Year FIVE of the 30 Strangers Portrait Project and fundraiser is about to begin. Once again, we’ll be doing portraits of mothers and daughters (2, 3, or 4 generations–crossing my fingers for 5) and raising money for the Center for Women and Children in Crisis.
What is 30 Strangers??
A Justin Hackworth Photography project. It works like this. For the entire month of June 2012, I will make a portrait of a mother and daughter every day. 30 portraits – 30 days. The $250 session fee is waived. Instead, well ask participants to donate $50 to the Center for Women and Children in Crisis, in Provo. Then, in September, we’ll have an exhibit and you’re all invited.
Update – Thanks so much for all the great stories. We’ll be reading through them as fast as we can and making the selections very soon.
Pick me! Pick me! Pick me! How do I get picked??
Hold on, tiger. I’d love to pick you, so please leave a comment on this blog post. Keep in mind, there are some guidelines. Please read carefully.
- Tell us why you’re a great fit for the project. It might include the following: 1) the interesting, compelling story of your mother/daughter relationship, triumphs, happy times…
2) how many generations you can bring
- If possible (but not a deal breaker) we’d love to include some ethnic diversity for this year’s project, so if that describes you, please mention it.
- It’s not called 30 Strangers for nothing. To participate, you and I must have never met. Although we’ll be strangers when I photograph you, I certainly hope we don’t remain that way. Part of what makes this project great is the new friends I get to meet.
- Also, we’re looking for people that are age 6 to 108. Why not under the age of 6? Too fidgety. Why not over 108? There are some stairs to my office. (Well, there’s also an elevator).
- When you leave a comment on the blog, be sure to include your email address. Don’t worry. Your email won’t show up for all to see, but I’ll be able to see it and get a hold of you if (when!) you are selected.
- Very important – Please mention 3 days that will work best for you, that will really help me out when coming up with a schedule. Remember, this is for June 2012.
- Most portrait sessions will take place at 4:00pm each day at my studio in Provo.
- We welcome out-of-towners! In the last couple of years, about half of the participants came from outside Utah. Howdy, stranger.
Then what happens?
From the comments, we’ll pick 2012’s 30 Strangers. You have until April 30 at midnight to comment. If you are selected, we’ll email you and you must respond to my email within two days to confirm your day and time.
Please don’t say your mom can come until after you’ve checked with her (speaking from experience, here). We want to make sure you understand the guidelines and that you have all the info you’ll need. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.
What do I get out of it?
I’m glad you asked. You’ll be part of this historic project and donating to a good cause. You’ll experience an artistic, professional portrait session with the most important people in your life. I’ll create something personal and unique that will become more important to you over time. Your portrait will be part of an exhibit that will take place in September 2012 at Brigham Young University. Each session will receive one signed 8×10 fine art print and further prints will be available for purchase.
If you have additional questions, some of them may be answered here. If you don’t see the answer there, don’t hesitate to contact me.