The Front Steps Project

It feels like the world has stopped, doesn’t it?
Yet, I am very, very aware that I am here – in Needham – with my family and neighbors, friends and others (though virtually!) during this unprecedented time.

As a photographer, I spend hours every week capturing images of families in times of joy: babies on the way, newborns, siblings, grandparents and more. Those moments of joy are still happening in homes right now. I know it. But I can’t be there to capture them.

Starting today, I am taking five minute "Front Steps Portraits" of Needham residents.  After your quick session, I will email you the digital file of your portrait.  In exchange, I am asking you to make a good faith donation to Needham Community Council. I will be posting these images on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #TheFrontStepsProject

The purpose of this project is to bring us together when we might feel isolated.  I aim to highlight the faces of our community during a time when we might not see them in passing at the grocery store, coffee shop, on the train or at the gym.  Participating in this project is also an opportunity to step up to help those who need it most right now in Needham. 

I will be taking images outside ONLY and from at least 10 feet away. Our session will be brief, likely just 5 minutes. This is not a typical get-dressed-up-and-pose-for-the-photographer session. Want to stand outside in your pajamas and slippers? Sounds good to me. Kids in mismatched clothes but you’re thrilled they got dressed? Fantastic. Wearing your bike gear because you’re headed off to ride a trail in the nice weather? Love it!  Be you.  

In exchange for the digital file of your family portrait, I ask you to make a good faith donation to the Needham Community Council .  Suggested donation is $50 but any amount is appreciated.

The Needham Community Council is a private non-profit organization which supports people in Needham who have under-met health, educational or social needs and promotes volunteerism, community and a sense of shared responsibility.

My name is Cara Soulia and I am a photographer in Needham, MA.  This is my family on the front steps of our home.
For the next few weeks I am offering to create 'Front Steps Portraits' for families in Needham. 

Donations (635)

  • Lauren Fryberger
    • $50 
    • 3 yrs


Cara Soulia
Needham, MA
Needham Community Council Inc
Registered nonprofit
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