Front Porch project | one year later

This has been such a fun and inspirational project to complete after a year. Last March, we were merely two weeks into a pandemic- shellshocked and believing that we would be coming out of it in a few months. Oh, what we didn't know then. We are changed, forever, by the events of this past year. But we're also so much more resilient than we realized we are. We've learned to adapt, to take deep breaths and reset as many times as was required of us- even when it seemed impossible. We rediscovered what was most important, and learned to let go of what wasn't- even if, perhaps, the choice seemed like it was being made for us. There was definitely an overall sense of resilience and joy in these sessions the second time around. I even used a different lens this time (the first time was an 85mm so I could keep as much distance between myself and the families), but this time, I opted for my 50mm. It didn't occur to me until after the fact that even just this one adjustment is significant of how much closer we're getting to finding a new normal again. Thank you to all of my Northside Framily for being so lovely and sharing your stories with me! And thank you again, to NBC12 news for the spot last week, and helping to keep our hope alive on this 390-something day of navigating a pandemic.

DENNIS & LOIS (& "EILEEN) 2020


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BEN & EMILY


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Fun fact: Lois & Dennis live next to Ben & Emily. Emily told me they're basically best friends.


The Horton Family


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The Stonestreet Family


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The McLees Family


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Artist shoutout! Garrett McLees has created the beautiful art pictured below. You can find more of his work on Instagram @gmcleesart!


The Mito Family


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Carri & Champ


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Kristin, Noah & Kylie


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The Kennedy Family


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The Wenzels


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The Kinahan Family


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The Childress Family


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Phil, Kara, Avery & Asher


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The Blacks


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(Nora, left, was finally able to go back to school in person this Spring, but within a week, someone in her class got COVID. She and a few others in her class also ended up testing positive for it. They still wanted to do the porch picture, so we all wore masks and distanced ourselves outside. Hang in there, friends!!




The "Claremont Crew"


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"Bash"


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The Webb Family


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The Robinsons


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Also, just for fun- some "honorable mentions" and outtakes.

"Mom, I'm going to COSCO and Target. Be right back."






When you use your neighbors plants as props in your front porch picture and then get caught returning them.
















Hope is the willful act

of resolutely declaring

in the face of evidence

to the contrary,

"this will be better,"

and then living

and working

like that's true.

-Justin McRoberts