Doesn’t it feel like the world shut down so abruptly? We watched the pandemic ripple across the world, yet, we still weren’t prepared. As my husband and I read the news, we likened it to being on the Titanic. We knew it would hit, but didn’t know when, and we definitely didn’t think it would impact our lives as much as it has.
And now that our community is on lockdown, most photographers are unable to perform sessions as usual. Weddings are being postponed, photographers are no longer allowed in hospitals for newborn sessions, and families aren’t comfortable being photographed at this time.
So, since I won’t be doing family and couples sessions for a while, I thought it was the perfect time for a project: Pandemic Porch Project. This isn’t a new idea. Photographers all over the world are taking photos of families on their porches or business owners standing in their empty shops. My goal is to keep this local to Brevard, although I am willing to drive to Hendersonville and Asheville by request.
Now that most families are staying home, I thought pandemic porch sessions would be a fantastic way to document time. I also promised an April fundraiser, so in an attempt to give back to the community, I’m donating my time to The Family Place of Transylvania County. 100% of proceeds will go to benefit them and their incredible community resources.
These sessions are meant to capture families in their current environments. Families stay on their porches, steps, or yards and I photograph them being themselves. I remain at least 10ft away from families, usually 20-30ft, as I remain near my car, curb, or edge of their yard.
The photos below are from the first two weeks of the project, which began April 1.