NY teen wants to make families smile with a free portrait this holiday

Hometown Heroes

TROY, N.Y. (WTEN) — Will Cohen, 15, taught himself photography after becoming interested in the skill five years ago. He first started by using the camera on his phone.

“I’m all self-taught throughout the entire process over the five years,” said Cohen. “I watched YouTube videos and tutorials and mostly learned through experience.”

Cohen said he realized that during the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of families were financially impacted. He felt that he could help by providing a simple gift for families this season.

In a Facebook post, Cohen reached out to families having a tough time, offering them a free family portrait.

“I’ve done one so far, got five more booked right now,” he said. “I had a lady reach out about doing a wedding possibly. I said yeah, I’ll help her out. I like to help out as much as I can.”

He paid for all of the equipment by doing small jobs here and there, even working in a restaurant to save money to buy his camera. All that hard work has paid off for Cohen he has his own photography business and website.

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