NEWS
12/03/2016 15:00 EST | Updated 12/04/2017 00:12 EST

Making memories: Winnipeg families smile for free holiday portraits

Families gathered together with giggles and smiles at the Indigenous Family Centre on Selkirk Avenue as cameras flashed on Saturday morning.

The free photography event brings together makeup artists, hairstylists and professional photographers as part of the Help Portrait movement.

"I get to add it on to my collection on my wall, so when the kids and family comes over they can see us together," said Helen McLeod, who brought her grandchildren.

Anyone can drop in to get their picture taken and get into the holiday spirit. Faith Prince stopped by with her children and said she used to get photos done but it became too pricey.

"It means a lot because I can pull them out every Christmas ... Every Christmas over the years as my kids get older, and their friend gets older, I will be able to keep them," she said.

Organizer and photographer Ian McCausland said throughout the eight years he's been taking the photos, there's been a great response.

"We reach out to people who wouldn't necessarily have the ability to afford a family portrait during the holidays and it is a chance for them to celebrate their family," he said.

Help Portrait now has events around the world in more than 1,700 locations in 60 countries. The idea behind the movement is simple — find someone in need, take their portrait, print the portrait and deliver it.

McCausland said it's a great way for professional photographers to use their talents in a positive way.

The photos were also being taken at Siloam Mission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.