The Front Steps Project, Dover, NH

It feels like the world has stopped, doesn’t it?
Yet, I am very, very aware that I am here – in Dover – 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 Dover 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 the non-profit organization the Dover Children's Home. 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 Dover. 

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 non-profit organization the Dover Children's Home.  Suggested donation is $50 but any amount is appreciated!

More information about Dover Children's Home: Dover Children's Home is dedicated to enriching the lives of adolescents and strengthening their family relationships through the highest quality residential treatment services and educational programs. Our commitment to evolving and designing new treatment programs must set the standard for excellence in the filed and enable those children facing life's most difficult challenges with the means to grow and live healthy, productive, and independent lives.

Please click here to participate in this project:

Original idea and most of the copy here by my fellow photographer, Cara Soulia, who came with this fabulous idea!!! Find her on Instagram at @CaraSoulia


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Tara Hamer 
Dover, NH
Dover Children's Home 
Registered nonprofit
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