Free Logan Square portraits a hit

December 10, 2012|By Zara Husaini @zarhus

Some churches get charitable during the holiday season by organizing canned food or toy drives. Others open their doors to the public and serve a hot meal. The Logan Square branch Messio Dei celebrated its holiday spirit by encouraging Logan Square residents to stop by and have their portraits taken, free of charge.

The portrait event was hosted this weekend at Logan Square Auditorium, and while the church also offered the same service for underprivileged residents last year, this year it was open to anyone. According to Logan Square pastor Mike White, the church came up with the idea based on a visit to the web site howportrait.com. “We piggybacked off of that,” he said.

Though no official tally was taken, White estimates that more than 100 people showed up for free portraits. The group advertised the event as a chance for families to get their pictures taken, but White said photos of roommates, pets and individuals were just a few byproducts of the three-and-a-half-hour shoot.

Messio Dei partnered with several establishments and photographers to organize the event. The church’s intention in planning it, White said, was in bettering the neighborhood and bringing the Logan Square community together. Logan Square Auditorium’s staff was quick to donate the space, a local salon provided makeup for the shoots and local restaurants sent food over for the event’s volunteers.

“People that came stayed and hung out after. It was a really fun environment,” White said. “The feedback has been positive.” Photos were shared on Twitter with the hashtag "lsqhp2012."

White is excited about the possibility of making a tradition out of this. “I can almost guarantee it,” he said of whether or not the event will go on in years to come.

Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page

RedEye Chicago Articles
|
|
|