Porch photography project brings smiles

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on April 24, 2020

ALBANY photographer Brayden Thompson has brought the global trend of ‘porch photography’ to town and with it, a whole lot of smiles to peoples’ dials.

Thompson, operating as Brayden T Photography, was inspired by Perth shutterbug Lana Pratt who, like dozens of photographers across the world, have begun offering free porch photography sessions to families in social isolation lockdown.

The idea is simple – the photographer drives to the family house in question, the family sets themselves up on their front porch, verandah or lawn, and the photographer takes their photo.

Some families kept with traditional portrait style and others dressed up themselves and their front yards specifically for the shoot.

“The thing that interested me about it was that it was a way I could bring smiles to heaps of families’ faces in such a horrible time we are all experiencing,” Thompson said.

“People have lost their jobs, been cooped up inside for weeks, and it gives them something to look forward to, something to take their mind off everything that’s going on.”

Thompson started his porch project on April 2 and has since visited 125 houses.

“One of the most rewarding parts of the project would be definitely meeting so many families and getting to have a chat with them whilst practising social distancing,” he said.

“The other thing that I find really rewarding is when I post the images to my Facebook page; I just love seeing the number of people enjoying the images.

“Some people have told me that they just can’t wait for next week’s photos to be posted for them and everyone else to enjoy.

“I guess as there’s a lot of the same thing on social media at the moment, this is something that will lift people’s spirits when they see it.”

Thompson announced he will be collating the images he has taken to create the Porch Project Book.

Orders can be placed by emailing him at braydent7@hotmail.com

His photography can be viewed on Facebook @braydentphotography