The Front Steps Project brought family photography and told an important story. The purpose of this project was to bring the Whistler community together through family photography while we were all feeling isolated.
This project was started by a woman in the United States, Cara Soulia (@carasoulia). I heard about it from a photographer based in Vancouver, Eva Grace (evagracephotography). I hope to highlight the faces of our community while we were all isolated due to Covid-19. All proceeds of these family photoshoots were donated straight to the Whistler Community Foundation – Covid 19 Relief Fund. I chose this fund because they donate 100% of the funds back to the community. Visit https://www.whistlerfoundation.com/wccs-emergency-fund-grants/ for more information. Together we were able to raise over $1300!
During covid, I was laid off from my day job and I’ve had to postpone many photoshoots due to Covid-19. It has been hard but I know in my heart that this is what has to be done to get us back on track. I have seen so many photographers come together to start these projects in their towns and I was so excited to jump on board.
The response the the family photography project has been overwhelming and I am amazed with how many people reached out. I ended up photographing over 40 families/couples/housemates and every single group had been so amazing to work with. Every shoot lasted less then 5 minutes while always staying at a 6 ft. distance. I had the privilege of meeting so many kind people in the Whistler community and this whole experience has been so rewarding.
We are all going though a strange and uncertain time, we all need to remember that kindness goes a long way. If your walking on the valley trail or in the grocery store and you walk past someone, give them a smile or say hi. You could make there day a whole lot better.
Here are a few of the smiling faces of the Whistler Community. Thank you to everyone who participated.
If you would like to book your own family photography session, please reach out!