When social distancing and quarantine, along with city shutdowns began a while back, photographers everywhere began moving sessions. And while events were being canceled a nationwide campaign to spread cheer, joy and love during this crazy time of COVID-19 emerged.
The Front Porch Project aimed to capture families on their front porch, for 6ft or more away, as we all navigate this together. Some families around the country, opted for fun images with signs, or dressed like dinosaurs, others took a more traditional route and posed together on their steps. Embracing their children, loving their family and receiving a few images in exchange for passing it forward to a charity.
Though the following week our stay in place orders came in, I was happy to be able to capture joy for so many families. And when things relax, even if I can still be no closer than 6ft from my clients, I may go back out and do even more. Just to give families a little joy amid the stress.
While things may seem upside down right now, it’s important to document this time in our lives. You can do front porch photos yourself! Find a stool or stand for your phone or camera. Make sure the camera is angled to the correct area you want in the photograph. Set your family all up together. Then set the timer, and jump in for some tickles, cuddles or if you’re magic, everyone smiling at the camera at once! You can even add in your furry babies.
When our quarantine time has passed, you can always contact a local photographer to capture professional images you can display in your home. A way to document the love despite the circumstances.
Melody is a graduate of Jacksonville University, married a Jax Beach resident, moved away for 12 years, then returned to the area in 2016. Together they have two girls. Melody works as owner/photographer of Melody Coarsey Photography, she loves yoga, family, traveling, dining with a view and the ocean.