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Photographers donate time, portraits for homeless youth

About 40 homeless youth from around the Las Vegas Valley will be transformed into “rock stars” this Saturday as part of Help-Portrait, a global philanthropic event by volunteer photographers.

The “celebrities” – all residents of HELP of Southern Nevada’s Shannon West Homeless Youth Center – were selected for the second year in a row to become the Las Vegas Help-Portrait models.

The local photography session will take place between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Shannon West, 1417 Las Vegas Blvd. North. Hairstylists, make-up artists and photographers will glam up and shoot professional portraits of the youth members who otherwise might not have access to affordable professional photography.

“This year is even bigger than last year with more photographers, make-up artists and hair stylists participating. The response has been overwhelming,” said local Help-Portrait organizer Al Powers in a statement.

The nonprofit organization Help-Portrait was founded by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart to give the homeless, orphans, single parents, seniors, army veterans and underprivileged families the opportunity to have their pictures taken and given to them by a professional photographer.

“This is about helping people who never imagine having their portrait made,” Cowart said in a statement. “This is about giving pictures, not taking them. It’s about building relationships in your own community and giving hope.”

For more information about HELP of Southern Nevada – a nonprofit organization that assists more than 100,000 low-income families and individuals – call (702) 369-4357 or visit

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