PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Social distancing is keeping a lot of folks at home right now, but a Peoria photographer is trying to bring some of these families out to their front steps for a portrait.
"My hope is to spread some sunshine to people," said Claire Waite. "I know last week I kind of let myself throw a little bit of a pity party and be down and in the dumps about everything going on. And then I decided that I had to do something."
It's called the Front Steps Project, and it's all about highlighting people in the community during a time when folks aren't seeing each other much because of the coronavirus.
Waite is normally a maternity, birth and baby photographer.
"That's kind of obsolete at the moment," Waite said. "A lot of hospitals aren't letting anybody extra into the room."
So she decided to get into this project after seeing another photographer in Massachusetts try to rally her own community through front porch photographs. Waite says she uses proper social distancing techniques while taking the portraits.
As families find themselves isolated with loved ones because of the coronavirus pandemic, tensions can run a bit high -- and finding joy in moments of panic becomes harder each day.
"Get out, see their faces, and wave goodbye from the sidewalk," Waite said.
In exchange for the photos, she encourages the families to donate to the HART Pantry, an organization in Peoria that helps at-risk teens.
"It's nice to do something," said Chase Woods, whose family took part in the Front Steps Project. "We want to do something. We're Americans. That's what we do."
Waite says she's open to taking family portraits outside of Peoria and is encouraging multiple neighbors to take part at the same time so she can knock out multiple portraits in the same area.
If you'd like to get your family's portrait taken as part of the Front Steps Project, you can visit Waite's website here.