Local photographers capture images of families on front porch during the COVID-19 pandemic

At a time when you are deemed safer at home, many are venturing out to their front porches to get a family photo.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — From silly to serious, Rapid City area photographers are capturing just how emotional this point in time is for so many- going from the hustle and bustle of daily life to now life standing still.

Front Porch Project, Courtesy Henry Roy Photography

Front Porch Project, Courtesy Henry Roy Photography

Front Porch Project, Courtesy Henry Roy Photography

As the saying goes- ‘there’s no place like home’. And many families are getting a lot more time to be there, staying put is the new normal.

Photographers across the country are capturing this new life in a series called “The Front Porch Project,” photos of families on their doorstep, showing life in the time of COVID-19.

Front Porch Project, Courtesy Henry Roy Photography

Front Porch Project, Courtesy Henry Roy Photography

Front Porch Project, Courtesy Henry Roy Photography

Henry Ulrich with Henry Roy Photography is calling his series the ‘drive by sessions,’ offering his services for free. He’s using a long lens to stay a safe distance away, knocking out family portraits in about 2 minutes. He’s says it gives families a little something to look forward to in perhaps the midst of the mundane.

Ulrich says, “It brings joy to people, it gives them something to look forward to for the day. They go outside and get together with their family and have a little fun for a few minutes.”

The project is also giving area photographers something to do while typical business is slow.

Front Porch Project, Courtesy Legacy Photo and Design

Front Porch Project, Courtesy Legacy Photo and Design

Front Porch Project, Courtesy Legacy Photo and Design

Amy Oyler, owner of Legacy Photo and Design says she was overwhelmed by the response she received. In the past 3 weeks she has taken pictures of over 250 families in Rapid City and surrounding communities.  She is also taking photographs free of charge and asking clients to simply pay it forward.

Oyler says, “I gave no guidance. I’ve had everything from wearing their workout clothes and pajama pants to – yesterday I had people in suits. And it’s been the whole garment, some people do funny stuff and some people are taking it really seriously like, this is going on our Christmas card.”

Front Porch Project, Courtesy Legacy Photo and Design

Front Porch Project, Courtesy Legacy Photo and Design

Front Porch Project, Courtesy Legacy Photo and Design

Families were grateful for the opportunity to capture this unique moment in time, whatever it may look like.

Oyler says, “Some people are talking about, this is going in my kids time capsule like this is a major deal. And this shows, here we are all at home, but still happy and together. It just show a little bit of light and sunshine where it feels really dark.”

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