Photographer Vows To Help Area High School Seniors Get The Graduation Photos They Deserve

Even if that means he works for free.

In an effort to insure that every high school graduate is able to celebrate his or her accomplishments in the way that they deserve, a Philadelphia-based photographer is offering free or "pay-what-you-can" graduation pictures. In a viral Facebook post, the offer is made to any senior in the area who otherwise would be unable to afford them. 

Richard Wah, the photographer behind the offer, came up with the idea after noticing a family of four, two of whom were wearing graduation robes waiting for the bus. Wah, who was driving by in his convertible, told A Plus that he wished he had had enough seats to drive the entire family to where they were going. 

Later, he realized that there was something that he could use to help other graduates in similar situations to those he had: his photography skills.

"I can do graduation pictures," Wah said. "This is what I do on a regular basis every day." 

The first year, two students took Wah up on his offer. This year, as his story continues to go viral, more students keep signing up, along with more make-up artists, barbers and photographers who want to get involved with the photo session on June 18. Wah said he was recently contacted by two hairstylists in New York who want to drive in for the day.

"I'm just glad it caught traction," he said. "I didn't do it for attention, I didn't do it for money. I was trying to figure out a way to give back." 

Wah says that others who are looking for give back to their community are welcome to copy his idea. As someone who knows "what it's like not to have", he believes this is an important chance to give every student something special.  

"There are kids out there with no support system or funds to do the normal things in life," Wah writes in his initial Facebook post, which, as of publication, has been shared over 20,000 times. "You made it, You have graduated high school, God loves you, and he knows your struggle."

Cover image via silvabom / Shutterstock

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