WNC Native & Award Winning, Professional Wedding & Family Portrait Photographer, based in Asheville, NC documents the living history of the families living in her community as well as the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic in this popular tourism destination, nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Incase you didn’t know, the Wedding and Portrait Photography industry has been financially devastated by this pandemic…. with spring & summer weddings cancelled & some postponed until 2021 (thus restricting industry professionals ability to book work during peak wedding months in 2021 – which means signifiant income loss for both the 2020 spring wedding season as well as the 2021 spring wedding season.) In addition to this, portrait sessions and events have been cancelled leaving wedding & family photographers everywhere with no idea when it will be safe to resume business as usual or when they will have income to support their families. There’s just so much fear and uncertainty among artists and small business owners right now as this crisis continues to unfold.
About the Project:
The Pandemic Porch Portrait Project began with friends & neighbors and rapidly expanded to include photojournalistic portraits of families within the Asheville community, paying special tribute to the HEROS (including but certainly not limited to: nurses, doctors, surgeons, paramedics, fire fighters, police officers, social workers, lab techs, pharmacists, engineers, etc) and expanded again to feature locally owned, small business owners photographed in front of their shops downtown as well as local non-profits providing the vital resources that our community needs during this crisis.
I wanted to do what (I) can, using my unique skillset to help my community during this crisis. As a professional photographer, I believe that it is my responsibility to document this moment in history.
I am offering this opportunity to families, small businesses and non-profits within my community, to help them to document this unprecedented moment in our country’s living history. The idea for the project is to capture your family (or business/organization) as you really are, right now, in this moment. No special hair, makeup or wardrobe required & nothing is perfectly lit or posed… this is meant to be just you: real, honest, and human.
The purpose of the project is to document your struggles, your resilience, your tenacity, your hope and the JOY that you create despite this crisis. Some families have opted to do a “normal” portrait and my favorites have been those families who have chosen to make light of or to make the very best of an incredibly bad situation by dressing up in costume, incorporating funny props, bubbles or signs of encouragement for their neighbors, etc!
I actually shoot these portraits with a telephoto lens (70-200mm) so that I can shoot comfortably from a 50-75ft ft distance away from my subjects (I am usually at the curb, out in the yard or at the end of the driveway. I am no where near my subjects and certainly not within any distance where there could be any potential risk of virus transmission.
The cost for a Pandemic Porch Portrait is $40
$10 of every session booked will go directly to MANNA FOOD BANK on behalf of the Pandemic Porch Portrait Project Families. (as of 4.18.2020)
You can Pay Pal or Venmo me.
Venmo me: @ Brittany-Sisk OR Pay Pal me: firstname.lastname@example.org
This modest fee quite literally keeps gas in my car to carry on with the project, keeps the lights on, keeps a roof over our heads and keeps food on our table during this very scary and uncertain time to be an artist, a small business owner, single mother & my son’s sole provider.
From the very depths of my Soul, Thank you for your Support.
You can schedule your very own Pandemic Portrait Project experience for your family, business or non-profit by clicking the link below to sign up for an available space on my calendar!
Please be aware that as I begin to look at the calendar (usually a couple days ahead of time), I will likely send an updated confirmation with your scheduled shoot time — which may change slightly as I organize a travel route that is efficient and limits backtracking!)
Wednesdays: East AVL – Haw Creek, Oakley, Sweeten Creek area, Kenilworth, N. Hendersonville Rd (near’ish downtown) neighborhoods.
Thursdays: Asheville City (proper) – Downtown, Biltmore Village, Five Points, Montford, Norwood, Grove Park/Sunset + points in between
Fridays: N. Asheville (UNCA area, Beaver Lake area, Woodfin)
Saturdays: West Asheville- RAD, Haywood + points in between.
What about Leicester, Arden, Fairview, Fletcher, Candler, Canton, Waynesville, Weaverville, Black Mountain?
If you live in a neighboring community, I WILL travel there, however, you will need to organize a group of 5+ neighbors and friends in your area to participate on the same day (during the same 2hr time block) so that I can give your community an entire day’s shooting on (Mondays or Tuesdays) Please reach out to organize pandemic portraits for your community!
If you need to speak to me ahead of your session, please give me a call OR shoot me a text (828.779.8401)
The Process: I usually text when I’m en route to your location with an ETA, I’ll beep the horn when I arrive, you’ll come outside & I’ll shoot the portraits. After the shoot, I’ll edit the files and upload them into an online gallery for you to download your files or order prints, etc. I will send a link to your email with a download PIN for access to download your files! ❤
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Photographer: Brittany Sisk
Native of WNC, Professional Wedding & Family Portrait Photographer located in downtown Asheville for the last eleven years.
Owner/Lead Photographer at Asheville Portrait Company – which is the umbrella company for: