Social Distancing Front Porch Project

Even though this may be a challenging time in our lives, and likely the first of its kind for many of us, it’s also a historic event and an opportunity to document aspects of how it affected families in Fernie. Mckenzie Jespersen decided to do just that by taking part in the Front Porch Project to raise funds for Fernie Food Share.

"Everyone is happy to do it. This is something the whole family gets involved in and everyone is really excited about it. I've got kids who are waving signs at me, they're looking through the window with big smiles. It's really fun to pull up into these neighbourhoods and see people who are so excited for me to be there and do what I love.

The very first day I participated I was a little down, I usually get to spend an entire hour or more with a family getting to know everyone during family sessions but just having five minutes with a family and not getting close or spending time together made me really sad. It made me realize that I’m wired for connection. Now that this pandemic has intensified I've realized the importance of fundraising to help everyone who has been negatively affected by this. Raising money for the community has made every Front Porch Portrait worth while. When you are able to do something and still positively impact your community, I think that's what's so important and special about this project."

McKenzie is a local family and wedding photographer with McKenzie Jespersen Photography. If you are interested in participating in The Front Porch Project please email McKenzie at Mckenzie.jespersen@gmail.com

Amy, Sofia, and Jack. Amy’s husband is an essential service worker, and her home-based business shut down so she is facing the challenge of stay at home parenting while social distancing. “The silver lining is spending time with the kids, just hanging out has been a real joy. Sofia is missing school, activities and her friends terribly. Jack his usual preschool/daycare routine, his friends and his teachers. We’re in this together, it’s hard but let’s keep it up and this will pass.”
Amy, Sofia, and Jack. Amy’s husband is an essential service worker, and her home-based business shut down so she is facing the challenge of stay at home parenting while social distancing. “The silver lining is spending time with the kids, just hanging out has been a real joy. Sofia is missing school, activities and her friends terribly. Jack his usual preschool/daycare routine, his friends and his teachers. We’re in this together, it’s hard but let’s keep it up and this will pass.”