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10-year-old Josiah Riesen strikes a pose Sunday during the local Help Portrait event.
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10-year-old Josiah Riesen strikes a pose Sunday during the local Help Portrait event.


They say a picture is worth a thousand words and after a special event hosted at Algonquin Secondary School Sunday there are more than 65,000 cherished words floating through the community.

Inspired by world renowned photographer Ed Eng, who just happens to live in North Bay, dozens of local photographers (professional and hobbyists) picked up their cameras and snapped their way to a memorable holiday season for 65 area residents.

Help Portrait, Founded by Celebrity Photographer Jeremy Cowart, is a global charity initiative that brings photographers together to use their photography skills to give back to their local communities.

John Osburn, member of the Photo Group of North Bay and spokesman for the local Help Portrait day, says the day was organised to be more than just a quick snap of the shudder, it was designed to be an event that rivals any seen during fashion week in New York City or Toronto.

He says in six short weeks the team of 150 volunteers came together signed on and made the day a great success.

The minute folks walked through the door they were treated like celebrities from getting credentials, to waiting in the green room, to professional hair and make-up stylists on hand to transform them into stars.




For 10-year-old Josiah Riesen the day offered advice on new techniques for his cowlick and a great present to give his grandfather.





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