Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists using their time, tools and expertise to give back to those in need.

Help-Portrait is about GIVING the pictures, not taking them. These portraits aren’t for a portfolio, website, or sale. It’s about giving people who otherwise couldn’t afford photography, a chance to capture a moment, a memory…and a whole lot more.

Photos from Christmas Day - Wyken Croft

Support the next International Help-Portrait Day

02 DECEMBER 2017

We are pleased to be organising our first Help-Portrait event in the West Midlands, UK in 2017.

We are a group of photographers, amateur and professional, who want to reach out and give something back to those who could never afford a professional portrait shoot.  We have two events planned in 2017.

  • July 4th  - A local school with a high proportion of children from disadvantaged backgrounds where the families struggle with everyday living costs

  • December 2nd - Crisis centre for the homeless in Coventry

Report from Event

Saturday 2nd December - Help-Portrait, organised by Alan Ranger Photography, sponsored by Xposure and partnered by Crisis Skylight and The Salvation Army.

The Stats:

  • 30 Volunteers - made up of 10 Photographers, 3 Hair Stylists, 2 Make-up Artists, and 15 friends/supporters gave their time and skills to provide.

  • 35 homeless people had haircuts/hair styling

  • 23 homeless people had make-overs and makeup

  • 58 homeless people with a professional portrait print and digital version for download

  • Homeless gender mix 22 Women (38%), 36 (62%) Men from the Coventry and Warwickshire area

  • £1,000 raised (to date) for Crisis

Services provided on the day:

  • Sandwiches, soup, drinks and cakes

  • Hair styling and makeover

  • Professional portrait print + digital download

  • Clothes and gifts to take away (donated by team and public)

  • Crisis registration/contact for further support

  • A venue (Salvation Army) to host the event and provide homeless people a day to remember.

  • A friendly reception, compassionate attitude and respect to their situation and needs.

This is a short audio-visual capturing just some of the great moments and volunteers who made this a really special event for the homeless in Coventry on 2nd Dec 2017.


Photos from the event

Downloadable photos


Feedback from Crisis staff:

Help Portrait was one of our highest attended activities in the 4 and a half years we have been running in Coventry & Warwickshire. We managed to engage the most entrenched and hard to reach homeless people in the region and our team were amazed and overjoyed at the turnout. The care, attention and dignity that Alan and his team of volunteers showed the guests was truly inspiring and the transformation and boost in their confidence is something we will never forget. The atmosphere throughout the day was electric and our members were so proud of their portraits that they can now go on to give as gifts, help them to find work or just keep with them as a memory of such a wonderful day.
The feedback from the guests has demonstrated an increase in confidence, trust and relationships with others. These are some of the things that we work on improving with our members every day so the Help Portrait activity has really helped us in carrying out our aims with the individuals we support.
Following the huge success of the day, we are hoping to provide ongoing support to the individuals who attended. Help Portrait has certainly done its bit in supporting us in our mission to end homelessness and we are very proud to have been a part of the event

Feedback from guests:

What did you enjoy the most:

“(it has) lifted me up a lot, it has given me a boost”

“being pampered, paying attention to myself, having my hair and beard groomed. Having a portrait photograph of myself was the ultimate”

“Enjoyed the makeover and haircut (it) made me feel really good, thank you”

“It’s been nice to have a haircut and get a photo for my mum. Really good morning”

“well and truly enjoyed it today, would recommend to everyone”

Feedback from Volunteers:

"It was a really special day Alan and I felt really lucky to be involved"

"Such a privilege to be involved"

"Really successful and worthwhile day, very happy to have taken part in it."

"loved it can't wait to see all the photos"

"A lovely event and experience"

"Thank you for asking me to be part of such a great day"

"Great day. Proud to have been part of it"

"Really good day - I’m so pleased to have been involved"



We are very grateful to Sharjah Media Center and the Xposure International Photography Festival for sponsoring our events.  Their financial support has meant we can produce professional quality images remotely within 15mins - allowing us to provide clients with a complete end to end professional portrait service with hair/makeup and high quality prints at the event.

Crisis Skylight - Coventry & Warwickshire


Crisis Skylight Coventry and Warwickshire is an outreach service that works with homeless individuals and those at risk of homelessness.Based in the city centre, they deliver their services throughout Coventry in various venues including those provided by partners. Crisis Skylight come into contact with over 600 people a year in Coventry.

Make a donation to support the homeless and the event

We would like to raise £1000 as part of the Help-Portrait Event for Crisis so please make a donation and share this link and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to give what they can sacrifice to help the homeless.

Sponsor a professional portrait shoot for a homeless person in Coventry today.   

We have 75 portrait slots to sponsor for our Help-Portrait Event on 2nd Dec.  Sponsor a slot today

Donate £10 or more and you will also be entered into a free prize draw for a 1-day photography workshop in the next 12 months with Alan Ranger Photography. 


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