GENESEE COUNTY — Providing free, professional-quality photo portraits to the community has become a holiday tradition at Mott Community College (MCC).
The Help Portrait Event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Events Center on MCC’s Flint campus at 1401 E. Court Street. Individuals, families, friend groups and pets are all welcome. The program is free and open to the public.
This year marks the fourth Annual Help Portrait Event on campus, and it continues to grow. (www.youtube.com/ watch?v=iU1vQC8oG4A)
What started as a small campus project involving Photography students, faculty and a few campus volunteers, has evolved into a campus-wide collaboration that includes the Photography Program students, graduates and faculty, Cosmetology Program students and faculty, students from the Early Childhood Development and Music programs, the Mott Campus Clowns and MCC’s Criminal Justice Program.
“This day is all about giving back to the community,” said Bob Rentschler, MCC photography instructor and Photography Program coordinator. “Our goal is to make every person who walks through the door feel special from start to finish. We believe in the power of a picture, and this is our way to share our passion for photography with the world.”
Appointments are not necessary. Attendees will be welcomed by a greeter, who will give them the option to get touch-ups on hair and make-up for their portrait. Services will be provided by the Cosmetology Program students.
Live music will be provided by MCC Music Department students and faculty, and the Honors Program clown troupe will entertain and help coax smiles from everyone. Activities for young children will be available under the supervision of MCC’s Early Childhood Education students, and the MCC Criminal Justice Program’s student organization, the Law Enforcement Resource Network (L.E.R.N.), will distribute child identification kits to families.
The entire process can take up to an hour, according to Rentschler. That includes make-up and hair, the photo shoot and photo printing. Participants should plan accordingly.
Last year, the MCC Help Portrait Event volunteers shot almost 200 photo sessions and gave out more than 300 8X10 prints, according to Rentschler. — R.S.