Everything feels so surreal...like everything just stopped.
However I know that I am here– in Marin – with my family and neighbors, friends and others (though virtually or through significant social distancing!) during this unprecedented time.
As a photographer, I typically spend hours every week capturing images of families in times of Special Milestones and Connections: Family Time, High School Seniors, Generational Portraits and Portraits with Our Furry Family and more. Those moments of special connections are still happening in homes right now. I know it. But I can’t be there to capture them.
Like everyone, Marin residents need to do their part in the COVID-19 crisis andstay at home.
We are documenting this time by taking five-minute “Front Steps Portraits” of Marin residents. Each day we take sometime to scurry around and snap super fast images of Marin families on their front steps.
The purpose of this project is to bring us together virtually when we might feel isolated. We aim to highlight the faces of our community during a time when we might not see them in passing at the grocery store, coffee shop, on the train or at the gym. Participating in this project is also an opportunity to step up to help those who need it most right now in Marin.
You will know when we are coming. We will text or toot our horn. You can step outside, and I will be standing near your driveway or street, at least 10 feet away. I will take a couple quick shots and leave. We physically interact with no one, and touch nothing, during these sessions.
We *do* smile and laugh with you, however, and don’t we all need a little bit of that right now?
After your quick session, we will email you the digital file of your portrait. There is no fee, we welcome you to make a good faith donation to Adopt A Family through this GoFundMe Campaign.
We will be posting these images on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #thefrontstepsprojectmarin.
This is not a typical get-dressed-up-and-pose-for-the-photographer session. Want to stand outside in your pajamas and slippers? Sounds good to us. Kids in mismatched clothes but you’re thrilled they got dressed? Fantastic. Wearing your bike gear because you’re headed off to ride a trail in the nice weather or wearing your rain gear during our showers? Love it!
A HUGE shout out to Cara Soulia Photography, a photographer in Needham, MA for coming up with this thoughtful idea! I will be hash tagging #thefrontstepsproject so we all can see our country staying home and practising safe distancing and 20-30 seconds handwashing.