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St. Pete photographer uses front porch portraits to help raise money for adoption

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Posted at 7:38 AM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 07:51:59-04

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Kelly Nash and her family have decided to adopt a child.

"Hopefully, by the end of the year is what we keep saying," said Nash.

The adoption fees are expensive, so she turned to turn to the community for help.

"We had a goal to raise all of the money by doing lots of fundraising parties," said Nash. "We just feel very strongly like the baby that's supposed to be for our family is not on pause."

So the Saint Petersburg photographer picked up her camera and launched the Front Door Portrait Project to raise the money that way instead.

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"It's been honestly such, like, an emotional journey for me. To have people's money tied to the things that they say has been super special," said Nash.

She's been documenting what people are doing right now and what their new normal looks like to give something to a community that's giving her family more than just generosity.

"It's been incredible so at first I mean we really just expected our close friends and then maybe their close friends. And then that would be any dollar would be more than we had yesterday," said Nash.

But her posts gained popularity on Facebook with more people invested in their journey.

Nash hopes to show her future adopted child that they were never unwanted; in fact, an entire community wanted them.

"This kid can look at this and be like look at all these people who wanted to come along with a little or a lot to get you to our family," said Nash.