Hello! Happy Saturday!
Hope you all are doing well and staying safe! Today I’ll be sharing a little bit about how I have slowly started photographing again and the precautions I have been taking and some pictures from my most recent newborn session which will hopefully brighten up your day and bring a smile to your face!
With everything that has been going on with the global pandemic, I know that many families have wanted to do newborn sessions, family portraits, and so on but have been afraid to do so because of Covid-19. I can assure you all that even though we are in a tricky situation, we can all still work together so I can capture beautiful pictures of everyone!
To start off, for newborn sessions, I am only doing them at the client’s house not only to make it easier for the family but also to make it so that I’m not putting the baby and family at risk by making them leave their house. The entire time, I am socially distanced from the whole family, am wearing a mask and gloves, and taking every other possible precaution so that no one is at risk and stays safe during the time that we are together. With outdoor sessions, the process is a little different as we have the opportunity to go to different destinations or even have the session at the client’s house if that’s what they prefer.
Moving on to this wonderful newborn session, this is a great example of how I’ve been working with clients to have a great shoot while being safe! Before going to the client’s house, I sanitized all the props that I would be bringing with me (you can see a video on my Instagram to see how I prepare my props before every session @elainefreitasphotography). Once arriving, I made sure the family knew that I would be staying a safe distance from the baby and the rest of the family while wearing my mask and gloves! This little baby girl was so cute and so quiet which made the session super easy as I was able to direct the dad and brother to help me pose the baby and get some wonderful pictures! I won’t be able to pose the baby at every session as it can sometimes be challenging due to the baby having a good or bad day but that doesn’t mean I won’t be able to capture great images. I try to work as much as the baby allows us to! We are living in a very uncertain and scary time, but we can’t forget to cherish moments like this that will never be the same, babies grow too fast! So if you are interested in getting more info on newborn sessions or are ready to schedule one (yay!), you can email me at email@example.com or call me at (978)427-5199. Enjoy the short video I created with the images from the session!
Being a part of this project has brought me so much joy and happiness for being able to give families something to look forward to in a time where there is so much uncertainty in the world right now! All the positive feedback I’ve gotten from everyone has brought me so much joy and makes me so grateful to be able to be a part of such an amazing community where we are all united despite not being able to be physically together! To be able to talk to other families and see their smiles has shown me the purpose of being a photographer, which is to capture love. My goal was to show the love between families while helping an organization that has great importance in our town, the Acton Food Pantry and I can confidently say that we have accomplished this goal!
I also want to say that though I’m the one that the families see when I go to their houses, I’m not doing this project alone! Though she is behind the scenes, Jana Cataldo has been helping me make this project possible in the Acton-Boxborough community! She was a big part in organizing all of this and I wouldn’t be able to do this without her so thank you, Jana! I also want to thank all of the families for participating in the project because not only have you made this project possible, you have shown us what it means to be a community that truly cares for each other! Together we are stronger and though separated, we are more united than ever!
Strengthening the community begins with the first step.
For us, it starts on the front step.
#TheFrontStepsProject, started by Boston photographer Cara Soulia and marketing consultant Kristen Collins, brings us together virtually despite being – and maybe feeling – isolated. We aim to highlight the faces of our community during a time when we might not see them in passing at the grocery store, coffee shop, on the train or at the gym.
We may be temporarily separated, but we are always united.
Participating in this project is also an opportunity to step up to help those who need it most right now.
“With so many feeling isolated or disconnected from friends, family and the rest of the world these days, something as simple as a happy photograph can help keep us going.”— CNN’S RECENT ARTICLE ON #THEFRONTSTEPSPROJECT
We only spend 5 minutes with each family and we try to schedule them in close proximity so that we do not spend too much time away from our families. We will do sessions from 4:30 – 6:00 pm and edit the images at night for posting every few hours the next day. And the cycle re-starts!
As a photographer, I typically spend hours every week capturing images of families in times of joy: Expecting moms, babies on the way, newborns, siblings, families, and more. Those moments of joy are still happening in homes right now. I know it. But I can’t be there to capture them. So I am focusing on how I can bring people together in the community by documenting this time by taking five-minute “Front Steps Portraits” of Acton residents.
Each day we will take a couple of hours to scurry around town and snap super fast images of Acton families on their front steps.
Photographers across the country – and even the globe – have been inspired to start their own The Front Steps Project™ in their communities. We are so amazed by their energy and enthusiasm! We want to work together, so get in touch.
You will know when we are coming, I will text you 05 minutes before the scheduled time. You can step outside, where I, Elaine Freitas, a photographer (your Acton neighbor!) will be standing near your driveway or street, at least 10 feet away. I will take a couple of quick shots and leave. We physically interact with no one, and touch nothing, during these sessions.