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Local photographer raising money through social distancing photo shoots

Posted at 4:15 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 16:15:56-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- During the pandemic, you’ll find a lot of families hanging out at home, especially on the front porch.

It’s become a draw for photographers nationwide.

“Part of being a photographer is documenting life, and this is life, 2020 is really weird. Something like this probably isn’t going to happen again,” said Amy Pezzicara.

Pezzicara has yet to meet a family or a front porch she doesn’t want to take a snapshot of.

“A nice little opportunity to connect with people yet stay far away at the same time because I can shoot from about 20 feet away,” said Pezzicara.

Since March she has conducted front yard photo shoots with close to 20 Tampa families. It’s part of a national movement called the Front Steps Project.

“The idea was to capture families as they are staying home and what they are doing as a family as they are sheltering in place,” said Pezzicara.

During every shoot, Pezzicara collects donations for two of her favorite charities, Feeding Tampa Bay and the Heart Gallery of Tampa. So far she has raised more than $2,000.

Families say the photos have been a great escape.

“There is so much negativity right now, it's so polarizing, this is just a positive thing, showing people in their home, loving on each other, putting out positive messages. Positivity is contagious,” said Audrey Warren, whose family was photographed on her own steps by Pezzicara earlier this month.

Pezzicara hopes, just like photos she has taken of weddings and graduations, these too will be hung in people’s homes someday.

“Once were past it we are going to move past it pretty quickly and forget what happened, so it’s nice to really capture and document what this felt like,” said Pezzicara.

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