Come get your family’s picture taken at one of The Star’s free holiday portrait pop-ups

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Has it been a while since your family got a nice picture together?

If so (or even if not) you can come to two pop-up events in December to have one of The Star’s world class photographers take a complimentary holiday portrait for you and your loved ones.

Our photographers will be set up at two locations in the city — first at a Soul of Santa community breakfast event off of Blue Parkway on Dec. 10, and second in Crown Center Square with the mayor’s Christmas tree in the background on Dec. 17 — to take portraits of you alone or with your favorite people.

Portraits will be taken on a first come, first served basis, and all are welcome. Some of our reporters and photographers will be there to greet you, and we’ll have a nice holiday scene and professional lighting set up ready and picture perfect.

All you need to do is to show up at the designated time, and fill out a quick form with your contact information so our team can send the photos back to you.

These pop-ups are part of The Star’s efforts to be more involved in and connected to our community that we feel so lucky to be a part of, which our interim executive editor recently wrote about.

When, where, how — all the details!

December 10

The first holiday portrait pop-up will take place at the Shops on Blue Parkway on Dec. 10 in partnership with the Soul of Santa Do Good Foundation’s community breakfast and toy/clothing giveaway.

The event will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Between eating breakfast and gathering gifts for the holidays, guests are welcome to stop by The Star’s holiday portrait station to get a picture taken. Our team will be snapping photos for the duration of the event.

In addition to holiday portraits, the Soul of Santa breakfast event will have lots of activities and stations for guests to partake in, including visits with Santa, food and lots of cheer.

December 17

The second holiday portrait event will take place at Crown Center Square on Dec 17. Guests are welcome to meet us on the south side of the courtyard from 10 a.m. until noon for a holiday portrait in front of the Christmas tree.

Then, you can head up to the ice rink or check out some of the other holiday fun Crown Center has to offer.

Anything else to know?

Both sessions are completely free of charge. Each group will get a photo sent to their email of choice. Families are welcome to post, reuse or print holiday portraits from this event in any way they see fit.

These photos are just one of many steps that The Star is taking to show up and engage in our community. In addition to free portraits, The Star has also launched a community listening project to help redesign our coverage of the local governments and institutions that serve Kansas City, Wyandotte and Johnson counties. In 2023, The Star will also partner with the Kansas City-area Community Blood Center to host a blood drive.

To learn more about these efforts and how to possibly get involved, check out this letter from The Star’s Interim Executive Editor Greg Farmer, or ask us about them when you come get a portrait.