What’s a girl, who works with her camera, to do when a pandemic comes to town? Well, like many, I worried, then consumed too many, although satisfying, Oreos; chased a few down with red wine . . . hey, don’t knock it till you try it; and started squeezing my wallet till it cried.
Initially, I documented traffic and playgrounds and neighborhoods to witness how others were coping. I’ll share those images in another post. Then I focused at home. My fella and I got out our sewing machines and made 253 masks and gave them to our local police force, folks in our condo community and folks out and about who had a need. It felt really good. Then we signed up to be foster parents to homeless animals. That felt really good too!
We had some good luck and my fella went back to work. So I focused on all those home projects that filled my ToDo lists – painting, mending, gardening. I even began rummaging through my mom’s old dressmaking patterns and started an Etsy store to sell them – A Vintage Stash. This is ongoing and a blast!
I was feeling ok but also felt an empty space – ah, my camera! Where was my camera? And what could I do for others? So I decided to go back to documenting but this time families at home, from a socially acceptable distance, of course! Knowing that I wasn’t the only person who was squeezing their wallet, I decided to offer “staying at home portraits” for free.
I’ve just begun to sink my teeth into this project and I hope that these mini sessions will be a fun way to commemorate this eye opening time in our lives. The autumn air and sun make this the perfect time.
So, if you are reading this, live in the DC / MD area and think your family or co-workers want to play & pose outside for 15 or 20 minutes, drop me a line or book a session on my website! I’d love to take your picture! Bella Carolina