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Local Photographers Donate Portrait Time

This is such a cool idea. This Saturday, a group of local photographers will take portraits of families and individuals for free!

The goal is to offer families and individuals who could not afford to have a professional portrait the chance to have one for the holidays (or any other occasion, actually). So far, 37 families have confirmed reservations, but there's room for at least 75 families, maybe more, according to Susanna Hernández Peredo, a media spokesman for the project.

Peredo says most of the families who have signed up are Vietnamese, Spanish or military families. There will Spanish speakers on-site for assistance on Saturday.

Photogs will volunteer their time and equipment, including setting up studio backdrops in the Linda Vista Presbyterian Church (new location!) The project is organized locally by Outside the Lens, a youth media literacy program, and the University of San Diego Psychology Club. The national umbrella project is Help-Portrait.

As of noon today, seven local professional photographers have donated their time. They are: Ron Perry, John Selgado, Patrick Gooden, Paul Savage, Josue Castro, Andrew Rogers, and possibly Jayde Wofford.

Outside the Lens is also looking for make-up artists willing to donate their time on Saturday to help subjects get ready for the portraits.

If you would like to have your holiday portrait taken or know a family who could benefit from this service, or are a make-up artist willing to donate your time, contact Rachel at Outside the Lens (858) 349-7578 or email her at

The shoot takes place this Saturday, December 4th from 9am-12pm at the Linda Vista Presbyterian Church: 2130 Ulrich St. San Diego, CA 92111.

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