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Kansas City-area photographer captures shelter-in-place family photos

'Front Steps Project' sweeps across KC
Quarantine photos Peacock family
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Posted at 5:14 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 21:56:21-04

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — As people shelter in place at home, a Kansas City-area photographer has joined a movement that puts a spin on traditional family photos and gets people outside.

Eleshea Martin, a local wedding photographer, has been traveling across the Kansas City metro capturing images of families on their front steps.

It's all part of the Front Steps Project, a nationwide initiative to get people out of their homes, while practicing social distancing.

"It's about connecting, creating connections with people and seeing their smiles," Martin said. "It's a great chance to be able to find happiness in this dark time."

Heidi Peacock lives in Kansas City, Kansas, with her two children, Gabby, 8, and Cash, 4.

Gabby is immunocompromised. Sheltering at home is the only way to keep her safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We don't leave (the house)," Peacock said. "Her appointments were canceled at Children's Mercy, so she doesn't get her physical therapy, so it's been tough."

While remaining at home, Peacock said she came across a Facebook post from Martin.

"She said that she was going out doing the quarantine photos, and I thought, well that's super cute," Peacock said. "We're at home. We're quarantined. We're the many."

Peacock hasn't had family pictures taken since her son was a baby.

On Thursday, in her front yard, Peacock and her two children met at a distance with Martin, who captured several photos of the family.

"It was a great distraction; it was a lot of fun," Peacock said. "I like the real-life pictures. She did a little collage that said 'quarantine 2020,' and when you post it on Facebook people think it's the cutest thing."

Peacock family quarantine photos
Eleshea Martin, a wedding photographer, has been traveling across the Kansas City metro capturing images of families on their front steps as part of the nationwide Front Steps Project.

Families across the country are posting their pictures on Twitter with the hashtag, #frontstepsproject.

#FrontStepsProject on Twitter

Martin charges $20 per session to cover the costs of gas and her time.

While she lives in De Soto, Martin's been traveling across the metro to take the photos.

"I love it. I think it's so fun, " Martin said. "It's not about the money. It's capturing life as it is. I had a grandma in her little pajamas come out and take a picture in her little pajamas. It was really cool just to document life itself."

Quarantine Front Steps Project
Eleshea Martin, a wedding photographer, has been traveling across the Kansas City metro capturing images of families on their front steps as part of the nationwide Front Steps Project.

Martin can be reached at 913-735-9099 or through her website.

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