IPS alum organizes free senior portraits for Northwest High School students

Each student got headshot portraits, wallet pics

INDIANAPOLIS - Northwest High School seniors who might have been unable to afford the high cost of senior portraits don't have to worry about that anymore.

Michael Anthony -- a 2004 graduate of the school who is now a professional photographer -- has picked up the tab for those pictures with a little help from his friends.

"I know exactly what it's like to walk in some of these kids' shoes," Anthony said. "In my heart I felt like it was something that needed to be done."

Anthony and eight photographer friends took senior portraits and yearbook pictures at no cost for about 150 students Thursday.

"My mom checked some prices and it was $400 or $500, and we can't afford that," said senior Jane Nice. "So it's really helpful that this is all free."

John Scott is one of the professional photographers Anthony recruited to help him.

"It's truly a joy to be able to live your passion and do this for a living and give back to the people who sit in front of your camera," Scott said.

Senior Lorena Ochoa said looking back at her senior portraits will evoke memories beyond just her high school experience.

"(I'll) think of the great caring and kind people that came out and did this for us," Ochoa said.

Each student will get headshot portraits and wallet-size photos to give to their family and friends.

Ivy Tech students also assisted the free photo operation, Roberts Camera donated printing supplies and Mr. Quik Home Services donated lunch.

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