Porch Portraits during Social Distancing

The Corona-virus entered our world and completely turned life upside down in so many ways.  It’s forced us to adjust and get creative about what we do and how we do it.  For portrait photographers, Porch Portraits were created as a result of social distancing restrictions and artists’ desire to continue creating and documenting life.

My primary goal as a family portrait photographer is to tell a family’s story and our current situation is part of that story so let’s work together to document it.

image of a family standing on their front porch in Pittsburgh. Mom and Dad are wearing blue. Older sister is in the middle, wearing black while younger brother is in front of dad and wearing a striped button-down shirt. They also have a brown labra-doodle sitting with them.

How do Porch Portraits work?

Porch portraits are easy and fun.  They’re meant to be an entertaining distraction in the midst of a stressful time.  You and your family hang out on your front porch, front steps, front sidewalk, whatever you have at the front of your house.  I arrive and take a few quick portraits of your family while keeping a safe distance away.  After the session is complete, just like my typical portrait sessions, you’ll receive a link to an online gallery where you can view and download your images.  Fast, easy, and fun!

Are Porch Portraits safe?

Yes!  Porch portraits are no-contact sessions.  The arrangements for your session are made entirely online over email.  Throughout the session, I use a long lens and maintain a safe distance from your family while shooting.  When needed, I’ll call out some directions for posing and positioning but I will not move within the 6 ft recommended distance.  All sessions take place at the front of your home.  We can even take portraits through the window so that you can stay inside if you like.  After the session, I’ll deliver your images through an online gallery.  There you can select your files and order additional prints and products.  Prints and products will be shipped through USPS, UPS, or FedEx.

Can we be creative with our Porch Portraits?

YES!!  I love thinking creatively especially during our current restrictions.  These sessions should tell your family’s story, whatever that story is.  Everyone living in pjs?  Perfect!  Stay in your pjs if you like!  Do you need an excuse to get dressed up?  Put on your fancy duds and look stylish on your porch!  Do you have littles who have mastered bikes without training wheels?  Let’s document that!!  As I said before, let’s use these short sessions to tell your family’s story during this time.  Be funny, be silly, or just enjoy each other.  There’s no pressure here and I’ll be happy to talk you through what your portraits might look like.

image of a family sitting together on their front porch. Dad has a little girl sitting in his lap and she's wearing blue striped pajamas. Mom has a little boy sitting in her lap and he's wearing green striped pajamas. There's a red front door behind them. This is a sample of a porch portrait taken by Jodi Walsh Photography during the 2020 pandemic.

image of a family portrait on their front steps. Mom is wearing a flowing, light blue dress. Dad is wearing a wearing button-down shirt and blue jacket. Little boy is wearing a blue button-down shirt and little girl is wearing a white easter dress with blue and yellow dots. They all are smiling and hugging each other.two images of a family posed in front of their homes. Mom has a little boy sitting on her lap. A little girl is sitting next to their dog and seated in front of dad.

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