Front yard photoshoot captures isolation memories
A BLACKWATER mum is using her skills to create some fun memories for families who are heeding the government’s warnings to stay home.
Jaime Foord, 30, is using the isolation period as an opportunity to connect with families and bring joy to children, who have been getting bored at home, through free front yard photo sessions.
Although a driveway may not be the best backdrop for a photoshoot, it has been all she needs to create lasting memories.
“This is something I can do, so I’m using it to give back as best as I can at this time,” Mrs Foord said.
The mum of two jumped on board #thedrivewayproject after seeing some American photographers doing it in February, followed by some of her photographer friends across Australia.
All they need is a front yard, a smiling face and they have themselves a photoshoot.
Mrs Foord, the face behind Jaime Lee Photography, said it was it was great to bring some happiness to families during a time of financial struggle and uncertainty.
“It’s going to help some families enjoy something they wouldn’t normally consider, or don’t normally have the financial capability to get a family photoshoot,” she said.
“I did some photos yesterday, and one lady mentioned her and the kids have been living in PJs for days on end.
“They were all very excited to get dressed up and it gave them something to look forward to.
“It brings light to the situation for some families.”
Although she normally does newborn and family photos, the Blackwater-based photographer said it was nice to mix it up.
Over the last week Mrs Foord has done shoots with children, a couple who posed with their cat, families who dressed up, and a single woman with all her pets.
“It’s just for fun,” she said.
“You can be on the driveway, in the garden or set up your own theme. Be as creative as you can.
“Some kids drew chalk on the driveway and were playing around.
“The more creative and crazy the better it will be.”
Mrs Foord will be carrying out front yard photoshoots for the next two weeks in Bluff, Blackwater and Comet.
At the end she wants to compile an album from all the shoots as a way for people to remember the moments in history.
To get involved, find the Community Isolation Photography event through the Jaime Lee Photography Facebook page and click ‘going’.
Mrs Foord will get in touch to organise a time and day to carry out the free photoshoot.
“When I started them everyone was so appreciative and so thankful and downright happy,” she said.
“It really touches your heart; you can really feel that people really do appreciate it.”