Porch Family Sessions were the way to go, yo! With Coronavirus sending our world into a downward spiral, photography was put on the back burner for me. I felt like I lost all sense of creativity and was so incredibly sad for the families that had to miss maternity and newborn sessions. I tried shooting a few images that matched daily inspiration words, and that was fun. Though, not enough to keep me busy for eight-ish weeks.
Quarantine blues solution?
Since I was basically obsessed and drowning myself in social media during quarantine, I saw a lot of photographers throughout the nation doing The Porch Family Sessions. I thought, “Ahh,yes! This is such a great idea! I’m able to still do what I love at a distance.” Well, with every good idea, there are people to pop that bubble for you.
So many photographers were chiming in with their opinions on how it’s not acceptable to do these sessions. Not too many of them mentioned the health risk of it because they were being done at a safe distance, but because all non essential businesses were to be closed. Okay, I get that. Obviously- photography is not essential. I think it’s essential in the fact that it’s crucial to stay connected to people and keep creative juices flowing. I do understand it’s nowhere near as essential as people that were keeping us all safe and healthy.
Those dang loop holes.
Many photographers were doing these free of charge and only taking donations, so technically they weren’t breaking any rules. Loop holes, I tell ya. They’re everywhere.
I decided to not do a single session until my county said I could. And when that happened, it was game on! I got to do three porch sessions all back to back and I loved every minute of it.
My first family was Jessica and her boys and husband. They had just painted their house and planted some flowers so I knew it was going to be great. Her oldest wasn’t too into it, but that’s totally okay! Remember, the theme of my brand? Photographing your current life story. If “current” means your kids aren’t digging photos, then so be it. I still love documenting that!
My next family was with Kacie. I couldn’t believe how tall her kids have gotten. Super tall! Their house is a modern home within a small town and was to die for. I love the outside look of it.
The last family I was able to shoot was Jessica and her family. This neighborhood was right across from my second session and just as great. The newly potted flowers, bright green grass was just what I needed.
I would absolutely love to keep offering these sessions in the future. I think they would be great for families that move into new homes, moving out of their family home, or just want some inexpensive family photos.