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?
The slowness and the simplicity. With having twin babies, our days at home are still really full, but it feels like we’re juggling and rushing so much less. Our days are filled with very basic things like cooking, cleaning, and connecting. I’m surprised to find that I think I was really craving that.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST FEARFUL OF OR CONCERNED ABOUT DURING THIS TIME?
I feel scared about my mom in this. It’s difficult to not be able to choose how our loved ones go about social-distancing. Also, the idea of dying alone as so many with the virus are or being sick and not being able to breathe easily is scary.
WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE YOU (AND YOUR FAMILY) DOING TO PASS THE TIME?
We are cooking a lot! Sometimes I love it, sometimes it feels incredibly tedious, but overall I feel like I’m getting to be a better cook because of it and that’s fun. Also, we’re cuddling and holding babies all the time which is an amazing way to spend time.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO BRING JOY TO YOUR DAY?
Spending way more time outside and exercising (Plyojam dance workouts are so much fun). Our babies are also great at bringing us joy and grounding us to the moment.
WHAT DO THESE PICTURES MEAN TO YOU?
I’m so thankful to have these photos because this is such a distinct moment in time. I think we’ll all remember this time vividly and even have a strange nostalgia for it so I think having a snapshot of us, honest and without the influence of vanity, is priceless.
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 email@example.com or DM me on IG at @krEmail 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. Love to you all.