Professional photographers help create special Christmas gifts for families at Access Point on the Danforth


Tis’ the season to be jolly … and there was one incredible experience that put smiles on the faces of more than 80 families this holiday season called the Help-Portrait.

This one-day event is sponsored every year by CAPIC (the Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators / and it took place at the AccessPoint Alliance Community Centre at 3079 Danforth Ave., just east of Victoria Park Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 1.

It involved 10 professional photographers, along with 10 photographers’ assistants and a make-up artist, two producers, three tech support for printing, a social media producer, a special event photographer, plus five support staff from the community centre, all giving of their time to create free portraits for families who cannot afford to have their portraits taken, definitely a Christmas gift that will be remembered and last forever.

The professional photographers who took part were Michael Cooper, Peter Roberts, Jeff Buchanan, Peter Stranks, Meghan Hall, Christopher Dew, Bryon Johnson, Ken Remark, Henry Feather and Michael LaFond.

The photographers’ assistants were Bobby Singh, Katie Doyle, Kevin Ho, Rachel Andrade, Nima Latifpour, Elsie Nisonen, Gabriela Parada, Viola Luo, Tamar Afifi, Anne Hanrahan, and Diane Pelenur.

The make-up artist was  Mirasol Ambai, and printer work and reception was taken care of by Heather, Katie and Elizabeth Lobban.

Special Event Photographer was Calvin Lee. The Social Media and General Manager for CAPIC is Sasha Sobrino.

Photographers Malcolm Lobban  and Struan Campbell-Smith were the organizers and producers of Help-Portrait.

Also helping out was volunteer Anne Campbell-Smith, and Access Point staffers Rejwan Karim, Orit Adose, Syed Jalal, Anabela Azevedo and Cherry Abugan

Sponsors of Help-Portrait were Vistek, AGT and Cinq, who provided the catering.




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