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The Pandemic Porch Portrait Project – Asheville, NC

Days 9 & 10, North + West Asheville, you did not disappoint! 😉

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 and pushed out to 2021 (thus restricting industry professional’s ability to book work during peak wedding season in 2021 – which means signifiant income loss for the 2021 wedding season as well.) In addition to this, portrait sessions and events have been cancelled leaving photographers everywhere with no idea when it will be safe to resume business as usual or when they will have income coming in to support their families. There’s just so much uncertainty right now as this crisis unfolds.

When I started this project, I literally started with my neighbors and my friends. I posted the photos online and then overnight, it exploded on the internet and sort of took on a life of it’s own! I never could have imagined it would get the enormous response that it has. The response has been overwhelming & in truth, because I never imagined that type of response, I wasn’t prepared for all of the correspondence and scheduling that goes along with it!

This project has taken up significantly more time than I initially anticipated and after my first full week of traveling across two counties (spending 2-4hrs per day in the car with my 3yr old (who was such a trooper btw but woke up this morning and said: “mommy, I love you but I don’t want to shoot anymore pictures today…maybe tomorrow” — that broke my mama heart and I have decide that the time and distance to travel to Black Mountain, Hendersonville, Saluda, Candler, Canton, etc is just too much for me alone. So, I will only be photographing Asheville proper + neighborhoods directly on the outskirts of the city center and I will only be shooting on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

I want everyone who wants to be photographed during this historic and unprecedented time in our living history as Americans to have the opportunity to be photographed by a professional documentarian. I will likely be calling on local photographer colleagues in these other communities to carry the torch in those areas where interest has been expressed.

I am SO grateful for your support, it quite literally means SURVIVAL for myself and for my 3yr old son during this time of tremendous fear and uncertainty. <3 Thank You, so much, from the very depths of my soul.

If you have already signed up, I will be in touch shortly to work on condensing my calendar and shifting some appointments around in order to photograph the folks who have already signed up prior to this post!

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You can see the “Best of the Pandemic Porch Portrait Project” by clicking the link below:

BEST OF THE PANDEMIC PORCH PORTRAIT PROJECT, ASHEVILLE NC

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 again expanded to also include a profile of small business owners with photographs in front of their shops downtown and non-profits providing vital resources to our community during this crisis.

Why?

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.

Purpose:

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!

Safety:

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.

Cost:

The cost for a Pandemic Porch Portrait is $40 (as of 4.18.2020)

$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)

Payment:

You can Pay Pal or Venmo me.

Venmo me: @ Brittany-Sisk OR Pay Pal me: brittanyksisk@gmail.com

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.

Scheduling:

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!

(I am trying to schedule folks in the same area on the same day so as to limit my running back & forth and all around the county!)

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!)

Wednesday: East AVL – Haw Creek, Oakley, Sweeten Creek area, Kenilworth, N. Hendersonville Rd neighborhoods + points in between.
Thursdays: Asheville City (proper) – Downtown, 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 Arden, Fairview, Fletcher, Candler, Weaverville, Black Mountain?

If you live in a neighboring community, I WILL travel there, however, you will just need to organize a group of 5-10 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 (Mondays or Tuesdays) Please reach out to organize pandemic portraits for your community!

Contact:

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! ❤

Follow us on the Socials!?

Facebook: @AshevillePortraitCompany
Instagram: @AshevilleWeddingPhoto

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:

www.AshevilleFamilyPhotography.com www.AshevilleWeddingPhoto.com

Days 9 & 10, North + West Asheville, you did not disappoint! 😉

There are SO MANY Fringe Benefits associated with the doing of this project that I never anticipated. One of them is: the knowing that despite how crazy and scary the world is right now: LIFE. KEEPS. GOING.

Babies are being born, Families Celebrate Birthday’s, Children Keep Growing and Playing, Neighbors and Friends lean on each other (not actually but you know what i’m say’n!), people are getting engaged, planning for the future, spending time with their families and pets….Life Keeps on Going and it’s Inspiring and Beautiful. Keep on Truck’n ya’ll! 🙂

XO

Brit

All these new hotels that have went up in AVL over the last few years: Empty.
I don’t know that Pac Square has ever seen a ghost town Saturday afternoon in April.

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