Wow, it’s been a while! Time to catch up I think! So COVID-19, it’s really thrown us for a loop! From now having the term ‘quarantine’ in our daily vocabulary to making sure we have our face mask with us 24/7; things have changed a lot.
On a personal note, I just finished up my Junior year at Plymouth State University! I’m happy to have the summer finally and get into more photography. But with that said, COVID-19 is going to hold that back. One great thing with being a photographer is that we can still safely practice “social distancing” while behind the camera. I will say, this virus has brought us the wonderful concept of “birthday parades”, and the #frontstepsproject.
For those who don’t know the #frontstepsproject, is a huge collaboration with many photographers around. During these tough times, it’s our duty to give back, so when someone does these photos, all that is asked is for a small donation to a local nonprofit. It’s a great way to give back and come together as a community during these times.
I got to celebrate a little one in the family with my cousin’s maternity shoot, I learned a lot, to say the least. For those who don’t know I’m what is referred to as a “natural light” photographer. I rarely use flash, I always rely on natural light for my photos. Well, indoor this doesn’t happen. My cousin Kalia and her husband Aaron got to celebrate their newborn Nora Rose, and I was so honored to be apart of the process.
Lastly, I want to share something else that I did to give back this year. Seniors of the 2020 class have had it really tough this year, they got their whole senior year ripped from underneath them. Following in the steps of my friend Jack Vachon, I did a giveaway for free cap and gown photoshoots to graduating students. With 37 entries I randomly selected 9 of them to get a free session with me. As you can tell within this post that I love to give back, I’ve always followed the philosophy of, “those who give shall receive.” A simple concept that makes me feel good.
As I leave off of my first post in a few months, I wish for everyone to stay healthy and safe during these tough and trying times. And don’t forget to give back, these are the times where we need to give back to those in need.