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Social distancing photography project helps keep people connected in Cleveland

How the ‘Front Steps Project’ is giving back locally.

CLEVELAND — Prepared with her camera and a smile, Cleveland based Photographer Natasha Herbert is documenting the McNeal family's new home and new baby all from their front steps.

“I found the Front Steps Project on Facebook. I saw another photographer named Kara from Massachusetts she was doing it, and I thought it would be good to bring it into Cleveland,” says Herbert.

Herbert is able to do the entire photo shoot from a distance.

“I want to make sure it's safe. I want to make sure were all practicing social distancing you know while doing this,” says Herbert.

There's another twist, instead of payment, the Front Steps Project asks couples and families to contribute to an existing or new non-profit. Brittany McNeal, her husband and infant daughter were having their pictures taken while 3News was present.

“The fact that another non-profit organization will be started based on my contribution to Natasha’s photography is amazing in itself,” said McNeal.

Proving that tough times during a lock down can spark creative ways for people to connect with their community. Herbert says she’s honored to have done a dozen front porch photography sessions with multiple more lined up.

“I hope it boosts their spirits and brings joy during these uncertain times,” says Herbert.

Natasha Herbert says she plans to give back on a personal level as well.

“I plan to do photography classes for urban youth and I want all the donations to fund that. That’s the plan after the quarantine is over,” says Herbert.

To learn more about Natasha Herbert’s photography, click here

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