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Hundreds get help with holiday photos

Volunteer Steven Burns photographs a boy for the Greater Cedar Rapids Area Help-Portrait program. (CBS2/FOX28)

On Saturday more than 360 families and individuals had professional portraits taken free of charge.

The pictures were taken by the Greater Cedar Rapids Area Help Portrait team to help people in the community who might not otherwise be able to afford them.

About 120 photographers, assistants, editors and make-up artists volunteered for the annual event as they celebrate its 5th year.

The group set up 17 photo areas complete with lights and backdrops at First Presbyterian Church.

The photos will be printed and distributed to the families the following weekend.

This year GCRAHP expanded its mission to two new groups.

They took pictures for one hundred senior citizens from St. Luke’s Living Center West and Evergreen Estates III.

They also took senior photos for high school students who might not be able to afford them.

Since GCRAHP began in 2013, they have photographed more than 2,400 individuals.

Greater Cedar Rapids Area Help-Portrait is made possible thanks to local professional studio photographers, area photographers, Linn Area Photo Club, Photo Pro, The Gazette, Alliant Energy and many volunteers.

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