in the Huntsville Alabama area. Somehow we got to talking about portraits of love and ended up falling up with each other after the event.

After some phone calls texting and messaging, we decided on doing the portraits of Love event in Huntsville, Alabama on the Sunday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018.

So we went from bumping into each other at the event in October to planning a photoshoot in Huntsville Alabama. Fred Whitlow II Was able to provide us with a host location to set up for the portrait event and he also provided us with families and individuals to work with on doing the portraits.

Facebook Live

One of our promotions was doing Facebook live on his Facebook page.  This turned out to be a great way to get the message out in to explain the vision behind portraits of love.

We did a Facebook live interview together and ran down the different parts of portraits for love. The main idea behind Portraits for LOVE is to provide photos for individuals and Families that cannot afford professional portraits. At the Portraits for LOVE events volunteers assemble to help families in need.

Recruiting Volunteers for Photography

Recruiting volunteers can be a very challenging opportunity. 

Thank goodness we had two wonderful photographers show up and volunteer their time and talents for the event.  There is no way I could have done the event by myself. Every time slot for the event was filled with a family or individual for portraits.

Special thank you to Patrick Collins and Vic Vergara for providing for photography and gear for the event. 

Loading photography gear can always be an interesting task.  I have an old Dodge Caravan that makes this task very simple.  But the old Dodge Caravan that was used for family vacations and did concerts events is no longer in the best of conditions.  So most of the time it is just setting in the driveway and is used as a junk hauler from time to time.

I have recently become very skillful at loading everything into a Nissan Altima. One of the tools that I have to make packing and unloading simpler as using a red folding cart with wheels.

This allows for all the lighting stands and tripods and backdrop stands to be rolled in and out of the location making load loading time shorter and less time-consuming.


The first time I did this was doing headshots at the local College and had to roll everything into a conference room to set up for the headshots and gracefully roll everything out quickly and move on to my next photoshoot.
Driving down the Huntsville, AL  

Thank goodness the weather was perfect that day we had a break in the icy cold weather and no snow or sleet to add to the drama of getting to the photoshoot. Frederick. Patrick and I both all three showed up about the same time.  That was a great way to start the event getting there on time and knowing everyone was there.

Set up Photography Gear

We all three started setting up pretty quickly.  I think we all knew we had to be ready when the families showed up.  you don't want to be fiddling with gear when families are ready to have their portraits made.

We had the perfect amount of space to set up three areas for photography in also a holding area for the families to mix and mingle in They were waiting to have their photos made.

The folding red cart has proven to be a big success with helping me with unloading and setting up for events.  It's a great tool to move a lot of tripods and stands at the same time and roll them right into the venue and offload them into the areas that they will be needed for set up.

The think-tank camera bag that I use for transporting camera gear has proven to be worth every penny. It keeps my camera gear from being damaged, and it is easy to work out of.


The Pace of the Photoshoot

The photoshoot started at 2:00 and went all the way up to 5:00. We were doing photos the entire time. Frederick's team keep everything organized with the families.

So we had a pretty fast pace of shooting and rotating the families and individuals through the three photography setups that we had in the venue. 

Falling into a Creative Rhythm

Somewhere in the photoshoot I was inspired by the individuals that were allowing us to do portraits of them. So in a moment of inspiration, I started using blue gels.

Thank goodness my camera bag was closed and organized with a traveling kit of different colors of gels for my flash. I had just purchased two small umbrellas that I use in conjunction with my beauty dish or 7-foot umbrellas.

So I was able to take a blue gel and place it on one of the edge lights and create a blue light effect with a few of the participants where it seemed creatively appropriate. I probably ended up doing more than the number of photos that I originally anticipated.  But it is always fun to have subjects that appreciate having their photos made and having all the gear setup and room to work with.

Before you knew it, it was 5:00 and the event was coming to an end.  We did a few promo type shots for the host and then it was time to pack up our gear.

Packing always makes me think about having a studio space of my own. in the perfect world the gear would stay set up and just be moved for Creative exercises and learning new techniques for lighting.

But for now, all the gear had to be packed back into my Nissan Altima and eventually rolled back into the garage and office at home. Patrick and I went to eat at Ruby Tuesday's had an awesome meal. I drink about 5 gallons of water because I was at the end of having a cold and sore throat and needed lots of water.

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” 
― Barack Obama

GMA/DOVE Awards http://doveawards.com
Patrick Collins https://www.facebook.com/patrick.collins.545849

Vic Vergara https://www.facebook.com/vic.vergara.7

Fred Whitlow II https://www.facebook.com/minister.whitlow

Museum of the Bible https://www.museumofthebible.org/

Lipscomb University in Nashville Tennessee https://www.lipscomb.edu

Hobby Lobby https://www.hobbylobby.com

Kenneth Purdom Photography

Commercial advertising photography, celebrity photography, lifestyle photography, fashion photography and editorial photographer serving the Nashville, TN area. Photography studio locations Nashville, TN - Franklin, TN - Columbia, TN - Huntsville, AL.  

615-310-7171 - kenneth@kennethpurdom.com