I have created a little series with our porch sessions to bring to light what our community is experiencing, feeling and doing during the COVID-19 quarantine and Safer At Home mandates.
Each of the families that participated in our porch sessions answered a series of questions and we asked them to be as open and vulnerable as they’d like. We are all feeling so many emotions, ups and downs, happiness, sad, discouraged, fears, and hopefullness that I wanted to make sure this time wasn’t forgotten.
A true statement that we are all in this together – and everything we are feeling is ok, accepted and we aren’t alone.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST GRATEFUL FOR DURING THESE TIMES?
My husband Greg and our dogs! It’s amazing to be in such good company.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST FEARFUL OF CONCERNED ABOUT DURING THIS TIME?
I worry for other people and their relatives. People and pets are dying, some from COVID, some not, and grieving the loss of a family member during this time is especially disjointed and awful.
WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE YOU (AND YOUR FAMILY) DOING TO PASS THE TIME?
Cooking, baking, and DRINKING! We love making limoncello and trying out some new variations of our favorite cocktail, the Greyhound (DUH).
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO BRING JOY TO YOUR DAY?
Walking the yard, picking flowers and filler and arranging them for the house. Spiders and bugs are a bonus!
WHAT DO THESE PICTURES MEAN TO YOU?
Kind of everything. Our black greyhound, Gary, was very ill with cancer when these shots were taken, and he passed five days later. To have him in these shots with us is priceless, we miss him so.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO HAVE THESE PICTURES DURING THIS MOMENT IN TIME?
The COVID quarantine forced us to slow down and embrace the casual style of these shots — I love how completely real they are. Even if the quarantine wasn’t in effect, I love how warm these look.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ACTIVITY TO PASS TIME DURING THIS QUARANTINE?
My favorite? Drinking and baking.
YOUR MOST FRUSTRATING MOMENT AS OF YET DURING THIS QUARANTINE?
Having to party with friends over Zoom!
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO POST-SAFER AT HOME?
Hugging friends IRL
ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO ADD OR EXPRESS?
We miss Gary awfully and are so grateful you thought up this idea and were available to photograph ALL of us during this time. Thank you!
Want your own Quarantine IRL photos?
So if you’d like to take part in these #QuarantineIRLsessions here are the details. We are offering them when and where we can until this is all over or until we can’t.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me on IG at @kristamasonphotography to set up your own session or to pay it forward to a loved one. The sessions are at 10+ feet distance, take about 5-10 minutes, and are a (truly) suggested donation of $75. Love to you all.