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Photographers to repeat Help Portrait event for good cause

The Six4Six Adoption Benefit will be held Aug. 6 in Sherwood's Stella Olsen Park
by: Submitted photo The Six4Six Adoption Benefit staff includes (from left) Diana Sell (Diana Sell Photography), Lora Phillippi (Life Prints Portrait Design), Carl Jacobson (Jacobsen68 Video Productions), Deanna Russel (Deana Russell Photography) and Darci VandenHoek (Kazuri Studios). The group will offer a 20-minute photo session with one of its four photographers for a minimum donation of $60 on Aug. 6. Proceeds from the event will go toward an adoption fund.

On Saturday, Aug. 6, four local photographers are strapping on their cameras to raise funds for charity, this year to benefit one of their own.

In 2009, Sherwood photographers Diana Sell, Deanna Russell and Darci VandenHoek, along with two other photographers and videographer Carl Jacobson, teamed up for a one-day photo shoot called 'Help Portrait,' a national event providing portraiture for people who would not normally be able to afford professional images.

That event led to another benefit session last year and the desire among them to continue to give back locally by doing a similar project annually for different recipients. When one of the photographers in the group announced her plans to adopt two children from Uganda, the group quickly formed an idea to put their cameras to work in a photo fundraiser to help her family raise money, and the 'Six4Six Adoption Benefit' was born.

With the addition of Portland photographer Lora Phillipi, this brings the group's photographers to four, lending the number to the group's fundraising title.

With a seedling grant from Sherwood real estate agents Todd and Leslie McCabe, co-owners of the McCabe Real Estate Group of Sherwood's John L. Scott office, Diana Sell, the photography group's founder, and one of 26 McCabe Group Money Grow recipients, made the decision to focus her fundraising efforts on VandenHoek's adoption.

In March of this year, the McCabes announced their 'McCabe Money Grow' challenge by giving 26 people in the community $60 and asked them to make that money grow. Their only guidelines were to make the money grow and then donate it to a favorite charity, organization or family/friend in need.

'It was an easy decision to do something to support Darci; she gives so much to the community and deserves it more than anyone I know,' says Sell. In October, the 'McCabe Money Grow' recipients will meet and share their challenge stories, and Sell plans to 'outgrow' them all with this local benefit.

The 'Six4Six Adoption Benefit' is a 20-minute photo session with one of the four photographers for a minimum donation of $60. The client will receive six high-resolution images, and the donations will go toward the VandenHoek adoption fund.

'Six4Six' will take place Aug 6, in Sherwood's Stella Olsen Park, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with all four photographers shooting simultaneously with different clients. No appointments are necessary, though the group would appreciate feedback on its Facebook page: Six4Six Adoption Benefit.

Carl Jacobson will be there documenting the day in video for the family as a keepsake. The goal is 40 clients in four hours, 10 per photographer. Snacks will be available for donation as well.

The VandenHoeks, along with their two biological children, are adopting Ugandan siblings some time later this year, taking them from a family of four to six.

'The costs for international adoption are tremendous and daunting,' says VandenHoek, a Sherwood wedding and portrait photographer. 'But the local support of our family has been equally tremendous. We feel blessed to be raising our kids in this community.'

Anyone who's unable to attend the event but would like to make a donation is urged to contact Diana Sell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-330-2772.