*****UPDATE: After a month of fundraising I am ending my front steps project. Thank you so much to all who have participated – together we have raised nearly $2000 for the Columbus arts community, well beyond my initial goal of $1000!!*****
I’m so excited to announce that SEE Studio Photography will be raising money for Columbus-based artists whose incomes and lives have been negatively affected by COVID-19 by offering “Front Steps” mini photography sessions. I’ve been feeling so limited in my ability to help others during this crisis and wondering how I could safely lessen the burden of others while getting out there doing what I love to do – creating art and memories for people to reflect on throughout their lives and the lives of their children.
Then I came across local photographer Erin Brown’s post about the Columbus Front Steps project she started recently which benefits the Columbus Artists Relief Fund. I reached out to her to ask if I could get involved and she was kind enough to give me the go-ahead to start a project.
So here is the long and short of it: you get in touch with people in your neighborhood to see if they want to help the cause. Once you have a few families on board we will schedule a time for me to come out and take your portraits in front of your home, with me at a safe distance. (I will use a zoom lens for these sessions and so am able to stay a good 10+ feet away and still capture close ups.) Prior to your session you and your neighbors will each make a donation (minimum of $30 suggested) to the artists relief fund and each sign a client release. Everything is done online so that we do not have to have physical contact. After the session I will email each family two digital images from the session with a print release. These sessions will be short and sweet: 1-2 minutes to set up and another 2-3 minutes of shooting.
Not crazy about your porch or have a cool tree, hammock, or driveway chalk art you want to show off? That’s fine with me as long as the spirit of the project remains – a respect for social distancing and you in the front yard of your home.
Having or had a baby? Adopted a coronapuppy? Is it somebody’s birthday, or graduation, or anniversary? Just want to document this weird and historic time? Let’s do it! And guys, if you want to all be wearing pjs or dressed up as superheros or all playing banjos or whatever other crazy idea you have, I am game. Silliness is encouraged. I hope to hear from you soon!