***** Due to the escalation of the virus in our community, the photographers in Glastonbury have decided it is time to hit pause on The Front Steps Project Glastonbury and to stay home and stay safely hunkered down with our own families. The signup will no longer be accepting any new families. And, we look forward to seeing you all once this passes. Within the next few days, we will make every effort to get to each of the families who have already signed up - if that is possible.******
Previous text about The Front Steps Project...
Recently, some photographers from the Boston area launched the hashtag #TheFrontStepsProject. And, across the country, photographers have been joining in the movement to photography families during these historic times..... the good, the bad and the ugly - and maybe, the funny!
Here is how it works.... I am going to drive throughout Glastonbury and do "drive-by" family photo sessions from at least 6- 10 feet away. The idea is you and your family, doing what you do, on your front steps or in front of your home. These ultra-mini sessions are not intended to be photos of you all dressed to the 9's. You can dress nicely. OR, you might just head out to your session as a family in jammies. Maybe set up a mock schoolroom outside or on your porch. In fact, don your facemasks and prop-it-up with your stockpile of Charmin and Lysol bottles in the background. You get the idea.... this is less about the kind of family photo that might go on a holiday card and more about documenting what this time in history is like for your family. I won't be able to bring my portable studio lighting or my assistant. This will be a "raw" documentation in natural light vs a formal portrait sitting.
I am going to pick my favorite photo of each family. By signing up to be photographed, you agree that I may post your family photograph online with the tag #thefrontstepsproject and #thefrontstepsprojectGlastonbury. I will give you that social media-ready file (low-resolution) for you to have and to share with others. I do ask that you share the photo online and help me to promote this project. Once we begin sharing photos, you will be able to search the hashtag #thefrontstepsprojectGlastonbury to share in the fun that other families are having with this, too.
The intention of the project is to bring some joy and a sense of community to Glastonbury. And, to photographically memorialize this time in the history of our town. And, as a bonus, I would like this to be philanthropic. I ask, that as "payment" for your session, you to make a good faith donation to a local charity or not-for-profit that is meaningful for you. My suggested donation is somewhere between 20.00-50.00. BUT, I do not want finances to be an obstacle for anyone who wants to participate in the front steps project.
I will create a little online gallery for each family that participates. And, if you would like to purchase an archival print or a high-resolution jpeg of any of the photos, you will have the option to do that. My hope is not to make money with the online gallery, but to cover my gas and editing time and to allow you to see more of the photos than just what I choose. Additiontionally, the art framer with whom I share my studio space in S. Glastonbury, has created a special frame for images from this project. Stay tuned for news about that!
The galleries will not go up right away as that is not a quick process and I am going to spend my present time trying to reach as many families as I can as quickly as I can in case we move into a scenario with tighter social restrictions which would put a halt to the project.
I am going to modify the sign-up list depending on the weather forecast and my availability. And, it will evolve as the situation in our town evolves. I will not put others (nor myself) at any greater risk of exposure to this virus. Given the size of the town, I would ask people to sign up for a day that works best for them. Then, once I have a list of families and their addresses, I will put together a map so that I can photograph everyone as efficiently as possible. I expect that I will be giving out windows similar to a cable tech or furniture delivery - "I will be by at some time between 11 and 2." Please list the best contact number for the day of the shoot. I will honk and I will try to reach you by phone once I arrive at your home. But, given that we only have small windows of time, I won't be able to wait long and I won't come to knock on your door as I am committed and respectful of social distancing.
If you are looking for a local charity to support, I have been personally involved with the following local organizations:
The Glastonbury Education Foundation - https://glastonburyeducationfoundation.org/contribute/
The Breast Friends Fund - https://danafarber.jimmyfund.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2882&mfc_pref=T&2882.donation=form1
The Protectors of Animals - https://poainc.networkforgood.com/projects/77619-increase-the-quality-of-life-of-cats-and-dogs
Glastonbury Gives - https://www.glastonbury-ct.gov/departments/department-directory-a-k/human-services/social-services/glastonbury-gives
Or, consider donating to any of our local places of worship as the good works that they do depens on the generosity of their congregations - which are not allowed to congregate. Examples could be:
* To mail a check to the Society of St Vincent DePaul, c/o St. Paul Parish, 2577 Main St
Glastonbury, CT 06033.
* To donate to one of the funds, like the Caring Community Fund at Kol Haverim https://www.kolhaverim.org/payment.php
I will make every effort to photograph any family that is interested in participating. However, signing up does not guarantee that I will be able to get to your home to photograph you; so much hinges on the unknown right now.
Since originally starting this project in Glastonbury, some other local photographers have jumped on board to help. We will be keeping the same hashtags and the same philanthropic model throughout the town so that this continues to be a fun way to draw us all together. If you can not find a date to book with me, please reach out to Lynn Damon, Brian Ambrose or EB Taylor Photography. Each photographer is handling their own schedule, etc.