Michigan Covid-19 Fundraiser – Plymouth Photographer

April 4, 2020
I’ve been going through all of the emotions coronavirus has to offer since the pandemic started. First, it was fear which hasn’t really gone away. Instead, it’s been blanketed with love, gratitude, sadness, guilt and well…. more fear. For us non-essential workers with an empathetic heart, the guilt and worry for everyone else runs deep. So naturally, we want to do something… We NEED to do something. ANYTHING that could help even a little bit is worthwhile & good.
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I first heard about the porch-trait session project from local photographers and thought, BRILLIANT. The front steps project offers 5-minute family photoshoots from FAR AWAY in which neighbors can get outside and have some fun with each other from the safety of their own porch or front yard. It’s another way to get the “stay home, save lives” message out there. PLUS, It offers quality, professional photographs to families for free (or a donation) and spreads some good vibes.

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I partnered up with Beth Boal from Beth Boal Photograhy to see if she wanted to do this in our neighborhood and she was all about it! At first, we were only doing it to spread some good vibes. But I noticed that people wanted more. They were really wanting to help in any way they could. People want to support the health care workers that are so selflessly rising to this occasion to take care of us. But everyone has so much on their plate right now or just don’t know how. This offered and easy way to help where everyone wins.

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As a small business myself, I understand first hand how the “stay home” message impact small businesses. As a human, I think it’s worth it. So I had the idea to to ask for clients to donate money if they could. 100% of the donations would be used to buy gift certificates from local restaurants and shops in Plymouth, MI. The gift certificates would then be passed on to health care professionals around the Metro Detroit area who are working around the clock to treat the coronavirus. Seems like a good way to help & support a lot of people right now.

I have to say that everyone really stepped up here in the best way they could. Not only were we able to create some genuine smiles in our community but we raised quite a bit of money for gifts to a local nurses at Royal Oak Beaumont. I am forever grateful to all these kind humans.

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There is nothing good about this pandemic. But the people , the people are bringing their ‘A’ game. They are rallying in every way they can. They’re connecting with each other on a human level. They’re stopping to take a really good look at what matters most and I for one have an increased sense of awe with our human race.

We will all get through this together and these images will be so iconic when we look at them 10-15 years from now and remember all that happened in this short blip in time.

Genevieve DeVries is an on-site, natural light photographer.  Based in Plymouth, Michigan, I serve southeast Michigan and the greater Wayne County, Washtenaw County and Oakland County areas, including Plymouth, Canton, Livonia, Westland, Northville, Novi, Farmington/Farmington Hills, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Belleville, Whitmore Lake, Saline, Dexter, Salem, South Lyon, Wayne, Garden City, New Hudson, Wixom, Walled Lake, Brighton, Milford, Southfield, West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, and beyond.

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