Photographers Offer Free Porch Sessions And The Pictures Are Priceless.

Many small businesses are facing financial struggles because of COVID-19, but for residents of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, helping them out is as easy as posing for a picture.

It’s all thanks to Jenn Ocken and other local photographers. They’re using their talents to safely capture family photos while giving to those in need!

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Jenn Ocken Photography

Their initiative, the Front Porch Project, stems from the similarly-named Front Steps Project.

The latter began when some photographers started giving families five-minute sessions right outside their homes. It has since grown into a nationwide movement that brings people together and creates happy memories.

front porch project family photo
Jenn Ocken Photography

While the Front Porch Project hopes to do the same, they have an additional goal to support small businesses during this difficult time.

Participating photographers are offering free front porch sessions to families. In exchange, they’re asking them to make small purchases at a struggling store. Best of all, people don’t have to leave their homes to do so!

“We help each other by giving,” the project description reads. “Simply buy a gift card online at your favorite local business. When I publish your photos, I will tag that small business.”

front porch project family photo
Jenn Ocken Photography

Of course, the project is prioritizing everyone’s safety! Photographers are using zoom lenses and staying a safe distance away throughout each session.

front porch project family photo
Jenn Ocken Photography

While Jenn is booked solid at the moment, you can check out other people’s schedules here if you live in the Baton Rouge area. It’s a great way to show appreciation and support for the small businesses you love!

front porch project family photo
Jenn Ocken Photography

What a beautiful way to rally their community during this uncertain time! You can learn more about the Baton Rouge-based project on Facebook.

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