Master portrait photographer Pepito is used to dealing with affluent clients who can spend thousands.
His work adorns the walls of some of Tampa's most prominent families.
But Pepito says the most rewarding work comes from photographing some of Tampa's neediest families.
He's donated his time on Christmas Eve for the past 13 years, providing family portraits at Metropolitan Ministries.
This year, he photographed 42 families.
For many, like Kimberly Davis and her three children, it was the first portrait the family ever took.
"I have never had pictures taken," Davis said. "I was like, "Oh, my goodness, look at this area and trying to make sure the children were smiling and everyone was doing what they were supposed to do. I was pretty excited about that."
The experience came with a makeup artist and a whole team to make everyone feel like a star.
"it was great," said Tara Pelzer, a resident at Metropolitan Ministries for about two months. "First time portrait, it was awesome."
Pepito says it's just as awesome for him.
"It's an opportunity to serve, and it's also an opportunity for me to give purpose to my life," Pepito said. "It gives me a certain feel of belonging, of community."
In addition to the portraits, Metropolitan Ministries is providing a Christmas Eve meal for residents. Also, on Christmas Day, the charity will serve a meal from 11:30 1:30 at its holiday tent on West Palm Avenue.
That meal is open to anyone in need.