As things started getting more serious, I was being overly cautious about distance, and moved my walks to earlier in the morning when less people were out to be sure we were being safe. But given the current climate, and out of respect for our medical HEROES, I have put the project on hold. I hope doing this only reinforces to our community and others how truly important staying home and avoiding all contact with others is.
I LOVED connecting with these families, and seeing everyone snuggle with their loved ones. It truly seemed like everyone had this fresh appreciation for one another.
My name is Lucica Ciuc and I am the proud owner of www.goldfeatherphotography.com and this is a picture of my family and me on our front yard; living in Swampscott, MA. Like many of you, we are at home with my family doing what we can to flatten the curve of the Covid19 virus that is hitting us in every way possible. Like all of you, we are missing our relatives, neighbors, friends, and our community. The kids are missing their friends from school and teachers. In these times of uncertainty, I wanted to be able to give back to our wonderful community by participating in this amazing project called #thefrontstepsproject. Because I am a photographer I get to spend lots of time meeting amazing families throughout the community. That is why I am so excited about this project! Want to know more keep reading..
We are living in an unprecedented time as if we are living in a bad dream, one day our grandchildren will be reading about this in their history books! In this strange time of being alone and isolated from what we took for granted every day, I also wanted to do something fun for the community. I have personally been feeling pretty helpless! My photography business has come to a complete halt due to social isolation so what's a girl to do to stay busy and have a purpose?
The purpose of this project is to bring us together when we might feel isolated. I aim to highlight the faces of our community during a time when we might not see them in passing at the grocery store, school drop off, coffee shop or at the gym. Participating in this project is also an opportunity to step up to help those who need it most right now in Swampscott, MA.
Starting today, I am taking five minutes "Front Steps Portraits" of Swampscott residents. You will know when I am coming. You can step outside, where I’ll be standing near your driveway or street, at least 10 feet away. I’ll take a couple of quick shots and leave. I physically interact with no one, and touch nothing, during these sessions. I *do* smile and laugh with you, however, and don’t we all need a little bit of that right now? I will be taking images outside ONLY. I will use a lens that allows me to stay 10 feet or more away from you and your family to ensure a safe social distance. Our session will be brief, likely just 5 minutes. This is not a typical get-dressed-up-and-pose-for-the-photographer session unless you want to of course... or even you can let the kids pick out the craziest outfit that they want, or even pajamas and slippers. Just be you, be creative for your family 'Front Steps Portrait'. Each family will receive 2 digital files that will be emailed to you on a private online gallery within a week after your session. I will photograph couples, families, and even individuals or just kids. Please feel free to include your pet in your session. Let's get the community together, help those in need and have some fun!
After your quick session, I will email you the digital file of your portrait. In exchange for the digital files of your portrait, I ask you to make a good faith donation to the Anchor Food Pantry through this PayPal . Suggested donation is $50 but any amount is appreciated. (Feel free to contribute more if you are able)
Excited to see what our community can do! If a travel ban is issued, we will have to postpone the session until the ban is lifted. So the opportunity for this is time-sensitive.
How did the #thefrontstepsproject start? It was started by the creative mind Cara Soulia of Needham MA, you can see her website here: Cara Soulia Photography Find her on Instagram at @CaraSoulia and this project has taken a life of its own in many communities throughout the country since so many photographers want to take part in this. Thank you, Cara, for this amazing project!
Let's work together to put some smiles in our community while showing the world what Swampscott is made of! I can't wait to see all of you!
XOXO, <3 Lucica
Want to participate?
Don’t forget to donate through the PayPal for the Anchor Food Pantry.