Cara Soulia in Boston started The Front Steps Project to bring families together, yet separated during this quarantine time. I knew I had to do something for my own small community as well to help get us through this crazy time in our lives. I called mine, "Front Door Project" because our houses do not have porches or steps. However, I did photograph one of my friends who lives in a different neighborhood that did have front steps. :-)
I posted what I wanted to do on our community's private Facebook group. I also asked some friends. I used my 24-70mm lens and zoom lens. I stood on the sidewalk to take the photos, which allowed me more than 20' of safe distancing. This was a great way to get out a little bit for some fresh air and to meet some of my neighbors I hadn't met yet.
These were just quick, five-minute shoots and were a lot of fun and FREE! I only asked and encouraged my participants to donate to my favorite charity.
It was so touching to see families come out, smile and enjoy a little bit of togetherness. All the families seemed to really enjoy taking these five minutes of just being out, smiling, and being silly to document this time in their lives. Even their fur babies were included.
I hope and pray everyone is doing well. Stay home, stay safe, stay strong! This too shall pass.
Enjoy this little slideshow of my Front Door Project.
Patti specializes in lifestyle Maternity, Fresh 48, Newborn and family photography. When you are ready to book or chat about your photo session with Patti at DreamWorld Photography, click the "Book A Future Session" box below to schedule a session when we are no longer quarantined or call Patti directly at 941.405.3309. Ask me how you can pre-pay now for a future session. We only take a limited number of clients each month. Will you be one of them? We hope so. We look forward to hearing from you soon
I do photography because I absolutely love to capture babies and families in the moment. For as long as I can remember, I have always loved taking photos. I always wanted to have photos to look back on, to remember what I was doing at the time, how I looked (which sometimes I may not want to remember what I looked like) LOL, where I traveled, etc. I especially love to take photos of my family. I love looking back and recreating the memories we made, what we looked like, what we were doing, where we were. Having photos of my own family is so very important to me. I think that's why I started making photography my profession, albeit later in life, but it's never too late to do what you love, right?
Now, I want to create memories frozen in time for other families. From maternity, Fresh 48, newborn to families. Priceless! I want to create and show the connection and emotion of what's happening at that time. So, when they look back through their album or enjoy viewing their wall art, they will be taken back to that moment in time and feel the same love, emotion, comfort and contentment. Or, they may feel sadness or grief because the photo includes parents that may have since passed, but they are so glad they had photos with them so they could remember and show future generations.
I especially make sure that mom and dad are in the photos. It is so special to be in the photos with your children. Think how as they get older, how much they will love seeing you with them years from now - remembering the emotion, the laughter, the silliness, the comfort and, most importantly, the love you shared.
This is why I do photography.
Let's start creating those memories for you and your family.
Patti specializes in lifestyle Maternity, Fresh 48, Newborn and family photography. If you are ready to book or chat about your photo session with Patti at DreamWorld Photography, click the "Book A Call" box below or call Patti directly at 941.405.3309. We only take a limited number of clients each month. Will you be one of them? We hope so. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
The other night I had a dream where I was attending a social gathering with a friend at a wealthy woman’s home whom I had never met. After the proper introductions, this wealthy woman, whom I’ll call Elizabeth, asked the standard, what seems to be the obligatory question when meeting someone for the first time, of, “so, what do you do?” This is how the conversation unfolded:
Me: I’m a portrait artist creating beautiful, lifelong visual histories for families.
Elizabeth: Oh, so you are a painter?
Me: No, I’m a photographer. I create art by taking images and have them printed as beautiful pieces of artwork for my clients’ walls or tables. Just like your beautiful painting of a landscape hanging over your mantel.
Elizabeth: So, do you take pictures just as a hobby, then? What's your real job?
Me: Actually, it is my real job. I own my own photography business. I create original pieces of art that will be passed down from generation to generation. Now, take your painting there above the mantel. Does that happen to be an original?
Elizabeth: No, it's not.
Me: Well, you see, it is just a copy from an artist that painted a scene of a place you probably don’t even know or have ever visited. It really carries no memories for you other than you liked the painting, so you bought it. That painting most likely will not be passed down to your children, grandchildren or even great-grandchildren. They may not even like it because it’s not their taste or style of painting. However, if you have an original piece of artwork that showcases your family frozen in a moment of time, don’t you think those pieces of photography artwork most likely would be passed down to your children and future generations as they are family? They would want to keep it to show their children and grandchildren one day that would give a visual history of your family and tell a story through all the years to come, long after you are gone. Don’t you just love it when you look at old photographs of your family? What if you didn’t have any visual history of the past? That would be so sad. So, I am rich. I am rich in knowing I have created professional, gorgeous artwork of lifelong visual histories for families to display and know they will be carried on to future generations. I don't think your painting here would carry on those same memories. What story does it tell? It told a story to the artist, but most likely not you.
Elizabeth: Oh, I see. Well, when you put it that way, I guess being a portrait artist is a real job and something to be very proud of.
Me. Most definitely!
End of dream sequence. :-)
This picture shown here is of my grandfather; my mother’s father, taken in 1941. I value and cherish this photo. He died when I was just one year’s old so I never got to know him. If I didn’t have this picture, I would never have known what he looked like. However, through this photograph, I was able to, at least, make some connection with him. Isn’t that what family is all about – making connections?
Therefore, I am running a limited edition session to make it easy and convenient for you to get those family photos, whether it is maternity, newborn or your family as they are now. Let's do this!
Are you ready to create your family connection with an original piece of artwork that will spark memories of frozen moments in time of your family and for your family?
As this new year of 2019 begins, I just want to say how grateful I am for all the wonderful babies I had the privilege of photographing in 2018. The below images showcases my Top Nine on my Instagram.
I am truly blessed to have been able to photograph and capture these precious, fleeting moments of these babies in the first couple of weeks of their lives.
My 2019 goals are to grow my business, increase my photography education (learning is always an ongoing process) and keep improving with every photo shoot I will have the privilege of photographing this year.
What are your goals for 2019?