The Photo Legacy Project

May 9th, 2020

Thank you to everyone who participated in the project!!!

Your response has been overwhelming….I was able to photograph over 50 groups of people on their porch or in front of their home! All while following social distancing guidelines by photographing from over 6 feet away and only traveling to my sessions by walking or bicycle.

At this time, I am no longer in search for new participants in this project. It was a wonderful way to document and give back to my community. I am so grateful to be able to encourage donations to local food pantries and bring some happiness to our neighborhood during these heavy times. I am in the process of going though all of the photographs and questionnaires and looking forward to possibly putting together a gallery show in the future!

Front porch sessions were such a wonderful way to connect with neighbors and document families and loved ones at home. I will continue to offer front porch sessions through my photography business. If you are interested in purchasing a session for your family, feel free to contact me at

My favorite way to travel to sessions!

Life at Home / Corona Virus

Sunday, March 22, 2020

We are experiencing historic times in our country’s history as well as our families. With the Covid-19 virus active in our country and community a lot of families are home with their loved ones. My family has been quarantined in our home for over a week. We are healthy and a little worried, but we are together.

Even in these hard times, it’s important to hold onto beauty, joy and love. I believe we need little victories to keep us positive and strong.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘ Look for the helpers. There are always people who are helping.'”

Mr. Rodgers

I have been so grateful for all of the first responders, delivery drivers, doctors, grocery store workers, nurses, restaurants offering carry out orders, and so many people wanting to help. Naturally, I wondered what can I do?

A few days ago in photography groups and news stories, photographers shared how they are helping their neighborhood by photographing people on their porches and homes to document these unprecedented times. (Following the CDD guidelines of social distancing.)

I have decided to help in the best way I know how, by offering these environmental portraits to my wonderful neighborhood and community.

Project: To photograph neighbors on your front porches or even through windows and doors. Whatever you feel comfortable with and also applying the CDC guidelines of social distancing.

Our session will last between 5-10 minutes and I will create environmental portraits of your family. In exchange for your time and a model release to allow me to share these historic images (in print and online), the digital images will be emailed to you.

How you can participate:

  • You residence must be in the Butler-Tarkington or Midtown area for me to avoid traveling.

  • There is no fee. I believe in “paying it forward”. Donate blood, give someone a loaf of bread, donate to a charity, make purchases from local small businesses and restaurants. Here are some places to make donations online:
    Project Home Indy / MLK Center / Second Helpings 

  • Ready to sign up? Email for more information!
    Monday, March 16th 2020

    In the matter of days our everyday lives have been forever changed by the pandemic caused by the Corona virus. We have gone from counting down days until spring break to counting how many days we have been in quarantine. We are living in unknown territory and is giving us a whole lot to be worried about and some unplanned time with just a few close relatives.

    We all deal with life and worries in our own way. Some people create a strict routine in their home, or clean out every nook and cranny, or turn to god and prayer, or hide under the covers and never get out of bed. Well, when I’m feeling down or worried, I like to document it by a little journaling and a lot of photography. It gives me a sense of creating order in all of the chaos.

    Also, I always feel like I will remember these moments…. um the world is shut down and we are dealing with a pandemic… you would think we would remember it. Right?!? I’m sure we will remember that it happened, but will we remember the details…. like when we went grocery shopping and the shelves were empty, or what activities you did with your kids to entertain / teach / inspire them, or what questions they had, or how you felt at this very moment. Maybe? Maybe not? But if you had a photo or a little note about that day… I bet you will remember that moment a little more clearly.

    Maybe you don’t want to remember this time, that is completely cool! Don’t take photos or write anything and hopefully it will be wiped from your consciousness by the time our life returns to normal. (I’m an optimist people…life will become somewhat normal again…hopefully sooner than later.)

    I am fascinated with photos of people during important events. They are not all happy and perfect, but they show emotion and depth and tell a story of the time. As a photographer, I feel compelled to document and tell the story of our time, this time, right now.

    So I invite anyone wanting to join me with little photo challenges. Each day we will document and photograph our lives. I’d be happy to share little tips and ideas to help you improve photographing your world around you. Share your images on The Photo Legacy Project facebook page

    “The best camera is the one you have with you.”

    Chase Jarvis

    This project can work with any camera. I have a few cameras… my iPhone, GoPro, and a Canon 6D. It depends on what we are doing, what camera I have with me. My favorite to use is the 6D, it’s the one I have most creative control with, but will happily use my iPhone when that is all I have with me. If you only have your phone camera.. great, use it! If you have a digital SLR, and want to practice in manual…great, use it! If you have a point and shoot… great, use it!

    So who is ready? Let’s begin…. outside

    A little about this photo. Taken with my Canon 6D before our bike ride / run. (Kids riding bikes and me running with our dog.) Our school was going to have spirit week this week, so we decided to continue “spirit week” at home. They thought it was so fun to ride in PJs and Robes around the neighborhood. A couple technical things… I decided to change the perspective of this photo by squatting down to shoot up a little at the kids. I was also holding our dogs leash and she licked me which made my kids laugh.