The Moore American


August 21, 2013

Tornado victims make new memories

MOORE — Violent May tornadoes may have destroyed homes and possessions but a group of Oklahoma volunteers are working to ensure the future is filled with memories for storm victims.

Help-Portrait, a nonprofit international group of photographers that take and give portraits to those in need, set up shop at Journey Church in Norman on Saturday to photograph families and individuals affected by the spring storms.

“We can’t give back their loss but we can give them future memories,” said volunteer Kendra Daffern, El Reno resident originally from Moore.

Twelve volunteers assisted in taking portraits of approximately eight families. The families were then given printed portraits and CDs of their images.

Myke Smith, volunteer photographer, said immediately after the devastating May 20 tornado in Moore he knew he needed to do something to help those in need. He put out a call for fellow volunteers and was overwhelmed by the response.

Though it took a few months to get the photoshoot set up, Smith said they were happy to be there, if just to put a smile on someone else’s face.

The volunteers are hoping to continue their project in the future. Those interested in having a portrait done or volunteering can call 759-0195.

For more information on Help-Portrait, visit

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