Front Porch Pictures, showing life during coronavirus.
Covid-19 is turning our world upside. Everyone is touched by this pandemic in one way or another. Decades from now, front porch pictures bring a visual to stories we’ll share from the days of “the virus.”
After my mom passed away when I was seven, I’d flip through page after page of my parent’s photo albums. It wasn’t just that I wanted to see her again. I wanted more details alongside the stories I was told.
As an adult, I’ve sifted through hundreds of my husband’s family pictures. Learning through them, who he came from, and whereas his mom, a fellow “archivist,” shared their history.
I’ve also thought of photos as time capsules. Through them, we are able to time travel. They allow us to viscerally connect with moments that shaped and changed us.
“Porchtraits” more than family photos…Time capsules
In decades from now, we’ll all have tales from this time. I started doing front porch pictures for the same reason I looked through all those old family photos. They are a way for people to document this unusual, historical moment in time.
I can imagine how conversations might go:
“Remember when you lost your two front teeth during Quarantine?”
“It was so hard, but there are moments I wish I could be quarantined with my kids again” “I didn’t know if my business would make it through…” “A friend sent us margaritas in a bag, which we shared on the front porch….”
“We didn’t have reasons to dress up because we couldn’t go anywhere, so we decided to wear fancy clothes just because….”
“We had the time, so we got a new puppy….”
“Your dad was laid off, so he homeschooled you while I did therapy sessions in the bedroom with my patients….”
This time is calling all of us to make changes in our lives. For most, it’s forcing us to slow down, whether we like it or not. I may be projecting, but the families I met during these “porchraits” are radiating a current of strength and resilience. Maybe it’s the shared bond of what they’re going through. Maybe it’s all that time together paying off. (I can sense that happening in my own family right now.) Who knows, but I’m encouraged by it, whatever the case.
Supporting our community through porch pictures
I’ve also felt so grateful to those who’ve donated sessions for people deeply impacted by this virus. Thank you for your support.
I am reminded each time I do a session that we humans are still at the mercy of powers beyond our control. For some, we have more options and support than others. I’m so grateful to see those who are able to, generously reaching out to help their neighbors and community at large.
Staying safe while capturing “stay-at-home”
If you’re interested in scheduling a front-porch session or would like to donate for someone else in need, please reach out to me here, email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 402-304-4057. I will reach out to you and find a time that works for me to “drive-by.” Sessions are between 15-30 minutes. To be accessible for all people, I’m offering these at a sliding scale between $25-200. Everyone’s health is my first priority. If you or your family have any symptoms, we will reschedule. During the session, I will wear a mask and use a long lens to maintain a safe social distance.
I’m also still scheduling full family pictures outdoors and indoor family photos with necessary precautions.
Good luck! Quarantine is rough, but you’re loved.
Also, if you’re alone or especially struggling right now, you can call The Samaritans anytime (with services for the hearing impaired) and find other sources for help, including free online services here.
The Samaritans: (877) 870-4673 (HOPE)