2020 has, no doubt, been a crazy year. I'm sure we've all said it once or twice, but who would have thought we'd be where we are right now? COVID-19, in the midst of a social justice uprising, a very important election - its truly insane.
But as I sat in my house in the midst of a long quarantine during the pandemic I couldn't help but wonder a few things. 1. How can I get back out there and get my camera working again (and not just taking pictures of my dog) and 2. How can I give back?
So, I had seen a few photographers down south do something called "Front Porch Sessions" and I decided to take the idea and run with it (shout out to those photographers for the idea!!). I planned a day to book a few mini sessions, plan to photograph families on their front porch/steps/yard etc, all while staying safe and socially distant. And the best part? I was doing to donate a portion of the proceeds to a local charity.
It didn't take long for me to decide which charity I wanted to donate to. There is a local organization called Housing Families, based in Malden MA that provides housing and assistance to low income families. At a time like this, they knew these families would need extra assistance, so they had started the HFI Fund. You can find out more about Housing Families on their website. I have volunteered with them myself, and I can truly say they are an amazing organization that make a difference in many lives. And keeping things local was very important to me.
So, I posted, emailed and the inquiries quickly flowed in! I booked a number of sessions, grabbed my camera (and my mask of course) and headed out to photograph.
It was SO nice to get back out there, interact with people, photograph ADORABLE children and families and just bring some joy back into people's lives, even if just for a short time.
A huge thank you to everyone who booked a session and donated to the Front Porch Project. In total we raised $400 for Housing Families! I'd call that a success! I can't wait to do more projects like this in the future.
Until next time, live creatively friends.