Thank you so much to everyone who took part in the Front Steps Project with me in Inverness. I raised over £2,600 for MFR Cash for Kids and know that this money has already been put to fantastic use across the Highlands!
Whilst the charity project has now come to an end, I am now able to offer longer, 20 minute front steps style sessions of you and your family outside your home or nearby, complying to all social distancing guidlines. I am also donating 20% of my £45 fee for these sessions to The Haven Project, raising money for a respite centre for those with additional needs in the Highlands.
If you are interested in booking a session - perhaps the first photos of your new baby after its lockdown arrival - then please get in touch using the form below. My Front Steps Project story is below, and also documented on my blog.
Thank you and stay safe, Alison x
Front Steps Project Inverness - The Story
The Corona virus has undoubtedly flipped our lives upside down, so I wanted to do something to help us remember these unprecedented times and also support MFR Cash for Kids, who do so much for the Highland community already and have resolutely faced the challenge of helping the families worst affected by the rippling effect of the Corona Virus and self-isolation.
“It feels like the world has stopped, doesn’t it?”
It’s certainly a thought that I’m sure a lot of us in the UK have related to over the past 3 months. And on the flip side, there are a lot of people working even harder than they normally do to keep us going (and alive) through this Corona Virus pandemic. Thank you NHS & key workers!!
With all this going on, and my work diary suddenly wiped clean, I wanted do a tiny thing to celebrate families in Inverness and document the time we are spending at home in this very uncertain future.
I’m a freelance photographer, based in Inverness. I’m lucky to work in lots of different industries, but people are my main focus and the reason I love my job. Making people relax and smile in front of the camera is my thing, and whilst it’s normally on their wedding day or new portraits to help promote their business, life is anything but normal at the moment.
People have been doing their bit and staying home. It’s a unique situation. And one I want to help us remember. So I joined the global community of photographers in the #frontstepsproject and offered five minute portraits of people on their front steps, or at their window!
Having your hair done or wearing perfect outfits wasn't necessary. I just wanted everyone to do what felt best for them on the day. Afterall, it was a little snapshot of life in the moment, and whether your confinement has been an unexpected pleasure or a cause of deep worry, it's a memory worth keeping.
Safety is Paramount
Through texts ans emails, time slots were arranged so people would know when I was on my way to their home. And, with all social distancing photo-shoots, I can use a long lens to ensure I don't need to come within 5 metres of you. Safety is paramount.
I physically interact with no one, and touch nothing, during any of these sessions. And instead direct you into place using frantic hand gestures and laughter!
I have posted all of the Front Steps Photographs on my facebook business page and will set up a highlights reel on my instagram using the hashtag #thefrontstepsproject. All participants were also asked for their Thoughts on Lockdown, so each photo could be captioned with their own experience.
Fundraising for MFR Cash for Kids
This has been, and will continue to be, a very difficult time for lots of people, with a massive scope of worries across the community. I have encouraged everyone photographed to donate to the MFR cash for kids appeal, and so far we have raised £2,200.
Since starting my Front Steps Project in Inverness, another 14 photographers scattered throughout the MFR area have taken on the project and are raising funds for this wonderful charity. In total, we have raised over £8,000 with the total increasing all the time. 🤩
These funds will give children in our community a brighter future and right now they need us more than ever
With this project I am by no means trivialising the impact COVID 19 is having on people’s lives, but as with every life changing event in human history, it is a time worth documenting.
I am following in the footsteps of project originator Cara Soulia by committing time to the Front Step Project. Photographers across the globe have joined this photographic movement and can be found using the hashtag #frontstepsproject
“It's been a pleasure to work with Alison on the Front Step Project. Her commitment to her local community is outstanding. She's given up her own time to capture life during lockdown, helping families make special memories while supporting a local children's charity. Her photos have made us all smile and focus on something positive during this difficult time. They are real, informal and fun - I can't recommend Alison enough.”