Richard Wah doesn’t have any photos of his high school graduation – that’s because he didn’t have the money to pay for a photographer when he was a teenager.
Now that he’s 44 years old, however, he wants to give other kids the opportunities that he never had.
Richard, who works as a photographer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is offering free graduation photoshoots to youth who can’t afford them. All the grads have to do is send Richard an email, grab their cap and gown, and show up for the shoot.
The photographer has even hired a barber and two makeup artists to spruce up the grads’ look.
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The Philly resident first got the idea for the free photos when he was riding the public bus and saw a group of high school grads sporting caps and gowns – except none of them had any parents or family there to support them.
After snapping two pictures of the lonely looking teens, Richard took to Facebook with the offer.
“I don’t know what your story is and why you can’t afford them, but if you TRULY can’t afford high school graduation pictures and live in Philadelphia, we are allowing you to PAY WHATEVER YOU CAN AFFORD for high school graduation pictures,” Richard wrote on Facebook. “You made it, you have graduated high school, God loves you, and he knows your struggle.”
Since the photographer’s post has been shared 20,000 times on social media, he has reportedly been contacted by at least a dozen teens who are interested in his offer.
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(Photo by Richard Wah)