Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 for a look at the work of Jessica Barker and her work with Help-Portrait: a community of photographers coming together across the world to use their photography skills to give back to their local community. Since 2009, groups around the world have found people in need, taken, printed, and delivered their pictures. To date, more than 280,000 portraits have been gifted. The Minneapolis - Metro Help Squad was started in 2009 to organize, empower, and mobilize volunteers in the Twin Cities.
The Help-Portrait Minneapolis Metro Help Squad has worked with several communities and organizations since 2009, for example:
Homeless (Minneapolis Harbor Lights Center in 2009)
Women and children in shelters (Missions, Inc./Home Free, and Harriet Tubman Center in 2010)
Teens (Treehouse and High School for Recording Arts in 2011)
Cancer survivors, homeless and victims of domestic violence (MOCA, Mary's Place and Casa de Esperanza in 2012)
Native americans, widows and GLBT teens (Ain Dah Yung, Widows Might and Justin's Gift in 2013)
Jessica Barker is a lifestyle portrait photographer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jessica grew up surrounded by the music arts, but her introduction to the material arts began with a drawing and painting class. She soon realized creating beauty was a gift she possessed and expanded her talent into the photographic arts in August 2006.
Giving back is a core aspect of Jessica’s life and business.She volunteers regularly with local charities and non-profits. In addition, she has offered complementary portrait sessions to families in need. She has expanded this passion by coordinating the Minneapolis Help-Portrait events since 2009. Jessica’s work can be found on her online portfolio, www.jessicabarkerphotography.com.