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#TheFrontStepsProject | A Photography Idea

Posted on March 25, 2020 by theimagefile under Business, Inspiration, Photography

So…how are we all coping? Anyone else climbing the walls yet?

I think we can all agree that keeping busy is fundamental to coping with this lockdown. We are all trying to find ways to beat the boredom and keep our spirits up. For that reason, we wanted to share a fantastic project started in the USA.

Maybe the concept will give you some inspiration to start your own project and spread a little joy in your local communities?

What Is The Project?

#TheFrontStepsProject was started by newborn and family photographer Cara Soulia in Needham, Massachusetts.

Like many photographers, she noticed that works had come to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic and so began #thefrontstepsproject.

Soulia offers families in her local area the chance to have a family portrait taken, sitting on the front steps of their home. She spends five minutes photographing the families, practising social distancing of more than six feet away.

She doesn’t charge for the photo session but families are urged to make a contribution to Needham Community Council, which provides food and other essentials to people in need.

The concept has really taken off, as it gives local people the chance to have a great family picture as well as get outside (even for a brief period of time) and give back to their community.


Why Start Your Own Project?

The project would be a great way of fighting boredom and keeping you busy. Something we are all looking for at the moment!

Not to mention, it’s a great opportunity to boost morale in your local area or alternatively, earn a bit of extra money. That can only be a good thing, right?


How Can You Start?

Let’s start with the basics…

Currently, the government guidelines have stated that you can still travel for work as long as that work cannot be done from home. So, at this point in time, the project would fall into those guidelines.

In terms of running the project…

You could easily cater for any clients solely online. You could set up a private gallery for each family to view their images online. You could also choose to only offer digital downloads. This would make it easier for you, the photographer, as well as keep everything working remotely.

Finally, you would have to decide whether you were going to take part in the project for free or charge for your time.

If you are going to do the photographs for free, you could always encourage families to donate to a local charity, like Soulia.

Alternatively, you could charge for your time and either boost your own income or donate to a charity on the families’ behalf. Or you could do a combination of the two!

Even you decide this one isn’t for you, you can always follow #TheFrontStepsProject on Instagram!


Maybe you have heard of a great project happening in your local area? Or perhaps you have some boredom busting ideas of your own? We would love to hear from you and share your ideas on the blog. We could all do with a little bit of inspiration!