Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Trading Talent for Charitable Subjects; Artists Provide Photo Shoots in Exchange for Haiti Relief Donations

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Trading Talent for Charitable Subjects; Artists Provide Photo Shoots in Exchange for Haiti Relief Donations

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Byline: STEVE PATTERSON

Photos of broken bodies and ruined towns have riveted the world's attention on Haiti for almost two weeks.

Sunday, photos became a way for people in Jacksonville to help.

Outside a shop on Park Street in Five Points, photographers shot free portraits for anyone who would write a check, of any amount, to organizations including UNICEF and the Yele Haiti Foundation that are sending aid to Haiti's earthquake survivors.

Once signed, the check was put in a stamped envelope addressed to the charity and handed back to the check-writer to mail.

"They can trust me, because I'm not taking the money," said photographer Ezra Marcos Ayala, who organized the event.

Other photographers and a makeup artist volunteered to help as Facebook invites and blog posts spread the word.

"This is such a great idea. ... It's the best kind of fundraiser to have," said Gail Haltiwanger, who wanted pictures of her 23-year-old daughter, Sandy Haltiwanger, and Tater, her daughter's chihuahua. …

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