A Winnipeg photographer living with autism is using his skills to give back to the community.
For the past few years, Alexei Mohsen has been offering mini-photo sessions to families in Winnipeg, with funds raised going to support various organizations.
"I started in 2019 raising money for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. The next year, we did the Miltary Family Resource Centre. And then in 2021, I became aware of the situation in schools, where a lot of children come to school without breakfast, lunch or clothing, so I decided we should help fundraise," said Alexei. "So for the last two years, we've been doing fundraising for the at-risk fund at Athlone Elementary School. This year, we're focusing on another school."
The mini-sessions will be 20 minutes long with five different backdrops available.
"We have two options. You can either bring your own phone or camera to do it. Or pay extra for a professional session with me."
Alexei says it feels good to give back to the community.
"It feels nice to be able to give money so other kids won't have to go through it like I saw people doing," said Alexei. "We are hoping to raise $1000.00 at least. We did $1100 in the two previous years combined, so we're hoping to top that this year."
Mohsen's mother, Paula, director of the ANSANM Foundation, says it makes her happy to watch her son use his gift to help others.
"He is very compassionate. He would give you the shirt off his back. He is always there to help people. If his friends need help, he goes and helps out," said Paula. "To see him expand to the community is very heartwarming."
The mini photo sessions will take place on Nov. 18 and 25 at Sturgeon Heights Collegiate from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. There will also be sessions available on Dec. 2 and 9.
Anyone interested can schedule with Mohsen by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or texting 204-891-8749.